The Graduate Program in Psychology at Rutgers-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. In keeping with the goals of the field’s two major professional organizations–American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science–the program emphasizes scientific research methods that can be used to assist in the solution of real-world problems. The program focuses on basic and applied research and does not offer training or clinical licensing in psychological assessment, counseling, or therapy.
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), and those who seek a better understanding of core content areas of psychology at the graduate level. To accommodate students who work during the day, many classes are held in the evening.
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Program Learning Goals
Courses in Rutgers-Camden’s MA program in Psychology:
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
By the time students graduate from Rutgers-Camden’s MA program in Psychology, they will have mastered the following skills:
Think critically about research in psychological science, both in terms of content and methodology.
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.