Current Students

Current Students

Use the links within this section to access a variety of resources for current graduate students in the department, including course information and schedules, policies and procedures of the graduate program, and useful general information.

Graduate Courses

While some core courses are taught every year in specific semesters, other electives are offered every other year. To see which courses are offered in the upcoming year, please consult the Marietta College Academic Course Schedule.

Description of MAP Courses

PSYC 600 Selected Topics in Psychology
An in-depth examination of the research and theory behind a specific topic, debate or question in the field of psychology. Topics are chosen by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester. May be taken twice for credit with consent of the graduate program director and department chair.

PSYC 606 Developmental Psychology
Advanced examination of theory and research in the area of human development. Includes areas of cognitive and social emotional development with emphasis on the development of infants and children.

PSYC 610 Attachment and Family Relations
This course focuses on an advanced review of the major theories and current research in the area of attachment and family relations. Topics include attachment theory and measurement, infant-parent attachment, and adult attachment and marital satisfaction. Emphasis on research methodology and current social conditions which influence the family.

PSYC 611 Cognitive Psychology
This course focuses on advanced review and critique of the major theories and research findings in the area of cognitive psychology. Topics include perception, attention, memory, problem-solving, reasoning and decision-making, and psycholinguistics. Emphasis is placed on the integration of topics into a model of information processing in the human mind.

PSYC 612 Seminar in Social Psychology
This course provides students with an in-depth overview of theories and research in the area of social psychology. Emphasis is placed on conducting research in social psychology.

PSY 613 Theories of Learning and Behavior
This course will start with a review of basic concepts in operant and classical conditioning and then proceed to modern empirical and theoretical developments. Topics to be discussed include choice, behavioral economics, self-control/impulsivity, behavioral momentum, reinforcement of variability/creativity, language, and forgetting. We will also discuss implications of learning theories for the modification of behavior in general, and examine their application to specific areas like food intake and drug abuse. Students will be expected to examine the implications of these empirical and theoretical developments for issues in their specific field of interest.

PSYC 620 Professional Ethics
Nature of ethical inquiry using selected major philosophers as its foundation. Students develop or use already developed case studies to explore ways of ethical thinking among researchers and practitioners of psychology.

PSYC 650 Psychopathology
In depth analysis of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders from varying theoretical perspectives. Emphasis is placed on an empirical approach to psychological disorders.

PSYC 671 Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology
This course provides students with knowledge and experience in the teaching of psychology at the college level. The course reviews the theory and research behind effective teaching methods and assessment, as well as covering potential problems and issues that may arise in teaching psychology. Students will assist the instructor in all aspects of undergraduate course instruction, including preparing and presenting a class lecture and/or class demonstration.

PSYC 672 Practicum in Directed Research
Students electing this course are expected to be significantly involved in active research beyond the research that is required as a part of their thesis requirement. This research can be student initiated or can involve assisting in a faculty member’s research.

PSYC 673 Practicum in Applied Psychology
Students electing this course will be exposed to and involved in the professional practice of psychology in an applied setting. Students will be required to complete supervised experience at an approved practicum site. (e.g., Clinical, industrial-organizational,
family-child center.).

PSYC 685 Statistics
This course provides both a conceptual and practical understanding of basic and advanced statistical methods of data analysis in the area of psychology. Topics include exploratory data analysis, multifactor between-subjects and repeated-measures analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, partial correlation, and multiple regression. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and interpretation of data using SPSS.

PSYC 686 Research Design and Methods
Study and evaluation of research methods, issues and problems in the major areas of psychology. Topics include case studies, naturalistic observation, and correlational research, within and between experimental designs, factorial research, and quasi-experimental methods.

PSYC 691 Thesis I, PSYC 692 Thesis II.
Original research conducted under the direction of a member of the graduate psychology program leading to the written completion and oral defense of a Master’s thesis.

Student/Faculty Advising

Two of the most important relationships that a graduate student develops in his or her graduate career is probably the relationship with the academic advisor and the relationship with the research mentor. Your academic advisor is the Director of the MAP Program, Dr. Christopher Klein, and you will need to meet with him on a regular basis about your coursework and degree completion. Each semester, you’ll discuss your progress in the program, and which courses you should be taking next.

