Graduate Program

Graduate StudentsThe department is known for its strong history of high quality research, teaching, and service. When the applied arm of the American Psychology Society (APS), the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, was established in 1994, the UNO psychology department was one of the first departments to receive accreditation in applied psychology. Further evidence for the quality of the department comes from its history of attracting external funding to support faculty research.

The overall training goal of the department's graduate program is to produce well-trained applied scientists who, depending on their career goals, are capable of assisting clinical psychologists and working as a mental health professional (MS objective) or teaching, conducting research, and providing professional service delivery (Ph.D. objective). Regardless of the degree objective, students have substantial contact with faculty through classes, graduate committees, and other formal and informal departmental activities. The size and collaborative nature of our faculty ensures that students will have the opportunity to interact with nearly all of the faculty members in the department. We offer a Master of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Applied Psychology. Students may apply for either the MS in psychology or the Ph.D. in psychology program. Both MS and PhD students will earn a MS degree, however the terminal MS students do not complete a thesis. Students applying to the Ph.D. program will choose one of two areas of concentration, Applied Developmental Psychology or Applied Biopsychology.

Master of Science in Applied Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes
College of Science

  1. Graduate students who complete the MS degree will demonstrate competence in the empirical literature on the social, cognitive and affective basis of the science of psychology.
  2. Graduate students who complete the MS degree will demonstrate competence in the empirical literature on individual differences and the biological basis of the science of psychology.
  3. Graduate students who complete the MS degree will develop the ability to communicate psychological knowledge, develop and test hypotheses that advance or support current knowledge.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 40 credit hours is necessary for the Master of Science degree, although some students may be required to take additional hours to remedy undergraduate training deficiencies or in order to meet particular career goals. Students may complete the M.S. while in progress towards the Ph.D. at UNO or as a terminal degree.

  1. General Core: Core courses are required for all graduate students. They include Psychology 6311, 6050, 6091 (two credit hours), 6350, and 6550.
  2. Specialty Core: Each specialization or concentration requires the following as core:

    Applied Developmental Psychology with Ph.D. objective: PSYC 6312 (3 hrs), 6101 (3 hrs), 6102 (3 hrs), 6091 (2 hrs), and 6610 (3 hrs).

    Applied Biopsychology with a Ph.D. objective: PSYC 6312 (3 hrs), 6091 (2 hrs), 6801 (3 hrs), 6802 (3 hrs), and 6810 (3 hrs).

    Non-thesis Applied M.S. objective: PSYC 6620 (3 hrs), 6170 (3 hrs), 6101 (3 hrs), 6102 (3 hrs), 6610 (3 hrs). Students pursuing the M.S. as a terminal degree will complete five sections of practicum, PSYC 6191.

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Psychology

The overall training goal of the department’s doctoral program is to produce well-trained applied scientists who, depending on their career goals, are capable of teaching, conducting research, and providing professional service delivery. Students have substantial contact with faculty in both programs through classes, graduate committees, and other formal and informal departmental activities. The size and collaborative nature of our faculty ensures that students will have the opportunity to interact with nearly all of the faculty members in the department. Students in both programs take many classes together and often work on joint research projects.

This doctoral degree program, combined with a master of science, offers two specializations.

Specializations

BiospychologyApplied Biopsychology Program

Biopsychology is a translational, integrative, and rapidly evolving discipline within psychology that can be defined as the scientific study of the biology of behavior. The Applied Biopsychology track at UNO is personified by collaborative faculty research in biopsychology research laboratories.

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DevelopmentalApplied Developmental Psychology Program

Applied Developmental Psychology focuses on the use of developmental theory and research to promote positive developmental outcomes in individuals, families, and communities.  Students are trained to use science-based knowledge to promote healthy behavioral, social, cognitive, emotional, and biological development.

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Next Step: How to Apply

Application Information for the Applied Psychology Program