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Ever wonder why people behave the way they do? What we feel, think and remember begins in the brain. Study the mind in all its fullness and complexity at A&M-Commerce. You’ll learn the latest psychological research and theories that affect our understanding of the world. From eye-tracking to educational psychology and clinical to school psychology, discover the innovative research happening here. Our graduate program prepares you for a wide variety of careers in education, business, government and further graduate work. You can also become a Licensed Psychological Associate through our Applied Psychology track or Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (only for students re-specializing) through our Specialist in School Psychology program.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite
Duration

1 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

36-66 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN Psychology

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Master of Science in Psychology :: MINORS

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Psychology and Special Education offers three different tracks towards earning your master’s degree. Explore what option works best for your research interest and career goals.

Psychology (MS)

Go deeper into your exploration of the mind by taking a closer look at human cognition and behavior. Our master’s degree in Psychology prepares you for psychological research and further graduate work. We offer thesis and non-thesis options. If you’re interested in a Ph.D. program, we recommend the thesis track. (Total Hours: 36)

Applied Psychology (MS)

Become a licensed Psychological Associate through our Applied Psychology track. Our program prepares you for a wide variety of careers in clinical, organizational and educational psychology. Experience hands-on training with our Community Psychology Clinic that serves individuals, schools, police departments and community businesses. We offer thesis and non-thesis options. (Total Hours: 66)

Educational Diagnostician for School Psychology (MS)

If you are an Educational Diagnostician who wants to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology you can complete our Re-specialization track. Our program prepares you for a career as an LSSP. Please see the Specialist in School Psychology page. We offer thesis and non-thesis options. (Total Hours: 39-42)

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Master of Science in Psychology :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What you will learn

A master’s degree in psychology will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Conduct psychological research with faculty and peers on specialized topics
  • Understand the major concepts, theories, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology
  • Engage in an environment that encourages critical thinking, understanding and social justice advocacy
  • Examine psychological questions relevant to researchers today
  • Prepare for professional licensure that applies psychological principles to personal, social and organizational problems
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Master of Science in Psychology :: Careers

Careers

Gain the recognition you deserve by earning your master’s degree in psychology. Pursuing graduate work opens doors to job positions and higher salaries. Through making strides in psychological research, the opportunities are endless.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Psychologist
$79,010
School and career counselor
$56,310
Marriage and Family Therapists
$50,090
Industrial-Organization Psychologists
$79,010

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Master of Science in Psychology :: FEATURED COURSES

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Master of Science in Psychology :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Earning your degree just got easier at A&M-Commerce. Designed for current educators and working professionals, our psychology program offers online and face-to-face courses at the Mesquite Metroplex Center and main campus locations.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Master of Science in Psychology :: Program Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

If you are applying to the Educational Diagnostician Re-Specialization for School Psychology, please refer to the Specialist in School Psychology page for admission requirements.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Psychology, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Request three signed letters of recommendation on letterhead from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. Those individuals should:

Statement of Goals

Submit a statement of educational and professional goals of 500 words or less on the following prompt:

  • Discuss your educational and professional goals and how you believe this graduate degree will help you achieve them.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Interview

The Psychology Department will contact you to schedule your interview.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Master of Science in Psychology :: Program Admission Requirements, International

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

If you are applying to the Educational Diagnostician Re-Specialization for School Psychology, please refer to the Specialist in School Psychology page for admission requirements.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Psychology, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

Official Transcripts

  • Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to:
    Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Attn: Graduate School
    2600 S. Neal St.
    Commerce, Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Request three signed letters of recommendation on letterhead from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. Those individuals should:

Personal Statement

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Interview

The Psychology Department will contact you to schedule your interview.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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