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Master of Science in Psychology

Research is your passion – and the human mind and its complexities are what drives you. You want to understand how someone’s thoughts, feelings, beliefs, intentions and goals are constructed within a social context – and you want to use that data to affect change.

A Master of Science in Psychology program at the University of Texas at San Antonio is the right fit for you. A research-focused program, it is designed to prepare you for a PhD program or for a career in applied research settings.

A MS in Psychology will prepare you for employment in the private and public sectors conducting research for health science centers, test and measures companies, or the military. You’ll also gain skills employers want: critical thinking, top-notch research skills, problem solving,oral and written communication skills and a thorough understanding of the the human mind.


Jasmine Soler“UTSA has a variety of different psychology programs. You get to work really closely with someone on the faculty, and they take a lot of time out of their day to work with you.”

– Jasmine Soler ’21, Chief Operations Officer, OU Federal Credit Union


The MS provides training relevant to many of the traditionally research oriented areas of Psychology, including social, cognitive, developmental, clinical, health, and IO. However, we do not have separate tracks. The core classes are relevant to all areas, and tailoring of the program for different interests is done primarily through electives and research hours. A student wishing to pursue a PhD in social psychology may take different electives than one wishing to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology or clinical psychology, but they will all take the same design and statistical courses.

Our program is not a treatment-oriented program, and is not oriented towards preparing future therapists for licensure. If you are looking for a program to become a therapist, you may wish to look at UTSA’s M.S. or M.Ed. degree in Counseling, M.A. degree in School Psychology, or M.A. degree in Educational Psychology, all offered through the College of Education and Human Development (COHED). If you are interested in a research-oriented program, use the links below to find out more about what our typical MS student “looks like” in terms of GRE, GPA, and previous experience, how to apply, degree requirements, faculty interests, topics of recent MS Thesis projects, and navigating the program. If you have specific questions not answered in those links, contact Dr. Janelle Kohler, Graduate Advisor of Record.

Department of Psychology

Phone: 210-458-4372
Fax: 210-458-5728
Location: MB 2.314
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644