Graduate Certificate in General Psychology

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Program Description

The General Psychology certificate includes advanced psychology courses and is designed primarily for students who currently teach or wish to teach psychology in either the public schools or in the community college system. The certificate is also designed for individuals who wish to expand their capabilities and/or marketability. This certificate focuses primarily on the experimental core areas of psychology such as learning, cognition, physiology, neuropsychopharmacology, and developmental.


Requirements for admission include:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. A minimum of a 3.2 undergraduate grade point average
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. A statement of personal interests and goals

We strongly recommend that applicants have at least 9 hours of undergraduate coursework in Psychology. Ordinarily, the most useful letters of recommendation come from university faculty who are able to describe the applicant’s potential for success in graduate study. The Department does not use a recommendation form but rather asks referees to send letters on their own letterhead. Please submit all documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 2478 SHSU
Huntsville, TX  77341-2478

Inquiries may be directed to:

Diane Stoebner-May, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Psychology Master’s Study
Department of Psychology and Philosophy
Sam Houston State University
Box 2447
Huntsville, TX 77341-2447
Telephone: (936) 294-2424

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Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate in General Psychology
Required General Core Courses
PSYC 5331Grad Smnr General Psychology3
PSYC 5360Adv Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 5381Advanced Learning Theory3
PSYC 5397Adv Developmental Psychology3
Additional Electives 6
Choose two from the following:
Advanced Social Psychology
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Experimental Design
History & Systems Of Psychlogy
Total Hours18