College of Humanities and Fine Arts
   Ted Brown, Dean
   Staci Stone, Assistant Dean
   100 Faculty Hall
   270-809-6936
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In this chapter...

Academic Departments
 Art
 English and Philosophy 
 Government, Law and International Affairs 
 History 
 Modern Languages 
 Music 
 Psychology 
 

Graduate Programs
 Creative Writing
 English 
 History 
 Music Education (M.M.E.) 
 Psychology - clinical 
 Psychology - general 
 Public Administration (M.P.A.) 
 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 

 
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts is composed of the Departments of Art; English and Philosophy; Government, Law and International Affairs; History; Modern Languages; Music; Psychology; and Theatre and Dance. The college offers the master of arts degree in English, history, psychology, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the master of science in psychology, the Master of Music Education (M.M.E.), the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A), and the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in creative writing. The college also supports the master of arts in education program in secondary education.

All programs stress high academic standards and reflect current trends in scholarship. Each program also provides options that prepare students for employment in a variety of fields, for entry into several professions, or for admission to doctoral programs at other institutions.

Graduate programs in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts offer several special opportunities. The Forrest C. Pogue Public History Institute, located in the Department of History, provides opportunities for graduate students to work with one of several active public history research projects. The institute also provides opportunities for students to gain experience in historic interpretation, museum studies, historic preservation, and oral history.

Degree candidates for the M.A. in English have several co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. They help plan and participate in an annual Composition and Rhetoric Colloquium which brings nationally recognized scholars to campus, and they participate with faculty members in department seminars. Students also may help coordinate a series of readings by poets and fiction writers as well as gain practical experience in editing through work with departmental publications, workshops, and seminars. Paid teaching assistantships are available whereby students gain supervised experience in the teaching of writing in the university’s composition classes and tutorial programs.

The Department of English and Philosophy offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in creative, expository, and technical writing during all stages from creation to publication. A laboratory with computer equipment enables students to learn about the design, editing, and production of various kinds of publications.

The M.A. in TESOL program is located in the Department of English and Philosophy, but also utilizes resources and faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and the English as a Second Language Program (ESL). The M.A. in TESOL is the recommended degree for individuals who wish to teach English to non-native speakers in industry, schools, and universities in this country and abroad. Graduate students in the TESOL program gain practical experience in the Murray State English Language Institute, a pre-college program serving 150 international students a year. The ESL program provides experience for all students through the Practicum in TESOL; in addition, mentorships and teaching assistantships in ESL are available for some students. Computer laboratories offer computer-assisted language learning and Internet access to the program.

The Department of Music features 20 full-time and 10 part-time faculty. The department provides a comprehensive education for the aspiring professional music teacher, performer, and composer. Courses and performance opportunities for both majors and non-majors are designed to involve students in the music-making process.

The Department of Music has an established national reputation dating from the 1930’s, when it became the first department in a teachers’ college to gain membership in the National Association of Schools of Music, an accreditation that has been sustained since that time. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in many performance organizations sponsored by the department. The marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz bands, orchestra, concert choir, and other instrumental and choral ensembles perform for audiences on campus, in the community, and on tour. In addition, students and faculty frequently perform together in select ensembles and recitals.

The Department of Psychology operates research laboratories that provide an array of opportunities for graduate students to conduct research with faculty members. In addition, the Psychological Center, which provides psychological services to the university and surrounding community, is located within the department. The Psychological Center is used as a training facility for graduate students in clinical psychology. It provides supervised experiences in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy and is an on-site agency for clinical practicum.

The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) is a consortium of 19 colleges and universities that is administered by Murray State University and located in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. KIIS is dedicated to providing excellent international education and offers 25 high-quality, low-cost summer and semester programs in 15 countries around the world. KIIS programs take place in Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey. Graduate courses are offered in a wide variety of academic fields in several of the programs. All courses except language courses are taught in English.


Departments and programs of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts are housed in five buildings on the main campus:  the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, Faculty Hall, Lovett Auditorium, Wells Hall, and Wilson Hall. Lovett Auditorium is adjacent to the Doyle Center. With a seating capacity of 2,100, the auditorium provides theatre and music students with additional performance space suitable for large dramatic productions and major musical events.

Department of Art
Chair - Richard Dougherty
604 Price Doyle Fine Arts Center
270-809-3784

The graduate courses taught by the Department of Art provide course work for candidates seeking the master of arts in education with a teaching area in studio art, and other graduate programs.


