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Psychological Research

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Students work closely with highly qualified faculty mentors, learning about research relevant to their interests. The Department of Psychology has resources to assist and support graduate students such as office space, specialized facilities, and software for data collection and analysis, funding for conference travel, and graduate assistantships.

Students acquire skills and competencies relevant to the ethical conduct of basic and applied psychological research.


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If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Katherine Warnell
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC), Room 253G

Advisor Support
Kim Burns
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC), Room 253E

Advisor Support
Jessica Bazaldua
Pedernales (PED), Room 101

“The MAPR program provided a great foundation for what I needed to pursue a Ph.D. You’re surrounded by faculty that genuinely care and want to foster your academic growth.”

— Stephen Ramos, M.A. ’16, current Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student, Illinois Institute of Technology

Course Work

The master of arts (M.A.) program in psychological research is a two-year, full-time program of study. The program requires the completion of 38 credit hours, consisting of 20 hours of core courses (six thesis hours are taken in the second year) and 18 hours of electives. Courses are taught by faculty renowned for their expertise in developmental, health, clinical, cognitive, and social psychology, as well as human factors and neuroscience (both basic and clinical). At least 12 hours of elective course credit must be obtained by completing courses offered by the Department of Psychology. Elective courses completed outside of the department require the consent of the program director to be added to a student’s degree plan.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 38 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. 38 Thesis No minor
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The faculty is a diverse group of experts with specialized labs for electrophysiology, sleep, exercise, salivary analysis, data science, eye-tracking and behavioral testing with children and adults, including software for online remote data collection and analysis.

Program Mission

It is the mission of the M.A. program in psychological research at Texas State University to foster competence in the methodological foundations and conduct of psychological research across a wide variety of settings. Students will gain expertise regarding the impact of biological, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral factors on psychological phenomena and use this knowledge to conduct original research in their area of interest. Focus is placed on learning interpersonal/research skills and statistical competencies relevant to the responsible and ethical conduct of both basic and applied psychological research.

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Program Faculty

The graduate faculty in the Department of Psychology consists of internationally recognized individuals trained at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Duke, and Northwestern, who are highly active in research. Faculty members work closely with students to develop original research in a mutual area of interest. Research interests of graduate faculty include:

  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience
  • developmental psychology
  • health psychology
  • social and international psychology
  • psychology and diversity
  • human factors
  • psychometrics and quantitative psychology

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Career Options

Graduates are prepared to work as research associates in academic, clinical, community, corporate, and government settings. Students will learn skills that enable them to design and conduct ethical research, evaluate/synthesize information derived from various sources, and communicate effectively in both written and oral formats. Competencies gained also benefit individuals wishing to pursue clinical or experimental doctoral degrees in psychology.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard April 30 April 30
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in the following prerequisite courses:
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Quantitative and Statistical Methods
    • Experimental and Research Methods

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GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

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Effective Fall 2022:

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • research interest statement listing three faculty members in the Texas State Psychology Department whose research interests most closely match your own
  • resume/CV including prior experience in research or clinical areas, awards, and scholarships
  • statement of purpose (approximately 1–2 pages) conveying your research interests, plans for graduate study, professional aspirations, and career goals. Please indicate how your scholarly interests fit with those of specific faculty members in the Department of Psychology, as well as any relevant experience, special abilities, or skills (e.g., computer programming, fluency in another language).
  • three letters of recommendation from non-related individuals familiar with your scholarly work and/or relevant experience

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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