The graduate program in Psychology leads to the Master of Arts Degree. All aspects of the degree are guided by the suggested curricula of the American Psychological Association and developed by our faculty for optimum learning in the classroom, laboratory, and applied settings. The program is a vehicle for the advanced study of human behavior. Coursework is taken primarily in psychology, but with faculty permission, appropriate coursework in the behavioral sciences may be allowed. Applicants should have strong undergraduate preparation in the Behavioral Sciences; those without a strong course background in Psychology may be required to take additional undergraduate coursework at UHCL.

The MA in Psychology requires 36 hours with a thesis or project, or 39 hours of the internship. The internship option can be used by, for example, by students wishing to teach at the community college level, managing human services agencies or research studies, or working in student services. This program does not prepare students to be qualified as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Program Requirements

The course requirements can be found in the second half of the Psychology MA catalog entry.


A master's degree in General Psychology can further prepare students for working in human or government services. This degree will also prepare students for jobs that require technical skills in behavioral research and statistics. Students can also meet requirements to teach psychology to undergraduates.

Students have the option to specialize in their graduate degree with concentrations in:

  • Applied Cognitive Psychology (Human Factors)
  • Applied Social Issues
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

Admission: Applying to the Program

Applicants must complete a University Application for Admission and forward it and all required fees and documents to the University Office of Admissions. Forms and instructions may be requested from the UHCL Office of Admissions as listed below. The university application should be completed as early as possible before the admissions deadline to allow adequate time for the Office of Admissions to process the application and evaluate transcripts.

Admission: Requirements

Fall 2015 - 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours and all applicants must submit GRE scores. IF the GPA is less than 3.0, a formula is run:

(GPA over the last 60 hours) x 24 + Verbal Score + Quantitative Score >350

Spring 2016 - All applicants must submit GRE scores of at least 280 (total of Verbal Scores and Quantitative Scores) to the university following the standard reporting procedure. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the last 60 hours of coursework is also required.

In order to have adequate time to review applicants' material, the Application for Admission, transcripts for all prior coursework and GRE scores must be received by the Office of Admissions according to the following deadlines:

  • Fall Enrollment - August 1
  • Spring Enrollment - December 1
  • Summer Enrollment - May 1
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