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PROGRAM NAME: Master’s Degree in Psychology
General Office of Professions (DGP) Code: 231501
Typical time to degree: 4 semesters
Degree conferred: Master of Psychology
Campus where it is offered: Hermosillo
DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE PROGRAM
To train researchers capable of developing research projects in Psychology under the direction of a senior researcher and adapting existing models and theories to newer problems. These projects will address social problems on a regional, national and international level and, at the same time, will generate information applicable to intervention projects and the evaluation of social programs.
- To develop students’ skills and competencies in scientific research, in pursuit of behavioral solutions to social problems.
- To develop students’ ability to adapt psychological models and theories to explain social problems not covered by these models and theories.
- To train students in the management of data collection techniques and methods, strategies to analyze and interpret the results of psychological research, and tactics for integrating scientific knowledge.
- To develop skills to implement, perfect and evaluate research projects in psychology, with the aim of satisfying the need for information for solving social problems.
- To promote interdisciplinary research between behavioral science and other fields of social and biological science and humanities, establishing the bases for their integration as complex knowledge, linking related fields such as those developed in the academic context.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I HAVE ACQUIRED BY THE END OF THIS PROGRAM?
- Graduates will apply hypotheses and theoretical-methodological foundations which allow behavioral issues to be addressed from a scientific perspective, so that, through a guided process, they can use them as guidelines oriented to the solution of socially relevant problems.
- They will master techniques and methods for drawing diagnoses which allow them to identify and intervene in social situations and problems that call for analytical strategies and operational modes of scientific psychology.
- They will demonstrate skills and attitudes needed for integration into multi- and interdisciplinary research project teams, applying their techniques, communication strategies and solutions in the different fields that demand it.
- They will apply conceptual tools which allow them to sustain valid and operational scientific arguments in the psychology field, which will allow them to try theoretical explanatory models that currently explain social problems.
- Graduates will adapt existing constructs, models or theories to the explanation of a social phenomenon not previously addressed by those conceptual frameworks.
- They will display the ability to integrate into intra- and interdisciplinary work and research groups.
- In collaboration with a senior researcher, they will be able to transfer the production of obtained research information to those who need it.
- In a partnership with the research team they integrate into, they will be able to publish book chapters, theoretical essays and empirical science articles.
- They will be able to teach or tutor for topics pertaining to the various dimensions and dynamics of behavioral science.
PLAN OF STUDIES
Curriculum Map (Download PDF)
Selected topics of theorization and research in Psychology
Research Methods I (Qualitative)
Non-Experimental Research Design
Psychological theories and social issues
Research Methods II (Basic Quantitative)
Experimental Research Design
Elective Seminar I
Research Methods III (Intermediate Quantitative)
Supervised Research I
Elective Seminar II
Evaluation of Social Programs
Supervised Research II
Positive Psychology and Social Living
Family Psychology, Development and Psycho-social Well-being
Social Living and Justice
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Evaluation and Development of Strategic Learning
Construction of Measurement Instruments in Education
School education and psychology
Education, psychology and social organizations
Learning through competencies
The Psychology of Sustainability
Education for Sustainability
Research Methods for Environmental Psychology
Positive Psychology and Sustainability
LINES OF GENERATION AND/OR APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROGRAM
1. Psychology of social coexistence and health psychology
2. Education and human development
3. Environmental and sustainability psychology
Dr. Víctor Corral Verdugo
Dr. Martha Frías Armenta
Dr. José C. Gaxiola Romero
Dr. Daniel González Lomelí
Dr. Juan José Irigoyen Morales
Dr. Federico Zayas Pérez
Dr. Marcela Sotomayor Petterson
Dr. Blanca Silvia Fraijo Sing
Dr. César Tapia Fonllem
Dr. Karla Acuña Meléndrez
Dr. Cecilia Norzagaray Benítez
Dr. Nadia Saraí Corral Frías
HOW DO I ENROLL IN THIS GRADUATE PROGRAM?
- Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or any other field related to social or biological science or humanities. Degree candidates with a letter of commitment to graduate may be accepted.
- Have passed, all courses in their bachelor’s degree plan of studies with an average grade equal to or greater than 80.
- Complete the National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III-CENEVAL) with a minimum score of 1000.
- Pass an English exam equivalent to a TOEFL with 450 points.
- Intermediate or advanced level in word processers, spreadsheets, presentation making software and specific information search strategies on the Internet.
- Present a general research proposal in one of the three lines of generation and application of knowledge pursuant to the Postgraduate degree.
- Interview with the Academic Commission.
- Entrance application.
- Statement of purpose explaining the reasons for and interest in entering the Master's program, establishing the graduate’s commitment to fulfilling the assigned academic activities.
- Research protocol proposal oriented to one of the three research lines of the Postgraduate degree.
- Curriculum vitae with supporting documentation.
- Letter of intent of full time commitment to the program and, to applicants coming from Higher Studies Institutions, an institutional letter that attests to the full-time commitment.
- Birth Certificate
- Unique population registry code (CURP)
- Official ID with photograph.
- Proof of residence.
- Official Grade Transcript with general average.
- Supporting documentation of other studies (if any).
Applicants must prove to be aware of social reality and their social, political and cultural context, as well as possess clear orientation towards scientific research. Their educational background must be related to the work and techniques of behavioral science, allowing them to be directly and efficiently involved in the analysis and promotion of solutions along with other human sciences. Applicants must also show special interest in the use of logical and analytical reasoning which will allow them to link with other disciplinary approaches for the solution of concrete issues. Aside from this, applicants must be capable to relate to, recognize and communicate with other professionals, as well as express interest in developing high-quality scientific research.
WHAT DO I NEED TO GRADUATE?
To obtain the master degree, the student must:
- Fulfill the total credits and comply with every requirement established in the corresponding plan of studies.
- Prove comprehension of a language other than Spanish, as established by the Postgraduate Academic Commission according to the study program.
- Pass the degree examination in the written and oral phase before an ex-profeso appointed committee.
- For the doctor degree, pass a general knowledge exam, if required by the postgraduate program.
- Comply with provisions and requirements demanded by School Services for the issuing of the degree.
The only valid way to obtain the degree is a thesis. This must be based on rigorous empirical research, accompanied by its respective theoretic support and relevant background.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY THIS DEGREE?
Cost of the National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III)
The applicant registration fee to study at the University of Sonora is published every year along with the new student admission announcement. See last year's information: http://www.posgradoenpsicologia.uson.mx/
Enrollment and tuition fees
When enrolling in one of the undergraduate or graduate degree programs, students must pay all the corresponding fees based on the current minimum wage in the city of Hermosillo, pursuant to the Fee Regulation. See last year's information: fees and discounts per course http://www.serviciosescolares.uson.mx/
Dr. César Tapia Fonllem
Edificio de Investigación y Posgrado, Universidad de Sonora. Reforma y Blvd. Luis D. Colosio, Col. Centro, C.P. 83000. Hermosillo, Sonora.
Tel: +52 (662) 45484-10