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Introduction Admission Program of Study Work Term Financial Support Faculty


  (L-R) T.E. Hannah, C.M. Button, M.J. Grant

This program is designed to meet the needs of both students and employers. Students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to ask appropriate questions and conduct research in such applied settings as business, government and health care. Successful students will be qualified for either employment or entrance into a doctoral program.

The program meets students' and employers' needs by offering a combination of training in basic scientific methods and social psychological theory with practical experience in a variety of work settings. The faculty will provide training in methods and theory through the academic component of the program and the practical experience will be provided by the co-operative, work-term component.

The co-operative program differs from a traditional experimental M.Sc. program in two important ways. First, there will be a practical (or work-experience) component. Second, students in the program will complete Advanced Methods in Social Psychological Research and the Research Project course (instead of a thesis). The emphasis in these courses will be on an integration of the work experience with the knowledge of methods and theories acquired in the social psychology courses.

The program clearly has a more applied flavor than the regular M.Sc. program in social psychology but this emphasis on application will not come at the expense of basic theory and methods. A student needs a firm grounding in these basics to deal with situations encountered in the work place in a flexible yet experienced manner.

Copyright 2006.  Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.