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GRADUATE DEGREES

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Arts in English (MA) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
        Rhetoric and Composition Track (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Arts in History (MA) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Arts in Political Science (MA) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Arts in Spanish (MA) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Science in Biology (MS) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Mathematics (MS) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Mathematics Education (MS) (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)
        General Psychology Track (Thesis)
        Police Psychology Track (Non-Thesis)

COLLABORATIVE PH.D. IN HISPANIC STUDIES OFFERED BY TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All application materials for the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program are due by March 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission. Students ordinarily begin their graduate studies in the Fall semester, however, with special permission of the Chair of the Department of Behavioral, Applied Sciences and Criminal Justice, the student may begin graduate studies during the summer session. To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program, the student must complete the following requirements before March 1 or October 1.

  1. Have earned a 3.00 GPA in the upper-level courses of undergraduate preparation.
  2. Have three letters of recommendation from academic sources sent to the Department of Behavioral, Applied Sciences and Criminal Justice.
  3. Have a bachelor’s degree and have satisfactorily completed the following prerequisite courses: PSYC 3302, PSYC 4301, PSYC 4303, and PSYC 4308.
  4. Have submitted scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  5. Have completed a personal interview with the Counseling Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee, which is scheduled during the month of April or November.

Students accepted for admission to the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program will be notified of a general information and orientation meeting held during the month of August for the Fall admission and December for Spring admission. The purpose of this meeting will be to outline departmental expectations of students, to provide orientation to institutional and departmental procedures, and to provide other information that may be of use to graduate students.

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR EXAM

Completion of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology allows the graduate to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor Exam. Upon passing the exam and completion of additional required internship hours, the graduate is eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE GRADUATE PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All application materials for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice are due by the date provided by the Office of Graduate Studies & Research to be considered for full admission. Students are able to apply and begin their graduate programs in the Fall, Spring, or Summer (to begin the summer, the application materials must be received by the due date for Spring). To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, the student must complete the following requirements prior to the application deadline:

  1. Completed an application for graduate studies.
  2. Paid application fee.
  3. Submitted transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  4. Submitted a Personal Narrative.
  5. Earned a 2.5 GPA overall if degree earned within last 5 years or 2.0 GPA if degree was earned more than 5 years ago.
  6. Submitted two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources sent to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research and to the Department of Behavioral, Applied Sciences, and Criminal Justice. Academic letters must come from outside of the Criminal Justice faculty.
  7. Submitted scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  8. Submitted a Writing Sample of Scholarly work

In addition, the admissions committee may request a personal interview with the applicant.

APPLYING FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN SPANISH
For admission to the Master of Arts Program in Spanish, applicants must also pass a departmentally administered examination of their reading knowledge of English and of their writing ability in Spanish in addition to the GRE.

GRADUATE DEGREES REQUIREMENTS

See Academic Regulations - Graduate Degrees for specific TAMIU regulations.

  1. Major/Minor Requirements: Twenty-four to thirty-three hours in a major subject and six to twelve hours in a minor.
  2. Concentrations: Eighteen hours in each of two areas of concentration.
  3. Admission: No student seeking a graduate degree will be permitted to register for a graduate class until such time that he or she has been admitted to the University. Individuals wishing to take courses for personal growth, etc. may register for up to six hours as non-degree seeking. These courses may not be applicable to a degree program.

    Students seeking admission to the Graduate School in the College of Arts and Sciences must apply by November 1 for the Spring Semester and April 1 for the Fall Semester.

    To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, students must complete additional admission requirements before March 1 for Fall Semester or October 1 for Spring Semester.

    Students wishing to change degree plans must re-apply to the University. College of Arts and Sciences students who do not enroll for course work in a subsequent semester, are required to complete a "Leave of Absence" form.

  4. Prerequisites (Stemwork): Twelve advanced semester hours in the major subject to six advanced semester hours in each minor. The department, however, retains the right to examine the applicant’s prerequisites and to accept certain equivalent hours or to require additional work.

