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 pursuie personal academic and research interests. The program is an experimentially-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 or teaching in the community college setting. The General Program is offered at the Huntsville Campus while some classes for this program may be offered at the University Center in the Woodlands. The General Psychology program does not involve training in the delivery of Psychological Services.

You are encouraged to explore this website further to find more information about the General Psychology Master's Program at SHSU. The links listed to the right will help you access this information including the application process and requirements. Many questions you may have are likely answered in the FAQ section.

Course Requirements

The program involves 36 hours of study, and offers both thesis and non-thesis options. It does not allow training in the delivery of Psychological Services, but does provide significant flexibility in selecting electives to fit your interests and career focus. All of your required courses will typically be offered once each calendar year. Please plan accordingly.

A list of the specific courses required for the degree follows below:


The General Psychology Program core consists of advanced courses in Statistics, Experimental Design, Physiological Psychology, Learning, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and a Graduate Seminar.


Non-thesis students will have 12 hours of electives to fill, while thesis students will have 6 hours of thesis and 6 hours of thesis and 6 hours of electies. Any graduate course at SHSU 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.

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.


Shelley A. Riggs, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

CHSS 380



For general questions about the programs or application process, please contact:


Debby Mikulin

Administrative Associate

CHSS 390

(936) 294-4933