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Psychology Graduate Program

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

Psychology Graduate Program

The Psychology Program offers a master's degree leading to mental health positions, licensure* for specialist in school psychology (LSSP), or  enhanced competitiveness to enter doctoral programs in psychology.  Many graduates have entered highly competitive doctoral programs in a variety of psychological specializations - clinical, counseling, Industrial/Organizational, biopsychology, experimental, developmental, social, comparative, statistics, etc.

General Admission Requirements

1. Full Admission Requirements:

  • Complete department application (below)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (below)
  • Personal statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Bachelors degree in psychology or substantial equivalent*
  • Official transcripts
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in last 60 hours of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE verbal score not below the 50th percentile, GRE quantitative score not below the 25th percentile, and GRE analytical score is 4.0 or above

2. Conditional Admission:

  • Students that do not qualify for full admission may be granted conditional admission, on a limited basis, when the applicant has an undergraduate GPA or GRE scores below those stated for full admission, based on a full review of other application material.

*Substantial equivalent includes those courses which are prerequisites for the courses in the plan of study:  General Psychology, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Learning, and a Statistics class that covers ANOVA thoroughly, OR a passing score on the GRE psychology subject test. 

The priority deadline for fall admissions is April 1st, and any remaining positions in the graduate program will continue to be filled until August 1st.  The deadline for spring admissions is December 1st, and spring positions are often limited.  For applicants interested in scholarships, there are several available for fall admission, and priority will be given to those who apply by April 1st.  You can apply for scholarships here: Scholarship Applications

Application for Admission

Letter of Recommendation

All material should be sent/delivered to the WTAMU Graduate School

Graduate School Contact

WT Box 60215

Canyon, TX 79016

graduateschool@wtamu.edu

School Psychology

To view information about School Psychology, click on the link.

Program Information

We have an adaptable program that offers both thesis and non-thesis tracks. It has a core of basic courses and a significant amount of freedom to choose courses to meet a student’s specific needs. It can be set up to help a student become more competitive for doctoral programs in psychology. This is usually done by helping the student decide on the area of interest and developing a thesis in this domain. 

The third option is a specialist training in School Psychology and is a 66 hour program that meets the education standards set by NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) for certification and Texas LSSP (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology) licensure. School psychology is not school counseling but a psychologist that works in the school system providing evaluation and intervention.  

If you are interested in any of these programs, please let me know and I will send you application materials for the program. You will also need to apply to the graduate school via Apply Texas (applytexas.org). The graduate school also requires that a GRE score be sent to them to complete an application.  

If you have questions for me please e-mail or call me. You can also give me a time and number to call you. I hope we can help you with your educational plans.

 
Dr. Kenneth Denton
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Sociology, Social Work
WTAMU Box 60876
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
Office: (806) 651-2608
Fax: (806) 651-3610

 

*Note - Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state.  If you are interested in professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.  The specialist degree in school psychology at WTAMU may or may not meet requirements for licensure or certification in other states.  Here is a resource from the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) that may help you get started on this process: http://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/state-school-psychology-credentialing-requirements