Master of Arts in Psychology
Department of Psychology
Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Overview of the program
Our Master of Arts in Psychology degree program is designed to provide students with the core training in psychology that would enable them to successfully enter a Ph.D. program as a third year graduate student. The generalist training offered by our program is equally suited for those interested in basic or applied areas of psychology. In addition, an Industrial/Organizational track is being planned for the future.
Strengths of the program
The program has a strong research emphasis and offers core courses in psychology that are often easily transferred to a doctoral program. The Department of Psychology faculty are currently pursuing research in the following areas:
- Eating disorders
- Social and group processes
- Distinctiveness and memory
- Evolutionary psychology
- Parenting styles
- Child Development
- Violence exposure effects on children
- Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Preparing for a job in the program
Students desiring a career as a psychologist will need to complete a doctoral degree in addition to a master's degree. Southeastern's Master of Arts in Psychology degree program prepares graduates for successful entry to a Ph.D. program. In addition, the program prepares students for various positions in the mental health or related fields that require a master's degree.
Starting Salaries after completing the program (estimates only)
Most master's graduates go on to doctoral studies; when they complete the doctoral program, they can expect salaries in the mid-fifties. Students entering the job market at the master's level can expect an average starting salary in the mid-thirties.
Campus organizations and activities affiliated with the program
Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology
Related fields that might interest you
- Human development
How do I know this is the degree for me?
Common Strengths and interests of students in the program
Helpful qualities for our MA students include:
- An appreciation of a scientific approach to psychology
- A desire to conduct psychological research
- Plans to eventually obtain a doctoral degree
Paula Varnado-Sullivan, Ph.D.; Graduate Coordinator