In most cases, the student’s thesis chair is his or her research mentor as well, typically providing guidance and inspiration for the scholarly/scientific course that the graduate student will ultimately pursue. The research mentor may also serve as a professional role model, counselor, colleague, and friend, and is likely to be a key source for letters of recommendation when the student applies for grants and jobs. For all these reasons and more, it is very important that the student works hard to develop a good relationship with the research mentor. It is equally important that the research mentor work hard to develop a good relationship with his or her graduate students. Graduate students may provide the research mentor with assistance in research and teaching, with intellectual stimulation that will enrich the research mentor’s own scholarly/scientific program, and with an opportunity to have a positive influence on the next generation of psychologists.

Graduate students in the MAP Program are encouraged to seek out their research mentor to work with. In most cases, the student’s research interests fit well with those of the research mentor, but may not be in years where the faculty member has a full roster of students. Because the relationship with the research mentor is so important for graduate school success, the student should regularly monitor how well the relationship is working out. If there are serious problems in the relationship, the student may wish to discuss these with the research mentor him- or herself, or with the MAP Director. Each student – research mentor relationship should be built on common values of mutual respect, honesty, commitment, open communication, and the highest levels of professional and personal integrity.

The relationship between the graduate student and his or her research mentor, as important as it is, represents only one of the many fruitful relationships a student may develop in graduate school. Students should seek to develop positive professional relationships with other faculty members, too. In many cases, graduate students end up conducting research and working closely with two or more faculty members in the Department of Psychology. They may also collaborate on research and scholarly pursuits with their fellow graduate students and, in some cases, with faculty members in other departments and universities.

Procedures & Policies

Graduation Requirements
The graduation requirements for the MAP Program are:

  1. The Credit Requirement
  2. The Grade Point Requirement
  3. The Residency Requirement

1. The Credit Requirement

Each student must complete at least thirty-six (36) credit hours of MAP courses as shown below.

1.a. The Core Requirement: Each student must complete twenty-four credit hours as follows: PSYC 620, 685, 686, plus 15 credit hours selected from PSYC 601, 606, 611, 612, 613, 650. This requirement is designed to provide students with a strong background in the basic areas of general psychology.

1.b. The Practicum Requirement: Each student must complete six credit hours selected from the following: PSYC 671, 672, 673. Students may not repeat the same practicum course. This requirement is designed to provide students with valuable experience related to professional psychology.

1.c. The Thesis Requirement: Each student must complete six credit hours by undertaking an approved research project culminating in a thesis. The requirement is satisfied by completing both PSYC 691 and 692. Each student will design and implement an approved research project, complete a thesis defense, and write a committee-approved APA-style thesis that will be uploaded to the electronic theses and dissertations center of OhioLINK. Each student is required to choose a thesis committee, which will consist of two-full time faculty members of the Department of Psychology (one chair, one member). If the student desires, one additional outside member may be selected by the student with approval by the Director of the MAP program. The outside member may be a faculty member from another discipline or a doctoral level psychologist from the community.

Where a student does not complete the practicum during the semester in which the student enrolled in PSYC 692, the student must register for at least one hour of practicum continuation (PSYC 599). This course cannot be applied toward the required elective hours.

2. The Grade Point Requirement

Marietta College uses a 4.0 grading system where A = 4 quality points, B = 3, etc. Unlike undergraduate programs at Marietta, the MAP program does not employ a +/- system in grading. Each student must achieve at least an overall grade point average of 3.00 in the program, and a grade C or better in all courses. In addition, a minimum grade of B is required in each of the core courses.

A student enrolled in the graduate program in Psychology who receives a grade of “C” or below in any core graduate course must repeat the course and receive a grade of “B” or better. A student who receives two or more grades of “C” or below in any graduate course in the program will be dismissed. The thesis courses are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and are not included in the calculation of the grade point average.

