Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Program

Dr. Conlon's Advanced Social Psychology Seminar

The master's program is designed to augment the credentials of individuals who are interested in applying for admission to doctoral programs in psychology. The curriculum will increase individuals' chances of being accepted upon application to doctoral programs by enabling them to earn grades in graduate-level courses, and to gain valuable research and teaching experience. In the second year of study, students can complete a thesis. Students may also have the opportunity to gain experience teaching introductory level courses under the supervision of one of our faculty members.

Our degree plan may also be of interest to individuals who would like to earn a master's degree in psychology as a means of achieving their professional goals, such as acquiring solid research skills. We envision our curriculum being of considerable value to individuals currently in the workforce, who have had some coursework in psychology (although not necessarily a psychology major) and would now like to enhance their professional skills and advancement potential. Thus, the program can meet the needs of both those already pursuing careers and those attempting to gain admission to a doctoral program in psychology.

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

The following is the curriculum:

Required Courses

Course # (hrs) - Course Title
PSY 501 (3) - Advanced Statistics in Psychology I
PSY 507 (3) - Advanced Statistics in Psychology II
PSY 517 (3) - Ethics & Research in Psychology
PSY 585 (3) - Advanced Research Design

PSY 525 (3) - Teaching Seminar
PSY 500 (3) - Psychology Proseminar

Elective Topics Courses (12 hrs)

Students also need to take 4 courses from the list below. Typically one topic course is offered per fall and spring semesters. Topic courses are primarily offered based on students' preferences.

PSY 561 (3) - Advanced Social Psychology
PSY 526 (3) - Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSY 534 (3) - Advanced Applied Psychology
PSY 518 (3) - Advanced Psychopathology
PSY 504 (3) - Biopsychology
PSY 508 (3) - Cognitive Psychology
PSY 535 (3) - Advanced Tests & Measurement
PSY 514 (3) - Organizational Psychology
PSY 516 (3) - Decision Making
PSY 539 (3) - Human Factors Engineering


PSY 589 (3 hrs in Fall) - Thesis Research
PSY 590 (3 hrs in Spring) - Thesis Writing

TOTAL: 36 hrs

If you have any questions about any aspect of our program, please feel free to contact Dr. Dusty Jenkins, Graduate Program Coordinator. For more information, see the following:

Graduate Admissions: Admission requirements and forms required
FAAQ: Frequently Asked and Answered Questions
Available Courses: Course offerings and descriptions
SFA Graduate Bulletin: Description of the various departments at SFASU