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MS Application Process

All applications are handled through  UTSA's online application system ("decision desk"). The online application system and instructions for using the system can be found by clicking here. Please note that each graduate program has its own application procedure. If you have applied for other UTSA graduate programs, you will still need to apply separately for the Master of Science in Psychology program.

Using the application system

When you login to the application system, be sure to specify the program for which you are applying (i.e., the MS in Psychology). This will ensure you see the correct instruction pages and that your application gets sent to the correct admissions committee (i.e. us).

During the application process, you will be asked to enter the year for which you are applying, the program option (thesis or non), the timeline on which you hope to complete the degree, and to rank your major areas of interest. After that, you will see several upload pages. The system allows you to upload one file for each upload page. Only two of these are required: Relevant experience and background and Statement of Goals and Interests. There is a third page should you feel the need to upload additional documents, but it is not required. More information on each section can be found in the application system itself. If you do not see the pages above in the application system, you might want to go back to the beginning and make sure you selected the right program.

Things to keep in mind when writing your “goals” statement:

  • In this essay we would like you to describe your long term goals and how the M.S. program in Psychology at UTSA would help you achieve them. Please also describe the types of research you are interested in conducting, the topics on which you hope to conduct research, and how this relates to the program. 

  • The program involves individualized training. As such, we make every effort to match applicants to faculty advisors with similar interests. Although we cannot guarantee a particular faculty member will be available to serve as your advisor, if there are faculty with whom you are particularly interested in working please include that information in this essay. 

  • Please limit your description to 1-2 pages, single spaced (approximately 700 to 1400 words).

Things to keep in mind when writing your “research” statement:

  • In this statement we would like you to tell us about the research and other relevant experiences you have had that make you a good candidate for graduate work in psychology in general and our program in particular. If there are experiences that have given you research or statistical skills that might not be obvious from your transcript (e.g., assisting with or conducting research projects), please include an explanation of those experiences or skills as well.

  • Please limit this statement to 1-2 pages, single spaced (approximately 700 to 1400 words).

Application Deadlines

Except for extraordinary circumstances, we only accept applications for Fall semester. This is due to course sequencing requirements - our Spring semester classes for first year students have Fall semester prerequisites.

To be considered for Fall admission, all materials must be received by June 15th for domestic students and by April 1st for international students. Applicants interested in receiving financial aid should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the appropriate office by March 15th.

We strongly recommend applying well in advance of the deadline, especially for those hoping to receive financial aid. Space is limited, and obviously we cannot admit people once capacity is reached. Applying well in advance of the deadline also helps protect against issues such as slow delivery of transcripts, GRE scores, or letters of recommendation. In addition, we recommend taking the GRE one to two months prior to the submission deadline to ensure timely receipt of scores.

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