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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

MS Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission as graduate degree-seeking students must submit all application materials by the application deadline.  Except in extraordinary circumstances, we do not accept new students for spring. Students applying during the spring are applying to begin the next fall.  For Fall 2017, these materials include transcripts, GRE scores, a statement of research experience, a statement of goals, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants for Fall 2017 hoping to receive unconditional admission must meet University-wide admission requirements as well as program specific requirements (see the UTSA graduate catalog). Applicants with fewer than 18 undergraduate semester credit hours in psychology or fewer than 12 upper division undergraduate credit hours in psychology are unlikely to be admitted.

Admissions are competitive with a limited number of openings available any given year.  As such, there is not a specific profile that guarantees admission.  As far as the quantitative part of admissions, you can get some idea of whether you might be competitive by looking at the interquartile ranges for GPA and GRE of applicants admitted to the MS program (including probationary admission) in the most recent 2 cohorts:

 

GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours: 3.56 - 3.97 (Median = 3.83)
GPA within Psychology courses: 3.39 - 4.00 (Median = 3.86)
Quantitative section of GRE: 146 - 155 (Median =  152)
Verbal section of GRE: 152 - 159 (Median =  156)

 

For those who think in terms of percentile scores, the medians reported above correspond to roughly the 49th percentile and 70th percentile of all students sitting for the GRE.  In terms of the "old" scale, this corresponds to a median of 660 quantitative and 540 verbal.

On the qualitative part of admissions, it is important to keep in mind this is a research mentorship based program.  The vast majority of our successful applicants have had research experience outside of the classroom (e.g., some combination of independent study, honors thesis, work experience, or something similar) and are interested in conducting studies that align with current faculty interests.  To determine whether your interests align with current faculty, it is a good idea to use your university’s library or various online resources to access and read recent articles or conference papers by our faculty.  If after doing that you have questions about potential fit, reach out to the faculty member(s) in question.  Most are happy to talk about their research with people who have prepared for the discussion.  

Keep in mind, the above are averages. Some successful applicants scored lower while others scored higher. For the minimum requirements on each criterion, see the graduate catalog. Applicants who do not meet requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for admission on a conditional basis if there are indications of unrealized potential and if space allows.

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