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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.
- 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.
- 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
- Required Degree: B.A in Psychology or related field.
- Other Degree Requirements: Completion 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 statistics and one course in experimental psychology or psychological research methods.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 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).
The highly individualized nature of the program dictates that a limited number of students be 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. Applicants who do not meet requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for conditional admission if there are indications of unrealized potential. General information on successful applicants (grade point averages, GRE scores, etc.) can be found on the Department’s Web site (http://colfa.utsa.edu/psychology/).
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.
- General University Requirements:A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from professionals with the background to assess the candidate’s academic or research potential in psychology (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.
- Statement of Purpose: A statement of professional goals and reason for interest in pursuing a Master’s in Psychology and interest in this program specifically must be provided before the application is considered complete. These statements will be evaluated and considered as part of the selection criteria for admission to the program.
- Test Scores: General GRE, not older than five years.
- Other: A description of research experience (e.g., independent study/internship, employment, etc.) in basic or applied settings must be provided before the application is considered complete. Amount and nature of experience will be considered as part of the selection criteria for admission to the program.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: U.S. Citizens (Domestic) or permanent residents who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from an approved Foreign Credential Agency.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- International Applicants:
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission 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.