Master of Arts in Education (Secondary Education) with Teaching Area in Studio Art

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a studio art specialization with 12 hours of 500 or 600 level studio art courses.


Department of English and Philosophy
Chair - Peter Murphy
Graduate Coordinator - Laura Dawkins
Director, TESOL - M. Sue Sroda
7C9 Faculty Hall
270-809-2401

The Department of English and Philosophy offers the Master of Arts in English, the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and courses toward an English specialization in the Master of Arts in Education (secondary education) degree.


Master of Arts in English

CIP 23.0101

The objectives of the M.A. program in English are (1) to prepare teachers of language, literature and composition at the college and secondary school levels; (2) to provide a broad foundation for those wishing to pursue further graduate study; and (3) to meet the special needs of a variety of pre-professional programs.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must comply with the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are:

Unconditional
•    Undergraduate major or minor in English.
•    Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Conditional
Departmental judgment of probable success based on Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of recommendation, or other evidence such as a planned program of prerequisite courses.

Note:  At least half of the total coursework, excluding thesis credit, must be in 600-level courses. Any substitutions for the requirements listed below must be approved by the departmental graduate coordinator.


ENGLISH EDUCATION
NON-THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
ENG    600    Research and Bibliography
ENG    601    Teaching Writing in Schools
ENG    602    Teaching Literature in Schools
ENG    603    Teaching English Language Arts in Schools
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
ENG electives (6 hrs)

LITERATURE
NON-THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
ENG    600    Research and Bibliography
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
ENG electives (15 hrs)
(including at least one course in literature other than American or British)

CREATIVE WRITING
THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
ENG    600    Research and Bibliography
ENG    698    Thesis Writing
ENG    699    Thesis Writing
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
and nine hours from the following:
ENG    520    Forms of Poetry
ENG    521    Forms of Fiction
ENG    610    Graduate Writer’s Workshop
ENG    671    Special Topics in Creative Writing
ENG    672    Studies in Creative Nonfiction

ENGLISH STUDIES
NON-THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
ENG    600    Research and Bibliography
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
ENG electives (15 hrs)

ENGLISH WITH PHILOSOPHY AS A COGNATE DISCIPLINE
THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
ENG    600    Research and Bibliography
ENG 698-699 Thesis Writing
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
ENG or PHI electives (9 hrs)

NON-THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
Same as above, with the following substitution for thesis:

ENG or PHI electives    increase to 15 hrs

Other Degree Requirements
•    Written comprehensive examination over an approved reading list.
•    Oral examination over the approved reading list or an oral thesis defense.
•    Exit portfolio or thesis.



Master of Arts in Education
(Secondary Education) with English Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete an English specialization with 12-15 hours of 500- or 600-level English courses. If approved by the English graduate coordinator, nine of these hours also may be counted toward the M.A. in English (thesis or non-thesis) as a second degree if they fall within the eight-year time limit.



Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

CIP 23.0101

The M.F.A. in Creative Writing (low-residency program) offers advanced instruction to creative writers whose circumstances prohibit them from pursuing a traditionally structured course of graduate study. The M.F.A. offers possible concentrations in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The degree requires four 10-day residencies at Murray State University, offered twice annually; most of the curriculum requirements are satisfied via distance learning. Furthermore, the program encourages collaboration with other institutions of higher learning by allowing students to transfer nine hours from any accredited graduate institution.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must comply with the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for admission are:
•    a baccalaureate degree with a major, minor, or evidence of sufficient study in, literature;
•    committee approval of application based on the following factors:
    -writing sample in appropriate genre (see below).
    -GPA at previous undergraduate and/or graduate programs.
    -two letters of recommendation.
    -a personal essay (200-300 words) addressing your experiences and goals as a writer.
    -preparation and experience as demonstrated in personal statement.

Submission of Writing Sample
All applicants must declare a specialization in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction and submit a writing sample within the chosen genre. The writing sample may be composed of one or multiple works. Prose samples should be double-spaced, and all samples should be typed in a legible font: fiction 20-30 pages; creative nonfiction 20-30 pages; poetry 15-20 pages. Writing samples are not returnable.


THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    48 hours
Three semesters of the following. Student must take at least two sections in chosen field: fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction.
ENG    661    Graduate Fiction Tutorial
    -or-
ENG    662    Graduate Poetry Tutorial
    -or-
ENG    663    Graduate Creative Non-Fiction Tutorial

Four semesters of the following. Student must take at least three sections in chosen field: fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction.
ENG    665    Graduate Residency in Fiction
    -or-
ENG    666    Graduate Residency in Poetry
    -or-
ENG    667    Graduate Residency in Creative Non-Fiction

ENG    664    Graduate Field Study
ENG    668    Graduate Creative Thesis

Required Electives    9 hrs
Graduate-level contemporary literature course (3 hrs)
Graduate-level literature courses (6 hrs)



Master of Arts in Teaching English
to Speakers of Other Languages

CIP 13.1401

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must comply with the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional admission are as follows:
•    an undergraduate major in English or a modern foreign language or approval by the TESOL Advisory Committee;
•    at least 12 semester hours in one modern foreign language or demonstrated proficiency at that level (permission may be granted to complete this proficiency during the program; for non-native speakers, language may be English);
•    for non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL score of 235 (575 on the paper-based test) or higher or a previous degree earned from an accredited institution in the United States or successful completion of Level 6 of the Murray State University English as a Second Language Program;
•    students who score between 195-234  on the TOEFL exam (between 525 and 574 on the paper-based test) but meet all other conditions for admittance may be admitted conditionally by the TESOL Advisory committee. Under these conditions, students will have their English language skills assessed by the director of the TESOL program immediately after they arrive on campus to determine if further classes are needed to develop English language proficiency. After assessment the students may be assigned to full-time language study in the English as a Second Language Program, or permitted to take graduate-level classes on a conditional basis along with further designated language study, or permitted to begin graduate study without further restrictions.


NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY
Total Course Requirements    34 hours
TSL    510    Applied Linguistics for Second Language Teaching
TSL    520    Computer Assisted Language Learning
TSL    530    Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
TSL    533    Language and Culture
TSL    580    Practicum
TSL    610    Applied Linguistics and Professional Practices
TSL    615    Course and Syllabus Design in ESL
TSL    623    Testing and Evaluation in Second Language Teaching
TSL    630    Developing Intercultural Competence
TSL    653    Integrated ESL Skills Seminar
TSL    690    Internship

Other Degree Requirements
Formal evaluations during the course of the program, to include a one-hour oral exit examination.



CERTIFICATE:
Endorsement in English as a Second Language

In keeping with Kentucky Department of Education guidelines, students who hold or are earning a certificate to teach at the elementary, middle school or secondary level may seek a K-12 certificate endorsement in English as a second language by completing the following 12 semester hours of course work:

ENG    310    Linguistics and English Grammars    
    -or-
ENG    531    Introduction to Linguistic Science
ENG    533    Language and Culture
TSL    510    Applied Linguistics for Second Language Teaching
TSL    530    Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL

Other Degree Requirements
An oral examination is required. English as a Second Language certificate endorsement seekers are required in Kentucky to take the Teaching English as a Second Language Praxis exam upon completion of the above courses.


Department of Government, Law and International Affairs
Chair - Farouk Umar
5A Faculty Hall
270-809-2661

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program prepares students for careers as administrators in public service organizations. The program provides in-service personnel an opportunity to refine their administrative skills; it also provides individuals seeking positions (pre-service) an opportunity to develop administrative skills.

The program has two components: a) 21 hours or seven required core courses that provide a general foundation in public administration and b) 12 hours or four elective courses that may be selected to develop an area of specialization. The graduate courses taught by the Department of Government, Law and International Affairs support other graduate programs at Murray State University.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.

Unconditional
To qualify for unconditional admission, an applicant must have:
•    an undergraduate major in political science, other social science or business, or substantial background in relevant disciplines;
•    a grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale);
•    students whose native language is not English must present a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper based test or 213 on computer based test.

Conditional
For conditional admission, an applicant may have:
•    a grade point average between 2.25 and 2.74 (on a 4.00 scale) or
•    an overall grade point average of 2.0 to 2.24 if the student’s experience is evaluated by the director and faculty of the M.P.A. program as indicating the likelihood of success;
•    students whose native language is not English must  present a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper based test or 213 on computer based test before the completion of nine (9) graduate hours.



Master of Public Administration

CIP 44.0401

NON THESIS TRACK ONLY
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
POL    573    Public Budgeting and Finance
POL    575    Human Resource Administration
POL    660    Research Methods
POL    670    Foundations of Public Administration
POL    671    Public Policy Analysis
POL    674    Public Organizations
POL    685    Public Administration Capstone
Graduate Electives (12 hrs)

    A student may take 12 hours of graduate electives from outside the Department of Government, Law and International Affairs to fulfill a specialized option or area of interest with the approval of the M.P.A. director.
At least half of the total course work  must be taken at the 600 level.

