M.A. Program Requirements

Co-Concentration in Positive Developmental Psychology & Evaluation (48 units)

Positive Developmental Psychology Core Courses (16 units)

Psych 329: Foundations of Positive Psychology (4 units)
Psych 333: Theories and Issues in Developmental Psychology (4 units)
Psych 351q: Applied Developmental Psychology (4 units)

Plus choose one of the following:

  • Psych 331: Adult Development - Classic and Positive Perspectives (4 units)
  • Psych 332: Adolescent Development - Classic and Positive Perspectives (4 units)
  • Child Development - Classic and Positive Perspectives (4 units)


Positive Developmental Psychology & Related Electives (10 units)

Students are required to take an additional 8 units of Positive Developmental Psychology or related coursework, following an approved plan of study.

Recommended elective courses include: 
Psych 315q: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)
Psych 350w: Flow – The Psychology of Positive Experience (2 units)
Psych 350m: Creativity and Innovation (2 units)
Psych 350x: Positive Contexts
Psych 350y: Good Work (4 units)
Psych 352i: Evaluating Developmental Interventions (4 units)

To see a list of other courses which are typically offered in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, click on the link.  Students are often encouraged to take elective courses in the School of Educational Studies, the Drucker-Ito School of Management, the Division of Politics and Economics, the School of Information Systems and Technology, the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Mathematical Sciences, or the School of Religion.

Applied Research & Evaluation Methodology (22 units)

Psych 302a: Research Methods (4 units)
Psych 308a: Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
Psych 308b: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
Psych 308c: Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
Psych 308d: Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)
Psych 315b: Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
Psych 315z: Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
Psych 354b: Evaluation Procedures (4 units)