May 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology, General/Experimental Concentration, MA

Total Hours Required for Degree:  39

McNeese State University’s Master of Arts in Psychology program with a concentration in General/Experimental Psychology prepares master’s level graduates for advanced study in psychology at the Ph.D. level. Students use this program to enhance their competitive applications for doctoral programs through coursework in experimental design including group and single-subject methodology, statistical analysis, and semi-independent research. Students are required to complete 18 credit hours in the core curriculum and 21 credit hours of concentration classes for a total of 39 credit hours. This is a thesis program that requires a research-based thesis.


In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology program must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum score of 285 on the GRE (Quantitative + Verbal).
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Three hours of statistics plus a minimum of 18 hours in psychology, including 3 hours in each of the following: experimental psychology, abnormal psychology, and social psychology.
  • The above are considered as minimum requirements. In addition, students must be accepted by the Departmental Admissions and Retention Committee, which will make its determination subsequent to the student’s completion of 12 hours or the first semester of graduate work. Students are considered to be working on the Master of Arts in Psychology only after being accepted by the committee and being admitted to candidacy.

Term 3: Summer - 3 hours

Term 4: Fall - 9 hours

Term 5: Spring - 9 hours

  • PSYC or STAT Elective (500/600 Level) - 3 hours

General Notes

  • At least one-half of the total number of credit hours required for a graduate degree, excluding credit for thesis, must be at the 600 level.
  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Graduate School Regulations  page.