NOTE:  A maximum of 12 hours of relevant graduate courses with a grade of B or better may be transferred from a regionally accredited university for credit in the M.P.A. program. No more than nine hours of comparable courses may be transferred into the core as evaluated by the M.P.A. director. Official transferral of this credit shall take place after successful completion of nine hours of graduate work at Murray State University.


Department of History
Chair -Alice N. Walters
Graduate Coordinator - B. Anthony Gannon
6B Faculty Hall
270-809-2231

The master of arts program in history offers advanced study to qualified students in American, European, and Third World history. The course of study emphasizes the development of a coherent view of the past, the effective communication of ideas, and the familiarity with a variety of historical schools of interpretation.

The department offers three programs leading to the master of arts degree. The thesis track option is a general program of advanced study that requires a thesis; the two non-thesis tracks replace the thesis with additional training in the major/minor areas.

The master of arts in history provides excellent preparation for doctoral work in history, for law school, or for other professional and graduate education. The history M.A. is also excellent preparation for careers in government, public and private agencies concerned with history, and any career requiring research, analytical and writing skills. It also enables teachers to meet Rank II certification in Kentucky public schools.

The department’s principal graduate course offerings are in American and modern European history, complemented by course offerings in Third World history.

The history department awards a limited number of assistantships each academic year. Applications for assistantships should be made directly to the graduate coordinator of the Department of History. Applications are due in April for the forthcoming academic year.

Admission applications for the upcoming fall term should be received by June 1 of the same calendar year. The Department of History does not review any graduate applications until all materials–the graduate application, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and official transcript–have been received by the graduate coordinator.

The graduate application and GRE scores should be sent to Graduate Admissions, Murray State University, Sparks Hall, Murray, KY 42071. All other materials should be sent to Graduate Coordinator, Department of History, Murray State University, 6B Faculty Hall, Murray, KY 42071-3341.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements are as follows.

Unconditional
•    An undergraduate major or minor in history.
•    GPA of 3.0 or better in history courses.
•    GRE score of at least 900 (V+Q).
•    3-5 page (minimum) sample of historical writing.
•    Two letters of recommendation.

Conditional
A student with a GRE score of less than 900 (V+Q) may be admitted conditionally to the history M.A. program, but the student must satisfy the conditional requirements for admission as specified in Chapter 2.



Master of Arts in History

CIP 54.0101

Students admitted to history graduate study should consult with the department graduate advisor to declare a course of study which meets the requirements of the thesis and non-thesis options.

THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
HIS    600    Development of Historical Thinking
HIS    605    Seminar in European History   
    -or-
HIS    631    Seminar in United States History to 1865
    -or-
HIS    633    Seminar in United States History since 1865
HIS electives in major area (12 hrs)
HIS electives in minor area (6 hrs)
HIS    698-699  Thesis

Other Degree Requirements
•    A comprehensive examination of major and minor fields of study.
•    Oral defense of thesis.
•    Competency in an approved foreign language,
    -or-
•    Equivalent tool of research or special field of study (approval by graduate committee and department chair required; approval will be granted only when proposed alternative is demonstrably necessary to the student’s academic needs).


NON-THESIS TRACK
UNITED STATES HISTORY OPTION
Total Course Requirements    36 hours
HIS    600    Development of Historical Thinking
HIS    622    Readings in United States History
HIS    631    Seminar in United States History to 1865
HIS    633    Seminar in United States History since 1865
HIS electives in major area (9 hrs)
HIS electives in minor area* (15 hrs)
*The minor area is considered to be a combination of electives in European and/or Third World history.

    Students may, on occasion, substitute graduate-level, non-history courses for electives in their major and/or minor fields. Such substitutions, however, require the consent of the graduate coordinator for the Department of History.

Other Degree Requirements
•    Comprehensive written and oral examinations in major and minor areas.


EUROPEAN HISTORY OPTION
Total Course Requirements    36 hours
HIS    600    Development of Historical Thinking
HIS    602    Readings in European History
HIS    605    Seminar in European History
HIS    663    Readings in Third World History
HIS electives in major area (9 hrs)
HIS electives in minor area (15 hrs)
*The minor area is considered to be a combination of electives in United States and/or Third World history.
   
    Students may, on occasion, substitute graduate-level, non-history courses for electives in their major and/or minor fields. Such substitutions, however, require the consent of the graduate coordinator for the Department of History.

