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. 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, 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 Statistics, Experimental Design, Physiological Psychology, Learning, Theory, 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 Psychology students, but all of our other Psychology graduate courses are open to you.

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

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

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.



SHSU also offers a Graduate Certificate in General Psychology.


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