Welcome to the web site for the Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Program in Psychology at the University of Texas – Pan American! Our aim is to provide high quality instruction in order to assist our students to meet their educational and career objectives, as well as to support allied programs on our campus.
We have three M.A. degree programs: experimental psychology, clinical psychology with thesis, and clinical psychology without thesis. The information on this web site will provide an overview of these programs and answer frequently asked questions. The graduate student handbook details additional program policies.
Graduates of our clinical psychology programs are prepared to obtain a license as a professional counselor or to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. Demographic analyses show that there is a shortage of licensed counselors and psychologists in our region. Although the local population is often not aware of the benefits that counseling can provide, there is tremendous growth potential for the career paths of licensed counselors and psychologists in the Rio Grande Valley. There are also a variety of counseling positions available throughout the country for bilingual counselors, or counselors with experience with Hispanic populations, which our students would be well-prepared for. Entry level salaries for licensed counselors are generally commensurate with beginning school teachers, but upward earnings potential is much greater.
Graduates of our experimental psychology program are prepared to pursue a doctorate in experimental psychology or to provide research support to ongoing public or private projects.
If you have additional questions after reading the information on this web site, call the Psychology Department Office, 956/665-3329, and schedule an appointment with the Director of the Graduate Program.
Dr. Mark Winkel
Director, Psychology Graduate Program