Sam Houston State University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Psychology, M.A.


1903 University Avenue

Huntsville, TX 77341

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Psychology, M.A.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our Master of Arts in General Psychology program is focused on the scientific sub-disciplines of psychology and involves several electives that allow students to pursue personal academic and research interests. The program is an experimentally oriented track, and students are expected to become involved in research their first semester.  Many students enter the program with the expectation of continuing their education at the doctoral level.  The program affords students the opportunity to do so with its strong emphasis on the experimentally-based disciplines in psychology as well as the emphasis of hands-on research involvement.  Students may complete the General program either at the Huntsville campus or at our campus in The Woodlands.  A non-thesis track is offered at both campus locations, but the thesis-track is only offered at the Huntsville campus.  The General Psychology program does not involve training in the delivery of psychological services.

You are encouraged to explore this website further to find more information about the General Psychology Masters Program at SHSU.  The links listed to the right will help you access this information including the application process and requirements.  Many questions you may have are likely answered in the FAQ section.

Course Requirements

The program involves 36 hours of study, including a Master's thesis. It does not allow training in the delivery of psychological services, but does provide more elective flexibility than our other degree tracks. A list of the specific courses required for the degree follows below:

All of your required courses will typically be offered once each calendar year. Please plan accordingly. 


The general psychology program core consists of advanced courses in Advanced Statistics, Physiological Psychology, Learning, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology.


Any graduate course you choose may serve as an elective. Past students have crafted their own specializations in psychology and law or psychology and business by taking Criminal Justice or Business courses for all their electives, and we encourage you to pursue your own personal interests. The practicum courses are reserved for Clinical and School students, but all of our other psychology graduate courses are open to you.

We especially recommend Advanced Abnormal Psychology, Neuropsychopharmacology, Experimental Design, History & Systems of Psychology, and Psychometrics I.

(Independent study in research or special topics is available.) plus a Thesis.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

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