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Psychology (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science degree in Psychology is designed to provide students with the statistical and methodological background to continue to a Ph.D. program in traditionally research-oriented areas of Psychology or to obtain M.S.-level jobs in applied research settings. The vast majority of our graduates have either obtained admission to a Ph.D. program or a Psychology-related job, typically in research. Those who go on to doctoral work often attend top name schools in their areas, while those who pursue M.S. level jobs frequently gain employment conducting research for Health Science centers, test and measures companies, or the military.

Our program is not a treatment-oriented program, and is not oriented towards preparing future therapists for licensure. If you are looking for a program to become a therapist, you may wish to look at one of UTSA's degrees in Counseling.

Why Psychology?

  • The M.S. program in Psychology has an excellent record of placing graduates in settings in which they make use of their degree. This includes Doctoral programs in research-oriented areas of Psychology as well as applied research settings.
  • The M.S. is excellent preparation for UTSA's recently launched Doctoral program in Psychology.
  • The Graduate Faculty in Psychology includes many highly active researchers with a record of high publication and citation rates, grant funding, and inclusion of students in research efforts. Many faculty are also highly involved in the editorial process, including several serving as Associate Editors at major scholarly journals.

Degree Requirements

  • The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 36.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements, please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Admission requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Applicant must have completed of a minimum of 18 undergraduate semester credit hours in psychology (12 of which must be at the upper-division level). These hours must include at least one course in inferential statistics (equivalent to PSY 2073) and one course in psychological research methods (equivalent to PSY 3403). A single course that combines instruction in statistics and experimental methodology may be accepted, pending the approval of the Graduate Committee in Psychology.
  • A minimum grade point average of at least a 3.2 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate level coursework and a graduate point average of at least a 3.2 in all psychology courses taken.
  • A grade of "B" or higher in an inferential statistics course (equivalent to PSY 2073) and a psychological research methods course (equivalent to PSY 3403).
  • All application materials must be submitted and received by the Fall deadline. New students are not admitted for the Spring or Summer semesters due to course-sequence requirements in the program.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.2 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and a grade point average of at least 3.2 in all psychology courses taken.
  • A grade of “B” or higher in a statistics for psychology course (equivalent to PSY 2073 Statistics for Psychology) and a psychological research methods course (equivalent to PSY 3403 Experimental Psychology).
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • General GRE required- must be received before the application is considered as complete and will be used as part of the selection criteria for admission to the program.
  • Resume: N/A
  • Letters of Recommendation from at least two persons in a position to evaluate the candidate's academic and research potential (e.g., undergraduate instructors, research advisors) must be submitted and will be evaluated as part of the selection criteria. Recommendation forms are included in the online application materials.
  • The statement of purpose is broken into two separate essays. The first is a statement of "Relevant Experience and Background" pertaining to what training or experience the applicant possesses that would make him or her a good candidate for graduate work in psychology in general and our program in particular (e.g., additional training, previous research experience, etc.). The second is a statement of "Goals and Research Interests". This essay should describe long term research goals, the area of research the applicant would like to pursue, and in what way our program would help the applicant do so. Both essays must be uploaded before the application is considered complete. These statements will be evaluated and considered as part of the selection criteria for admission to the program.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:

  • International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
  • The highly individualized nature of the program dictates that a limited number of students are admitted each year. As such, students who meet the minimum requirements are not necessarily guaranteed admission and early submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.  Additional information on the application process can be found on the department's website.

Characteristics of recently admitted applicants:

  • Average undergraduate GPA is 3.70 last 60 hours and 3.75 in Psychology
  • Average GRE verbal is 155 new scale / 530 old scale
  • Average GRE quantitative is 150 new scale / 630 old scale
  • Vast majority have prior research experience

Additional information on the application process, recently admitted applicants, and faculty interests can be found on the department's website.

Research taking place in the M.S. Program in Psychology

Please see the Psychology department's website for faculty research interests and a list of recently completed M.S. theses.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Tina Zawacki, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (210) 458-6580

Degree Website:

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • This program is housed primarily on UTSA’s Main Campus.
  • Our graduate courses are offered almost entirely during the day.
  • To the extent possible, courses are clustered onto a small number of days to allow as much time as possible for students to conduct research / collect and analyze their data.