Graduate Programs

Graduate Program

Lamar's Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology prepares professionals for employment in business, industry, or community mental health agencies. Two degree tracks offer specialized study in either Industrial/Organizational Psychology or in Clinical Psychology. Both degrees provide a well-balanced blend of academics and practical experience. The professional acclaim of our graduates illustrates the merits of both programs.bercerra and shelton

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirement for the College of Graduate Studies, applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in psychology (24 semester hours) including courses in behavioral statistics and research methods, GRE scores, a statement of purpose, and 3 letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic preparation, suitability for graduate study, and appraisal of the applicant’s personal and moral standards for professional conduct. In most cases, applicants with the material listed above who have at least a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA, at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA in psychology courses, a verbal GRE scores of at least 150, and a quantitative GRE score of at least 150 are considered for admission.

The department has flexible admission criteria which allow the faculty to review applicants individually. The department will only consider applications for enrollment that begins in the fall semester. Applications for fall admission must be received by April 15. International students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a minimum IEFLTS score of 6.5. View Admissions Information for Lamar University.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Industrial/Organizational track integrates the traditional areas of psychology with the more contemporary areas of organizational development and analysis. Specialized course work includes test construction, community and industrial consultation, survey research, organizational development, program design and evaluation, personnel psychology, and job analysis. Practicum experience places students in a variety of organizational and industrial working environments. View degree plan for Master of Science in Applied Psychology I/O track.

Clinical Psychology

In preparing professionals for community-based mental health services, the Clinical Psychology track includes training in therapy techniques for individuals, groups, and families. Curriculum also includes intellectual and personality assessment. Test construction, community consultation, therapy techniques and psychological assessment comprise specialized course work. Plus, a variety of community mental health settings provide useful experience for the practicum. Practicum experience prepares students for child, adolescent and adult counseling and assessments. View degree plan for Master of Science in Applied Psychology, Clinical Track.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Applied Psychology degree must meet all College of Graduate Students general degree requirements plus the following:

  • Complete 44 hours of course work in Psychology and approved electives, including courses for either the Industrial/Organizational or Clinical specialization.
  • Pass a candidacy examination designed by the Psychology Department.
  • Complete two practica totaling 6 semester hours.
  • Submit an acceptable thesis with a satisfactory performance on a final oral examination.

Financial Aid

The Psychology Department awards a number of assistantships and scholarships to qualified graduate students. All accepted graduate students are considered for financial aid on a competitive basis. Early applications are given priority consideration.

Graduate Psychology (PSYC) Course Descriptions


Professional Orientation

An orientation to the discipline and professional activities. Includes ethics, legalities, training standards, and professional roles. Assignments supplement other course work including research, teaching, and field projects. Required of all graduate students for two semester with a maximum of three semester hours allowed. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.



Special Topics

Includes course work, library and/or laboratory work, and conferences with a faculty member. A description of the particular area of student will be indicated. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Advanced General Psychology I

A comprehensive overview of the history of psychology, systems of psychological thought, and the areas of behavioral neuroscience, sensation and perception, learning, motivation, and cognition. Emphasis will be placed on both background material and current research. May be taken out of sequence. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Advanced General Psychology II

A comprehensive overview of the following areas of psychology: personality, developmental, social, and abnormal. Emphasis will be placed on both background material and current research. In addition, the influence of lifestyle on health and wellness and the role of the professional psychologist in the process is considered. May be taken out of sequence. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Experimental Design

A study of the research procedures and statistical techniques commonly used by the applied and theoretical psychologist in the design, execution, control, and evaluation of experiments. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Individual Study

Independent study of special topics or problems in industrial/organizational or clinical psychology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Intellectual Assessment

An introduction to intellectual assessment. Includes principles of psychological testing, test statistics, and critical evaluation of a variety of intellectual and achievement measures. Practicum in administration, scoring, interpretation, and formal psychological report writing for all Wechsler measures and the Stanford-Binet. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, admission to candidacy, and PSYC 5320.


Introduction to Psychotherapy

Specific psychotherapy skills, therapeutic communication, and therapeutic practices are introduced using didactic techniques and role-playing. Includes models of individual, family, and multimodal therapy, ethical principles in therapy, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual diagnoses of psychopathology, Employee Assistance Programs, consultation, and referral to other agencies. Other topics include professional orientation of the therapist, obtaining supervision and continuing education, and evaluating the effectiveness of therapy. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Personality Assessment

An introduction to the broad area of personality assessment including Diagnostic and Statistical Manual classifications. Practicum in administration, scoring, interpretation, and formal psychological report writing with the MMPI-2, Rorschach, TAT, SCII, KOIS, and other objective and projective assessment devices. Includes coverage of lifestyles and career/vocational choices. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, admission to candidacy and PSYC 5320.


Advanced Psychotherapy

An in-depth study of psychotherapy theories and intervention strategies for individuals and groups. Distinctions will be make between normal human growth and abnormal human behavior. Includes ethics, legal/cultural considerations, and lifestyles. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and PSYC 5311.


Theory and Techniques of Psychological Measurement

A study of procedures used in the development, evaluation, and application of psychological measurement instruments. Topics include bivariate linear correlation, nonlinear correlation, multiple and partial correlation, classical true score theory, validation techniques, and test construction techniques. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Advanced Industrial Psychology I

Social and organizational factors in the work place. Emphasis on theories of organizational/group dynamics, social foundations of influence, leaderships and growth/development. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Advanced Industrial Psychology II

Psychological principles and techniques applied to human resource management. Techniques include job analysis, personnel selection, placement and training, performance appraisal, compensation, and career development. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and PSYC 5320.


Advanced Experimental Design

Theory and application of experimental design in psychological research. Students will have an opportunity to design and conduct an original research study. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and PSYC 5302.


Practicum I

For Industrial/Organizational students, supervised training and experience in a local organization. For Clinical students, practicum involves a minimum of 225 contact hours (75 direct contact hours) and one hour a week of individual supervision from a licensed professional. The specific nature of the practicum depends on the professional background and goals of the candidate and will be determined by the candidate, his or her faculty advisor, and a member of the cooperating agency/organization. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and admission to candidacy.


Practicum II

Supervised work in an area of interest to the student. Includes supervision by both a faculty member and a member of the cooperating agency/organization. For Clinical students, practicum involves a minimum of 225 contact hours (75 direct contact hours) and one hour a week of individual supervision from a licensed professional. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, admission to candidacy, and PSYC 5330.


Multivariate Research Techniques

Topics include multiple regression, factor analysis, and the relationship of multiple regression to analysis of variance and covariance. The linear algebra necessary to deal with these topics is developed. Extensive practice with microcomputers is emphasized. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and PSYC 5302.




Students register for PSYC 5390 the first semester of thesis enrollment and PSYC 5391 for each subsequent semester until completion and successful defense. Must complete both PSYC 5390 and PSYC 5391 for required 6 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.