Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a department advisor?
For undergraduate students, department faculty are assigned by the first letter of your last name.
A - H Ms. Mason
I - Q Ms. Gibson
R - Z Dr. Newby
Note: Students are encouraged to use Academic Advising Services located in the Thompson Student Center for routine advising needs
A - Z Ms. Leslie Mills or Ms. Kayla Kelley
A - Z Ms. Jessica Martin
For graduate students, department faculty are assigned by campus location and/or the first letter of your last name.*
A - M Dr. Albrecht
N - Z Dr. Merriman
A - H Dr. Duncan
I - P Dr. Burdenski
Q - Z Dr. Valdez
A - Z Dr. Stewart
* Interested persons and new graduate students should contact the department graduate student advisor, Ms. Borchardt.
How do I find a scholarship?
When do classes begin?
I am a transfer student. How many hours will transfer into Tarleton's Bachelor of Science Psychology degree program?
How long will it take me to graduate?
What is required for membership into Psi Chi?
The Psi Chi Constitution requires that undergraduate student applicants to Psi Chi:
· Must be enrolled as a student at your school
· Must have established a GPA at your school
· Must be at least a second-semester sophomore
· Must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature that is equivalent to a psychology major
· Must have completed at least 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology courses
· Must have an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class based on rankings within sophomore, within junior, and within senior classes (if the cut-off for the top 35% is below 3.00, the applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale)
· Must have a psychology GPA that is at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale
* Undergraduate transfer students who wish to join an established chapter must complete at least 12 semester hours (or the quarter equivalent) at the new institution unless the Psi Chi chapter has a transfer student policy that articulates clear alternative criteria, yet still conforms to the national standards regarding hours. The national standards regarding hours are that the student must have completed 36 semester hours of college credit (or the quarter equivalent) and 9 semester hours of psychology (or the quarter equivalent).
The Psi Chi Constitution requires that graduate student applicants to Psi Chi:
· Must be enrolled as a graduate student at your school in a psychology graduate program
· Must have established a GPA at your school
· Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale in all graduate courses, including psychology courses
** Graduate students who have transferred to a new institution and are interested in becoming a Psi Chi member must complete one semester at the new institution to establish a GPA in addition to the above requirements.
How do I appeal a grade?
How can I find information about textbooks?
Go to the campus bookstore online to get a listing of required course textbooks. Follow the link "Buy your textbooks online today!" to view the listing. You do not have to purchase your books through the campus bookstore.
If you purchase your textbooks from the campus bookstore and do not attend classes in Stephenville, call 254-968-9006 to arrange delivery to the Hickman Building in Fort Worth and to McClennan Community College in Waco.
If I have a degree in a field other than Psychology, how many hours of leveling courses do I need for the Masters of Sciences degree?
Is there a deadline to apply for the graduate program?
The deadline varies by semester. Please go to the Graduate Studies website to see current deadlines for the graduate programs and to download the graduate program application.
Application and GRE deadlines are as follows:
July 1st for Fall
November 1st for Spring
April 1st for Summer
The GRE must be completed and scores turned in at the same time as the application deadlines.
Is there a fee when you apply to one of the graduate degree programs?
Why must I submit two applications for graduate program admission?
Graduate study requires admission to the College of Graduate Studies and admission to the desired Psychology and Counseling Department graduate degree program.
The College of Graduate Studies ensures the standards of the university are met for graduate study. Acceptance by the College of Graduate Studies does not guarantee acceptance into the department graduate degree program.
The department determines admission policies and requirements beyond those required of the College of Graduate Studies. Programs may have a limited number of admissions or special requirements that are determined by training committees for each graduate degree program offered.
How many hours are considered full-time for a graduate student?
Do I have to take the GRE to be admitted to a graduate program?
Is there a GRE prep Test?
Do I have to take the Master's Degree Comprehensive Exam?
Graduate student majors in counseling, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychological associate, and school psychology must pass a comprehensive examination during the semester in which graduation is anticipated. The examination is composed of objective and essay questions and is administered three times a year on specific dates.
Application Deadline: March 1 Exam given in April
Application Deadline: June 1 Exam given in July
Application Deadline: October 1 Exam given in November
For more information, please go to the New/Events section on our homepage.
How do I know whether to apply for the MEd in Counseling or the MS in Counseling Psychology?
Students holding a teaching certificate and wanting to continue their careers in schools typically apply for the MEd in Counseling program.
Students wanting to work outside of the school setting typically apply for the MS in Counseling Psychology program. Nine undergraduate semester hours in psychology (6 of these must be upper level) are required for the Counseling Psychology program. An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required.