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How do I find a department advisor?

For undergraduate students, department faculty are assigned by the first letter of your last name.


A - F      Ms. ManDee Mason    

G - M     Dr. Thomas Faulkenberry

N - S     Ms. Jennifer Gibson

T - Z     Dr. Robert Newby

Note: Students are encouraged to use Academic Advising Services located in the Thompson Student Center for routine advising needs

Fort Worth

A - Z     Dr. Heather Labansat, Dr. Jonali Baruah, or Stephanie Schmidt


A - Z     Mr. Clinton Dennard

A-Z       Dr. Kyle Eichas


Carolyn Monk or Michelle Fisher

For graduate students, department faculty are assigned by campus location and/or the first letter of your last name.*


A - L     Dr. Ann Albrecht

M-Z      Dr. Julie Merriman

Fort Worth

A - H     Dr. Julie Merriman

I - P     Dr. Thomas Burdenski

Q - Z     Dr. Sam Bore


A - Z   Dr. Rebecca Munsey

* Interested persons and new graduate students should contact the Program Director, Dr. Julie Merriman.

How do I find a scholarship?
Tarleton has an Office of Scholarships that maintains a website with scholarship resources and information.  Click here for the website.
When do classes begin?
Check the calendar on the Tarleton homepage, the catalog, or the class schedule.
I am a transfer student. How many hours will transfer into Tarleton's Bachelor of Science Psychology degree program?
The determination of transfer credits is a complex issue and varies from student to student.  You should meet with your advisor to go over your transcript.  He or she will give you some guidance on the courses that are likely to transfer to your degree program.
How long will it take me to graduate?
The answer to this question depends on how many hours you have left to take and how many hours you take in a given semester.  It is best to meet with your advisor to discuss a plan of action.
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?
The department has a written policy for appealing a grade.  Academic Appeals Policy.
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?
As of Fall 2011 there are no leveling courses.  Admission is determined by your GPA and GRE scores.
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:

Fall -- July 1

Spring -- No admit

Summer -- May 1

The GRE must be completed and scores turned in at the same time as the application deadlines.

The Professional Counseling Program strictly adheres to published deadlines.  See Student Handbook for more information.

Is there a fee when you apply to one of the graduate degree programs?
There is a $30.00 fee for the department application which should be sent in with the application form.  Check should be made payable to Tarleton State University.
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?
A full-time status for graduate students is 9 hours.  However, many students take fewer hours so that they can balance work responsibilities with the demands of their graduate program.
Do I have to take the GRE to be admitted to a graduate program?

Yes.  You will need an acceptable score on the GRE to gain full admission to the program.  Contact your graduate advisor for more information.

Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher are required to submit GRE scores prior to their initial application to our program.

Applicants with a 2.5 - 2.9 GPA are also required to submit GRE scores prior to their initial application to our program.

Is there a GRE prep Test?
Yes.  You may contact the graduate studies office to find out the dates that the test is offered each semester.  Their telephone number is 254-968-9104 or email is  The cost of the workshop is $10.00 for students registered at Tarleton.
Do I have to take the Master's Degree Comprehensive Exam?

Graduate student majors in counseling, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, must pass a comprehensive examination during the semester in which graduation is anticipated.  Beginning Fall 2014 students will be taking the CPCE Exam which will be administered through Academic Testing.  Deadline dates for application will be posted in the News/Events section on our homepage.

The class schedule lists a date, time and location for my internship or practicum section. Do I have to come to class every week?
Please reference the Practicum/Internship Handbook and contact your University Supervisor.
How many graduate semester hours can I transfer to Tarleton?
The department allows up to 6 graduate semester hours to be transferred into one of its graduate degree programs.  No coursework more than six years old at the time of graduation may be used toward a master's degree at Tarleton.  Please reference the Student Handbook.
Is video equipment available for student use?

Yes.  Each campus location has a Panasonic camera w/tripod that can be checked out for student use.

In addition, the library at the Stephenville campus has 8 Sony Bloggies that can be checked out for one week at a time.  They also have 2 small tabletop tripods and 1 large standing tripod for use with the Bloggies that can be checked out.  Contact Jennifer Barrera.

Lisa Wan, at the Fort Worth Library location, has 1 Sony Bloggie and 1 tripod available at that campus site.