Master of Science - Behavioral Sciences

Program Description

The Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences (M.S.B.S) program is designed to serve that segment of the population employed in or interested in a broad spectrum of professions in the behavioral sciences. Specific target populations are a) persons employed or preparing for employment in public or private organizations involved in human resources activities; b) persons wishing to pursue doctoral studies in the behavioral sciences, research-related careers, or to gain experience in research; and c) persons preparing for counseling licensure in mental health professions. To properly serve the service area and to assist in promoting the economic development of southwest Oklahoma, the M.S.B.S program has been fashioned to allow flexibility in program design and planning.

Program Objectives

Students in this program commonly seek counseling licensure in mental health professions.  Others may work in human resources for public or private organizations, pursue doctoral degrees, or pursue research-related careers. The program objectives are 

  • To foster the ability to synthesize and critically analyze information;
  • To promote research skills in the behavioral sciences;
  • To promote basic knowledge of theories, methods, and findings in the behavioral sciences; and
  • To promote competence in the application of basic knowledge within the field of the behavioral sciences.

Program Requirements

Three tracks allow each student to select the course of study to best suit his/her needs.

General Psychology Track:  This track is designed to meet the needs of students who do not wish to pursue a career in counseling.  Students who want to increase their understanding of human behavior or interested in experimental psychology, or who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental psychology should choose this track. This is a 33-hour program.

Counseling Track:  This track is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oklahoma and to prepare students to perform well on the state licensure exam.  This is a 48-hour program; to complete state-mandated licensure requirements, student must complete an additional 12 hours of electives.

Marriage and Family Track:  This track is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Oklahoma and to prepare students to perform well on the written and oral sections of the state licensure exam.  This is a 48-hour program.

All three tracks require 7 core courses and the PSY 5000 Introductory Seminar.

  • PSY 5003 Ethical Principles in Counseling, Assessment & Research
  • PSY 5013 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 5053 Introduction to Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 5203 Human Development
  • PSY 5243 Advanced Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 5363 Psychopathology
  • PSY 5383 Multicultural Psychology

Each track has specific course requirements in addition to the core courses listed above. 

Outcome Assessments

Comprehensive Exam

Prior to graduation, each student must pass the comprehensive exam over the seven courses listed above.


Thesis requirements are under revision at this time.  For updated information, please contact the graduate coordinator, Claudia Edwards (Nance Boyer 1015,, or 580.581.7929).

Program Completion Requirements

To complete the M.S.B.S., students must meet all requirements within a six-year time frame.  In addition to meeting department program requirements, the student must apply for graduation, pay the graduation fee, and complete an online exit interview. 

Contact Information

Office of Admissions
North Shepler, 2nd Floor
(580) 581-2289
(580) 581-2230

Program Inquiries:

Business Programs:
Suzy Jouben
(580) 581-2271

Education & Psychology Programs:
Claudia Edwards
(580) 581-7929