The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.  The department is committed to excellence in education, training, research, and service. Our goal in the Department of Psychology is to assist in the understanding of human behaviors and to increase knowledge and skills of students by conducting research related to psychology.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology offers undergraduate courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology. The psychology curriculum is designed to prepare a pathway for students to enter their chosen area of psychology specialization. Students are closely advised to help them make knowledgeable decisions regarding their professional direction. The rigorous nature of this program will assist students in being nationally competitive in the workplace and for graduate school admission.

Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology

The Department of Psychology will not be accepting students in the Juvenile Forensic Psychology Program. If you are interested in this program, please email

The primary objectives of the Master of Science degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology are to:

  • Enhance students’ knowledge of how psychology interacts with the law and the legal system;
  • Increase students’ knowledge of theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency, juvenile crime, and juvenile aggression, especially from the viewpoint of psychological theories;
  • Provide students with skills in research methodology and statistics;
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of the cognitive and personality development of youth especially as it pertains to aggression in various stages;
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of the psychological dynamics of family violence such as child abuse, spouse abuse, incest, and other forms of inter-familial violence;
  • Provide students with knowledge and skills pertaining to the assessment, classification, and treatment of juvenile offenders; and
  • Provide students with skills in psychological assessment and evaluation.

The MSJFP Program requires the completion of 36 semester credit hours. Two options are available: thesis and externship. The thesis option is designed for students interested in research and a Ph.D. The externship option is designed for students who desire to work in the field of forensic psychology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Adolescent Psychology

Program Philosophy

We embrace the cognitive-behavioral orientation, and believe people must be understood within their myriad and intersecting contexts (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural background). The Program operates according to a scientist-practitioner model based on the premise that there is synergy between the practice and science of psychology. Thus, the science and practice of psychology are integrated throughout our curriculum. The objectives of the Program are to educate students about: (1) issues that presently define the knowledge base in clinical psychology; (2) clinical skills needed to become ethical and competent practitioners; and (3) processes of learning and problem-solving that will be needed regardless of their professional career path. Additionally, depending on their particular career trajectories, students may take elective coursework or practica to augment their clinical and/or research skills. Our faculty approach clinical work from a variety of theoretical perspectives including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and emotion-focused. At graduation, our students are prepared to work in academic, research, and practice settings.

Purpose of the Admission Process

A major goal of our program is retention and graduation of admitted students within the prescribed time limits, a goal best accomplished by selecting applicants who have the educational foundation, motivation, and personality characteristics required to successfully complete an intensive and rigorous doctoral program. Applicants who pass the initial screening are required to participate in a personal interview conducted by the doctoral admissions committee, interested faculty, and currently enrolled doctoral students.

Admission to the program is competitive, and is granted jointly by the Graduate School and the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Program. A limited number of slots (about 6 to 8) is available annually with entry in the fall semester only. Because of the competitive nature of the process, meeting minimal standards does not guarantee admission. Invitations for a personal interview with the admissions committee will be made to designated applicants who have passed the initial screening. In cases where such an interview would impose a financial hardship, a telephone or Skype interview may be arranged. If you are interested in applying to the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Program, please refer to the link below to identify faculty accepting students for Fall 2018 and the department only accepts students once a year. Please submit your application materials by February 1.

The program recommends admission to the Graduate School, and the Graduate School, in turn, monitors procedures and minimum requirements and makes the final decision on your admission. All applicants are notified in writing of the admission committee’s recommendation to the Graduate School no later than April 1. The Graduate School will inform applicants of their final admissions status by a separate letter.

Application Instructions

Please read all information carefully before applying to the program. More specifically, each applicant must complete the Prairie View A&M Graduate School Application (i.e., Apply Texas) and the Ph.D. in Clinical Adolescent Psychology Application. If you have any questions about this process or need further assistance, please contact Mrs. Mokeitha Williams ( or 936-261-5263).

Application Form