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A graduate degree in general psychology

Are you looking to earn a master’s degree to further your career or prepare for a doctoral 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.

Online graduate certificate in teaching college psychology

In addition to our in-house program, we offer an 18-hour online graduate certificate in teaching college psychology. The certificate is designed for individuals who already have a master’s degree and who want to increase their marketability by becoming qualified to teach psychology courses in community colleges and/or dual credit courses. Students take coursework in psychology subfields that are commonly taught at community colleges as well as receive mentorship and training in teaching the subfields. Students take a capstone course in order to develop innovative and effective teaching skills based on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research.

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 on a 4.0 scale
  • 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 nonthesis option. Students who choose the nonthesis 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 15; however, review of applications begins around May 1, with consideration given based on the date application materials are received. 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.


Department of Psychology

McKibben Education Building
Room 215

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