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 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.
| 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 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.
Please see MS Psychology Program Overview for detailed information
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
Research taking place in the M.S. Program in Psychology
For psychology faculty research interests, please click here and select Psychology.
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.