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School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Plan for Psychology (M.A.)



Psychology (M.A.)

The University of Houston-Victoria offers three psychology master's degrees, a 48-semester hour degree in counseling psychology, a 60-semester hour degree in forensic psychology, and a 69-semester hour degree in school psychology.  The counseling and forensic psychology degrees are designed to meet the educational requirements for the Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential and/or the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) credential.  The school psychology degree is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) credential and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.

1.     General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies is restricted to the Fall semester only (see
        graduate admission requirements).  The M.A. Psychology programs do not allow students to have 
        Temporary Graduate Student status.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to furnish all necessary
        documentation for Fall admission to the Admissions office by February 15 for priority consideration or June
        15 for consideration of remaining seats.
2.     Program Admission.  In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree,
        prospective psychology students must submit their official GRE scores.  GMAT scores will not be
        accepted. Admission to the counseling psychology, forensic psychology, or school psychology program is
        based on an evaluation by the program's admission committee of the following information.
        a.   A 1-2 page essay that states the applicant's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's
              career goals.
        b.  One letter of recommendation from a non-UHV, non-family source.
        c.  Evidence of having completed undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, research methods, and
             abnormal psychology.  A particular course will be waived as a requirement if the student passes a
             comprehensive final exam or its equivalent for the designated course with a grade of "C" or better.  The
             exam may be taken no more than once for a particular course.
        d.  Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions index of 1,400 or higher (if taken prior to August 1,
             2011) or 980 (if taken on or after August 1, 2011), obtained by either of the following:

            If taken prior to August 1, 2011:  GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200
            Plus GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative)

            If taken on or after August 1, 2011:  GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus 15
            times (Verbal + Quantitative – 260)

        e.   An interview with UHV graduate faculty in psychology.

3.     Degree Requirements.  
        The counseling psychology, forensic psychology, and the school psychology degree plans have a common
        core of 24 semester hours.  The counseling psychology degree plan has a concentration requirement of an
        additional 15 semester hours, the forensic psychology degree plan has a concentration requirement of an
        additional 27 hours, and the school psychology degree plan has a concentration requirement of an additional
        30 semester hours.  Nine semester hours of practicum are required for the counseling psychology and
        forensic psychology degrees and 6 semester hours of practicum are required for the school psychology
        degree.  A full-time, year-long internship is also required for the school psychology degree.

    A.     Common Core (21 semester hours).  The following courses are required for  all three degrees:
             PSYC 6321 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
             PSYC 6326 Advanced Research Methods 
             PSYC 6330 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
             PSYC 6331 Multicultural Psychotherapy
             PSYC 6332 Advanced Social Psychology
             PSYC 6334 Theories and Issues in Psychotherapy
             PSYC 6336 Introduction to Assessment

    B.     Concentration Requirements

                    Counseling Psychology (18 semester hours)
                           PSYC 6319  Vocational Psychology and Career Counseling
                           PSYC 6333  Ethics and Practice of Psychology
                           PSYC 6335 Techniques of Psychotherapy
                           PSYC 6337  Advanced Assessment   
                           PSYC 6338  Group Psychotherapy
                           PSYC 6339  Theory and Techniques of Family Therapy
   
                   Forensic Psychology (30 semester hours)
                            PSYC 6319  Vocational Psychology and Career Counseling
                            PSYC 6327 Assessment for Forensic Psychology
                            PSYC 6333 Ethics and Practice of Psychology
                            PSYC 6335 Techniques of Psychotherapy
                            PSYC 6337 Advanced Assessment
                            PSYC 6338 Group Psychotherapy
                            PSYC 6339 Theory and Techniques of Family Therapy
                            PSYC 6343 Advanced Forensic Psychology
                            PSYC 6399 Selected Topics in Forensic Psychology
                            CRIJ 6330 Advanced Criminology
  
                    School Psychology (36 semester hours)
                            PSYC 6315   Advanced Learning
                            PSYC 6328   Biological Psychology
                            PSYC 6344   The Ethics & Profession of School Psychology
                            PSYC 6324  Techniques of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
                            PSYC 6340   School Consultation

                             PSYC 6341   Behavior Management
                             PSYC 6345   Integrated School Based Assessment I
                             PSYC 6346   Integrated School Based Assessment II
                             PSYC 6347   Seminar in Professional Behavior in School Psychology
                             CUIN 6321   Principles of Curriculum Development,
                                    or CUIN 6322 Principles of Curricular Organization
                             LANG 6310 Linguistics & Reading
                             ELAS 6331 School Law

C.     Practicum/Internship Requirements
              Counseling Psychology (9 semester hours)
                   9 semester hours of PSYC 6303 Psychology Practicum

              Forensic Psychology (9 semester hours)
                   9 semester hours of PSYC 6304 Forensic Counseling Practicum

              School Psychology (6 s.h. of practicum and 6 s.h. of internship)
                   3 hours of PSY 3649 School Psychology Practicum - Assessment
                   3 hours of PSY 6348 School Psychology Practicum – Consultation & Interventions
                   6 hours of PSY 6305 (across 2 semesters) of School Psychology Internship
D.     Comprehensive Exams
         Students must pass a comprehensive exam to graduate.  The comprehensive exam is tailored to 
         the student's program (i.e., counseling, forensic or school psychology).  The counseling psychology
         comprehensive exam is a 3-hour 200-item multiple choice exam that consists of 20 items from PSYC 
         6333, PSYC 6337, and each of the core courses. The forensic psychology comprehensive exam is a 3-
         hour 220-item multiple choice exam that consists of 20 items each from PSYC 6333, PSYC 6337, PSYC 
         6343, and each of the core courses.  The school psychology comprehensive exam consists of a written 
         multiple-choice exam similar to the Praxis-II School Psychology Specialty Area Exam and an essay 
         component addressing the psychological foundations of the discipline.  The comprehensive oral exam 
         consists of a series of case studies which the student must respond to and discuss with a faculty committee.

Review of Student Progress.  

    Student progress will be reviewed on a regular basis with the intention of identifying students who may need 
    remediation to continue in the program.  Continuation in the counseling psychology, forensic psychology, or 
    school psychology program requires satisfactory academic performance, appropriate personal attributes, and 
    ethical behavior.  In addition, students must demonstrate the acquisition of appropriate clinical and professional
    skills.  All students are evaluated annually and as needed for academic progress and professional behavior and
    development.  A student who fails to meet minimal criteria will be asked to sign a probation agreement that
    specifies the remediation terms for continuation in the program.  Dismissal from the program will result if the 
    student fails to follow the terms of the agreement.  More detailed information about the minimal criteria for 
    continuation in the program may be obtained from the student's academic advisor or the program
    coordinator.