May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Psychology

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The M.A. degree in psychology requires a minimum of 30 semester hours in psychology. The total combined number of semester hours of graduate transfer credit plus graduate credit earned at NIU as a student-at-large which can be applied toward the M.A. degree may not exceed 15.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at

Three of the following (9)

Additional Requirements

PSYC 604 and PSYC 606 must be completed during the first calendar year.

PSYC 690, Psychological Research (1-3), must be taken each fall and spring semester. These hours will not count toward the 30 semester hours required for the master’s degree.

Registration for a minimum of 12 semester hours is required each fall and spring semester unless granted permission for a reduced load by the department chair or a leave of absence is obtained from the department chair and the office of the dean of the Graduate School. Registration for fewer than 12 semester hours without permission may result in termination from the program.

In addition, 15 semester hours must be completed in either the thesis or non-thesis option.

Thesis Option

Non-Thesis Option

  • Other courses in psychology determined by the student and advisor (15).
    Students electing the non-thesis option will not be considered for admission to the doctoral program.

Other Requirements

To earn an M.A. degree, students must maintain at least a 3.00 GPA in graduate psychology courses exclusive of thesis and independent study courses. Failure to meet this requirement will result in academic probation for one semester following which the GPA must be at least 3.00 or the student will be removed from the program.

The student must successfully complete a master’s comprehensive examination.

Other special requirements may be determined by the department and the curricular area in which the student chooses to study. The student is responsible for obtaining the Psychology Department Graduate Student Manual and for complying with the regulations in that manual.

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