Online Master's Degree in Psychology

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15
Total Courses
$420
Cost per Credit
2 years
Average Completion*
15 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Master’s Degree in Psychology Overview

Come back and earn your master’s degree in psychology online. Be ready to make a difference helping others, empowering people, and driving change.

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See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Personal Support

Work directly with faculty through online discussion boards and office hours, and get 1-on-1 support from academic and career advisors. The graduate resource center and addictions student site offer additional resources, including no-cost individual tutoring.

Connected Community

Explore organizations such as the Psychology Club, Psi Chi International Honor Society, and Autism Speaks U for networking and leadership opportunities.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate 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.

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Purdue Global Career Outcomes 2020–2021

94% of graduates in Purdue Global’s Master of Science in Psychology program were employed or continued their education within 18 months of graduation.

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.

“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.)

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 captsone course 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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Thesis

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

Capstone

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

Upcoming Start Dates

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

Psychology Concentrations

Choose from four psychology concentrations that allow you to develop specialized expertise in your chosen career path.

  • Addictions

    Prepare to counsel clients who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders.

  • 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.

  • General Psychology

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

NAADAC Approved and NASAC Accredited

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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.

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

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

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

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

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

International Tuition Reduction

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

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Career Opportunities

Due to increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, and social service agencies, employment in this field is expected to grow from 2021 to 2031.

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.

Average Salary

Low

General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not 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.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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Download our brochure to learn more about the online Master of Science in Psychology and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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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.

98%

Faculty members who have advanced degrees

51%

Faculty members who hold a doctorate

395

Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Certification and Licensure: The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare students for licensure in any state upon graduation. Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information. Visit www.NAADAC.org and/or www.BACB.com for additional state-specific licensure 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.

Job Growth—Psychologists: 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. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.