The Master of Science in Psychological Sciences (PSYC) degree provides advanced psychology training to prepare serious student scholars for nationally prominent programs in clinical and experimental psychology. In addition to completing advanced coursework, students work with a research mentor and are actively involved in one or more research laboratories throughout their program. Students also have opportunities to be involved with research and clinical activities at four UT Dallas centers: the Center for BrainHealth, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, the Center for Children and Families and the Center for Vital Longevity.
Students earning a master’s degree in psychological sciences specialize in one of four major fields: developmental psychology, cognition, social/personality psychology, or neuroscience. The curriculum is research-focused. Throughout the program, students work with a research mentor in their area of specialization.
The degree requires 36 graduate credit hours: six hours of core courses in the student’s major field, six hours of core courses from one of the other specialization areas, six hours of core courses in research methods, 12 hours of advanced electives and six hours of independent research.
The Master of Science in Psychological Sciences degree is designed for full-time, degree-seeking students, and most courses are offered only during the day. Students move together through the program as a cohort beginning in the fall term; it is not possible to start the program in the spring or summer term.
The PSYC master’s program is excellent preparation for doctoral programs in psychology, which can lead to professional careers in academic, clinical, counseling, industrial, and other kinds of psychology. The program is not designed to provide clinical training nor does it lead to licensure as a counselor or psychologist.
Admission to the PSYC master’s degree program is based on a review of the applicant’s grade point average (GPA), scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a “statement of purpose” essay describing the applicant’s specific interests and career goals. See the UT Dallas graduate admission page for general information on the application process.
To be accepted for the fall semester, completed applications are due by February 15.
Specific questions about applying to the psychological sciences master’s degree program should be directed to [email protected].
As noted above, there is not a non-degree seeking option for the PSYC master’s degree program. In general, applicants to this program will have undergraduate backgrounds in psychology. Although students’ qualifications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, most students accepted for this program will have had courses in statistics and research design, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, and abnormal psychology.
Financial aid for master’s students in the PSYC master’s degree program is limited and is awarded on a competitive basis after students have been admitted to the program.
The UT Dallas graduate admission website provides general information on financial aid for graduate students. For more specific questions about funding opportunities for master’s students, contact the PSYC program head.
Psychological Sciences Master’s Degree Program
ATTN Jasmin Stubblefield
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., GR41
Richardson, TX 75080