Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The psychology major provides students with the intellectual and professional skills that allow them to pursue meaningful careers or seek advanced training in psychology or other professional fields.

Requirements for a major in Psychology

  • Psychology 101, 285, 286
  • five of the following six electives: Psychology 206, 212, 305, 310, 311, 350
  • any three additional psychology electives.

Also required is a year-long applied experience which may be fulfilled by any one of the following:

  • Clinical Experience: Psychology 370 and 481 (supervised internship)
  • Developmental Experience: Psychology 365 and 482 (supervised internship)
  • Business Experience: Psychology 377
  • Research Experience: Psychology 491 and 492
  • Capstone course: Psychology 401

Master of Arts in Psychology

The Marietta College Master of Arts program in psychology offers an academic curriculum in general psychology, as well as offering students the opportunity to pursue research in the areas of: clinical, cognitive, social, physiological or developmental psychology. The primary goal of the program is to provide students with a strong graduate level foundation in general psychology. The program is designed to prepare students to pursue further education in psychology at the Ph.D. level or to seek employment at the master's level in a related field.

Program Structure

The program is designed for successful completion over the course of two academic years. Additionally, a five-year combined Bachelor/Master of Arts degree program is offered. The program consists of thirty-six hours of courses composed of: A twenty-four hour core of traditional academically oriented graduate courses in psychology, six hours of experiential electives related to a professional experience in psychology, six hours of empirical thesis research, including a successful thesis defense to a two-member committee.


Admission to the graduate program is competitive and selective. Students applying are required to have completed either a bachelor's degree with a major or minor in psychology from an accredited college or university or to have completed a minimum of twelve undergraduate credit hours in psychology. They are expected to have completed the following courses: Introductory Psychology, Behavioral Statistic, and Research Methods.

Minimal qualifications for acceptance into the graduate program are an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in psychology. Exceptions to these requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis, please contact the director of the MAP program for more information.

Admission to the Five-Year BA/MA Program

Students choosing this option will have the opportunity to complete both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree at Marietta College in five years. Accepted students have the opportunity to take graduate level courses during their senior undergraduate year and complete the graduate requirements during a 5th year in residence. Undergraduate psychology majors/minors at Marietta College who apply for the five-year combined BA/MA program will normally be evaluated for acceptance into the program following the completion of the first semester of the junior year.

Program Curriculum

Core courses (24 hours)

These courses are designed to provide students with a strong background in the basic areas of general psychology. Student must take:

  • PSYC 685 Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 686 Research Design and Methods (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 620 Ethics (3 credit hours)

Students must also choose five of the following courses:

  • PSYC 601 Selected Topics in Psychology
  • PSYC 606 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 610 Attacgnebt and Family Relations
  • PSYC 611 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 612 Seminar in Social Psychology
  • PSYC 613 A Seminar in Theories of Learning and Behavior
  • PSYC 650 Psychopathology

Experiential Component. Two of the following:

This component is designed to provide students with valuable experience related to professional psychology.

  • PSYC 671 The Teaching of Psychology
  • PSYC 672 Directed Research
  • PSYC 673 Practicum Experience

Thesis Requirement (6 hours required)

All students will be required to choose a thesis committee, design, and conduct a committee-approved project, complete a thesis defense, and write a committee approved APA style thesis that will be placed in the college library.

  • PSYC 691 Thesis 1
  • PSYC 692 Thesis 2

The thesis will involve the design and implementation of an approved research project. The thesis committee will consist of two full-time psychology faculty members (one chair, one member) and one other outside member selected by the student.