There are four different degree programs in graduate psychology at UTPA:
- Clinical psychology, thesis track: students should choose the thesis track if they wish to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology at a later date. This track involves 48 credit hours, including a 480 hour (12 week) internship. Full-time students can graduate in two years.
- Clinical psychology, non-thesis track: this is for students who wish to apply for licensure as Licensed Psychological Associates and/or Licensed Professional Counselors. This track involves 48 credit hours, including a 480 hour (12 week) internship. Full-time students can graduate in two years.
- Experimental psychology, general: this is for students who wish to pursue further doctoral level work in a non-clinical field of psychology. Upon graduation, such students are likely to pursue careers in academia or research. This track involves 36 credit hours and can be completed in less than two years by a full-time student.
- Experimental psychology, BCBA concentration: this is for students who wish to pursue credentials as Board Certified Behavior Analysts. BCBA's can find employment in applications to autism spectrum disorders, special and general education, medical clinics, and the corporate environment depending on practicum experiences. This track requires 40 credit hours of curriculum and 12 credit hours to 18 of practicum depending on levels of supervision. This concentration of the experimental psychology program can only be started in the Fall semester.
For more information about Graduate Program Application Procedure, Please refer to the Graduate Application Procedure document.