M.A. in General Psychology

Our Master of Arts in General Psychology program is focused on the scientific sub-disciplines of psychology and involves several electives that allow students to pursue personal academic and research interests. The program is an experimentally oriented track, and students are expected to become involved in research their first semester.  Many students enter the program with the expectation of continuing their education at the doctoral level.  The program affords students the opportunity to do so with its strong emphasis on the experimentally-based disciplines in psychology as well as the emphasis of hands-on research involvement.  Students may complete the General program either at the Huntsville campus or at The University Center in The Woodlands.  A non-thesis track is offered at both campus locations, but the thesis-track is only offered at the Huntsville campus.  The General Psychology program does not involve training in the delivery of psychological services.

Course Requirements

The program involves 36 hours of study, including a Master's thesis. It does not allow training in the delivery of psychological services, but does provide more elective flexibility than our other degree tracks. A list of the specific courses required for the degree follows below:

All of your required courses will typically be offered once each calendar year. Please plan accordingly. 


The general psychology program core consists of advanced courses in Advanced Statistics, Physiological Psychology, Learning, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology.


Any graduate course you choose may serve as an elective. Past students have crafted their own specializations in psychology and law or psychology and business by taking Criminal Justice or Business courses for all their electives, and we encourage you to pursue your own personal interests. The practicum courses are reserved for Clinical and School students, but all of our other psychology graduate courses are open to you.

We especially recommend Advanced Abnormal Psychology, Neuropsychopharmacology, Experimental Design, History & Systems of Psychology, and Psychometrics I.

(Independent study in research or special topics is available.) plus a Thesis.

M.A. in General Psychology at the The Woodlands Center

The Master of Arts Degree in General Psychology offered through the Woodlands Center Campus is comprised of 36 hours of academic course work and is a non-thesis degree program.

Courses are offered each semester in such a manner that over a two-year period (six semesters) students will be able to complete the degree. With computer facilities at the Woodlands Center, the libraries on SHSU campus and Montgomery College campus, plus other libraries in the Houston area, adequate resources are available to students enrolled in the program.

A person with a degree in General Psychology can pursue junior college teaching, use the degree for preparation toward a Ph.D. program, enter various research enterprises, or work in governmental agencies, etc.

Please note that only the nonthesis option is available at the University Center Campus.



SHSU also offers a Graduate Certificate in General Psychology.


Dr. Diane Stoebner May

Psychology Masters Program Coordinator

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