What are the advantages of a obtaining a combined BA/MA vs. obtaining a BA and an MA separately?
There are two advantages. First students can obtain their BA and MA in five (5) years rather than spending a minimum of six (6) years acquiring both separately through the traditional approach. Second, students will save the cost of the sixth year of tuition. In addition, in the MA component of the BA/MA program, students will pay only three semesters at the graduate rate, and one semester at the undergraduate rate: an additional savings of approximately $5,000.00.
What skills can I expect to develop as a student in the program?
This BA/MA program is research intensive. Students will be mentored for two years by a research faculty in the Psychology Department. In addition, students will receive intensive training and supervision through their coursework in research methods, including research design, data collection, analysis, manipulation and data mining, as well as the preparation of publishable manuscripts. At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared to design and conduct research studies, analyze data, and write up their findings for presentation and publication.
What kinds of employment opportunities can I expect after obtaining the BA/MA degree?
The research design and analysis skills that students will obtain from the program are marketable to any number of fields that collect and maintain information as part of their research and marketing strategy. This includes the pharmaceutical industry, food and health industries, and advertising, to name a few.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The undergraduate degree should take four years and the graduate degree should take two years, with the fourth year of undergraduate coursework completed simultaneously with the first year of graduate coursework, hence the five-year program.
How many credits is the program?
The BA/MA program requires a total of 146 credits to complete. The undergraduate psychology major is reduced to 32 credits and the graduate psychology program remains at 35 credits, with nine of the graduate credits counting toward both the undergraduate major requirements and the graduate degree requirements. The general education requirements for all undergraduate Montclair State University programs remains the same.
Is there a deadline by which to submit an application?
Yes. Applications are due no later than the first day of classes of the spring semester at Montclair State University. For students who wish to apply for the Fall 2012 BA/MA program, applications are due by January 17, 2012. Admissions decisions will be rendered in April and students will be notified of the decision via a formal letter sent by The Graduate School.
Are any courses offered online?
Currently, no courses for this program are offered online.
Can I take courses during the summer for this program?
If relevant courses are available, yes.
Is it possible to reapply if I am not accepted the first time?
Reapplication is not possible time wise.
I am a transfer student, is this program for me?
Most students will enter upon matriculation in their Freshman year. Students can also apply to the program in the Spring of their Sophomore year at MSU. Eligible transfer students will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
What will my diploma look like? Will have one for my BA and one for MA, or will there be one for both?
Students who complete this program will receive two diplomas. The Bachelor of Arts is awarded at the end of the first semester (fall) of the graduate program, assuming all requirements are satisfied. The Master of Arts awarded in the following semester (spring) at the completion of the program.
What are the admission requirements for the program?
There are several minimum requirements. To be eligible, students must have a 3.5 GPA in their major (Psychology) as well as a 3.5 GPA overall. In addition, students must have a grade of B or better in PSYC 220 (Statistics) and PSYC 301 (Experimental Psychology). Students must have completed all of the core requirements in Psychology as well as 18 additional credits in psychology by the end of their junior year. Finally, students must complete all Montclair State University General Education (GEN ED) requirements before beginning the program.
The department strongly recommends that all students who are considering the BA/MA program complete the following core psychology courses by the end of their sophomore year: PSYC 101, PSYC 203, PSYC 220, PSYC 301.
What academic standards must I maintain in order to remain in the program?
Successful applicants will have demonstrated excellent academic preparation and study skills. These skills are expected to be maintained in the graduate program. Specifically, all students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 or better and receive no grade lower than a B in any psychology course. In addition, all students must complete Montclair State's 120 semester hour requirement for their BA by the end of their first semester in the BA-MA program.