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A graduate degree in psychology

Looking to earn a master’s degree to further your career or prepare you for a doctorate program? Our Master of Arts in psychology program prepares students for a variety of careers or doctoral psychology programs as they gain valuable research and teaching experience.

The Master of Arts in psychology program is designed to expose students to some of the main subfields in psychology as well as train students to conduct psychological research and teach psychology courses at the college level. The curriculum may be of interest to individuals seeking to increase their chances of being accepted into psychology doctoral programs and those who would like to earn a master’s degree in psychology as a means of achieving their professional goals. Please note that our master’s program does not provide specific training to become a counselor or therapist.

The program can prepare students for Ph.D. programs or pave the way to a rewarding career in a variety of industries.

Graduate program admission requirements

Important requirements 

Prerequisites for the Master of Arts in psychology include:

  • General psychology, psychological statistics and research design courses (or equivalent courses)
  • Nine credit hours in social and behavioral sciences
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0
  • GRE scores
  • Factor scores are calculated for each applicant based on their grade point average and GRE scores. Factor scores of 390 or above are viewed favorably. The formula for calculating the factor score is (grade point average X 30) + GRE combined score (verbal + quantitative)
  • Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis
  • Students can choose a thesis or non-thesis option. Students who chose the non-thesis option must complete a teaching practicum.

Graduate assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistantships consist of working 20 hours a week assisting professors with research and/or teaching. See below for application.

Application forms

The application deadline for fall admission is July 15th. However, review of applications begins around May 1st, with consideration being given based on the date which application materials are received. All things being equal, applications received earlier will be given higher priority. See the application checklist for materials to be submitted. 

For more information on psychology course offerings, please visit the Graduate Bulletin.

Contact

Department of Psychology
936.468.4402
psychology@sfasu.edu

McKibben Education Building
Room 215

Mailing Address:
PO Box 13046, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

 

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