4+1 Master's Programs

Overview of the 4+1 Programs

The 4+1 terminal Master of Science Programs in Psychology provide qualified students earning a baccalaureate degree from Tulane University with graduate training in psychology. The goal of the 4+1 program is to prepare students for their next step of graduate training (e.g., doctoral program, medical school, law school) or entry into the workforce. Students may pursue the M.S. in Psychological Science (PSYC) or in Behavioral Health (PSBH). Thesis and non-thesis options are possible in both programs. The average completion time in the non-thesis track is 9.64 months (i.e., almost all students finish the coursework in two semesters). The average completion time for the thesis track is 12.63 months (i.e., students often defend their theses during the summer for the August degree).

Note: Applications for the 4+1 programs are accepted only from students pursuing a baccalaureate degree from Tulane University OR from students pursuing the BS in Psychology or Neuroscience at neighboring Xavier University of Louisiana. Applications must be submitted through the on-line application system.

Application Deadline: March 1 of Senior Year [Note: Students graduating in May should apply by March 1 for fall admission of the same year, whereas students graduating a semester early (i.e., December graduates) should apply by March 1 for spring admission of the following year.]

The 4+1 program in Psychological Science began in 2002, with a single graduate in 2003. Enrollments have increased steadily since 2002. The 4+1 program in Behavioral Health began in 2014 with a cohort of seven students. For an optimal graduate class size and faculty/student ratio, the department generally restricts total annual enrollment across both 4+1 programs to 12 students.

Since its inception, 74 students have graduated from our 4+1 programs: 53% of our graduates have entered the workforce where they are employed by schools, hospitals/clinics, or in research positions (for non-profits and the private sector), 30% have pursued doctoral degrees (in clinical, counseling, developmental, industrial/organizational, school, and social psychology), 10% have entered medical school, and 7% have entered law school. Our 4+1 graduates and career trajectories after the degree are detailed in the Program Graduates section below.

Undergraduate GPA is weighted heavily in admissions decisions, insofar as a graduate GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. As seen in the table below, undergraduate GPAs have been relatively stable across applicants over the last seven years. Letter grade in PSYC 3090 (Univariate Statistics I) also is weighted heavily in admissions decisions, insofar as at least one graduate statistics course is required for the M.S. For admission to the thesis track, undergraduate research in a faculty lab and a psychology faculty member’s commitment to supervise master’s research is critical.

4+1 Undergraduate GPA

Psychological Science

This track provides qualified students earning a baccalaureate degree in Psychology with graduate level training in psychological theories and methods. Students electing to pursue this option have been interested in a broad background in Psychology at the graduate level or in specific areas such as social psychology, developmental psychology, and animal behavior.

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Behavioral Health

The 4+1 terminal Master's program in Behavioral Health provides qualified students earning a baccalaureate degree in Psychology or related fields (e.g., Public Health and Neuroscience) from Tulane University with graduate training in a specialty area of psychology. Behavioral Health is a broad term generally understood to subsume mental health, substance use disorders, and health related behaviors. Students who pursue the M.S. in Behavioral Health apply to one of two tracks: (1) Applied or (2) General. Students either may pursue the M.S. with an empirical thesis, concentrating in depth on a particular area of Behavioral Health, OR students may pursue the M.S. with a broad training base in Behavioral Health without a thesis.

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top ⇑Notes for Currently Enrolled Students

Tuition, Fees and Commencement

Students enrolled in the program pay reduced tuition for their year of study; tuition for the 4+1 MS program is 35% of full time graduate tuition. Students also are responsible for paying the requisite fees to the School of Science and Engineering in a timely fashion. In addition, students should note the school's published deadlines for application for degree, submission of thesis (if applicable), and degree fees. Information regarding commencement ceremonies will be posted when available. In the meantime, commencement weekend dates may be found here.


Changing 4+1 Tracks

4+1 master’s students may petition the Graduate Training Committee in the Department of Psychology to change tracks (e.g., from the thesis track to the non-thesis track, from the Behavioral Health program to the Psychological Science program, etc.). It is recommended that students craft their petition with the faculty adviser’s support. Ultimately, the Faculty will vote on whether or not a student’s petition to change tracks is granted.


top ⇑Program Graduates - Psychological Science

Jonathan Abrams, M.S., May 2015

User Experience Researcher at Google in San Francisco, CA

Jonathan Becker, M.S., May 2004

Residency Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sophia Belay, M.S., May 2004

University of Connecticut, Ph.D. Program, Clinical

Ryan Bigelsen, M.S., May 2013

Applicant, Medical School

Kady Bourgeois, M.S., May 2007

HR Professional, Key Energy Services, Houston, TX

Jennifer Braaten, M.S., May 2007


Ryan Brennan, M.S., May 2018

Mental Health Professional, Empowerment Behavioral Services, New Orleans, LA

Christopher Burchett, M.S., December 2012

Quality Assurance Specialist, Epic Systems, Madison, WI

Elizabeth Carey, M.S., May 2008

Educational Psychologist at Surrey County Council, London, UK

Lee Ann Carnes, M.S. 2007

Ph.D. School Psychology University of Maryland,

Samantha Couch, M.S. May 2014

Employed in Industry, New Orleans LA

Max Daigh, May 2010

Manager of School Performance at the Louisiana Department of Education in New Orleans, LA

Joshua Dillon, May 2015

School-Based Program Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in Philadelphia, PA

Jacob Firestone, M.S., May 2012

La Salle University, Psy.D. Program

Phillip Glotser, M.S., May 2007

Neurology Residency at Banner - University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ

Dhruv Gupta, M.S., May 2013

Doctor of Medicine, St. Georges Global Scholars Program 
Medical Resident, Mt. Sinai, New York City

