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. 

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. 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 Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, 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 4:03 PM, February 23, 2024