M.A. Program Requirements: Co-Concentration in Positive Developmental Psychology & Evaluation (48 units)

This MA degree provides students with experiences in the design, implementation, and evaluation of intervention programs targeting children, youth, and families.

Positive Developmental Psychology Courses (26 units)

Coursework in the Positive Developmental Psychology program includes a combination of required and elective courses.  A sample of courses regularly taught includes:

  • Foundations of Positive Psychology*
  • Advanced Topics in Positive Psychology
  • Theories and Concepts in Lifespan Developmental Psychology*
  • Flow: the Psychology of Positive Experience
  • Good Work
  • Applied Developmental Psychology*
  • Child Development: Traditional and Positive Perspectives*
  • Adolescent Development: Traditional and Positive Perspectives*
  • Adult Development: Traditional and Positive Perspectives*
  • Positive Contexts
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • The Study of Experience
  • Evaluating Developmental Interventions
  • Positive Psychology Research Practicum

*Core Courses (16 units).  Choose one course from Child, Adolescent, and Adult Development.
Elective Courses (10 units).  Choose from any of the above or other available offerings. 

To see a list of other courses which are typically offered in the School 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 School 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.

Required Applied Methods and Statistics Courses (22 units)

  • Research Methods
  • Intermediate Statistics
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Multiple Regression
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Foundations of Evaluation
  • Comparative Evaluation Theory
  • Evaluation Procedures