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Experimental Psychology Accelerated Master’s Program

Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology with an Experimental Concentration – Accelerated Master’s Program

The Accelerated Master’s Pathway (AMP) Program in Experimental Psychology focuses on advanced psychological theory, research methods, statistics, and manuscript preparation. In this program, students learn to utilize different methodological and statistical procedures, gain research experience, think critically about theory and the application of psychology, and enhance project management and communication skills. Students acquire skills that are in high demand, and that enable to seek a career in industry and research settings. Those seeking further education can enhance their credentials and gain experience prior to applying to competitive Ph.D. programs. Our faculty have expertise and interests that span several areas of research in psychology including clinical-counseling, cognitive, developmental, health, social, and neuroscience. Please see faculty profiles for more information about specific faculty research interest.
With a combined total of 150 credit hours, students in this program will simultaneously complete a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology with an experimental concentration.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students must meet with their undergraduate academic advisor and the AMP coordinator, Dr. Wei-Ju Chen, to determine eligibility.
  • Students must write and submit a letter of intent describing their interest in the program, career goals, and the preferred faculty mentor. Faculty research interests can be found on the UTPB website.
  • 90 undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH) must be completed, including 15 hours in psychology, before students are eligible to officially apply.
  • Students must have an overall 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA in all psychology courses.

AMP Recommendations

  • Students should enroll in Introductory Statistics (PSYC 3301) and complete Psychological Research Methods and Project (PSYC 3304 & 3104) early in their undergraduate career.
  • Recommended courses include: Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 4311), Social Psychology (PSYC 3311), Tests and Measurement (PSYC 4351), Lifespan Development (PSYC 3344), Physiological Psychology (PSYC 4304), Health (PSYC 4307), and Senior Honors Thesis (PSYC 4394).
  • Students will enroll in at least five graduate courses in the last semester of their senior year.
  • Here is the Experimental Psychology AMP Degree Plan.

AMP Application


Application Deadlines: 

Spring: October 22 

Summer: March 15

Fall: July 1 

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