Other Degree Requirements
•    Comprehensive written and oral examinations in major and minor areas.



Master of Arts in Education
(Secondary Education) with History Specialization

CIP 13.1205
 
Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a history specialization with 12 hours of 500- or 600-level history courses.


Department of Modern Languages
Chair - Janice Morgan
4A Faculty Hall
270-809-2501


Master of Arts in Education
(Secondary Education) with French, German, or Spanish Specialization

CIP 13.1205

The Department of Modern Languages provides instruction in support of the M.A.Ed. in secondary education with a specialization in French, German or Spanish with 12 hours of 500-level courses in the appropriate language. Prospective students should contact the chair of the department for details on advising and graduate program design.

Foreign Language Examination
Students who are required by their departments to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language may satisfy the requirement in one of the following ways:
•    by completion of two years of college-level study in one language with an average grade of C or better; or
•    by scoring 500 or above on the Placement Exam given by the Department of Modern Languages.

The native language of a foreign student may be accepted to meet the graduate language requirements if recommended by the student’s advisor and approved by the graduate coordinator of the student’s college.

For those disciplines which permit the substitution of statistics, computer science, or a combination thereof for a foreign language, the requirement may be met by the satisfactory completion of two semesters of the permitted substitute courses with grades of C or better. These courses are in addition to the total number of hours required for the degree. A proficiency examination administered by the appropriate department may be accepted in lieu of the required course work.


Department of Music
Chair - Pamela Wurgler
Graduate Coordinator - Pamela Wurgler
504 Price Doyle Fine Arts Center
270-809-4288

The Department of Music offers the Master of Music Education (M.M.E.) degree. The M.M.E. degree seeks to serve the region’s teachers with opportunities to continue their professional growth, refining and extending their skills and knowledge beyond the baccalaureate level. The program provides leadership, enrichment, and resources for the region’s music professionals in an atmosphere of musical activity. The curriculum is planned to:
•    promote depth in critical thinking and analysis, resulting in the formulation of a personal philosophy of music education and an arts advocacy position;
•    provide awareness of current issues in music, education, and the profession of teaching music at all levels;
•    prepare students to assume leadership in music program administration through curriculum development aligned with state and national standards in the arts;
•    refine and extend knowledge and skills in music: its history, composition, performance, pedagogy, and cultural values;
•    provide opportunities for students to explore and apply technology as a tool for teaching music; and
•    create networks among music professionals and assist the transition from intern teacher to mentor teacher and cooperating teacher.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Each student who wishes to be considered for unconditional admission to graduate study leading to the Master of Music Education degree must have the following additional qualifications:
•    an undergraduate music major, or the equivalent, with teacher certification;
•    an overall GPA of 2.75, or 2.5 with a minimum score of 800 on the GRE aptitude test (V+Q).

Additional Requirements
During the first semester of course work the student, in consultation with the graduate advisor, must list chosen courses from the 30-hour curriculum on the Program of Studies form supplied by Graduate Admissions. Thereafter, any changes in this program must be accompanied by a Change of Program form in consultation with the graduate advisor.

The following must be completed during the first term of enrollment:
•    graduate keyboard proficiency
•    entrance proficiency in applied music (if applied study is an elective option);


Deficiencies in any one of these areas will be evaluated by the graduate coordinator and the graduate committee in consultation with unit chairpersons.



Master of Music Education

CIP 13.1312

ACCREDITED BY:
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Each candidate’s program is individually arranged with approval of the graduate coordinator in the Department of Music. The program is in accord with requirements for the Kentucky Certificate for Teaching Music Grades K-12 and includes a 12-semester-hour specialization component. The program may be completed in four semesters. Two summer terms are required.

THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours

Professional Education Courses    12 hrs
EDU    633    Curriculum Development
MUS    600    Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education
MUS    601    Psychological Foundations of Music Education
MUS    639    Methods of Research in Music Education

Specialization Component    12 hrs
Music Theory    
MUS    610    Advanced Music Theory and Analysis

Music History    
MUS    659    Advanced Music History and Literature

Music Education
MUS    629    Contemporary Instructional Practices in Music Education
    -and-
MUS    627    The Elementary Music Program
    -or-
MUS    628    The Secondary Music Program

Thesis        6 hrs
MUS    698    Music Thesis I
MUS    699    Music Thesis II

Other Degree Requirements
Written comprehensive examinations over all music and music education course work will be administered upon completion of all music course work and at least 24 hours of total course work. The student must complete the Application for Comprehensive Examination form, pay all required fees, and pass the functional keyboard proficiency exam before the comprehensive examination is administered.

