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 MS in Psychological Science

Program Contact

Chris Hart, PhD
(940) 898-2319 

Application Deadlines

Fall admission only - February 1

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.

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.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.
  • 18 hours of psychology undergraduate coursework (completed or currently enrolled).
  • If applying for Spring 2024 submit the following documents to Psychological Science Program.  (Applications for Fall of 2024 will submit documents through the application process TWU Online Graduate Application.)
  • Collect and submit the following documents into the TWU Application: 
    • Application Form: Complete, and upload under the "Other" column a PDF of the Master of Science in Psychological Sciences Program Application for Admission
    • Résumé or vitae.
    • Letter of Intent: (1,000 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.
  • Email addresses for two individuals familiar with your academic capabilities, who can respond to recommendation form to be requested through and submitted into the application. 

How to Apply

Begin by finding your program in TWU's Program, Majors & Degrees listings to see if your program has additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  (This information is for all programs. The application deadline for your specific program will be listed in the Program Requirements.  Use that deadline as it applies below.  (Example: if a program only admits once a year and has a Fall deadline for 2023 of March 1, you would need to be looking to apply to the next deadline for Fall 2024.)

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs according to the start semester and application portals below:
    • Spring 2024 - All programs apply via ApplyTexas EXCEPT applicants to the College of Business, Child Life, or Child Development master's programs or the Child Development and Early Education PhD program who should apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal.
      • Note: When applying through ApplyTexas, you will need to submit any required Documents directly to the program website.
    • Summer & Fall 2024 - All graduate programs apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal. Required documents will be asked for and uploaded into the application.

  2. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee, ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants can be paid by:
    • Credit card - Online through the portal you applied on (either ApplyTexas or TWU's Online Graduate Application).
    • Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 301 Research Circle, Room 220; Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    • Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (2nd floor of GRB).
    • Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar application Fee waiver. Submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission Form.

  3. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU.  See the International Admission website for more details.

For more information on graduate admissions or to contact an admissions official, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants.

Page last updated 10:23 AM, September 6, 2023