A full explanation of the grading system and abbreviations contained in grade reports is given in the Graduate Catalog Academic Policies and Practices section.

3. The Residency Requirement

At least thirty (30) credit hours of MAP Program courses must be graduate courses at Marietta College.


A MAP student is allowed to participate in the Marietta College Commencement ceremony only if the student has completed all MAP program requirements except Thesis II by the end of the spring term, with Thesis I completed by Spring Break. Satisfactory progress in the thesis will be confirmed with the program director, in consultation with the thesis advisor, to determine eligibility.

Full-time Status

A MAP student is considered full-time when carrying a 9 credit hour load or more.

Probation, Extensions, and Academic Dismissal

Academic probation and/or dismissal of a MAP student is determined by the department faculty and the College Provost. A student receiving a grade of “C” or below in any graduate course will be placed on academic probation. Students who receive a grade of “C” or below in any core requirement course must repeat the core course and receive a grade of “B” or better. A student who receives two or more grades of “C” or below in any graduate MAP program course will be dismissed from the program.

Students are expected to complete all MAP program requirements within two academic years. However, if individual circumstances warrant, a student may petition the MAP director and their thesis chair for an additional academic year extension to complete the program. If a MAP student needs an additional semester to complete the thesis, s/he must register for one credit hour of Thesis Continuation (PSYC 599). (See the MAP Program Director for information). Under normal circumstances, students not completing the MAP program in three academic years will be dismissed. A student that has engaged in unethical or unprofessional conduct may also be dismissed. A student may appeal a decision of dismissal to the Graduate Council.


Tuition fee for the MAP Program is $725 per credit hour. A student enrolled in the BA/MA program will be charged a $675 fee during the student’s senior year in addition to his or her undergraduate tuition fees. See the Graduate Catalog Financial Aid section for information on Withdrawal and Refund Policy, and also for information on Financial Aid and Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.


Graduate Assistantships

Marietta College’s Master of Arts in Psychology program (MAP) offers several funded Graduate Assistantship positions each academic year. Graduate assistants work a maximum of 15 hours each week in the psychology department and receive a paid stipend of approximately $4,000 per academic year. Graduate Assistant positions also provide students with professional training and experience valued by both doctoral programs and employers.

Applications for Graduate Assistantships are reviewed by the Psychology Department faculty and awarded for the academic year on a competitive basis. Applicants must be full time MAP students, be in good academic standing, submit a completed Graduate Assistant-Stipend application, and have the qualifications needed to fill the position. All MAP students are invited to apply, including newly accepted entering graduate students and students in Marietta College’s BA/MA program. Students awarded a Graduate Assistantship during their first year in the MAP program are eligible to apply for a second assistantship, however there is no guarantee they will receive a second assistantship.

Students awarded a Graduate Assistantship will be notified before the start of the fall semester and will need to go to the college’s human resource department (Irvine building) to complete all necessary paper work before the fall semester begins. Stipend payments are normally paid to students two times during the semester.

Duties and Responsibilities
Graduate Assistant responsibilities and tasks are diverse but are primarily focused on helping faculty complete the educational and research mission of the department of psychology. Graduate Assistants must have flexible work schedules that compliment the schedule of the psychology faculty. Graduate Assistants report directly to the MAP director and are required to submit a completed task and time sheet each week they work. Graduate Assistants are expected to perform all their duties in a professional, courteous, and responsible manner.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Assistantship
Graduate students in the MAP Program may also choose to be considered for a graduate assistantship position in the Marietta College of Diversity and Inclusion. The graduate assistant chosen for this position will serve as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion team at Marietta College and will be responsible for gathering data, creating informational materials, and developing and implementing programs, strategies, and policies that will support, enhance, and preserve a diverse and inclusive environment for all members of the Marietta College community. The focus of this graduate assistantship will be the needs of students from traditionally underrepresented populations, including, but not limited to, first-generation, low-income, and/or racial and ethnic minority groups.

External Funding Opportunities


Research Awards

Helpful Links

Marietta College Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) Student Handbook

MAP Audit Sheet

Graduate Council Research/Travel Grants