Department of Psychology and Sociology

Graduate Programs

Degree Requirements General

The Master of Arts and Science in General Psychology Degree Program consists of a academic (i.e., course work) and practical training.

(a) either a thesis or graduate research project

(b) achieving a grade of A or B in all program courses. Student’s earning a C in any given course will be allowed to repeat the course in order to attempt to earn a grade of A or B

(d) student must complete comprehensive exam

(e) in addition to the Department Requirements, all students must be familiar with the Academic Policies and Degree Requirements established by the Graduate School. These are located in the Graduate Student Handbook, the handbook can be found at the office of Graduate Studies located in College Hall, 700 University Blvd. (MSC 118), Kingsville, TX 78363, phone number (361) 593-2808, or on the graduate school website. Please read all of these Graduate School requirements closely -- Students are responsible for being familiar with and understanding all of this information. Additional information regarding Grad School requirements is located in Section 2 of this Handbook.


     The core curriculum (i.e., 60 credits) for all students is listed below. Also listed is the number of credits for each course and the semester during which the course is typically offered. There may be some variation in timing of course offerings, so use this as a general guideline only. Your advisor and other faculty members are available to help you plan your coursework according to your specific needs. NOTE:  Starting in the Fall of 2022, students will not be allowed to enroll in thesis (5306) or research project (5305) courses unless they have completed  statistics (5310)  and research methods courses (5381).


Thesis or Non-thesis (i.e., research project) Option

      A common question is “Should I do a thesis or the research project option?”  The answer to this question depends on what are your reasons for taking your Masters in Counseling and your future goals.

      The easiest and most accurate response to this question is:  If you plan on doing a PhD you should do a thesis. If you plan on doing future research work you should do a thesis. On the other hand, if you wish to become a practitioner and do not desire to do research after completing your thesis then you should consider completing just a research project.

  • Annual Performance Evaluation
  • Exit Requirement for All Students
  • Additional Exit Requirements for Students Completing a Thesis
  • Grade-Point Average