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Psychological Research

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek
UAC, Room 256

Advisor Support
Sarah Pollok
UAC, Room 253E

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.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 38 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. 38 Thesis No minor

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.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

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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

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

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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  • 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

  Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL 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 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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