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Psychology Graduate Program

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

Psychology Graduate Program

The Psychology Program offers a master's degree leading to mental health positions, licensure for specialist in school psychology (LSSP), or  enhanced competitiveness to enter doctoral programs in psychology.  Many graduates have entered highly competitive doctoral programs in a variety of psychological specializations - clinical, counseling, I/O, biopsychology, experimental, social, comparative, statistics, etc.

General Admission Requirements

1. Full Admission Requirements:

  • Complete department application (below)
  • Letters of application (below)
  • Personal statement
  • Bachelors degree in psychology or substantial equivalent
  • Official transcripts
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in last 60 hours of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE verbal score not below the 50th percentile, GRE quantitative score not below the 25th percentile, and GRE analytical score is 4.0 or above

2. Conditional Admission:

  • Students that do not qualify for regular admission may be granted conditional admission when the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher and GRE scores below those stated for full admission.

Application for Admission

Letter of Recommendation

School Psychology

To view information about School Psychology, click on the link.

Program Information

We have an adaptable program that offers both thesis and non-thesis tracks. It has a core of basic courses and a significant amount of freedom to choose courses to meet a student’s specific needs. It can be setup to help a student become more competitive for doctoral programs in psychology. This is usually done by helping the student decide on the area of interest and developing a thesis in this domain. 

The third option is a specialist training in School Psychology and is a 66 hour program that meets the education standards set by NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) for certification and Texas LSSP (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology) licensure. School psychology is not school counseling but a psychologist that works in the school system doing evaluation and intervention.  

If you are interested in any of these programs let me know and I will send you application materials for the program. You will also need to apply to the graduate school via Apply Texas (applytexas.org). The graduate school does require that a GRE score be sent to them to complete an application.  

If you have questions for me please e-mail me or call me (806) 651-2589. You can also give me a time and number to call you. I hope we can help you with your educational plans.

Dr. Gary Byrd
Professor of Psychology
Program Director
Department of Psychology, Sociology, Social Work
WTAMU Box 60876
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
Office: (806) 651-2589
Fax: (806) 651-3610