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Estimated Completion

30 credit hours (2 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies
  2. Undergraduate major in Psychology (Those lacking the desired background will be require to complete appropriate leveling work.)
  3. Complete and submit the Apply Texas Online Application
  4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework (A GPA of 2.5 or higher is require for the last 60 hours of coursework)
  5. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours are not require to take the GRE, MAT, or MFT tests. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 will be require to submit test scores. Minimum test scores that will be accepted are:
  • GRE- a minimum combined score of 300 on the Verbal reasoning Scale and Quantitative Reasoning Scale
  • GRE Subject Test - minimum score of 615
  • Major Field Test - minimum score of 156
  • Miller Analogies test - minimum score of 396

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M.S. in Applied Psychology


This degree program is designed for students who desire to apply the psychological sciences in careers such as:

  • Teaching at the college/university level
  • Psychological Researcher
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Human Resources Analyst

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared for entry into a variety of professional positions, or will be able to pursue doctoral study in the area.

Fast Track to Success

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology is a 30-hour degree, and is designed to be completed in two years. Students will take 24 hours of coursework in the psychological sciences and complete either a 6 hour thesis or 6 hour applied project.

Designed With You in Mind

We offer two different options within this degree:

  • The Thesis option is designed for students who want to conduct and publish independent empirical research in the discipline, and is the best option for those who plan to continue on to doctoral study.
  • The Applied Project option is designed for students who do not plan on continuing with doctoral study, but wish to engage in a capstone experience that will involve applying the extensive knowledge and skills acquired by their advanced study in the psychological sciences.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Psychologists are employed and in high demand in a variety of different areas. The wide array of career options allow graduates of our program to connect their passion for psychology to the purpose of professionalism. Career options for psychologists include:

  • Psychological Research Manager
  • Marketing Data Analyst
  • Training and Development Consultant
  • Learning Specialist
  • Community College Faculty
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Real Experience

This program was designed to provide a broad knowledge base for application in the psychological sciences. In addition to the challenging and varying areas of coursework, every student will work closely with faculty to develop a unique capstone experience. Students are encouraged to present their work at various conferences, including the Southwestern Psychological Association. The opportunities presented by our program will give graduates both a diverse set of skills and great hands-on experience in the application of all areas in the discipline.

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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
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  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

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Program Objectives

Students completing the Master of Science in Applied Psychology will:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspective historical trends, and empirical findings in the psychological sciences.
  • Demonstrate skills in scientific reasoning and problem solving, including applying research design principles to drawing sound conclusions about psychological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology.
  • Demonstrate competence in writing and oral communication skills, particularly with regard to clearly presenting information via scientific argument.
  • Apply psychological content and skills to their specific career goals.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
PSYC 5300 Behavioral Statistics
PSYC 5302 Social Psychological Processes
PSYC 5304 Human Development
PSYC 5311 Cultural, Minority, and Gender Issues
PSYC 5316 Advanced Quantitative Methods and Experimental Design
PSYC 5321 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 5382 Behavior Management and Therapy

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

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Research Labs

  • The Numerical Cognition Lab, where students conduct basic and applied research to answer questions about human learning, action, and performance in mathematical/numerical thinking.
  • The Neuroscience Lab, where the primary focus is to explore brain activity related to the behaviors with the sensory, cognitive, and emotional dimensions of pain.
  • The Social Problems Lab, where problematic societal issues that often elicit individual or communal distress are addressed. Current projects in this lab include issues such as alcohol consumption, social inequities, and stress.
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Student-Centered Instruction

Our department faculty members make it a point to understand and accommodate the needs of modern graduate students. As such, our program is designed to be rigorous, yet flexible. Courses are offered in the evening to allow graduate students to work full-time while pursuing their degree. The department is committed to providing our graduate students with a supportive environment that will allow them to grow personally and professionally.

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Professional Organizations

Students in our program have the opportunity to join and participate in a variety of professional and student organizations including:

Each of these organizations offers ample opportunities for graduate students to present their work to a large, diverse audience, which will enable them to gain experience and professional networking opportunities.