Brooke Hansen, M.S., May 2010

Ph.D. School Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Heartspring Pediatric Services, Wichita

Briana Hedman, M.A., 2006

Executive Coach and Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

Trenesha Hill, M.S., December 2013

Ph.D., School Psychology Tulane University

Lauren Hitt, M.S., August 2008

New Product Manager for Emergent Capabilities at Intralox in New Orleans, LA

Kelly Holmes, M.S., August 2009

Project Fleur de Lis, New Orleans

Kyle Hucke, M.S., May 2008

PhD Psychology, Tulane University

Timothy Jackson, M.S., May 2007

Associate Attorney at Wexler Wallace LLP in Chicago, IL

Galen Jones, M.A., 2006

Program Manager II, UAB Department of Medicine Division of Gerontology & Palliative Care in Birmingham, AL

Justin Kordys, M.S., August 2014

Law School

Jennifer Kuhn, M.S., August 2008

Postdoctoral Fellow at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Kurash, M.S., May 2015

Human Resources Generalist at Benefit Street Partners in New York, NY

Samia Lalani, MS., December 2015

PhD student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland in Washington, DC

Erika Larson, M.S., May 2015

Animal Trainer, Gulf World Marine Park,FL

Emma Lewis, M.S., December 2017

PhD Program, Human Nutrition/International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD

Meagan Magaldi, M.S., August 2017

Law School, University of Florida

Idan Mark, M.S. December 2014 

School Psychology intern, Tel Aviv

Marina Mery, M.S. December 2014 

PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Oklahoma

Yamile Molina, M.S., May 2005

University of Washington, Ph.D. Program, Animal Behavior

Matthew Nonnamaker, M.S., May 2015

Support Engineer at HubSpot in Boston, MA

Alexandra Payne, M. S., December 2016

Internship, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Isaac Perkins, M.S., August 2003

Masters Program, I/O

Lauren Peterson, M.S., May 2012

Community Relations Coordinator in Houston, TX

Sarah Podesta, M.S., August 2016

Project Assistant, Neuroscience Program Tulane.

Lily Rabinow, M.S. December 2013

Medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Brooke Rappaport, M.S., May 2013

Ph.D. Program in Counseling & Human Development Services, University of Georgia

Nicole Renke, M.S., May 2017

Market Research Analyst for Brain Corporation in San Diego

Alexandra Roselli, M.S., December 2013

Law School, Loyola New Orleans

Christine Sassane, M.S., 2010

Judicial Law Clerk at Superior Court of New Jersey

Iina Savolainen, M.S., December 2016

Social Psychology PhD Program, University of Tampere Finland

Samantha Siegel, M.S., May 2004

University of North Texas, Master's Program Counseling

Nicole Simoes, M.A., 2006

Director of Graduate Support, Excel Academy Charter School in Boston, MA

Evan Smith, M.S., May 2009

Nova Southeastern, PsyD program

Elizabeth Steen, M.S. August 2018 (anticipated)

Associate Teacher, Green Trees Early Childhood Village, New Orleans LA

Lindsay Stewart, M.A., 2005

Clinical Psychologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Juliana Vanderburg, M.S., 2017

AmeriCorps, Washington DC

Cristina Weeks, M.S., August 2004

Georgia State University, Ph.D. Program, School Psychology 

Gretchen Williams, M.A., 2006

Medical School, Osteopathic Medicine

Claire Yanta, M.S., May 2011

Founder and Trainer at Fleur de Lis Fitness in Virginia Beach, VA

top ⇑Program Graduates - Behavioral Health

Sam Allouche, M.S., May 2016

PhD Program, School Psychology, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA

Rebecca Ames, M.S., May 2015

Brand Strategist at Peter Mayer in New Orleans, LA

Sidonia Compton, M.S. May 2018

Children’s Outpatient Therapist, Gulf Coast Mental Health Center, Gulfport, MS

Jillian DeRosas, M.S., May 2015

Admission Counselor, Tulane University

Chinwendu Duru, M.S., May 2017

PhD Program, School Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Gena Gelb, M.S., May 2017

Research and Evaluation Associate at Clayton Early Learning in Denver

Erica Golden, M.S., May 2016

MSW Fellowship Program, University of Michigan

Jesse Gomez, M.S., May 2016

PhD Program, School Psychology, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA

Leah Herrick, M.S., May 2016

Registered Client Associate at Merrill Lynch in Mount Laurel, NJ

Naomi Holland, M.S. May 2018

Engagement and Functional Assessment Clinician, Center for Life Management, Derry, NH

Kathryn Homan, M.S., May 2015

Forensic interviewer, NOLA Children's Advocacy Center

Caroline Jacka, M.S., December 2016

Network Development Representative, Vantage Health Plan, New Orleans, LA

Brittney Jurgen, M.S., May 2015

Research Assistant, Boston Children's Hospital

Suzanne Kozikowski, M.S., May 2017

Neuropsychology Testing Technician at the University of California, Los Angeles

Margot Paul, M.S., May 2015

Doctoral Student at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Mountain View, CA

Caroline Quaid, M.S., May 2015

BCaBA, Case Manager at Within Reach - Center for Autism in New Orleans, LA

Noelle Raymond, M.S., May 2017

ABA Therapist, Spears Learning Center, Metairie, LA

Catherine Rochefort, M.S., May 2015

PhD Program, Clinical Psychology, Southern Methodist University

Brianna Truffa, M.S., May 2017

Mental health professional, Aspiring Behavioral Health Services in New Orleans

Leah Walsh, M.S., August 2018

PhD Program, Clinical Psychology, Fordham University, New York

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