Graduate Programs

Graduate Program

Lamar University's Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology prepares you for employment in business, industry or mental health agencies. Two degree tracks offer specialized study in either industrial/organizational psychology or clinical psychology. Both degrees provide a well-balanced blend of academics and practical experience.bercerra and shelton

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirement, you must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in psychology (24 semester hours - which includes a course in research methods), a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation that address the applicant's suitability for graduate study and the applicant’s standards for professional conduct. In most cases, applicants with the material listed above who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, at least a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses are considered for admission. GRE scores are not required 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.

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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 and a variety of other areas. View degree plan for Master of Science in Applied Psychology I/O track.

Clinical Psychology

In preparing you for mental health services, the clinical psychology track includes training in therapy techniques. Curriculum also includes intellectual and personality assessment. Test construction, community consultation, therapy techniques and psychological assessment comprise specialized course work. 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 60 semester hours (Clinical Track) or 45 semester hours (I/O Track) of course work in psychology.
  • Pass a candidacy examination designed by the Psychology department.
  • Complete 3 (Clinical Track) or 2 (I/O Track) practicum courses totaling 9 (Clinical Track) or 6 (I/O Track) 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



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.


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.


Ethical and Legal Principles for Psychologists

This course focuses on ethical and professional issues in our field, especially in research, clinical and applied behavior analytic settings. Emphasis on the APA and BACB ethical principles and standards and how to apply codes of conduct to professional work, including research, consulting, teaching and publication. Prerequisite: Instructor Consent


Intellectual Assessment

Introduction to intellectual assessment. Includes principles of psychological testing, test statistics and critical evaluation. Practicum in administration, scoring, interpretation and psychological report writing. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, admission to candidacy, and PSYC 5320.


Introduction to Psychotherapy

Specific psychotherapy skills, therapeutic communication and therapeutic practices are introduced. Includes models of individual, family and multimodal therapy, ethical principles and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual diagnoses of psychopathology. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


Personality Assessment

An introduction to personality assessment including Diagnostic and Statistical Manual classifications. Practicum in administration, scoring, interpretation and formal psychological report writing. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, admission to candidacy and PSYC 5320.


Advanced Psychotherapy

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

5315 Leadership and Managing People
In-depth study of the major topics in leadership with an emphasis on the leader. Includes research-based evidence and practice in the fields of leadership and organizational psychology and application of essential knowledge and skills in leadership through project-based learning.
5316 Performance Management
Focuses on major topics in performance management, including research-based evidence and practice in the field of performance management and application of essential knowledge and skills in performance management through project-based learning.
5317 Recruitment and Selection
This courses focuses on the methods for recruiting and talent acquisition in organizations. Topics include human resource planning; determination of staffing needs; internal and external recruitment strategies; selection interviews, tests and assessment procedures.
5318 Judgment and Decision Making
Examines the cognitive and psychological basis of judgment and decision making; via both the rational and descriptive approaches researchers use to understand the topic. Explores important questions about peoples' capacity for analyzing information, whether people are capable of rational judgment, whether statistical models should replace human judgment, and how we can improve our judgment and decision making.


 Consumer Behavior


Studies the factors that influence consumers' acquisition, consumption and disposition of goods, services and ideas. This course applies concepts, theories and principles from social and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, economics) to better understand how consumers identify needs they have, and consumer products or services that meet those needs. In addition, this course examines the biodirectional influence consumers and marketers have on each other and how this influence manifests as specific marketing strategies, as well as, consumer responses to brands and products.


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. 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.


Personality and Psychopathology


Presents the major issues in personality psychology from a research perspective, with a focus on personality factors and traits as they apply to clinical practice. Includes major areas of psychopathology and development of diagnostic skills using clinical scenarios. Students will apply DSM-5 criteria to various types of cases, understanding when and how to distinguish between similar diagnoses, and how to deal with multiple diagnoses in the same client.


Consulting in Organizations


A practical examination of the skills needed to be an effective internal or external consultant in organizations. Emphasis is on the overall consulting process including entry, contracting, data collection, feedback, intervention and evaluation. The focuses on "real-world" application to build students' practical skills and prepare students for consulting engagements in Industries and Organizations.


Practicum I

For industrial/organizational students, supervised training in a local organization. For clinical students, practicum involves a minimum of 225 contact hours (75 direct contact hours) and 1 hour a week of supervision from a licensed professional. 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 1 hour a week of individual supervision from a licensed professional. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, admission to candidacy, and PSYC 5330.


Practicum III


For Clinical students, practicum involves a minimum of 150 contact hours (50 direct contact hours) and one hour a week of individual supervision from a licensed professional. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, admission to candidacy and PSYC 5331.


Behavior Management and Consultation


This course focuses on using professional knowledge of behavior and behavioral health in applied contexts above the level of direct delivery to individuals. Planning behavior management interventions, implementation of behavioral interventions in various settings, training and supervision of stuff, consultation with individuals, families and organizations will be addressed. The course will also cover monitoring and evaluation of interventions to determine treatment fidelity and efficacy.


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. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and PSYC 5302.

5355 Social, Cultural and Developmental
Examines contemporary social psychological, developmental and cultural principles and research findings, as well as, how that information helps us better understand human behavior at the individual and group level. Specifically, the course will review topics such as cognition, morality, social influence, culture, prejudice and attitudes. The course emphasizes how culture and developmental processes influence each of these topics, as well as, the practical implications each of these topics has for individual behavior and social policy.

Learning and Motivation

Theories and research concerning learning and motivational processes, with a consideration for applied implications. Topics include classical/respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, schedules of reinforcement, shaping, differential reinforcement and motivating operations.
5365 Cognition, Emotion and Memory
Theories and empirical research in human cognition, memory and emotion. Findings from experimental cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology and emotion/affective research will be addressed. Topics include perceptual processes, attention, knowledge representation and imagery, decision-making and problem solving, categorization, language, models of human memory, encoding and retrieval processes, errors and distortions of memory, structure and function of emotion and the interplay between emotion, cognition and memory.
5380 Biological Bases of Behavior

Comprehensive exploration of the field of behavioral neurosience, focusing on the biological bases of behavior and mechanisms of the central nervous system. Topics include neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neurotransmission and neurochemistry, neuroscience research techniques, sensory and motor processing and the biological bases of psychopathology and learning and memory.




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.