Psychological Science

Master's Program

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Why Study Psychological Science at TWU?

Our master’s program in psychological science will provide you with exceptional, student-focused research training in a variety of areas of psychological science. Through one-on-one mentoring, you will develop a deep understanding of the scientific basis of human psychology and highly marketable research skills. The program will prepare you for direct entry into the workforce as a behavioral scientist or analyst with tech companies, marketing firms, defense contractors, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, federal and local governments, academic and private research labs, and other private industry employers. You also will be well-positioned for entry into a doctoral program in psychology or entry into teaching positions at junior colleges.

The 36 credit-hour program is designed to be completed in as few as 12 months and includes the completion of a thesis project with a faculty mentor. The goal of the program is to transform students into highly skilled scientists who are prepared to excel in behavioral science careers.

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Admission to the TWU Graduate School

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and after compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled, may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

*Admission to the M.S. in Psychological Science

Program Contact

Chris Hart, PhD
(940) 898-2319

Application Deadlines

Fall admission only - February 1st

There is a rolling deadline for application to the MSPS program, but priority will be given to those applications received by February 1. The review of applications will begin immediately following February 1, and applications will continue to be reviewed until all spaces are filled. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants are encouraged to confirm receipt of their materials by contacting the Office of Admissions Processing, 940-898-3076 and and the Department of Psychology & Philosophy at or 940-898-2306

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree, preferably in psychology.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all courses in psychology and a 3.0 overall average for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • A preferred minimum GRE of 150 verbal and 153 quantitative. The Psychology subject GRE is not required.
  • 18 hours of psychology undergraduate coursework (completed or currently enrolled).

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU.
  3. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-(MSPS). Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Application Form: Complete, and submit a PDF of the Master of Science in Psychological Sciences Program Application for Admission.
    • Résumé or vita.
    • Personal Statement: (1000 words or less) Explain why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychological science, how you would assess your preparation and fit for this program, what your career ambitions after earning your degree are, and what your major research interests are.
  4. A minimum of two academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to Recommenders should include student name and "MSPS" in the subject line.

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