Social Issues and Public Policy
Famous psychologist Kurt Lewin called for social science researchers to connect theory with real world social problems when he said, "there is nothing so practical as a good theory." Through coursework exposure to current psychological scholarship on social issues and application to real world problems, earning a Master of Science in Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake will give you access to strategic approaches for addressing social issues in research, teaching, community and non-profit settings. Your concentration in Applied Social Issues will help you learn how psychology research informs social justice action and social policy efforts for challenging group disparities. Some social issues addressed by the concentration include prejudice/stereotyping/discrimination, oppression and privilege, social forces affecting marginalized groups (e.g., LGBT community, people of color and women), poverty, conflict mediation, activism and advocacy.
Apply Psychological Science to Large-Scale Social Problems
After completing this program, students will be better prepared to serve as social
justice activists in the workplace and liberal arts universities, whether immediately
after the M.A. or after pursing a doctorate. This concentration also prepares students
for careers in social service (non-profit or government), research positions (university,
government or private), or teaching at a community college or liberal arts university.
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
Spring 2019Final - January 22
Summer 2019New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
Former UHCL Students - May 28
Fall 2019New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
Former UHCL Students - August 12
Spring 2020New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
Former UHCL Students - TBA(Early January 2020)
Please note, some graduate programs have special requirements and different deadlines from those above. For more information visit How to Apply.
Former UHCL Students and non-degree seeking students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 20
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.