Master of Science in Psychology Overview
Our online master’s degree in psychology offers you an opportunity to blend the rich, academic tradition of psychology with the contemporary applications of science.
This program emphasizes practical application, so that you gain the tangible skills necessary to make a difference helping others, empowering people, and driving change. The master’s in psychology online program is designed to help you:
- Understand how contemporary theories relate to real-world situations faced in various psychology professions.
- Evaluate and apply general psychological theories and concepts, as well as theories from your selected area of concentration, to various client-based situations within the field of psychology.
- Apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology as they relate to your area of concentration to arrive at evidence-based professional practice strategies.
- Apply ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural standards and guidelines set forth within your area of concentration and the field of psychology.
Prior to graduation, you have the choice of completing a thesis or passing a comprehensive exam.
Choose a concentration to develop specialized expertise in your chosen career path:
- General psychology: Study behavioral approaches, neuropsychological perspectives and technologies, issues in psychopathology, and cognitive psychology.
- Addictions: Prepare to counsel clients who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders.
- Applied behavioral analysis: Learn to use behavioral concepts and theories and develop assessment and intervention skills.
- Forensic psychology: Apply evidence-based psychological theories and concepts to develop strategies that advocate for populations in settings across the criminal and civil legal systems.
- Industrial/organizational psychology: Apply psychological principles to the business world and explore the theories, methods, and practice of I/O psychology.
See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.
The forensic psychology concentration is not available to residents of Missouri.