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Students who enter AMP will earn their Bachelor's and Master's in psychology in just five years, saving time and money.

Thinking about getting a degree in psychology? The opportunities and different career paths are endless. Even better, UT Permian Basin offers an Experimental Psychology Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP), which allows students to earn their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in just 5 years, saving time and money.

“UTPB students in this program will complete a BA in psychology and a MA in experimental psychology in 5 years with a combined total of 150 credit hours. Not only can students complete their MA degree quicker (in 1 year instead of 2), but they can also save money by paying for 1 year of graduate work,” said Wei-Ju Chen, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Head of the Department of Psychology.

At UTPB, we approach the study of psychology in the broadest and most comprehensive sense, from the chemical to human behaviors. Through course work, field trips, research projects, community service, and campus activities, students gain a level of competence that prepares them for many areas of life outside the University. A degree in Psychology will set you on the path for a wide variety of careers including research scientist, institutional research analyst, university lecturer, employee recruitment and hiring manager, data scientist, compliance manager, researcher, and more!

Experimental Psychology Accelerated Master’s Program

“AMP students have the opportunity to work with a faculty member on research projects related to clinical-counseling psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience,” added Chen. “In addition to our 1400-square-foot research laboratory, faculty also conduct research in the community and online. AMP students will gain advanced skills in methodological and statistical procedures, research, project management, research presentation, and applied psychology to prepare for applying to competitive Ph.D. programs or to succeed in industry and research jobs.”

Here are the qualifications for AMP:

  • Students must meet with their undergraduate advisor and the AMP coordinator (Dr. Wei-Ju Chen, to determine eligibility.
  • Students must write a letter of intent describing their interest in the program, career goals, and the faculty member they wish to work with.
  • 90 undergraduate hours 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.

Application deadlines:

  • For Spring semesters: October 22
  • For Summer sessions: March 15
  • For Fall semesters: July 1