Master of Arts in Psychology

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The MA in Psychology concentrates on the scientific sub-disciplines of psychology. It does not provide training in the delivery of psychological services, but it does allow more flexibility than do our other programs. Thus, students are provided the opportunity to pursue their personal academic and research interests, and concentrations in other fields such as Criminal Justice and Business are possible. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.


Admissions

Students applying for admission to the MA in Psychology should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution
  4. Personal statement
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Official GRE scores
  7. Official score report of the Advanced Psychology Test of the GRE (Recommended but not required)

Students should have a minimum of 18 hours of undergraduate psychology courses, including courses in psychology Research Methods and Psychology Statistics, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Ordinarily, the most useful letters of recommendation come from university faculty who are able to describe the applicant’s potential for success in graduate study. The Department does not use a recommendation form but rather asks referees to send letters on their own letterhead. Please submit all documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 2478 SHSU
Huntsville, TX  77341-2478

Students admitted to the SHSU psychology master's programs have average undergraduate GPAs in excess of 3.6 and GRE percentile ranks in excess of the 55th percentile for both the verbal and quantitative sections. Those whose scores are not that high still may wish to apply. We recognize that students do not always demonstrate their potential for professional success through such traditional criteria. We seek promising students from all backgrounds who will enhance our program and, later, professional psychology. High test scores and grades do not guarantee acceptance, and students whose lower scores are offset by other exceptional qualifications may be admitted. In any case, all applications must be complete (with transcripts, GRE scores, letters, and a personal statement of interests and goals) before any admission decision is made.

Students are admitted each fall and are expected to begin their studies during the fall semester. The application deadline for admission is February 15. Complete applications are evaluated immediately after the deadline and offers of admission are made as quickly as possible. Please note that several of our admission requirements, policies, and deadlines differ from those of other programs at SHSU.

Inquiries about the Psychology Master’s programs may be directed to:

Dr. Diane Stoebner-May
Coordinator of Psychology Master’s Study
Department of Psychology and Philosophy
Sam Houston State University
Box 2447
Huntsville, TX 77341-2447
Telephone: (936) 294-2434
Email: DXS011@shsu.edu

Information and materials are also available at http://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/GradMA.html.


Degree Requirements

Plan 1 - MA in Psychology (Non-thesis)

Notes
1 Selections should be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and cannot include PSYC 5395, PSYC 5396, nor any thesis courses.
Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology (Non-thesis)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (24 credit hours)
Choose all from:
PSYC 5331 Graduate Seminar in General Psychology 3
PSYC 5332 Advanced Social Psychology 3
PSYC 5336 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 5360 Advanced Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 5381 Advanced Learning Theory 3
PSYC 5387 Advanced Statistics 3
PSYC 5388 Introduction to Experimental Design 3
PSYC 5397 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3
Electives (12 credit hours)
Choose four from:
Graduate courses in an approved field1 12
Total 36

Plan 2 - MA in Psychology (Thesis)

Notes
Selections should be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and cannot include PSYC 5395, PSYC 5396, nor any thesis courses.
2 Once enrolled in PSYC 6099 Thesis II, students must enroll in this course in every semester until graduation.
Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology (Thesis)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (21 credit hours)
Choose all from:
PSYC 5332 Advanced Social Psychology 3
PSYC 5336 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 5360 Advanced Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 5381 Advanced Learning Theory 3
PSYC 5387 Advanced Statistics 3
PSYC 5388 Introduction to Experimental Design 3
PSYC 5397 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3
Electives (9 credit hours)
Choose three from:
Graduate courses in an approved field1 9
Thesis (6 credit hours)
PSYC 6098 Thesis I 3
PSYC 6099 Thesis II2 3
Total 36

Students in all of our Master’s programs must pass a written Comprehensive Exam at the close of their training in order to obtain an M.A. degree. Students must be enrolled in the University during the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive exam is administered.


Courses

Psychology (PSYC)

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