Online Master of Science Degree in Psychology

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Program at a Glance
  • Choose one of four concentration to align the program with your career goals.
  • Prepare to meet the educational requirements for certifications in behavioral analysis or addictions.
  • Learn from psychology practitioners with extensive experience in the field. All professors possess a doctorate degree and relevant industry credentials.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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 real-world 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.

Program Concentrations

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.
  • 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.

NAADAC Approved and NASAC Accredited

Purdue Global is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider. In addition, The Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in addictions is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).

Students who complete the addictions concentration will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification exam.*

Applicants must meet additional requirements to qualify, including field experience and licensure requirements.

Course Sequence Verified by BACB®

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®, (BACB) has verified the course sequence of the applied behavior analysis concentration as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.*

Applicants will have to meet additional field experience requirements to qualify.

Career Opportunities

Due to increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, and mental health centers, employment in this field is expected to grow faster than average from 2016 to 2026. Overall employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is expected to increase much faster than average during the same period.

With a master’s degree in psychology from Purdue Global, you could pursue roles such as:

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Addictions specialist
  • Mental health technician
  • Behavior assistant
  • Case manager
  • Social and community services specialist/manager
  • Training and development manager
  • HR professional
  • Talent specialist/manager

You may also find opportunities in the following areas:

  • Human resources
  • Employee assistance groups
  • Business research facilities
  • Educational setting
  • Drug and alcohol treatment programs
  • Criminal justice organizations

Note: The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. It is important to note that, while earning a master’s degree in psychology may qualify you to work in the helping professions, a doctorate degree is required to become a psychologist and a medical degree is required to become a psychiatrist.

Learning Resources

The graduate resource center, ABA student site, and addictions student site offer resources to support students in the psychology master’s program.

You’ll also have access to CBA learning modules for ABA to supplement coursework and help you prepare to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.

Connect Outside the Classroom

Students are invited to join organizations such as the Psychology Club, Psi Chi International Honor Society, and Autism Speaks U.

Free webinars are also available to support your learning outside of the classroom.

Curriculum focuses on the processes that guide the individual human experience and behavior, as well as the core knowledge, theories, and research in the field of psychology.

Select a thesis or a comprehensive exam as the program's culminating experience.


Sample Courses
  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Life Span Development
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Choose from four concentrations: 

  • General psychology
  • Addictions
  • Applied behavioral analysis
  • Industrial/organizational psychology
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits40
  • Elective Credits25–35
  • Total Credits65–75
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits35
  • Elective Credits25–35
  • Total Credits60–70

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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*Refer to and for full eligibility requirements. The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs. Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists,; Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors,; and Social Service Professionals, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.