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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

The Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences (MSBS) program is designed to serve that segment of the population employed in or interested in a broad spectrum of professions in the behavioral sciences. Specific target populations are persons employed or preparing for employment in public or private organizations involved in human resources activities; persons wishing to pursue doctoral studies in the behavioral sciences or research-related careers or to gain experience in research; and persons preparing for counseling licensure in mental health professions. The majority of the students enrolled in the MSBS program in the last five years have expressed an interest in gaining counseling licensures (LPC and LMFT).

MSBS students choose one of three tracks: (1) Counseling, (2) Marriage and Family, or (3) General Psychology. The MSBS: Counseling track is designed for graduate students who would like to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). The MSBS: Marriage and Family track is designed for graduate students who would like to become Licensed Marital and Family Therapists (LMFT). To earn an MSBS with a track in either of these areas (Counseling or Marriage and Family), students will complete 48 credit-hours of coursework. The MSBS: General Psychology track is designed for graduate students who are not going to gain licensure. These students will complete 33 credit-hours of coursework.

Program Objectives

Students in this program commonly seek counseling licensure in mental health professions. Others may work in human resources for public or private organizations, pursue doctoral degrees, or pursue research-related careers. The program objectives are

  • To foster the ability to synthesize and critically analyze information;
  • To promote research skills in the behavioral sciences;
  • To promote basic knowledge of theories, methods, and findings in the behavioral sciences; and
  • To promote competence in the application of basic knowledge within the field of the behavioral sciences.

Program Requirements

A minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours in approved graduate courses is required in the MSBS program, with some tracks requiring forty-eight (48) semester hours.

Three tracks allow each student to select the course of study to best suit his/her needs.

General Psychology Track: This track is designed to meet the needs of students who do not wish to pursue a career in counseling. Students who want to increase their understanding of human behavior or interested in experimental psychology, or who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental psychology should choose this track. This is a 33-hour program. The MSBS: General Psychology track is designed to meet the needs of students who do not wish to pursue a career in counseling. Students who want to increase their understanding of human behavior, those interested in experimental psychology, and students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental psychology should choose this track. In addition to the 21 credit-hour core, MSBS: General Psychology students will complete 12 additional credit-hours.

Counseling Track: This track is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oklahoma and to prepare students to perform well on the state licensure exam. This is a 48-hour program; to complete state-mandated licensure requirements, student must complete an additional 12 hours of electives.

Marriage and Family Track: This track is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Oklahoma and to prepare students to perform well on the written and oral sections of the state licensure exam. This is a 48-hour program. The MSBS: Marriage and Family track is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue licensure in marriage and family therapy. The MSBS: Marriage and Family track curriculum has been pre-approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a marital and family therapist. In addition to the 21 credit-hour core, MSBS: Marriage and Family students will complete an additional 27 credit-hours.

All three tracks require 7 core courses and the PSY 5000 Introductory Seminar.

PSY 5003 Ethical Principles in Counseling, Assessment & Research

PSY 5013 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

PSY 5053 Introduction to Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences

PSY 5203 Human Development

PSY 5243 Advanced Psychology of Personality

PSY 5363 Psychopathology

PSY 5383 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Psychology

Each track has specific course requirements in addition to the core courses listed above. 

Requirement Hours


I. CORE COURSES (REQUIRED FOR ALL TRACKS) : 21 hours

PSY 5000 MSBS Introductory Seminar

PSY 5003 Ethical Princ in Couns, Assessment & Research*

PSY 5053 Intro to Statistics in Behavioral Sciences*

PSY 5013 Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences**

PSY 5243 Advanced Psychology of Personality**

PSY 5203 Human Development

PSY 5363 Psychopathology

PSY 5383 Social & Cultural Found in Counseling & Psych

*Must be successfully completed in first nine hours of graduate work.

**Must be successfully completed in first 18 hours of graduate work.

II. TRACK : 12-27 hours

Choose one of the following three options:

Counseling Track (27 hours)

PSY 5033 Basic Counseling Skills

PSY 5073 Crisis Intervention

PSY 5433 Counseling Theories

PSY 5703 Individual Counseling

PSY 5713 Group Counseling

PSY 5743 Clinical Practicum I

PSY 5753 Clinical Practicum II

One assessment course from the following:

PSY 5333 Assessment of Marriage and Family OR PSY 5513 Assessment in Personality OR PSY 5523 Assessment in Intelligence

One additional graduate level PSY course from the following:

PSY 5043 Human Sexuality

PSY 5063 Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences

PSY 5083 Introduction to the Counseling Profession

PSY 5223 Psychology of Aging

PSY 5253 Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development

PSY 5313 Psychology of Interpersonal Communication

PSY 5373 Drug and Alcohol Addiction

PSY 5393 Systems Theory

PSY 5423 Drug and Alcohol Counseling Theories

PSY 5453 Psychopharmacology

PSY 5583 Advanced Social Psychology

Marriage and Family Track (27 hours)

PSY 5033 Basic Counseling Skills

PSY 5323 Theoretical Found of Marital & Family Systems

PSY 5333 Assessment of Marriage and Family

PSY 5343 Marriage and Family Therapy

PSY 5353 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

PSY 5393 Systems Theory

PSY 5893 Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy I

PSY 5903 Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy II

Choose one of the following:

PSY 5223 Psychology of Aging OR PSY 5313 Psychology of Interpersonal Communication

General Psychology Track (12 hours)

PSY 5413 Advanced Human Cognition

PSY 5583 Advanced Social Psychology

Electives (6 hours): To be chosen from any courses for which necessary prerequisites have been completed. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. should consider PSY 5991-6 Thesis.

III. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

The MSBS program requires the successful completion of a comprehensive examination for completion of the graduate degree. Students must contact the graduate advisor the semester they complete core courses to apply for the comprehensive examination. Students who fail the comprehensive examination may be able to repeat the exam on a limited basis. Students should check with the graduate advisor for information regarding the maximum number of retakes permitted.

Counseling Track

The MSBS: Counseling track is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). In addition to the 21-credit-hour core for all tracks, MSBS: Counseling students will complete an additional 27 credit-hours.

Outcome Assessments

Comprehensive Exam
Prior to graduation, each student must pass the comprehensive exam over the seven courses listed above.

Thesis
Thesis requirements are under revision at this time. For updated information, please contact the graduate coordinator, Claudia Edwards (Nance-Boyer Hall 1015, cedwards@cameron.edu, or 580.581.7929).

Degree Conferment

The MSBS degree will be awarded when the student has met all of the following requirements within six (6) years:

  1. Completion of the required courses for the appropriate track with a cumulative 3.0 or above;
  2. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination as determined by the assessment committee;
  3. Completion of “Application for Graduate Degree”;
  4. Payment of the graduation fee; and
  5. Completion of an Exit Interview.