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Psychology, M.A.

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Arcata, CA, United States
Our M.A. degree program in Psychology from Humboldt State University allows undergraduate students to apply during their junior year and complete their M.A. degree in a 5th year (their B.A. plus one year). 


The Psychology program from Humboldt State University is open to all students who have an interest in psychology, and works closely with Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors. We have a local chapter of Psi Chi. 

The department is known for friendly relations between faculty, staff and students. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor, and office hours and informal contacts with professors are readily available. The department staff includes an Administrative Support Coordinator, Graduate Coordinator, and Test Librarian. The department office is open year-round during regular business hours.

Special Facilities:

  • Research labs for neuroscience and social, developmental, cognitive, clinical and community psychology
  • psychological test library
  • interviewing and counseling rooms with video equipment and one-way mirrors
  • a community counseling facility staffed by graduate students and supervised by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • opportunities for observation and research at the Child Development Lab, a demonstration preschool run by the HSU Child Development Department
  • opportunities for supervised volunteer experience in the community

Possible Careers

  • Behavioral Counselor
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Family Services Worker
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Health Project Coordinator
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Institutional Researcher
  • Marriage & Family Therapist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology of Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Choices & Changes in Sexuality
  • Understanding Research Methods in Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Design & Methodology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Psychology of Prejudice 
  • Family Relations in Contemporary Society .
  • Business Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.25 in psychology coursework is required.
  • All applicants must submit a 500-750 word statement of purpose addressing their background, research interests in psychology, preparation, career goals, and how they relate to the proposed area of study. Upload into the personal statement field in CalState Apply. 
  • All applicants must identify a faculty member willing to serve as their research supervisor. Enter their name into your CalState Apply application, below your statement of purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation, through CalState Apply

Tuition Fee

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    7676 USD/year
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    7676 USD/year
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Living costs for Arcata

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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