Master’s Degree in Psychology


  Accredited by the Mexican Postgraduate Quality Program SEP-CONACYT (PNPC)

(Scholarships for Foreing Students)


PROGRAM NAME: Master’s Degree in Psychology

General Office of Professions (DGP) Code: 231501

Typical time to degree: 4 semesters

Credits: 120

Degree conferred: Master of Psychology

Campus where it is offered: Hermosillo



General Objective

To train researchers capable of developing research projects in Psychology under the direction of a senior researcher and adapting existing models and theories to newer problems. These projects will address social problems on a regional, national and international level and, at the same time, will generate information applicable to intervention projects and the evaluation of social programs.

Specific Objectives

  • To develop students’ skills and competencies in scientific research, in pursuit of behavioral solutions to social problems.
  • To develop students’ ability to adapt psychological models and theories to explain social problems not covered by these models and theories.
  • To train students in the management of data collection techniques and methods, strategies to analyze and interpret the results of psychological research, and tactics for integrating scientific knowledge.
  • To develop skills to implement, perfect and evaluate research projects in psychology, with the aim of satisfying the need for information for solving social problems.
  • To promote interdisciplinary research between behavioral science and other fields of social and biological science and humanities, establishing the bases for their integration as complex knowledge, linking related fields such as those developed in the academic context.



Graduate Profile


  • Graduates will apply hypotheses and theoretical-methodological foundations which allow behavioral issues to be addressed from a scientific perspective, so that, through a guided process, they can use them as guidelines oriented to the solution of socially relevant problems.
  • They will master techniques and methods for drawing diagnoses which allow them to identify and intervene in social situations and problems that call for analytical strategies and operational modes of scientific psychology.
  • They will demonstrate skills and attitudes needed for integration into multi- and interdisciplinary research project teams, applying their techniques, communication strategies and solutions in the different fields that demand it.
  • They will apply conceptual tools which allow them to sustain valid and operational scientific arguments in the psychology field, which will allow them to try theoretical explanatory models that currently explain social problems.


  • Graduates will adapt existing constructs, models or theories to the explanation of a social phenomenon not previously addressed by those conceptual frameworks.
  • They will display the ability to integrate into intra- and interdisciplinary work and research groups.
  • In collaboration with a senior researcher, they will be able to transfer the production of obtained research information to those who need it.
  • In a partnership with the research team they integrate into, they will be able to publish book chapters, theoretical essays and empirical science articles.
  • They will be able to teach or tutor for topics pertaining to the various dimensions and dynamics of behavioral science.



Curriculum Map (Download PDF)

Course List

Selected topics of theorization and research in Psychology

Research Methods I (Qualitative)

Non-Experimental Research Design

Psychological theories and social issues

Research Methods II (Basic Quantitative)

Experimental Research Design

Elective Seminar I

Research Methods III (Intermediate Quantitative)

Supervised Research I

Elective Seminar II

Evaluation of Social Programs

Supervised Research II

Master’s Thesis

Elective Courses

Legal Psychology

Psychological Resilience

Positive Psychology and Social Living

Family Psychology, Development and Psycho-social Well-being

Social Living and Justice

Social Epidemiology

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Evaluation and Development of Strategic Learning

Construction of Measurement Instruments in Education

School education and psychology

Education, psychology and social organizations

Learning through competencies

Environmental Psychology

The Psychology of Sustainability

Education for Sustainability

Research Methods for Environmental Psychology

Positive Psychology and Sustainability

Positive Environments



1. Psychology of social coexistence and health psychology

2. Education and human development

3. Environmental and sustainability psychology





Dr. Víctor Corral Verdugo

Dr. Martha Frías Armenta

Dr. José C. Gaxiola Romero

Dr. Daniel González Lomelí

Dr. Juan José Irigoyen Morales

Dr. Federico Zayas Pérez

Dr. Marcela Sotomayor Petterson

Dr. Blanca Silvia Fraijo Sing

Dr. César Tapia Fonllem

Dr. Karla Acuña Meléndrez

Dr. Cecilia Norzagaray Benítez

Dr. Nadia Saraí Corral Frías


Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or any other field related to social or biological science or humanities. Degree candidates with a letter of commitment to graduate may be accepted.
  • Have passed, all courses in their bachelor’s degree plan of studies with an average grade equal to or greater than 80.
  • Complete the National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III-CENEVAL) with a minimum score of 1000.
  • Pass an English exam equivalent to a TOEFL with 450 points.
  • Intermediate or advanced level in word processers, spreadsheets, presentation making software and specific information search strategies on the Internet.
  • Present a general research proposal in one of the three lines of generation and application of knowledge pursuant to the Postgraduate degree.
  • Interview with the Academic Commission.
  • Entrance application.
  • Statement of purpose explaining the reasons for and interest in entering the Master's program, establishing the graduate’s commitment to fulfilling the assigned academic activities.
  • Research protocol proposal oriented to one of the three research lines of the Postgraduate degree.
  • Curriculum vitae with supporting documentation.
  • Letter of intent of full time commitment to the program and, to applicants coming from Higher Studies Institutions, an institutional letter that attests to the full-time commitment.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Unique population registry code (CURP)
  • Official ID with photograph.
  • Proof of residence.
  • Official Grade Transcript with general average.
  • Supporting documentation of other studies (if any).


Applicant Profile

Applicants must prove to be aware of social reality and their social, political and cultural context, as well as possess clear orientation towards scientific research. Their educational background must be related to the work and techniques of behavioral science, allowing them to be directly and efficiently involved in the analysis and promotion of solutions along with other human sciences. Applicants must also show special interest in the use of logical and analytical reasoning which will allow them to link with other disciplinary approaches for the solution of concrete issues. Aside from this, applicants must be capable to relate to, recognize and communicate with other professionals, as well as express interest in developing high-quality scientific research.



Graduation Requirements

To obtain the master degree, the student must:

  • Fulfill the total credits and comply with every requirement established in the corresponding plan of studies.
  • Prove comprehension of a language other than Spanish, as established by the Postgraduate Academic Commission according to the study program.
  • Pass the degree examination in the written and oral phase before an ex-profeso appointed committee.
  • For the doctor degree, pass a general knowledge exam, if required by the postgraduate program.
  • Comply with provisions and requirements demanded by School Services for the issuing of the degree.


Degree Options

The only valid way to obtain the degree is a thesis. This must be based on rigorous empirical research, accompanied by its respective theoretic support and relevant background.



Cost of the National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III)

The applicant registration fee to study at the University of Sonora is published every year along with the new student admission announcement. See last year's information:


Enrollment and tuition fees

When enrolling in one of the undergraduate or graduate degree programs, students must pay all the corresponding fees based on the current minimum wage in the city of Hermosillo, pursuant to the Fee Regulation.  See last year's information: fees and discounts per course



Dr. César Tapia Fonllem

Program Coordinator

Edificio de Investigación y Posgrado, Universidad de Sonora. Reforma y Blvd. Luis D. Colosio, Col. Centro, C.P. 83000. Hermosillo, Sonora.

Tel: +52 (662) 45484-10