The Master of Arts in Psychology blends scientific theory and principles with academic research and applicable skills that are sought by industry professionals. This online degree program emphasizes the factors related to human behavior including lifespan development, social and cultural diversity, assessment, personality, and psychopathology. Through the online classroom, you will interact with peers and instructors who share your passion for psychology and for enhancing human mental health and well-being. This online psychology program should not be considered a terminal degree in the field, but rather is designed to prepare you for doctoral or other graduate studies while further developing the knowledge and skills needed to achieve career advancement.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the University’s institutional and degree-level learning outcome objectives, the M.A. in Psychology degree requires the following program-specific learning outcomes of its graduates.

Upon completion of this degree, graduates will have:

  • Examined historical and contemporary trends occurring across multiple domains of theory, research and practice within the field of psychology;
  • Applied core concepts of psychology to normal and abnormal individual, social, cultural, and organizational functioning;
  • Constructed discipline-relevant research proposals;
  • Evaluated scholarly resources pertinent to the discipline;
  • Written competently in accordance with the standards of the American Psychological Association;
  • Investigated professional opportunities, responsibilities and challenges experienced by practitioners within the discipline; and
  • Applied the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements33
Major Requirements3
Elective Requirements0
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours39

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (33 semester hours)

PSYC500Orientation to Graduate Learning in Psychology 13
PSYC501Research and Statistical Methods3
PSYC502Tests and Measurements (Prerequisite: PSYC501 - Research and Statistical Methods)3
PSYC510Lifespan Development3
PSYC511Learning and Cognition3
PSYC515Social Psychology3
PSYC520Personality and Counseling Theories3
PSYC525Physiological Psychology3
PSYC526Psychopathology (Prerequisite: PSYC525 - Physiological Psychology)3
PSYC550Professional Ethics and Standards3
PSYC590Contemporary Issues in Psychology3
Total Semester Hours33

Must be taken as the first course but may be taken concurrently with other courses.

Major Requirements (3 semester hours)

Select 1 course from the following:3
Multicultural Issues in Human Behavior
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Crisis and Emergency Intervention
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

PSYC699Integrative Capstone Project in Psychology 13
Total Semester Hours3

Taken once all other requirements have been met.