Requirements for the Individualized Masters Program

The University of Oregon Individualized Master’s Program in Psychology is designed to provide advanced training for a small number of individuals who have a clearly focused research interest and an academic plan.  Unlike other master’s programs, this program is not designed for general master’s level training in psychology.  Nor can we provide clinical training (practica and skills development) at the master’s level.  Rather, we expect persons entering the master’s program to be highly self-motivated, with the goal of acquiring conceptual and research skills appropriate to their own work plans.  Each program of master’s study will be tailored to the individual student’s goals within the discipline, so long as it satisfies core master’s degree requirements.


Degree Requirements

45 credit hours in courses approved for graduate credit

24 of these 45 credits must be UO graded graduate credits (B- or higher)

30 of these 45 credits must be Psychology graduate credits

9 of these 45 credits must be in 600-level courses

2 approved graduate-level statistics courses (grade of B- or higher)

Psy 607 Sem Research Ethics

Completion of an approved research paper or thesis

Maintain a UO Cumulative Graduate-Level GPA of 3.0 or higher


Program of Study: All Individualized Master’s Program students and their advising committee will provide an outline of each student’s program of study.  These study plans are due in the graduate secretary’s office not later than the fourth week of the student’s first term.


Statistics Requirement: Together with their committee each student should identify, either in the Department of Psychology or in a different department, which graduate-level statistics courses would best meet the student’s needs and level of preparation in order to meet this requirement.


Research Project vs. Formal Thesis: Students will be expected to complete a research project based either on literature analysis or an empirical research study.  If the student submits a master’s thesis to the Graduate School, 9 of the 45 graduate credits must be in Psy 503.  Note that the Department of Psychology does not require the research project be submitted to the Graduate School.


Review Process for Project or Thesis:  Students should discuss the review process with their advising committee the term before intended completion.  The review process can be lengthy and the approval of the project or thesis must be unanimous by the advising committee.


Time Limit: The Department expects that most students will complete the MA or MS in 1-2 years.


Distinction Between the Master of Arts and Master of Science Degree: Students pursuing an MA degree must demonstrate competence in a foreign language or have had two years in a foreign language, usually two years of undergraduate work in a foreign language with a grade of C or better.  (For foreign students using English as a second language, English may be used as the foreign language.)


Additional Program information is located in the Individualized Master's Program Description attached below.

Individualized Master's Program Description329.5 KB
Research Compliance97.92 KB
Completion Form7.54 KB