MA Program in Animal Behavior and Conservation
The 36-credit program prepares students interested in animal behavior and conservation (ABC) to develop and enhance their research skills and understanding of the behavior of animals, and to acquire credentials for employment in fields related to ABC. This free-standing Master of Arts Program replaces the previous concentration in ABC within the Psychology MA program with no changes in requirements.
Criteria for Admission to the MA in ABC Program
The formal admission requirements are the same of those for the General MA Program. Please note: when reviewing admission requirements, generally a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in psychology, including one course in statistics and one laboratory course in experimental psychology are required; however, students who have a high undergraduate grade point average and high general GRE scores but lack a full psychology background may apply for admissions. Such students may be required to take preparatory statistics and experimental courses.
Students can satisify the remainder of their credits from any ABC or other graduate psychology level course.
See listings of all graduate level psychology courses.
Requirements for the MA Degree in ABC
The students who elect the ABC Master’s degree are required to complete 36 credits, consisting of a minimum of 15 credits in the ABC area in addition to the 12 credits in courses required for all Psychology MA students. All courses carry 3 credits.
Required Courses for all MA Students – 12 credits
PSYCH 701 or 747 or 739 – A course in Experimental Psychology.
PSYCH 702 – Proseminar in Psychology
PSYCH 705 – Statistical Methods in Psychology
PSYCH 707.01 – Thesis Research (on an ABC topic for ABC students)
Required Courses for ABC Students – 6 credits
PSYCH 717 – Animal Behavior and Conservation in Captivity and the Wild
PSYCH 751.03 – Basic Psychological Processes 1: Perception, Learning, and Comparative Cognition
Elective Courses for ABC Students – a minimum of 9 credits from the following:
PSYCH 641 – Comparative Psychology
PSYCH 690 – Independent Research
PSYCH 716 – Animal Behavior I
PSYCH 717.51 – Field Study in Animal Behavior and Conservation
PSYCH 718 – Ethology
PSYCH 730 – Psychology of Learning
PSYCH 754 – Applied Animal Welfare and Behavior
PSYCH 757 – Animal Thinking and Communication
PSYCH 750.xx – Special Topics *
* Special Topics courses and Independent Research projects related to ABC will depend upon student and faculty interests. Recent topics included Companion Animals in Society and Conservation Biology/Psychology
MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation
Graduate Advisor: Karolina Czech