University of the Rockies

Psychology, General Psychology Specialization

Program: Psychology, General Psychology Specialization
Degree or Certificate: MA - Master of Arts in Psychology, General Psychology Specialization
Department: School of Professional Psychology
Program website:
Program specializations:

Other specializations to choose from in the School of Professional Psychology:

  • Career Management and Counseling
  • Sports and Performance Psychology
Program mission statement:

Within the mission of University of the Rockies, the School of Professional Psychology provides ethical, scholarly, and personalized graduate education that prepares individuals for practice in the applications of psychology.

Professional accreditation:


Test(s) Required for Program Admission:


Face-to-Face Requirements:


Program Credits/Units to Graduation:

39 semester credits

Program learning outcomes:
What Will I Learn?

Students in the Master of Arts in Psychology, General
Psychology Specialization will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of, and skill in applying psychological research principles and methodology;
  2. Understand the basic principles impacting human learning and how these principles can be used to affect behavior change;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of social psychology, particularly the ways in which groups impact behavior, behavior in groups, and changes that occur in behavior as a function of group membership/interaction;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of human development and developmental patterns throughout the life-span;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the biological bases of behavior, basic neurological processes, the central nervous system, and body/behavior interaction;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of cognitive bases of behavior, principles of sensation, perception, learning and human information processing systems;
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of personality theories, personality types, emotional patterns and bases of behavior related to personality types; and
  8. Have knowledge and understanding of basic statistical principles and psychometric theory.
Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?:


At University of the Rockies, we have multiple methods for assessing student learning. Primarily we (1) assess assignments within courses above and beyond the assignment grading, (2) assess specific program level skills using holistic rubrics and (3) assess student achievement toward multiple program level learning outcomes at specific points within the program.

This is a growing online program of study at UoR in the School of Professional Psychology. When we assess specific assignments in courses, we see that our students early in our programs perform best at the Lifelong Learning and Emotional Intelligence program level learning outcomes. They underperform with Communication skills so we have a Writing Center to support students developing this important skill set. 

Combined ORG/PP MA Selected Core Courses

Analytic Measures of                         
Specific Assignments (Online)                                       
(Datapoints: N=67)                  

Category --- @Standard/Above --- Mean

Diversity --- NA --- NA

Ethics --- 88.2% --- 3.94

Emotional Intelligence --- 100% --- 4.06

Lifelong Learning --- 100% --- 4.06

Communications --- 66.5% --- 4.23

Critical Thinking --- 94.3% --- 4.11


1=Min Acceptable (C), 2=Well below standard (C+), 3=Below standard (B-), 4=At standard (B), 5=Above standard (B+), 6=Well above standard (A-), 7=Outstanding (A)


To confirm our understanding of student communications skills, we did a Holistic assessment using a Writing Communication Rubric. The baseline measures for this MA program indicated that our students do need support which is provided by the Rockies Writing Center.


SoPP-MA (N=200) Baseline Measure of Communication Skills

Holistic Measures (Online) --- @Standard/Above --- Mean

Communications --- 38.8% --- 3.81


We asked faculty to assess students against our program level learning outcomes as demonstrated in targeted classes. We see solid performance levels later in the programs and improvement in Communications skills in particular.


SoPP-MA (N=59) Sampled Core Courses

Holistic General                                                                      PLO Measures (Online)      

Category --- @Standard/Above --- Mean

Diversity --- 100% --- 3.31

Ethics --- 98.3% --- 3.46

Emotional Intelligence --- 100% --- 3.56

Lifelong Learning --- 96.6% --- 3.56

Communications --- 86.44% --- 3.44

Critical Thinking --- 88.1% --- 3.42

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Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?:

N/A (Online)