NON-THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
Same as above, with the following substitution for thesis:

Approved MUS electives, 500 or 600 level (6 hrs)


Department of Psychology
Chair - Renae Duncan
212A Wells Hall
270-809-2851

The Department of Psychology offers either the master of arts or the master of science degree in general psychology and in clinical psychology. A joint objective of both graduate programs is to provide graduate study whereby the student can seek career opportunities in governmental agencies, teach in two-year colleges, or pursue doctoral level study in psychology or related fields. An additional objective of the program in clinical psychology is to train the student in the areas of psychodiagnostics and psychotherapeutic techniques where these skills can be utilized in a community setting to include comprehensive care centers, schools and mental hospitals.

The curriculum has been developed to provide exposure to the breadth of psychology as well as intensive study of those areas which are currently of greatest concern in the field. In addition, work in statistics and research design is provided and participation in research is encouraged. The program in clinical psychology is approved by the Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology.

Psychology graduate courses are offered on a regularly scheduled rotation. Assuming no undergraduate course deficiencies, it is possible for a student to complete the general psychology program in one year and the clinical psychology program in two years.

Requirements for Admission
Admission into Department of Psychology graduate programs obligates students to adhere to the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association as well as the academic conduct principles and the interpersonal skills policies of the department. Any violation of these is cause for dismissal from the program. In the case of the clinical program, the department reserves the right to deny admission to or discontinue the training of any student who in the judgment of the department’s graduate training committee would not be able to function competently in the profession of clinical psychology.

Early submission of applications is encouraged, as admission is competitive. Applications arriving after March 15 may not receive full consideration. Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.


Unconditional
•    A minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours in psychology, including courses in research methods, statistics and physiological psychology or their equivalent.
•    A grade point average of 3.0 or higher overall and in psychology courses.
•    Official transcript of the Graduate Record Examination.
•    Three letters of recommendation.
•    A written statement of purpose for entering graduate work in psychology.

Conditional
The Department of Psychology does not normally admit students who fail to meet the university requirements for unconditional admission (see Chapter 2). However, students who otherwise meet those standards but lack the prerequisite undergraduate courses in psychology are encouraged to enroll in those classes as irregular or unclassified students. Such students should contact the department chairperson.
In some cases students lacking only one or two undergraduate prerequisite courses may be admitted with the understanding that they must complete those undergraduate courses along with their graduate courses.



Master of Arts or Master of Science
in General Psychology

CIP 42.0101

THESIS TRACK ONLY
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
Foundations of Behavior
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    652    Univariate Research Design and Statistics
PSY    688    Multivariate Research Design and Statistics
500- or 600-level PSY courses approved by graduate training committee (6 hrs)
PSY    698-699 Thesis

Other Degree Requirements
•    Oral defense and examination of the thesis.

•    Competency in an approved foreign language (M.A. only).



Master of Arts in Education
(Secondary Education) with Psychology Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a psychology specialization with 12 hours of 500- or 600-level psychology courses.


Master of Arts or Master of Science
in Clinical Psychology

CIP 42.0201

ACCREDITED BY:
Masters in Psychology Accreditation.

The graduate admissions and training committee reserves the right to deny admission to an applicant or to discontinue the training of a student who, in the opinion of the committee, would not be able to function competently in the area of clinical psychology.

THESIS TRACK ONLY
Total Course Requirements    49 hours
Foundations of Behavior
PSY    620    Graduate Seminar in Professional and Ethical Issues
PSY    621    Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY    622    Cognitive Bases of Behavior
PSY    623    Social Bases of Behavior
PSY    624    Developmental Bases of Behavior

Clinical Foundations
PSY    645    Clinical Measurement and Evaluation I
PSY    664    Psychopathology
PSY    665    Clinical Measurement and Evaluation II
PSY    667    Practicum in Psychology (6 hrs)
PSY    670    Psychotherapeutic Procedures
Two of the following courses:
PSY    671    Behavior Therapy
PSY    672    Family Therapy
PSY    682    Child Clinical Psychology
PSY    686    Group Psychotherapy Techniques

Research Foundations
PSY    652    Univariate Research Design and Statistics
PSY    688    Multivariate Research Design and Statistics
PSY    698-699 Thesis

Other Degree Requirements
•    Comprehensive examination over the course work.
•    Oral defense and examination of the thesis.
•    For the Master of Arts only, competency in an approved foreign language.