The priority application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is Feb 1, 2020. The priority deadline is recommended to be considered for certain types of funding (scholarships, assistantships or fellowships). Graduate College Scholarship and Celebrity Classic Scholarship applications are also due Feb 1, 2020.
The final application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is April 30, 2020.
Spring and Summer admissions are not offered for this program.
Please see the FAQs below for additional information about our program.
Applicants for admission must submit all application materials by the application deadline.
Please see the the Graduate College website for all application requirements.
For the Psychological Research program, the following are required for full admission to the program:
- minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, plus any completed graduated courses
- minimum 3.0 GPA in the following prerequisite courses:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Quantitative and Statistical Methods
- Experimental and Research Methods
- official GRE scores from the general test
The following are also required for the application:
- research interest statement listing in order of preference three graduate faculty members from the Texas State Psychology Department whose research interests most closely match your own
- resume/CV including prior experience in research or clinical areas, awards, and scholarships
- statement of purpose (approximately 1–2 pages) conveying your research interests, plans for graduate study, professional aspirations, and career goals. Please indicate how your scholarly interests fit with those of specific faculty members in the Department of Psychology, as well as any relevant experience, special abilities, or skills (e.g., computer programming, fluency in another language)
- three letters of recommendation from non-related individuals familiar with your scholarly work and/or relevant experience
Applying to MAPR Webinar
A webinar discussing applying to the MAPR program is available here. MAPR program director, Dr. Haskard-Zolnierek, and MAPR students walk through the application process and give tips about applying and attending graduate school.
I want to become a clinical psychologist, but I lack research experience. Should I apply to this program?
Yes. Doctoral programs in clinical psychology are extremely competitive, and many require substantial research experience for admission. The MA in Psychological Research can help students become more competitive candidates for PhD programs in clinical psychology.
Yes. Most doctoral programs requires substantial research experience for admission. The MA in Psychological Research can help students become more competitive candidates for PhD programs in many areas of psychology. Students may complete these on a wide range of topics.
No. Prospective students wishing to become an LPC should investigate professional counseling programs. The College of Education at Texas State offers programs in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology.
The program is designed to be a 2-year, on-campus, full-time program of study. While some elective courses are offered during the evenings, most required courses for the program are only offered during business hours.
Our alumni have been accepted to PhD programs at many universities including UT Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas-Arlington, Texas A&M University, University of California-Merced, Idaho State University, University of Groningen, Adelphi University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, and George Mason University.
Students have entered PhD programs in many areas of psychology including general psychology, clinical psychology, quantitative psychology, experimental psychopathology, I/O, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, psychological sciences, school psychology, and health and neuroscience.
The new program does not have any formal specializations. There are 7 required courses, and 6 electives from areas which most interest you (based on availability). The degree requirements and list of electives is available here.
While many of our alumni have gone on to continue their studies at doctoral programs, some have gone into the workforce. Some titles of our alumni include: scientific assistant, research assistant, data manager/analyst, researcher, psychosocial rehabilitation therapist, data consultant, research coordinator, actuary, data science intern, and adjunct instructor. Organizations at which our graduates have been employed include: Dept. of Neurosurgery at UT Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas, Dell Medical School, University of Texas-Dallas, Hackensack Meridian Health, H2TrOnics, Research Now, Live Oak Living Community, NCD Cure, XPO Logistics, Media Science, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Washington State University, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Illuminas, and The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.
The list of graduate courses offered can be found on this page.