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Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Psychology at Rutgers University-Camden is a 30-credit course of study leading to the Master of Arts degree. The program combines rigorous academic classes with an opportunity for individually supervised research apprenticeships. Our curriculum and training emphasizes scientific research methods that can be used to assist in the solution of real-world problems.

 Unique features of our program:
  • Funding opportunities for highly qualified students
  • Two different tracks: thesis track for students interested in further doctoral study and content track for non-academic research careers
  • Weekly lecture series that allow students to engage with research
  • Optional teaching experience through our Teaching in Psychology course
  • Evening classes to accommodate students who work during the day
The program is designed for:
  • Students who wish to prepare for admission to a doctoral program.
  • Those interested in maintaining jobs conducting research (e.g., marketing or pharmaceutical research).
  • Students who wish to teach Psychology at the community college or adjunct level.
  • Those who seek a better understanding of core content areas of psychology at the graduate level.
  • The program focuses on basic and applied research and does not offer training or clinical licensing in psychological assessment, counseling, or therapy.
Program Learning Goals
Courses in Rutgers-Camden’s MA program in Psychology:

Based off the goals of the field’s two major professional organizations–American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science.

  • Emphasize state-of-the-art, up-to-date empirical research in psychology (i.e., experiments and studies published in peer-reviewed journals).
  • Provide students with a solid grounding in statistics and research design. 
  • Thoroughly review content areas such as developmental, cognitive, and social psychology. 
  • Stress critical thinking and academic skills
Graduates from Rutgers-Camden’s MA program in Psychology will have mastered the following skills:
  • Think critically about research in psychological science, both in terms of content and methodology.Stress critical thinking and academic skills
  • Design and carry out both experimental and quasi-experimental research.
  • Conduct statistical analyses (descriptive and inferential) of diverse types of data.
  • Write review and empirical papers using the standard form of writing in psychology (APA format).
  • Learn about current research in psychology more broadly and pass a comprehensive exam (Content track) or write and defend an original thesis project (Thesis track).
  • Have opportunities to help teach undergraduates and gain experience in the classroom.
  • Have opportunities to present original research at conferences and improve upon presentation skills.