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.
The University of West Florida's Psychology Master's Program is divided into three specializations:
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.
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.
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional 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
• Completed departmental supplementary data form