Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Well prepared students who plan to continue to the PhD may wish to receive a broad training before the specialization required at the doctoral level. The Master’s program often gives them a better basis for selecting a PhD program as well as a stronger academic foundation for their doctoral work.
Students who wish to better prepare themselves for application to a PhD program will benefit from the Master’s program. The general MA program allows them to strengthen their backgrounds with a high degree of individual attention from graduate faculty (student/faculty ratio is 2:1) before applying to PhD programs. The department has an excellent record of placing graduates in doctoral programs in all major areas of psychology, including clinical.
The department adopts a mentorship model of graduate education in which students work closely with a faculty advisor during their two years in our program. Typically there is a 2:1 graduate student-faculty ratio that provides the student with individualized attention and, therefore, superior training. Because our program is designed to prepare students for entry into doctoral programs, there is a strong emphasis on research. Students conduct both a first-year research project and a thesis. These projects typically result in conference presentations and/or publications.
The Master’s program includes coursework in small seminar classes and firsthand research experience. A student will become familiar with the content and the methods of psychology at an advanced level. Two years are usually required to complete the program.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999