Description & Objectives
The Psychological Science program is a 33-4-semester unit program designed to provide a broad background in psychology suitable for employment requiring a Master of Arts degree. The Psychological Science program is especially designed to improve the candidacy of students who wish to enter doctoral programs in any academic area of psychology. In the past 10 years, over two-thirds of students awarded an M.A. degree from the Psychological Science program were subsequently admitted to doctoral programs in the United States and Canada. We pride ourselves on being a program that emphasizes individual educational mentoring. Between 10 and 15 students are enrolled each year. All Psychological Science M.A. students conduct original research as a thesis project. Research productivity of Psychological Science students and faculty ranks favorably when compared to other M.A. programs across the country. Students enroll in one of following concentrations:
This concentration provides a broad background suitable for entry into doctoral programs in any area of psychology (e.g., social, cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, or clinical), or for employment that benefits from a Master of Arts degree in Psychology. Active research involvement in some area of Psychological Science will be expected of all students in the program.
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration:
This concentration provides a focused course of study for students intending to advance to doctoral programs in biological psychology, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience or related disciplines; or for employment that benefits from a Master of Arts degree in Psychology or training related to Neuroscience. Active research involvement in Behavioral and/or Cognitive Neuroscience is an expectation of the program.
You'll be taught by the best-of-the-best at Cal State, San Bernardino. The Psychological Science Program at CSUSB has captured more Outstanding Professor and Outstanding Student awards than any other academic unit at the university. Seven faculty have been honored with the University's Outstanding Professor Award, a campus-wide distinction that is part of a California State University state-wide recognition program.
The MAPS professors, and the year they earned the Outstanding Professor Award, are: Fred Newton (1982), Diane Halpern (1985), Bob Cramer (1990), Gloria Cowan (1992), David Riefer (2000), Sanders McDougall (2001), Yuchin Chien (2008), and, continuing this remarkable tradition, Cynthia Crawford (2014).
The Psychological Science Faculty are:
Richard Addante (Biological) Cari Goetz (Evolutionary)
Dionisio Amodeo (Biological) Christina Hassija (Clinical)
Leslie Amodeo (Biological) Hideya Koshino (Cognitive)
Brittany Bloodhart (Social) Michael Lewin (Clinical)
Kelly Campbell (Developmental/Social) Sanders McDougall (Biological)
Yuchin Chien (Cognitive) Miranda McIntyre (Social)
John Clapper (Cognitive) Jason Reimer (Cognitive)
Cynthia Crawford (Biological) Bob Ricco (Cognitive)
Donna Garcia (Social) Jodie Ullman.(Quantitative)
(From left to right) Rick Addante, Hideya Koshino, Donna Garcia, Miranda McIntyre, Joseph Wellman, Leslie Amodeo, Dionoso Amodeo and Dr. Robert Ricco
Please feel free to call or email any of the Psychological Science faculty listed above for more information about specific areas of interest to you. To discuss the program and its relevance to your career goals, please contact the program director, Dr. John Clapper.
- Dr. John Clapper
To apply to the MA Psychological Science program, please visit our Graduate Admissions webpage for deadlines and step-by-step instructions.