Master of Science Degree in Psychology

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Pursuing a Master of Science in Psychology from Purdue Global offers a unique opportunity to blend the rich, academic tradition of psychology with exciting, contemporary applications of the science. Our master’s degree in psychology includes four areas of concentration to choose from—general psychology, addictions, applied behavior analysis, or industrial/organizational psychology.

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Hands-on, Real-World Experience

An optional practicum is available in the applied behavior analysis and industrial/organizational psychology concentrations. The practicum is designed to help you get a head start on field experience hours required for certification exams or to gain experience within the field. 

Master of Science in Psychology Program Highlights

A master’s degree in psychology could help prepare you to pursue employment in the field of psychology or in related fields such as postsecondary education.* The psychology graduate program is designed to help you:

  • Understand how contemporary theories relate to real-world situations faced in various psychology professions.
  • Critically evaluate and apply general psychological theories and concepts, as well as theories from the 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 the selected area of concentration to arrive at evidence-based professional practice strategies.
  • Apply ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural standards and guidelines set forth within the selected area of concentration and field of psychology.

Prior to graduation, students have the choice of completing a thesis or passing a comprehensive exam.

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Master of Science in Psychology Concentrations

In addition to helping you develop a broad foundation in psychology, our online master’s in psychology is designed to enhance your knowledge in the area of concentration that best fits your career and educational goals. Many of our concentrations also include a practicum course to help you gain hands-on experience the field.

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Addictions: Study the principles of addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, and learn to apply them to guide clients toward recovery. 

The Master of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in addictions is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission ( Students who complete the addictions concentration within the master’s degree in psychology program will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

General Psychology: Examine broad aspects of psychology, including behavioral approaches, neuropsychology, psychopathology, and cognitive psychology.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Apply psychological principles to the business world and explore the theories, methods, and practice of industrial/organizational psychology. Study how to influence workplace motivation and attitude, employee training, evaluation and leadership, organizational behavior, and human resources.

Practicum and non-practicum versions of the concentration are available. The practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on, real-world experience within the field.

Behavior psychology degrees

Applied Behavior Analysis: Focus on the developmentally disabled, the autistic, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Utilize behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and intervention skills. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc., (BACB®) has verified the Purdue Global course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

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Students interested in getting a head start on the field experience hours required to sit for the BCBA Examination can elect to complete a practicum as part of the applied behavior analysis concentration.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

With a master’s degree in psychology from Purdue Global, you could pursue specialist or supervisory positions in social services or health care organizations. You may also find opportunities in the following areas§:

  • Human resources
  • Employee-assistance
  • Research
  • Educational setting
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

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. You can also customize your master’s degree in psychology by choosing from the following concentrations:

  • General psychology
  • Addictions
  • Applied behavior analysis (optional practicum available)
  • Industrial/organizational psychology (optional practicum available)

Credits vary based on concentration and practicum option.

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  • Core Credits40
  • Elective Credits25-35
  • Total Credits65-75
  • Core Credits35
  • Elective Credits25-35
  • Total Credits60-70

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.§

General Psychology

General Psychology - Comprehensive Exam Track

Addictions - Comprehensive Exam Track

Addictions - Thesis Track

Applied Behavior Analysis - Comprehensive Exam Track, Non Practicum

Applied Behavior Analysis - Comprehensive Exam Track

Applied Behavior Analysis - Thesis Track

Applied Behavior Analysis - Thesis Track, Non Practicum

Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Comprehensive Exam Track

Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Comprehensive Exam Track, Non Practicum

Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Thesis Track, Non Practicum

Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Thesis Track

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 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.

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.

The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs.

§Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.