May 19, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Certificate

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This 18 credit hour graduate certificate is designed for those students interested in gaining a general overview of psychology at the graduate level. Students applying to the program without a background in psychology will be required to complete PY 600  Advanced General Psychology as one of the required courses. Students may use the courses completed in the certificate program toward a graduate degree in the Department of Psychology.

Graduate Psychology Certificate Courses


  1. Scientific Reasoning and Research Skills: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how scientific methodologies are employed in psychology to describe, explain, predict, and influence behavior and mental processes.
  2. Psychological Knowledge: Students will demonstrate content knowledge in psychology, describe important concepts and theories, and explain how these are interrelated.
  3. Application of Psychological Principles: Students will apply psychological concepts and theories.


The outcomes for the graduate psychology degree programs will be assessed through a combination of written and performance examinations and assignments, in addition to self, peer, instructor, and psychology faculty evaluations and reviews. These outcomes will be outlined in detail in individual course syllabi. Benchmarks for assessment are internally set by the department. Students may also obtain a copy of these outcomes in the Graduate Psychology Student Handbook.


If a student wishes to attain multiple certificates, nine unique hours must be taken in each certificate program.

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