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Program Overview

Gain a trait common to successful managers – understanding people – with a Master of Arts in Human Behavior Psychology. You’ll build strong theoretical and empirical base from which to begin to understand the human experience. Get exposure to a wide array of behavioral topics covering personal, social, and organizational issues. The program was developed for students who have specific ambitions in the fields of supervision, management, and administration, but also benefits those undergoing life transitions, seeking personal or career growth, or preparing for doctoral-level study.

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Course Details

Core Requirements

  • 10 courses; 45 quarter units

An examination of the meaning and importance of personal growth and human communication in human life and relationships. Development of critical communication skills, self-awareness and self-understanding to enhance personal and professional relationships. Presents a variety of models and methodologies in the exploration of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual growth.

A study of normative judgments as applied to contemporary human problems such as the uses of power, business practices and the right to live and to die. Examines varied ethical systems using a case study format

An examination of the adult stages of human biological, psychological and social development. Discusses classical as well as contemporary theories.

An examination of the personal, interpersonal and social dimensions of human sexuality. Covers topics such as anatomy and physiology of human sexuality, contemporary American sexual behavior, sexual myths, sex-role socialization, sexual dysfunctions and sexual-social issues.

An in-depth study of various types of organizational structures, both formal and informal, with special emphasis on behavior of people within those structures.

A survey of social psychological theories of behavior change and resistance to change.

A study of the qualities of leadership required today and in the future. Emphasizes historical as well as contemporary leaders.

Behavioral research is a way to examine and understand individual and social behavior through measurement and interpretation. This course investigates the theoretical principles that underlie behavioral research and the application of current research techniques. The course forms the foundation for practical application of behavioral science and continued study in the human behavior and is essential to completing the capstone course in the program (Integrative Project in Human Behavior, HUB 680).

PrerequisiteHUB 650

The application of research methods and statistical techniques to a variety of research problems. The student will use these methods and techniques to address hypothetical and real research issues. The student will have developed a research proposal for the capstone project in HUB650 (a prerequisite for the course) and will apply the material learned in this course to further develop and refine the proposal.

PrerequisiteHUB 650; HUB 670

The capstone project is an empirical study that integrates theoretical and applied concepts and results in a 20-30 page paper (APA style). The student will be required to develop a project proposal during HUB 650 and HUB 670 that can then be completed during the capstone course. This course may not be taken as an independent study.

Program Electives

  • 2 courses; 9 quarter units

Students can select graduate elective courses from the following course prefixes: AGE, CHD, HRM, HUB, MKT, MGT, and SOC (HUB 660, CHD 601, and SOC 604 are highly recommended). In addition, other courses may be used as electives with the approval of the Academic Program Director (APD). Note: Due to enrollment restrictions, special permission by the Chair of the Department of Psychology is required to take CHD 640 or any courses designated PSY 600 or above.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive the Master of Arts in Human Behavioral Psychology, students must complete at least 54 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize and apply communication theory and practice in real-world situations.
  • Develop a personal and professional code of ethics based on knowledge and understanding of moral and ethical principles and values.
  • Assimilate adult development and human sexuality theories and principles into personal and interpersonal growth.
  • Analyze and apply behavioral and organizational change processes to personal, social, and organizational settings.
  • Integrate theories of leadership into applied areas of supervision, management, and administration.
  • Demonstrate multi-cultural awareness and appreciation of human diversity.


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