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.
Choose a concentration to develop specialized expertise in your chosen career path:
- Addictions: Prepare to counsel clients who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders.
- Applied behavior analysis (ABA): 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).
- 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.
See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.