Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Psychology

Graduation Requirements

Apply Now! Successfully completing USM’s Master of Arts in Psychology degree program means completing 28 credit hours of core psychology courses and nine credit hours of electives. See our course descriptions tab for more specific information on courses.

Continuous Enrollment

Students admitted to the graduate psychology program must be continuously enrolled during the fall and spring semesters until they graduate. Students who fail to enroll for either the fall or the spring semester will be dismissed from the program unless they receive a leave of absence. Students desiring a leave of absence from the program will need to submit a request to the director of the graduate psychology program stating the reasons for their request. The leave of absence request will need to be approved by the psychology department.

Required Courses

All core classes are three credit hours unless otherwise indicated, and are offered in a rotation.

  • PY 720 Historical Foundations of Psychology

  • PY 721 Advanced Social Psychology

  • PY 723 Advanced Psychopathology

  • PY 730 Methods of Research and Assessment

  • PY 731 Statistical Analysis in Counseling and Therapy

  • PY 741 Issues in Ethics and Professional Development

  • PY 744 Career Development and Counseling

  • PY 750 Counseling Theories

  • PY 751 Group Processes in Counseling and Therapy

  • PY 780 Summary Portfolio (one credit hour)


Your nine credit hours of electives may include up to six credit hours from another academic department with approval from the graduate psychology program director.

  • PY 733 Developmental and Cognitive Assessment

  • PY 734 Personality Assessment for Counselors and Therapists

  • PY 745 Cognitive Processes

  • PY 746 Psychopharmacology for Counselors and Therapists

  • PY 748 Multicultural Counseling

  • PY 749 Helping Relationship Skills