Academic Research Blended Master's Program

Admission to the Blended Program

Qualified students who are admitted as juniors to our Academic Research M.A. Program can graduate with a B.A. and a M.A. degree in just five years.  Students applying to a blended pathway for the Behavior Analysis emphasis should plan on two additional years of study rather than a single year.

Admission is based on:

  • Junior status (completion of 60 units) with minimum of 24 units of undergraduate course work in Psychology
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher in Psychology course work (including prerequisites)
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation (at least two from Psychology faculty members)
  • Provide a statement of purpose

Admission is based on a match between student and faculty research interests and the willingness of a faculty member to supervise the student’s thesis or project research. For this reason, students should contact the faculty member who they are interested in working with prior to applying.

Additional features of the blended program

  • Students in this category do not apply formally for graduate admissions
  • Students pay undergraduate tuition until reaching 120 units and then graduate tuition after this stage
  • If a student opts not to complete the Master’s program but does complete the BA degree requirements the undergraduate degree is granted
  • A total of 150 semester units are required. Students who do not complete their thesis in the fifth year must maintain continuous enrollment in two units per semester of PSYC 690.

How to apply

All applicants apply directly through the Psychology Department by submitting:

Priority deadline for Fall 2021: March 1, 2021; Applications accepted through April 15, 2021

Contact Us

Faculty Coordinator

Dr. Christopher Aberson