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), GRE scores, a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation, suitability for graduate study and appraisal of 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, a verbal GRE score 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.

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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 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. Required of all graduate students for two semesters with a maximum of 3 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. Emphasis will be placed on both background material and current research. 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. 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

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.


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.


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.


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.




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.