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.

Academic Standing
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.

Course Progression
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.

Graduation Criteria
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.

Curriculum

Total Course Requirements.....................….....................................................................51 hrs.

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General Experimental Psychology Curriculum

General Experimental Psychology Core Required Course.............................................27 hrs.

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

Research Foundations
PSY 651 Correlational Research Design and Statistics
PSY 652 Univariate Research Design and Statistics

Thesis
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

Nonprofit Leadership Core Required Courses...............................................................24 hrs.
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:
Graduate Coordinator
General Experimental Master's Program
Department of Psychology
Murray State University
212 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318
Phone: 270.809.2851
Fax: 270.809.2991
E-mail: jhackathorn@murraystate.edu