Master of Arts
in General Psychology (MAGP)
The Master of Arts in General Psychology (MAGP) is designed
to develop a broad base of knowledge and critical thinking skills. This program
also provides a unique opportunity for research development and mentorship.
Faculty interests cover a broad range of areas including Developmental
Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Clinical Research, Social Psychology, Cognitive
Science, and Human Factors.
program provides a strong foundation for those interested in:
Pursing further graduate work such as Ph.D. in psychology; or
Employment in areas of applied psychology in government, community agencies,
1. MAGP students will be able to
communicate effectively in written formats.
2. MAGP students will be able to
communicate effectively orally.
3. MAGP students will be
knowledgeable in the use of electronic resources and be proficient in
incorporating them into their studies and research. Student will also be
aware of the hazards and shortcomings of this relatively new medium.
4. MAGP students will understand and
apply ethical principles pertaining to the social sciences.
5. MAGP students will be able to
work independently in developing and carrying out original research.
6. MAGP students will
possess the knowledge and skills required for either further academic
advancement or employment at the masters level in psychology-related fields.
The MAGP program consists of a minimum 39 credit hours of
course work, which most students complete within two years of admission.
While courses and sequencing may change, the following constitutes the current
program of study.
Grades of “B” or better are required in all graduate
- Core requirements: 39 credits of graduate Psychology
- Supervised Research: 3 credits
- Thesis hours: 4-9 credits (see subsection below regarding
additional thesis information)
- Capstone experience consisting of a master's thesis and
Degree EvaluationMajor: General Psychology
Degree: Master of Arts
Grades of "B" or better are required in all
Students must apply to graduate by the published deadline during their final semester.
DEP6055 3 Human Development
EXP6506 3 Learning and
PPE6466 3 Advanced
PSY6217 4 Research Design
SOP6069 3 Advanced Social
PSY6937 1 Colloquium in
STA5126 3 Stat
PSY6932 3 St:Psychological
PSB6031 3 Advanced
PSY6910 3 Supervised
PSY6971 3 Thesis A
PSY6972 1 -6 Thesis B
The master’s thesis should constitute a justifiable
contribution to the discipline of psychology. The contribution may involve
either an original study or the development of a theoretical model for which
the student provides empirical justification through his/her own
research. By the second semester, each MAGP student must choose a faculty
member from the Psychology Department to serve as his/her advisor for
Supervised Research. The same faculty member may continue to serve as the
student’s Thesis Advisor. However, the student’s initial choice
of faculty advisor should not automatically be considered permanent. If
either the student or the faculty member decides that a change is needed, the
student will identify a different faculty member as his/her Thesis
Advisor. It is extremely rare, however, for a student to change his/her
thesis committee once the thesis project has begun. A decision to change
advisors at any point during the student’s program of studies must be reported
to the Program Director. A change in faculty supervisors will not, in any
way, adversely affect the student’s standing in the Program.
A student undertaking the master’s thesis should follow the
procedure outlined below.
student asks a member of the psychology faculty to serve as his/her Thesis
student selects a thesis topic. Topic selection should be in conjunction
with a thorough review of the literature. This both assures the
originality of the research and clarifies the focus of the study. Because of time constraints, thesis planning and literature review
should begin during the second semester, often in conjunction with Supervised
Research, and be continued over the summer.
3. With the
approval of the Thesis Advisor, the student asks another member of the Graduate
faculty or a qualified professional with expertise in the area of the thesis
research to serve as second reader and submits a Thesis or Dissertation
Committee Membership form to the Graduate School. The student’s thesis committee must include, at a
minimum, a thesis advisor and a second reader.
Additional faculty members from within the Department may be added to the
committee at the student’s discretion. The inclusion of any non-Graduate
Faculty member (e.g., committee member from outside the department, or who is
not a member of the UNF Graduate Faculty, or who does not hold a terminal
degree in his or her field) must be approved by the Program Director. If your
committee consists of a Non-Graduate Faculty member, you will need to submit a
Request for Non-Graduate Faculty Thesis/Dissertation Committee Member form with
your Thesis or Dissertation Committee Membership Form. If there are any changes
in your committee, updated forms must be submitted to the Graduate School.
