Psychology Program Overview

New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the land-grant university of the state of New Mexico. As a land-grant institution, NMSU has focused on high quality research that addresses both basic mechanisms and the application to real-world problems. In addition, NMSU has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive; NMSU has the largest minority enrollment of any Doctoral/Research University-Extensive at 49 percent minority students (42% Hispanic, 3% Native American, 3% African-American, and 1% Asian American).

In 2003, NMSU enrolled 15,535 students (12,189 undergraduates and 3,346 graduate students) on its main campus in Las Cruces. Las Cruces is located in the southern part of New Mexico, located near the borders of both Texas and Mexico. Through its six colleges, NMSU offers 75 Bachelors programs, 54 Masters degrees, 4 Specialist in Education programs, and 26 doctoral degree programs. Eighty-two percent of the main campus faculty hold a doctoral degree. NMSU is accredited to offer degrees by the North Central Association.

NMSU Psychology Department

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A program of psychology has existed at NMSU for almost 80 years, with the initial emphasis on teacher education. The Psychology Department offers broad training in psychology at the undergraduate level, with a strong emphasis on experimental psychology. In addition, the department offers opportunities for hands on experience in research and in field placements. Current graduate programs in the department are cognitive psychology ,engineering psychology , and social psychology .

The number of graduate students in the department has been maintained at approximately 50 students over the past decade. About two-thirds of those students are working towards a Master’s degree and one-third are working towards a doctorate. All baccalaureate level students who enter the graduate program enroll initially as master’s students. Upon completion of the master’s degree, a student may be admitted into the Ph.D. program, contingent on the recommendation of the student’s master’s committee and the vote of the whole faculty. In addition, students who have completed their master’s degrees at another institution can be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program.