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Why Pursue a Master's Degree In Psychology

The vast majority of program graduates have either obtained admission to a PhD program or a Psychology-related job, typically in research. Those who go on to doctoral work often attend top name schools in their areas, while those who pursue MS-level jobs frequently gain employment conducting research for Health Science centers, test and measures companies, or the military.

The Master of Science in Psychology is not a treatment-oriented program, and is not oriented towards preparing future therapists for licensure. If you are looking for a program to become a therapist, consider UTSA’s degrees in Counseling.

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When you choose UTSA, you join a community of talented scholars and professionals being taught by award-winning faculty. Learn more about the Department of Psychology at UTSA from current master’s student Joseph Torres as he discusses his path through graduate school.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Psychology (MS)
Admission is only available for the Fall semester
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GRE 23-24 App: Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year
24-25 App: Not required
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required (two required: professional goals and research experience)
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time). Academic references for this program are preferred.
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Psychology (MS)
Timing on Admission Decision: Students can expect to hear back on an admission decision within 4 to 6 weeks after on June 1.
Academic Year 2023-24 International Domestic
Fall 2023 April 1 April 1
Spring 2024 Not Available Not Available
Summer 2024 Not Available Not Available
Academic Year 2024-25 International Domestic
Fall 2024 April 1 April 1
Spring 2025 Not Available Not Available
Summer 2025 Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities

Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


This program is housed primarily on UTSA’s Main Campus. Graduate courses are offered almost entirely during the day, and students are expected to attend classes and mentor-based research training in person. To the extent possible, courses are clustered onto a small number of days to allow as much time as possible for students to conduct research/collect and analyze their data.

The graduate faculty in Psychology includes many highly active researchers with a record of high publication and citation rates, grant funding, and inclusion of students in research efforts. Many faculty are also highly involved in the editorial process, including several serving as Associate Editors at major scholarly journals.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Janelle Kohler, PhD

janelle.kohler@utsa.edu