Our accelerated dual-degree program allows advanced undergraduate psychology majors to simultaneously pursue bachelor's and master's degrees. This program provides the opportunity to take graduate-level coursework, conduct master’s level research in collaboration with a faculty member, cultivate critical and creative thought, and expand your knowledge and innovation as it relates to research in psychological science. You can expect to work closely with faculty and peers as you generate new knowledge about the psychological processes surrounding mental health, person perception, coping, decision-making, biological process underlying thoughts and feelings, parenting, adversity, and more. The program is research-focused and culminates in a master's thesis. 

Upon program completion, students can produce quality research, and pursue further studies in research-intensive doctoral programs or research positions in academic, government, non-profit, and corporate settings. The program does not focus on counseling or therapeutic skills and does not result in opportunities for licensure.

What Sets Our Program Apart

  • Our junior collaborator model invites students to be active drivers of research projects conducted in small teams
  • We have cross-area departmental strengths in affective science, stress and early life experience, biological bases of behavior, and other research areas
  • Our small graduate courses are excellent preparation for further graduate study in psychological science (e.g., PhD programs)

Degree Requirements

  • For the dual-degree program, you will need to complete both the undergraduate and graduate level requirements, which total 228 credits minimum.
  • You will need to complete 183 credit hours at the undergraduate level and 45 credits at the graduate level.


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Kimberly Chiew

Kimberly Sarah Chiew

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Kathryn Fox

Kathryn R Fox

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Erika Manczak

Erika M Manczak

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Applying to the Psychology MA Dual Degree

The psychology MA is only available as a dual-degree program in combination with a BA/BS in Psychology. Current undergraduate students at the University of Denver pursuing a BA/BS in Psychology as a declared major may apply. To apply, at least 120 credits must be completed at the time of application and no more than 135 credits may be completed. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on April 14 of the student’s junior year.

To indicate your interest in the psychology MA dual degree, please contact the program advisor, Kateri McRae.

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