Psychology, MA

College of Liberal Arts

Psychology, MA

The Master of Arts in Psychology program is designed to develop mastery of the scientific principles and methods of psychology as well as their application to clinical issues. Students complete a sequence of core curriculum courses that emphasizes major academic areas within the discipline of psychology before advancing to the specialized coursework of their chosen track. Students elect to take either a Clinical Psychology Track, which emphasizes the professional application of psychological principles, or a General Psychology (Thesis) Track, which emphasizes knowledge of psychology principles alongside the development of research skills through the completion of an empirical thesis.

 

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1      Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive a Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Application requirements specific to this program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (International applicants will be required to submit relevant International transcripts)
    • A bachelor's degree in psychology, or a bachelor's degree with 15 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in psychology for unconditional admission. This foundational undergraduate coursework must include general psychology, statistics, experimental psychology, and six hours of upper division psychology electives. (Students may be conditionally accepted into the program contingent upon completion of the required undergraduate courses).
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Scores (within the last 5 years)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program of study. Letters of recommendation should specifically address the applicant's potential for a successful career as well as qualifications and motivation for graduate study.
  • Essay (500-1000 words describing your educational and professional goals as well as your qualifications for graduate study e.g., academic achievements, research experience, relevant work or volunteer experience, etc.).

Submit supporting documents online.

Please note that these are minimum requirements; admission to the program is competitive and also dependent updon the size and quality of the overall applicant pool.

International Applicant Requirements: 

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Degree Plan

Required Core Courses (12 semester hours)

PSYC 5301 Measurement and Statistics
PSYC 5321 Advanced Physiological Psychology
PSYC 2323 Advanced Social Psychology
PSYC 2324 Advanced Development Psychology

Clinical Psychology Track:

Clinical Psychology Track

The primary education and training mission of the Clinical Track is to provide a program of study with an applied clinical emphasis to prepare students for the practice of psychology or counseling at the master's level of licensure. Students will complete the required core curriculum, specialized clinical preparation courses, and will receive supervised clinical practicum experience as part of their training. Upon completion of the program, Clinical Track graduates will meet the necessary qualifications to take the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists examination for certification as a Licensed Psychological Associate. With additional coursework and experience, graduates may elect to take the Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) examinations. Following licensure, graduates typically work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, or as independent practitioners in a variety of public agency and private settings.

Clinical Track (Core Courses + 31 semester hours)

In addition to the core courses, students choosing the clinical track option shall take the following:
PSYC 5322 Advanced Personality Theories
PSYC 5341 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 5443 Intellectual Assessment
PSYC 5344 Personality Assessment
PSYC 5350 Introduction to Psychotherapy
PSYC 5398 Clinical Practicum (course taken twice; 6 sem hrs. total)
Electives 9 semester hours

As of the 2017-2018 academic year, the General Psychology (Thesis) Track will no longer be offered in the Master of Arts in Psychology program. Therefore, all students in the MA Psychology program will complete the Clinical Psychology Track degree requirements. Students will still have the option of completing an empirical thesis in addition to the other degree requirements if they so choose.

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Amy Houlihan