Dual Degree Program: M.A./M.S. in General Experimental Psychology + M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership Studies
This program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership careers in community and social service organizations, healthcare, government, and other nonprofit sector organizations at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
The dual master's degrees in General Experimental Psychology (GEPSY) and Nonprofit
Leadership Studies (NLS) at Murray State University enable students to take a five-semester
or six-semester sequence of courses leading to two degrees – a master’s degree in
GEPSY and a master’s degree in NLS. Students are required to comply with the specific
policies set up by the dual master’s degree in which they have been admitted.
Application and Admission
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and must declare at the time of application the intention to pursue a dual degree in GEPSY/NLS. Applicants must be accepted for unconditional admission by the GEPSY program as well as accepted for admission by the NLS program. The normal criteria for admission to the GEPSY program and criteria for admission to the NLS program apply. If a student only meets the admission criteria of one program, the applicant must apply separately to that single degree program and is then required to meet the graduation requirements of that program.
Grade point averages (GPA) in the two programs are computed separately. To continue with the dual GEPSY/NLS degrees, students must meet the academic standards in each program. Students failing in one program but meeting academic standards in the other may reapply for admission to the degree program in which the student is able to meet the academic standards and may transfer in completed course work that is applicable to that program.
Students are required to work consistently toward both degrees. Students will be assigned one advisor from each program to support students’ successful course progression, and students are expected to meet with each advisor at least once each semester to ensure both programs are being completed in a timely manner.
Students in the GEPSY/NLS program must complete the thesis required for the GEPSY program. The thesis committee will be chaired by a member of the graduate faculty from the psychology department. One member of the thesis committee will be from the graduate faculty of the NLS program. The choice of thesis topic should be a collaborative decision between the student and the thesis committee and should be a topic relevant to both psychology and nonprofit leadership. Successful completion of the GEPSY thesis will fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement for the NLS degree. The degrees in GEPSY and NLS must be awarded at the same time.
Total Course Requirements.....................….....................................................................51 hrs.Click the arrows for specific information
General Experimental Psychology Curriculum
General Experimental Psychology Core Required Course.............................................27
Foundations of Behavior
PSY 610 Graduate Seminar in General Experimental Psychology
PSY 621 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY 622 Cognitive Bases of Behavior
PSY 623 Social Bases of Behavior
PSY 624 Developmental Bases of Behavior
PSY 651 Correlational Research Design and Statistics
PSY 652 Univariate Research Design and Statistics
PSY 698 Thesis
PSY 699 Thesis
Other Degree Requirements
- Oral defense and examination of the thesis
- Competency in an approved foreign language (M.A. only)
Nonprofit Leadership Studies Curriculum
NLS 600 The Nonprofit Sector and Civil Society
NLS 601 Seminar on Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 602 Financial Resource Management and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 625 Nonprofit Organization Development, Management, and Leadership
NLS 665 Policy, Legal Issues, and Advocacy for Social Change in Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 675 Social Entrepreneurship
NLS 685 Seminar on Leadership Development
ADM 630 Methods of Research
For more information contact:
General Experimental Master's Program
Department of Psychology
Murray State University
212 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318