    The maximum load for a graduate student for a long semester is nine (9) hours. The maximum load for summer school is six (6) hours per session. Any SCH load in excess of the maximum must be approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

  5. Thesis/Interdisciplinary Study: This is defined as a professional paper in the major field. All required course work must be completed before thesis is started.
  6. Written Comprehensive Examination: A comprehensive examination shall be passed by the candidate covering the major and minor fields, and each will be VALID FOR ONE YEAR. Exams will be given each long semester. If the exam is failed three times, the entire program will need to be repeated.
  7. Oral Comprehensive Examination: Oral exams must be completed by mid-November or mid-April.
  8. Thesis Defense: Thesis must be successfully defended before the faculty advisory committee for completion of graduate degree program.
  9. Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: With the permission of the faculty advisor, up to six (6) credit hours of 4000-level courses, as indicated in the course descriptions, may be taken for graduate credit in the entire degree plan. These courses must include extra work over and above regular undergraduate syllabus requirements. Such work shall be prearranged with the course instructor.
  10. Additional Master's Degree Policy: Students shall not be permitted to apply the same course credit to more than one master’s degree except in the Master of Public Administration program. Students pursuing the Master of Public Administration as an additional master's degree, may obtain the degree upon successful completion of the major curriculum and substituting hours attained in the first masters program for nine hours of electives.
  11. In Absentia: Students in master’s degree programs in the COAS requiring a thesis who have completed all course work on their degree are required to register each subsequent fall and spring semester until the thesis receives final approval. Students who do not comply with this requirement will have their registration blocked.
  12. Leave of Absence: Under unusual circumstances, a student may petition for a leave of absence. The student’s Advisory Committee Chairperson and the Chair of the Department must approve the petition. If the petition is granted, the registration requirement will be set aside during the period of the leave and will not count towards the requirement that the student complete a master’s degree within a period of five years or within the time specified for the particular program. Leaves will be granted only under conditions that require the suspension of all activities associated with the thesis.
  13. Combined BA/MA Degree: Undergraduate students with majors in English, History, Political Science, Sociology or Spanish may pursue a combined BA/MA program. Students with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher and a field GPA of 3.5 or higher (after completing at least six 3000-4000 level SCH; 9 SCH in Political Science with 3 SCH at the 3000-4000 level) may apply for admission to the Master of Arts program during their junior year. Students accepted into the program will begin taking graduate courses during the senior year. Students must attain a "B" in their coursework to remain in and continue the combined program.

    Students will need to complete all admission requirements to the program during their junior year. This includes: Application to the University for admission to graduate study, submission of an official copy of the student's undergraduate transcript and two letters of recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. One letter of recommendation must be from the student's faculty advisor and the other from another faculty member. The GRE requirement for the Combined BA/MA will be waived so long as the student maintains continuous registration (fall and spring semesters) through completion of the MA program. The GRE waiver applies to the Combined BA/MA only. Interruption of progress toward the degree may result in the requirement to reapply to the program and include meeting the GRE requirement.

    Students seeking the BA/MA degree in English, Political Science, Sociology or Spanish may count nine SCH of graduate coursework taken during the senior year toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students electing to complete the BA/MA in English or Sociology are eligible for either the thesis or nonthesis option; in the non-thesis option, unlike the traditional non-thesis MA in English or Sociology, there is no minor curriculum requirement.

    Students seeking the BA/MA degree in History may count six SCH of graduate coursework taken during the senior year toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students electing to complete the BA/MA in History are eligible for either the thesis or non-thesis option; in the non-thesis option, unlike the traditional non-thesis MA in History, there is no minor curriculum requirement.

  14. Minor in Information Systems. This minor is available in COAS degree programs which include 9 semester credit hours in a minor. Students pursuing the graduate minor in IS must satisfactorily complete the prerequisite MIS 5300-Information Systems Concepts, or the equivalent undergraduate course, MIS 3310-Management Information Systems. The minor will consist of three courses courses, completed with a grade of "B" or better, from the following: MIS 5330, MIS 5340, MIS 5350, MIS 5360, MIS 5370, MIS 5380, MIS 5390, and MIS 5399.

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