The Department of Psychology aspires to be a recognized leader in graduate education, where graduate students, and faculty establish close collaborations to learn the scientific principles of behavior and mental processes, to make significant contributions to the science and practice of psychology, and to produce professionals who serve the local, national, and global communities.
The Psychology Department is committed to excellence in graduate education. The department’s faculty and graduates are expected to be competent and ethical professionals committed to the science of psychology and its application to real-world situations. The undergraduate program provides a foundation for the scientific understanding of behavior and mental processes and promotes scholarship and service. The department’s graduate programs prepare students to become psychologists who provide evidence-based services for children, adults, and families in a variety of healthcare and educational settings. The Psychology Department promotes an environment characterized by collaborative learning and scholarship among its graduate students, and faculty, guided by the core values of BIHE and professional organizations.
Goals and Objectives
To promote intellectual excellence, the program
- maintains high academic standards for graduate students
- expects faculty to be dedicated to exceptional teaching and mentoring
- provides scholarly role models who make significant contributions to psychology
- provides opportunities for independent and collaborative scholarship and support the dissemination of research
- encourages a balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology
The program is open to is open to those with a bachelor's degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution. An official transcript from the attended university is required.
Applicants apply online using an application form that collects personal data as well as a 500-word essay in English that outlines why the candidate would like to pursue this program and summarizes personal background that is relevant to their application in a 500 word essay. All applicants should provide two letters of recommendation from referees who are not family members or friends and who have worked closely with the applicant in the academic or work environments, ideally with some research component. The referees should be familiar with the applicant’s work habits, motivation, and ability to work creatively and independently. Applicants must also submit their resume (educational background and related scientific, social, and occupational activities).
The applicants are required to present proof of English proficiency at the level of the "International English Language Testing System" (IELTS) 6.5 in each of writing, reading, comprehension & expression. This can be assessed by an IELTS, the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) or equivalent.
All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview.
At present, the program can admit a maximum number of 15 students.
The following summarizes the course requirements:
Required courses: 12 courses of 3 credit hours as listed below should be taken by students for a total 36 credit hours.
- PSY5109: Psychophysiology & Neurophysiology (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5107: Social Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5116: Psychological Testing (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5110: Theories of Personality (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5137: Advanced Inferential Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5104: Introduction to Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5106: Learning Theories (3 Credit Hours)
- STA5105: Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5105: Developmental Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5115: Psychopathology (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5114: Motivation and Emotion (3 Credit Hours)
- PSY5108: Psychology of Exceptional Children (3 Credit Hours)