Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
    Mar 27, 2023  
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, MS

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Programs prepare the student to apply psychological theory and practice in a broad range of settings with diverse populations.

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

In addition to the requirements for graduate admission into Our Lady of the Lake University, applicants will provide:

  1. At least 12 undergraduate semester hours in psychology including one course in statistics and a cumulative average of a “B” or better
  2. 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.
  3. Personal statement addressing background in Psychology, expectations of the MS program, and professional goals.
  4. After a review of the completed admissions files, selected applicants will be invited to a group interview with psychology program faculty.
  5. Statement of purpose.

NOTE: Due to limited spaces available, meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission.

Admission Deadlines

Deadlines for completing application to the Master of Science degree program are:

Fall admission - Early decision - March 1
Final deadline - June 1

Admission Procedures

Students will be notified of admission decision within three weeks after the interviews of selected students.

Academic Requirements

Students will be expected to complete the following requirements in addition to required coursework:

  1. Practicum (as required by Psychology Department)
  2. Comprehensive Examination/Computer Literacy requirement

Choose from one of the two areas of concentration:

Psychology Concentration: Family, Couple and Individual Psychotherapy Specialization, MS

60 semester hours

Program offered on the San Antonio campus (traditional classes) and through the Houston (The Woodlands) campus.

Family, Couple and Individual Psychotherapy prepares practitioners to assist with mental health concerns in family, couple and individuals in social contexts utilizing strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy. This program meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, and licensure as a Professional Counselor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. The San Antonio and Houston Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Family, Couple and Individual, Psychotherapy has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is responsible for establishing standards for competence in clinical education for the profession of marriage and family therapy, and for the review and recognition of the programs successfully meeting these standards.


Psychology Concentration: School Psychology Specialization, MS

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. The program prepares students to work with children and adolescents within the school environments where they utilize a variety of methods including counseling, assessment, consultation and behavioral intervention techniques.


For master’s degree in school counseling see EDUCATION.

Students can earn a Certificate in conjunction with their MS in Psychology, Concentration: School Psychology

For Certificate information click here


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