Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology

Opportunities for Student Research

There are a variety of research opportunities available to our students including thesis, project, and involvement in faculty research in a variety of capacities. 

Thesis and Project Options

To earn the 36 credits needed for the Master's degree, matriculated students in Community Social Psychology have the option, in consultation with a faculty member of completing either a thesis or a project. Note that neither the thesis nor project are required nor are they guaranteed options. Both of these requirements entail developing an integrative piece of scholarship. The thesis is larger in scope, more formal, and more rigorous than the project, and it must involve empirical research. 

The project may also be a piece of research, though narrower in scope and more focused than a thesis (e.g., a pilot study or a program evaluation). It may also involve the development, implementation and evaluation of an action-oriented intervention.

Completion of a thesis is not appropriate for all students, but might be a good choice for students interested in enhancing their research skills, and it might also benefit those who are thinking of going on to a doctoral program and a possible career in university teaching and research. Again a thesis is not a guaranteed option.

A project might be a good choice for students interested in enhancing their program design, intervention and evaluation skills, and it might also benefit those students pursuing careers in human services and community development.

Other Research Opportunities

Our faculty is engaged in a variety of research endeavors including work through various labs, groups, and centers. Here is a partial listing:  

  • The Center for Community Research and Engagement 
  • Center for Women and Work
  • Laboratory for Children and Families
  • Cultural & Immigrant Research Unit
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology Lab
  • Laboratory for Behavior Analysis Research
  • Applied Developmental Research Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Autism and Spectrum Disorders

For lab descriptions and contact information see Psychology Research Labs and Centers.