Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Accelerated B.A./M.S. Program

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Psychology majors intending to pursue graduate studies and who achieve a GPA of 3.50 or better become eligible to apply for the Accelerated B.A./M.S. - Thesis Track Program. This program enables students to take graduate courses during their senior year which count toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Students accepted into the accelerated program will take the following graduate courses during their senior year, in addition to the necessary undergraduate courses:

Fall Senior Year

PY746: Research Methods I  (3 credits)
PY620: Theories of Counseling in Psychotherapy  (3 credits)
PY761: Thesis Guidance I  (1 credit)

Spring Senior Year

PY747: Research Methods II  (3 credits)
PY621: Principles & Practices in Psychotherapy with Lab  (3 credits)
PY762: Thesis Guidance II  (1 credit)

Students enrolled in the accelerated program may count:

  • PY746 and PY747 as fulfilling Group I requirements,
  • PY621 as fulfilling a Group VI requirement, and
  • PY620 as fulfilling the Psychology Elective requirement.
  • If the aforementioned course requirements have been satisfied at the time of enrollment in the BA/MS program, the above courses will count as "free electives" toward the graduation requirement for the bachelor's degree.
  • Students are also strongly encouraged to take PY414: Advanced Statistics with Computer Applications as part of the undergraduate curriculum.

Students with interest in the accelerated program who meet the GPA requirements are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be selected based on GPA, letters of reference, GRE scores and participation in departmental activities, such as doing research or holding an office in Psi Chi. When completing the application, students should indicate if applying to the Clinical/Thesis Track of the Counseling/Thesis Track. Applications may be obtained from the office of graduate admission. Completed applications should be returned to Traci Martino, the program manager in the department of psychology, by Feb. 1 of the student's junior year. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Martin Sherman, director of the master's program, thesis track.

Clinical Thesis Track

The accelerated program, clinical thesis track, is best suited for students interested in pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology (Ph.D.). Students in this track will gain clinical assessment experience (e.g., intelligence and personality testing) as well as research experience through a research externship and thesis.

Counseling Thesis Track

The accelerated program, counseling thesis track, is best suited for students interested in pursuing a doctorate in counseling psychology (Ph.D.). Students in this track will gain experience with basic counseling skills, as well as research experience through a research externship and thesis.