Psychology, M.A.

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 settings, business settings, and educational settings. 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.

Psychology Specializations

The University of West Florida's Psychology Master's Program is divided into three specializations:

Applied Experimental
Counseling - Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Health Psychology Certificate

Students also have 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 Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

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

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official GRE test scores 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Psychology undergraduate GPA 
• Grades received in undergraduate major coursework 
• Submission of letter of intent 
• Submission of three letters of reference 
• Program prerequisites 
• Field experience or skill set 
• Oral interview, if applying to counseling specialization 

Department Contact

Diana Robinson
Department of Psychology

Phone: (850) 474-2354

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Application Deadlines

Summer: February 1st
Fall: February 1st

Student Perspective

"Since graduating from the UWF pre-licensure counseling program I have worked in both the community mental health and university mental health settings. The faculty and staff at UWF have been very supportive in not only helping me gain employment, but also at making sure that I was clinically prepared for various positions in the mental health field. Attending UWF was definitely a worthwhile investment for my future." — Eileen Wolfe (2012)

Faculty Perspective

"At UWF, our students come first. For some, our program is a stepping stone as they refine their research skills and continue on for a doctorate. For others, the program provides them with opportunity to gain specialized applied skills that will help them as they join the workforce. I truly enjoy working with such a diverse and skillful set of students." — Dr. Valerie J. Morganson, Assistant Professor