Programs prepare the student to apply psychological theory and practice in a broad range of settings with diverse populations.
Admission Application Requirements
In addition to the requirements for graduate admission into Our Lady of the Lake University, applicants will provide:
- Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities where degrees were conferred. (Download special instructions for submitting transcripts from outside the United States and transcripts not in English).
- An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall grade point average of 2.50 or a 3.00 grade point average for the last 60 semester hours.
- At least 12 undergraduate semester hours in psychology including one course in statistics and a cumulative average of a “B” or better.
- Two letters of recommendation not more than one year old from former instructors or employers (forms supplied by the University).
- Submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years.
- As felony convictions may limit practicum placements and the ability to obtain professional licensure after graduation, all students who enroll in the MS program must submit criminal background checks. A national criminal background check, no older than 6 months prior to enrolling in the MS program must be submitted by the last day of the first semester in the program. All admissions are conditional pending the submission of the national criminal background check.
- Personal statement addressing background in Psychology, expectations of the MS program, and professional goals.
- Completion of admission file by the appropriate deadline.
- After a review of the completed admissions files, selected applicants will be invited to a group interview with psychology program faculty.
NOTE: Due to limited spaces available, meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission.
Deadlines for completing application to the Master of Science degree program are:
Fall admission - Early decision - March 1
Final deadline - June 1
Students will be notified of admission decision within three weeks after the interviews of selected students.
Students will be expected to complete the following requirements in addition to required coursework:
- Practicum (as required by Psychology Department)
- Comprehensive Examination/Computer Literacy requirement
66 semester hours
School Psychology prepares students to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP). Additional certificates for Assessment Specialty in Autism and Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP) may also be obtained as specified below. The program prepares students to work with children and adolescents within the school environments where they will utilize a variety of methods including counseling, assessment, consultation and behavioral intervention techniques.