M.S. Psychology

Masters of Psychology Online

The Master of Science in Psychology is a broad-based, general degree in psychology. The curriculum provides a comprehensive, global understanding of human behavior and focuses on a wide range of psychological theories and practice. In addition to exposing students to general psychology in such courses as social, developmental, and physiological psychology, this program focuses on practical skills related to data analysis, research and teaching.

This grounding in general Psychology, combined with applied skills, prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities in business, government, non-profit, military, and educational settings. Specifically, the degree prepares students for positions as data analysts, market and survey researchers, program evaluators, research analysts, project managers, human resource analysts, college-level psychology instructors and many other management-level jobs.

The Master of Science in Psychology is a fully online asynchronous 36 graduate-credit-hour program. Students will progress through the program in cohorts of no more than 15 students, allowing for a more personalized and student-centered experience.  Students will take one course per eight-week term. A unique feature of this program is the final Capstone Project in which students choose an area of interest in the field and engage in research design and analysis, emphasizing ethical decision making and writing excellence. The completed Capstone project will be an asset to the graduates when they are seeking employment.

Professional Development Opportunities:

Students will be encouraged to join the American Psychological Association (APA) and to attend regional or area-specific conferences related to their areas of interest within the program. These conferences offer discounted rates that enable students to begin networking in the profession.

What can you do with a master’s degree in Psychology?

This degree can be applied to many fields: business, telecommunications, government, human resources, the military, non-profits and educational settings.

A graduate can pursue careers in management, data analysis, market and survey research, program evaluation, research analysis/project management, statistical consulting, human resources, assessment, training, and teaching at the high school or college level.


Degree Requirements

M.S. Psychology (36 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • PSY 520 History and Systems (Grad) 3

    This course is a review of the evolution of the history and major systems of psychology including behaviorism, physiological psychology, psychoanalysis and the humanistic and cognitive movements. Particular attention will be given to classic studies in psychology that had significant impact on the discipline. The course develops in students not only an understanding of how psychology emerged as an independent discipline, but also how other scientific and cultural events helped shaped what psychology is today. This will allow the students to better understand the diverse people, ideas, and schools of thought that have shaped psychology through the ages and how psychology applies to the world in which we live.

  • PSY 525 Ethics and Diversity 3

    Students will be introduced to the AP A Code of Ethics in relation to research in psychology. Students will evaluate ethical situations involving data management, report writing, integrity, and authorship as well as examine ethical issues involving diversity in research studies. Students will also examine sociocultural factors and personal biases may shape research and practice.

  • PSY 530 Research Methods I (Grad) 3

    This course focuses the development of research procedures and statistical analyses supporting the elucidation of the psychological concepts. Students will engage in original research resulting in an annotated bibliography suitable for the support of a developing master capstone. In addition, students will review basic statistical procedures and outline these results in AP A style write-ups and displays. Students will actively engage with published literature highlighting core methodologies and statistical procedures and across multiple content areas within psychology.

  • PSY 535 Research Methods II (Grad) 3

    This course focuses the development of research procedures and statistical analyses supporting the elucidation of the psychological concepts. Students will engage in formulating their own original research resulting in a research proposal suitable for a master's capstone. In addition, students will review basic statistical procedures and outline these results in AP A style write-ups and displays. Students will actively engage with published literature highlighting core methodologies and statistical procedures and across multiple content areas within psychology.

  • PSY 540 Advanced Social Psychology 3

    This course covers key theories and perspectives related to social psychology. This course emphasizes both classical and recent empirical research on social psychological topics such as aggression, relationships, the self, social cognition, discrimination, attitudes, social influence, prosocial behavior, group behavior, and the application of social psychology to real world issues.

  • PSY 545 Learning and Cognition 3

    The purpose of this course is to increase individual understanding of how the mind/brain function together, learns from and within diverse environments, and creates the phenomenon of self from a myriad of sensory input. Throughout the course, we will examine seminal and recent research highlighting the multiple controversies and breakthroughs happening everyday within cognitive science. Growing from within this explorations, we will also work to fashion a research proposal focusing on topic within human learning and cognition suitable for use in a master's level capstone.

  • PSY 550 Lifespan Development 3

    This course uses a chronological approach to examine key issues related to development through the lifespan. The course will examine developmental theories as well as classical and recent research related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

  • PSY 555 Physiological Psychology (Grad) 3

    Students will gain a basic understanding of the structure and function of the neuron and the central and peripheral nervous systems especially the brain, sensory, motor and hormonal systems and the physiological basis for such areas of psychology as mental illness, drug effects, sleep cycles, emotion, motivation, and learning and memory. An emphasis will be placed on a critical analysis of current scientific research evidence as a means to evaluate theories in the field of neuroscience. We will also emphasize practical applications of the research where appropriate.

  • PSY 560 Psychology of Teaching and Practice 3

    This course is designed to provide an initial preparation for instructors who will be teaching at the college level. This course focuses on concepts related to successful college teaching including: preparing a statement of teaching philosophy, preparing to teach a course; facilitating and assessing student learning; anticipating, preventing, and appropriately managing typical problems, and working with diverse students.

  • PSY 625 Test and Measures 3

    This course focuses on the fundamental concepts, principles, and applications of psychological testing. Learners will gain a basic understanding of the construction of tests used in a variety of professional and academic settings. Example tests learners will study include aptitude, achievement, attitude, and personality assessments. Theoretical assumptions of the various tests will also be explored in detail.

  • PSY 690 Capstone I 3

    This course initiates the formal capstone paper or project for the masters of science in psychology program. Knowledge of a chosen field in psychology, research design and analysis, and ethical decision making are emphasized. This course is writing intensive with the culminating result of the capstone proposal.

  • PSY 695 Capstone II 3

    This course completes the formal capstone in the masters in psychology process. Knowledge of a chosen field in psychology, research design and analysis, and ethical decision making are emphasized. This course is writing intensive with the culminating result of the final capstone paper or project.

Total Credits 36