The Department of Psychology
Professors: Michael Havens, Matthew McMullen
The student will meet with an advisor to explore a master’s thesis topic and design a suitable project. A formal proposal, the format of which is to be determined by the advisor, will be written and presented before the graduate faculty. Following completion of the project, a defense of the thesis project will be conducted before the graduate faculty. Oral examinations, generally conducted at the end of a plan of study, will be conducted on a date agreed upon by the student and graduate faculty. Students failing the thesis defense or oral examinations will be assigned additional academic activities that will satisfy the requirement by the graduate faculty.
Students choosing to complete a clinical internship can, in consultation with an advisor, choose among numerous internships that are available throughout the Billings area. These internships, established through a long history of cooperation between the Department of Psychology and local agencies, provide students with professionally-supervised training opportunities, off campus research associations, and practical experience in assessment. Potential internship sites include an inpatient psychiatric center, a community mental health center, a prison pre-release center, and residential and day-treatment centers for children and adolescents.
Transfer credits will be approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on the recommendations of the Psychology Graduate Committee. Two copies of official transcripts recording the transfer must be sent directly from the registrar of that institution to the Office of Graduate Studies. No course credit may be transferred unless the grade received was at least a “B.” If approved, a student may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of approved graduate credit from an accredited institution.
Correspondence courses are not accepted as transfer graduate credit.
Applicants seeking admission to the Master’s Degree program in Psychology must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies. Applications submitted before April 15 will be given priority. Later applications will be considered. Application materials include:
The Department of Psychology uses a two-stage approach to determine admission of a limited number of entrants to degree candidacy in the Master’s Degree program. First, the committee uses the letter of application, resume, and letters of recommendation to determine the appropriateness of the applicant’s academic background as well as the compatibility of the candidate’s educational and career goals within the scope of the program. Next, if the academic background and career goals of the applicant are suitable to the program, the GRE scores and GPA are used to determine admission. Applicants will be notified by April 15 as to whether or not they have been accepted into the program.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a Master’s Degree in Psychology should be able to: