Graduate Programs

Master of Science Degree in Applied Psychology

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.

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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.

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M.S. Degree Tracks

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 I/O Track Course Requirements & Degree Plan

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 Clinical Track Course Requirements & Degree Plan

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.


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