If you are looking for a Masters degree in Psychology in traditionally research focused areas, you are looking at the right web site. The MS program offered by the Department of Psychology is designed to provide students with the statistical and methodological background to go on to a PhD program in traditionally research-oriented areas or to obtain MS-level jobs in applied research settings. Historically, the program has been very successful in this respect. The vast majority of our graduates have either obtained admission to a PhD program or a Psychology-related job, typically in research. Those who go on to doctoral work often attend top name schools in their subareas. Those who pursue MS level jobs frequently gain employment conducting research for Health Science centers, test and measures companies, or the military.
The MS provides training relevant to many of the traditionally research oriented areas of Psychology, including social, cognitive, developmental, clinical, health, and IO. However, we do not have separate tracks. The core classes are relevant to all areas, and tailoring of the program for different interests is done primarily through electives and research hours. A student wishing to pursue a PhD in social psychology may take different electives than one wishing to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology or clinical psychology, but they will all take the same design and statistical courses.
Our program is not a treatment-oriented program, and is not oriented towards preparing future therapists for licensure. If you are looking for a program to become a therapist, you may wish to look at UTSA's M.S. or M.Ed. degree in Counseling, offered through the College of Education and Human Development (COHED). If you are interested in a research-oriented program, use the links below to find out more about what our typical MS student "looks like" in terms of GRE, GPA, and previous experience, how to apply, degree requirements, faculty interests, topics of recent MS Thesis projects, and navigating the program. If you have specific questions not answered in those links, contact Dr. Tina Zawacki, Graduate Advisor of Record.