Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves a new MA in Psychology.
Faculty and students in the Behavioral Sciences Department were thrilled with the news that a new Master of Arts degree in Psychology at UTB has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and will begin Fall 2010. The MA in Psychology will direct students in developing a strong foundation in General Psychology. This new program will provide greater opportunities for students in South Texas to pursue graduate education in psychology. The demand for a graduate program in psychology has increased in conjunction with the growing number of psychology undergraduates at UTB. This program will meet the student demands for a graduate program in psychology while providing students with a competitive academic foundation.
Students who graduate with an MA in Psychology would be prepared to work in a number of settings, enhance their current employment, and prepare for doctoral-level programs in psychology. In addition to employment in psychology related areas, graduate training in psychology provides individuals with numerous skills in cognate areas that can be applied in many fields. Graduates with a master’s degree in General Psychology will be prepared to work for local businesses and local government agencies where they may engage in organizational research, survey design, program evaluation and data analysis. The program will provide greater opportunities to working professionals in the areas of business, government, community and social service organizations. The MA degree requires a total of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. The program will offer a thesis or non-thesis degree option and guides students in building a working knowledge of psychological theory and research.