student enrolls sequentially in Thesis A and B. Research Design and
Analysis (PSY 6217) and Supervised Research (PSY 6910) are prerequisites
for both thesis courses and Thesis A is a prerequisite for Thesis B. That
is, Thesis A and B cannot be taken concurrently. Both Thesis A and B (3
hours and 1 hour) require the signature of the Program Director. For
Thesis A, the student will fill out a “Thesis Tracking Form,” which is placed
in the student’s file, and a “Class or Thesis Permission” form. The forms
are given to the Program Director, who will ascertain that all requirements
have been met and sign the “Class or Thesis Permission” form. Please note
that only the Program Director can permit a student to take a thesis
course. For Thesis B (3 hours and 1 hour), only a signed “Class or Thesis
Permission” form is required.
are required to meet with the thesis committee at least once before the thesis
defense. It is recommended that the initial meeting occur during the second
semester, in conjunction with Supervised Research. For the first meeting of the
thesis committee (which all committee members must attend), the
student should already have completed a thorough review of the literature and
have a preliminary research question to present to the committee. The
initial committee meeting is not the place to come up with research
ideas. At this meeting the student’s research plan is fully vetted by the
thesis committee, who may ask for modifications and revisions they feel are
6. If the
committee accepts the proposed thesis project, the student must take the
following steps before
beginning thesis work:
- Complete the CITI course
sponsored through the IRB.
- Submit his/her research proposal to the IRB for approval.
- Read the Graduate School procedures for completing a thesis or
These can be found at:
7. Once the
thesis project has begun, the student is expected to meet with his/her thesis
adviser at least once a month.
While the thesis advisor and the student typically work together closely on the
thesis, the second reader and other committee members must, at a minimum, be present at the
initial meeting and the thesis defense. The second reader and other
committee members must also review and comment upon the final drafts of the
thesis and provide input at other agreed upon points in the process.
8. The final
draft of the thesis should be presented to the thesis advisor and the second
reader at least two weeks
before the date of the oral defense. consult the
library’s requirements as described at the following website: http://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/student_resources/thesis_step_two.aspx
Library policy takes precedence over APA format.
9. The student
must present the findings of the thesis to faculty, students, and interested
outside parties in an oral defense. A public announcements providing the day,
time, and location of the defense must be posted conspicuously on the
Psychology Department bulletin board at least five days prior to the defense.
10. The student incorporates
any changes requested during the defense into the thesis, after which the
thesis director, other committee members, and student sign the signature
page, which becomes a formal part of the thesis document. (Please note
that the Program Director does not sign this document unless he/she is on the
thesis committee or is the Department Chair.)
11. The thesis is then
submitted to the Department Chair, who has two weeks to read and comment and to the Dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, who has three
weeks to read and comment. The student will make any final changes
requested by the Chair and Dean (or their representatives), then send it on to
the Graduate School for final approval. The thesis must arrive at the
Graduate School no later than one
week following graduation.
12. If at any point in
the thesis process (including reviews that take place after the thesis defense) a
member of the faculty or administration believes the writing quality does not
meet thesis standards, the student will be asked to employ the services of a
copy editor, at his/her expense. The Graduate School can direct you
to several it recommends.
13. It is the student’s
responsibility to submit to the Graduate School a Non-Exclusive License
Agreement form with a full copy of the thesis and signature page. More
detailed information can be accessed at the webpage: http://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/student_resources/thesis_step_six.aspx
The MAGP program consists of a minimum 39 credit hours of course
work, which students complete within two years of admission. While
courses and sequencing may change, the following constitutes the current
program of study:
Fall- First Semester
Spring- Second Semester
Summer- Third Semester
- STA 5126 Stat Methods
in the Social Sciences 3hrs
- SOP 6069 Adv Soc Psych 3hrs
- PSY 6910 Supervised Researchb 3hrs
- PSY 6937 Colloquium 1hr
- PSY 6217 Research, Design
& Analysis 4hrs
- PSY 6932 Seminar: Psych Sci 3hrs
No MAGP courses are currently
However, the student may take
an elective and should continue the thesis process.
Semester Total: 10
Semester Total: 10
Fall- Fourth Semester
Spring- Fifth Semester
- DEP 6055 Adv Human Development 3hrs
- EXP 6506 Learning & Cognition
- PSY 6971 Thesis A 3hrs
- PSY 6937 Colloquium 1hr
- PSY 6972 Thesis B 3hrs
-PSB 6031 Adv Biopsych 3hrs
- PPE 6466 Adv Personality Theories 3hrs
Semester Total: 10 credit hours
Semester Total: 9 credit hours
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