Online Master of Science Degree in Psychology

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Program at a Glance

  • Prepare to meet the educational requirements for certifications in behavior analysis or addictions.
  • Learn from psychology practitioners with extensive experience in the field. All faculty possess a doctorate degree and relevant industry credentials.
  • Choose one of five concentrations to align the program with your career goals.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
2 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
60–75
(40-50 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420

Purdue Global Career Outcomes 2020–2021

Each year, our Center for Career Advancement sends a NACE First Destination survey to our graduating class to learn more about their career choices and potential income within 18 months of graduation. We’re proud of our recent Purdue Global alumni accomplishments.

94%

Graduates in Purdue Global’s Master of Science in Psychology program were employed or continued their education within 18 months of graduation.

“Career Outcomes Rate” is not the same as an “employment rate”—it includes graduates who are: (1) employed (whether full or part time); (2) participating in a program of voluntary service, (3) serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or (4) enrolled in a program of continuing education. This rate may also include graduates employed in jobs unrelated to their degree or who were employed while attending Purdue Global. (9,106 graduates surveyed across associate's, bachelor's, master's, JD, EJD, and DNP programs from July 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020. 7,803 of 9,106 replied.)

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 while allowing you to focus your studies in one of five concentrations: applied behavior analysis, addictions, forensic psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or general psychology.

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 with the following:

  • 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.

Before graduation, you have the choice of completing a thesis or passing a comprehensive exam.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

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.

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

Thesis

  • Core Credits
    40
  • Elective Credits
    25–35
  • Total Credits
    65–75

Exam

  • Core Credits
    35
  • Elective Credits
    25–35
  • Total Credits
    60–70

Concentrations

Choose from five psychology concentrations that allow you to develop specialized expertise in your chosen career path.
  • Prepare to counsel clients who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders.

  • Learn to use behavior concepts and theories and develop assessment and intervention skills that prepare you for a broad range of opportunities in applied behavior analysis working with individuals with different behavior-related issues, including those who are on the autism spectrum, have developmental delays, or experience cognitive and neurological issues. The program incorporates the Behavior Development Solutions Certified Behavior Analyst (BDS CBA) learning modules in all applied behavior analysis concentration courses to help you prepare for the BCBA exam (fee included).

  • Apply evidence-based psychological theories and concepts to develop strategies that advocate for populations in settings across the criminal and civil legal systems.

  • Apply psychological principles to the business world and explore the theories, methods, and practice of I/O psychology.

  • Study learning and behavior approaches, neuropsychological perspectives and technologies, issues in psychopathology, and cognitive psychology.

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 from 2020 to 2030. Overall employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors in the U.S. is expected grow 23% during the same period, nearly 4 times the average for all occupations.

With a master’s degree in psychology from Purdue Global, you could find opportunities in areas such as human resources, employee assistance groups, business research facilities, educational settings, drug and alcohol treatment programs, criminal justice organizations, and law enforcement and civil legal settings.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Service Orientation
  3. Social Perceptiveness
  4. Speaking
  5. Complex Problem-Solving

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation. 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.

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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Refer to www.NAADAC.org and www.BACB.com for full eligibility requirements. 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, www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm; Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.