Master of Arts in Psychology
The Master of Arts in Psychology degree reflects a two-tiered approach that incorporates a combination of theoretical and clinical practices.
Students are required to fulfill requirements associated with each of three domains: the professional development; the theoretical; and the quantitative.
The Master of Arts in Psychology program at Calumet College of St. Joseph prepares individuals to achieve academic and professional success. Students develop appropriate skills, knowledge, and values for continuing their education at the doctoral level or to enhance their careers in health, education, business, social, or academic work. Students reflect upon and practice a commitment to social justice and to the respect of individual and cultural differences.
Career options with this major include, but are not limited to, work as a:
- Human resource manager
- Market researcher
- School psychologist
- Family services worker
- College instructor
- Social service manager
Objectives and requirements
The MAP program is designed to prepare the student to:
- Articulate the role of human behavior, particularly at the individual, familial, organizational, and societal levels;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the biological and conceptual languages of the brain and their potential permutations and combinations, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the creation of new frameworks of thought;
- Articulate the connection between scientific inquiry and the creative and artistic dimensions in the field of Psychology;
- Engage in legal and ethical analysis of professional problems based on the Code of Professional Ethics outlined by the American Psychological Association;
- Model and implement effective oral, written and technological communication strategies in conveying ideas, information, and asking questions; and
- Demonstrate the skills techniques required for assessment, evaluation and diagnostic process; engage in legal and ethical analysis based on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.
In addition to completing the application process outlined above, applicants for the MAP program must
- Have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or have taken at least 18 undergraduate hours of Psychology. These hours must include introductory Psychology, introductory statistics, Psychological testing, and research methods from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Required documentation should be submitted to the Office of Enrollment, Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Ave., Whiting, Indiana 46394. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact: Krystal Johnson at (219) 473-4211 or email@example.com
Purpose and Rationale
The rationale of a Graduate Assistantship is to further the professional academic development of the graduate student. The assistantship is expected to serve as a meaningful learning experience and a way for the graduate student to work for an institution in his or her chosen field. It is expected that the student will contribute on a professional level to enhance the learning environment of undergraduate and other graduate students.
The responsibility of a Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant (GA) is responsible for working with various Faculty members across different Graduate Programs. Activities may include the following:
- Support of teaching, which can include work as a Teaching Assistant (TA). This task may involve grading assignments and working directly with students under the tutelage of Graduate Faculty.
- The Graduate Assistant may also conduct academically significant research related to his or her academic program under the guidance of a faculty member.
- The student could also be involved in administrative duties and other professional activities, ideally related to his or her field.
To be eligible for the Assistantship, the student must first gain admission to graduate study. He/she must register and maintain at least 6 semester credits of graduate coursework. Full time Assistantships are awarded for each academic year but can be awarded for up to (2) years. Students must apply each academic year.
- There is a limit of 2 GA’s per a Graduate Program (Certain conditions apply).
- GA’s receive a full tuition waiver for up to 12 credits per semester (Fees not included).
- GA’s work approximately 15 hours a week while school is in session during the academic year.
- Only students in good academic standing with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection as GA’s.
- The GPA of 3.0 must be maintained during the assistantship process.
Student must apply directly to Academic Affairs Office for each position of interest.
- Student must submit a general application to the Academic Affairs Office.
- A resume must accompany the application.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Applications are due at least two months before the start of the fall or spring semester.
- Interview with the Graduate Program Director of the program in which the student is applying.
Download Graduate Assistantship Application
How are positions allocated and assigned?
Application forms are submitted to Graduate Program Directors for initial review. If the Graduate Program Director approves the application, he or she then forwards it for approval to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Following all three approvals both the Financial Aid Office and the Academic Affairs Office will issue a letter of appointment for the GA to sign. Each Graduate Assistant reports to the Supervising Faculty Member identified in the letter of appointment. Although most Graduate Assistants apply for work in their own department, other Graduate Program Directors may require the skills of a student from another department. This can be a great way for a Graduate Assistant to get varying types of experiences.
The supervisor will review the job description with the Graduate Assistant and determine a mutually agreeable schedule for the year. Graduate Assistants should have some significant responsibility/project assigned which may be included on their resumes for the future. A collaborative evaluation will be conducted at the end of each academic year to examine how the original job description matches the reality of day to day activities. In a rare instance where a Graduate Assistant is not performing his/her duties, at the written request of the Graduate Supervisor, the person may be removed by the Vice/President of Academic Affairs.
How Fellowship Award is Applied
The Graduate Assistant Grant is to be applied to the student’s financial aid package for the current semester that he or she is serving. This grant will be applied for graduate coursework only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other form of outside scholarships, tuition reimbursement, or veteran’s benefits. Students must comply with the following:
- Must file a FAFSA for the award year
- Must be registered for at least 6 graduate credit hours
- Must work 10-15 hours per week during the semester for which the grant is to be applied
- Must maintain a 3.0 GPA while receiving the grant
Tier One Courses = Minimum of 35 credit hours (38 with thesis)
Tier Two Courses = Minimum of 27 credit hours
Students wishing to become licensed in the State of Illinois must complete a minimum of 48 hours of graduate-level courses.
Students wishing to become licensed in the State of Indiana must complete 60 hours of graduate-level courses.
For complete tuition and fee amounts, see the tuition and fee schedule.