Psychology, MA

College of Liberal Arts

Psychology, MA

The Master of Arts in Psychology program is a 42 credit hour program 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 in the area of clinical psychology. In addition, students receive supervised clinical practicum experience as part of their training. They may also choose to complete an empirical thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  Upon completion of the program, graduates will meet the necessary qualifications to take the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists examination for certification as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). With additional coursework and experience, graduates may elect to take the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 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.

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Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Review of admissions is ongoing even though the priority deadline has passed.

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
March 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 
March 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. Review of applications will continue until all spots in the program are filled, which may occur before the final deadline. 

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 (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
    • 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 General Test 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 upon the size and quality of the overall applicant pool.

Additional 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) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Course Requirements (60 sem. hrs.)

Required Core Courses (15 sem. hrs.)

The five core courses (15 credit hours) must be taken within the first 24 credit hours of graduate study.

  • PSYC 5311 - Research Methods and Statistics I 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5312 - Research Methods and Statistics II 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5321 - Biological Bases of Behavior 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5323 - Advanced Social Psychology 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5324 - Advanced Developmental Psychology 3 sem. hrs.

Required Clinical Courses (45 sem. hrs.)

In addition to the core courses, students are required to complete the following:

  • PSYC 5322 - Advanced Personality Theories 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5341 - Graduate Psychopathology 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5342 - Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5343 - Intellectual Assessment 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5344 - Personality Assessment 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5349 - Diversity Issues and Multiculturalism in Psychology 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5350 - Introduction to Psychotherapy 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5352 - Therapy with Multiple Clients: Interpersonal and Group Dynamics 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5356 - Applied Behavioral/Cognitive Psychology 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5357 - Psychopharmacology 3 sem. hrs.
  • PSYC 5398 - Clinical Practicum 3 sem. hrs. (6 credit hours/two semesters)
  • Electives 9 sem. hrs. (May include 6 hours of thesis. Non-PSYC electives must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.)

Course Sequence:

Courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence (please refer to the Psychology program student handbook for the prescribed course sequence). Failure to take the courses as prescribed mav result in a delay in time toward graduation as courses are typically offered only once per rotation year.

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Amy Houlihan