General Psychology (Tempo Competency-Based Learning™)

Study the social, cultural, and cognitive aspects of human behavior as you explore the fundamentals of psychology, including its theories, methods, and principles. Evaluate and design research methods and examine multicultural and/or global perspectives of psychology. Prepare to work in a wide range of industries, including academic, research, and healthcare organizations; communities; and businesses.

The General Psychology competency-based degree completion option is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

Completion Requirements

  • 48 total quarter credits

Areas of Expertise and Competency Descriptions

The master’s program in psychology with a specialization in General Psychology includes the following competencies grouped within these Areas of Expertise.

Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology (PSYC 6002):

  • GS001 Graduate Program in Psychology and Goals: Examine the programs of study in psychology to explore personal and professional interests.
  • GS002 Academic Goals: Demonstrate the scholarly writing and critical thinking skills needed to meet academic goals.
  • GS003: Professional Goals: Demonstrate skills to further professional goals in order to promote academic excellence and social change in the field of psychology.

Themes and Theories of Psychology (PSYC 6200):

  • PT001 Psychological Themes and Theories: Evaluate key concepts in psychological theories for application in a range of settings (i.e., workplace, personal, educational, healthcare).
  • PT002 Human Behavior: Evaluate how theories relate to human behavior in varied settings to promote cultural awareness.
  • PT003 Research: Evaluate how research informs and is informed by psychological theories to promote social change in communities or in society at-large.

Lifespan Development (PSYC 6215):

  • LF001 Theories and Processes of Development: Analyze the qualifications for juvenile distinction in the criminal justice system.
  • LF002 Developmental Concepts: Distinguish between biological, psychological, and sociological influences of juvenile delinquency.
  • LF003 Lifespan: Apply strategies for working with juveniles based on adjudication decisions.

Culture and Psychology (PSYC 6701):

  • CU001 Culture and Human Development: Evaluate the influence of culture on social, emotional, and cognitive developmental processes and human behavior to gain a better understanding of individuals across the world.
  • CU002 Social Roles and Social Behavior: Analyze how culture influences socialization, social roles, social cognition, and social behavior to gain a greater appreciation of cultural appropriate behaviors in varied settings.
  • CU003 Culture and Psychological Well-Being: Apply cross-cultural perspectives to understand psychological disorders and to promote mental health attitudes, beliefs, and practices in varied settings.
  • CU004 Cross-Cultural Research: Promote a global perspective of psychology using cross-cultural research and methods to encourage positive social change.

Applied Psychology Research Methods (PSYC 6800):

  • PS001 Data Collection and Management: Collect, manage, and clean quantitative data to develop core skills for problem solving.
  • PS002 Data Analysis: Analyze quantitative data to answer questions to solve problems in real-world situations.
  • PS003 Data Interpretation: Interpret quantitative data to make generalizations for positive social change.

Capstone (PSYC 6393):

  • Research Strategies: Develop evidence-based strategies to address contemporary issues or problems based on applied research in the field of psychology.
  • Issues or Problems in Psychology: Apply psychology to contemporary issues or problems in either the workplace, community, or world.
  • Literature Reviews: Synthesize literature related to the field of psychology that is focused on contemporary issues or problems in the workplace, community, or world.

Social Psychology (PSYC 6245):

  • SO001 Research Methods: Examine research methods used by social psychologists to be a discriminating consumer of data.
  • SO002 Theoretical Perspective and Concepts of Social Psychology: Apply social psychology theory and concepts to explain real world experiences.
  • SO003 Cultural Factors and Social Agents that Influence Human Behavior: Analyze cultural factors and social agents to understand and explain social phenomena and human behavior.

Psychology of Personality (PSYC 6220):

  • PZ001 Personality Theories: Analyze theories of personality development to better understand individuals in varied settings.
  • PZ002 Personality Assessment: Apply personality assessment techniques to better understand personality types.
  • PZ003 Research in Personality: Evaluate research related to the psychology of personality to promote psychological well-being.

Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (PSYC 6238):

  • CA001 Theoretical Perspectives: Evaluate theories related to cognitive psychology including intelligence, language, and memory to better understand human behavior in a variety of settings.
  • CA002 Cognitive Processes: Evaluate cognitive processes to understand their role in human functioning (i.e., attention, perception, problem solving, decision making, higher-order functioning).
  • CA003 Affective Behavior: Analyze the role of emotions on cognitive processes to better understand individuals in varied settings.

Research Theory, Design, and Methods (RSCH 6110):

  • RT001 Philosophy of Science, Theory and Social Change: Analyze the roles of philosophy, theory, and social change in research.
  • RT002 Quantitative Research: Assess quantitative research studies for quality and for alignment among critical research components.
  • RT003 Qualitative Research: Assess qualitative research studies for quality and for alignment among critical research components.
  • RT004 Mixed Methods Research: Assess mixed methods research (MMR) studies for quality and for alignment among critical research components.

Note: If you start the MS in Psychology program with the General Psychology specialization before February 4, 2020, please note that not all curriculum may be available when you start your program, and the earliest you can complete the program is February 4, 2020.

In an effort to ensure competencies are kept up to date and relevant to meet the learning outcomes of the program, the number and subject matter of individual competencies needed to satisfy program course requirements may change. However, program outcomes and the number and subject matter of courses will not be impacted. As a result, the required competencies listed in a student’s individual learning plan may differ from what is currently listed on this page.

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