Master of Psychology, M.A.

The Master's program in Psychology is designed to provide a thorough foundation in psychological theories and research, as well as opportunities for applied work for those who plan to enter the job market after completing the Master’s degree. Students who plan to enter doctoral programs will find that we also provide excellent preparation through research experience and opportunities to present and publish their work.

Program Description

The M.A. in Psychology provides students with the study of human behavior. Graduate training in Psychology entails in-depth exploration and understanding of the core foundations of the biological bases of behavior, the social bases of behavior, the acquired bases of behavior, and the individual bases of behavior. As a scientific discipline, the study of psychology also requires competence in research methodology, statistics, and critical thinking. Psychology is an applied discipline, with applications in clinical health and mental health, business, and education. Students completing a master’s degree in Psychology will be prepared to pursue a wide range of careers at the master’s level or to pursue advanced training at the doctoral level. There are three areas of concentration in the master’s program: Applied Experimental, Counseling-Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Industrial-Organizational. Students seeking to complete the M.A. degree in Psychology must meet the general University requirements, the Department of Psychology graduate core requirements, and the specialized requirements of the student’s chosen area of concentration. The student also has the option of fulfilling requirements for a certificate in Health Psychology in addition to the requirements for the master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the school bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative score
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • Psychology undergraduate GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent
  • Submission of three letters of reference
  • Field experience or skill sets
  • Interview, if applying to the Counseling specialization

Applicants can assume that their files are incomplete until they receive a notice from the Department of Psychology indicating that files are complete. For more information about admissions, please see our FAQs.


Department Contact

Dr. Ronald Belter
Interim Department Chair
Phone: (850) 474-2791
Office: Building 41, Room 210

Department Admissions Matrix
Department Admissions FAQ

University Requirements*
The University of West Florida Graduate School has established a set of graduate admission requirements for all graduate programs at the university.

• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Application Deadlines



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