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 institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • 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 Requirements18
Select one concentration from the following:12
Elective Requirements6
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours39

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (18 semester hours)

PSYC503Introduction to Scholarly and Technical Writing 13
PSYC601Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research3
PSYC602Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research3
PSYC550Professional Ethics and Standards3
PSYC502Tests and Measurements3
PSYC610Multicultural Issues in Human Behavior3
Total Semester Hours18

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration, Concentration in Developmental/Personality Psychology, Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or Concentration in Military and Trauma Psychology.

General Concentration (12 semester hours)

The General Concentration allows students to select from a variety of course offerings in various specialties in the field. Coursework provides students with a broad understanding of theory, principles, research, and ideas across multiple psychological domains.

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Examine historical and contemporary trends occurring across multiple domains of theory, research and practice within the field of psychology.

  • Apply core concepts of psychology to normal and abnormal individual, social, cultural, and organizational functioning.

  • Construct discipline-relevant research proposals.

  • Evaluate scholarly resources pertinent to the discipline.

  • Write competently in accordance with the standards of the American Psychological Association;

  • Investigate professional opportunities, responsibilities and challenges experienced by practitioners within the discipline.

  • Apply the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association.

Select 4 courses from the following:12
Lifespan Development
Learning and Cognition
Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Social Psychology
Disaster Psychology
Organizational Behavior
Leadership and Change
Crisis and Emergency Intervention
Deployment Psychology
Personality and Counseling Theories
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Psychopathology
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Developmental/Personality Psychology (12 semester hours)

The concentration in Developmental/Personality Psychology provides students with in-depth study of theory and research associated with normal and abnormal human development and personality. The topics associated with lifespan development, psychopathology, substance abuse and counseling are addressed.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast major theories of personality and developmental psychology.

  • Analyze the impact of development and personality on interpersonal relationships.

  • Describe normal and abnormal development and personality, including diagnoses and treatments of the major forms of psychopathology.

PSYC520Personality and Counseling Theories3
PSYC620Substance Abuse and Addiction3
PSYC526Psychopathology3
PSYC510Lifespan Development3
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (12 semester hours)

The concentration in I/O psychology explores psychological topics related to organizational and workplace settings including, among others: motivation, organizational culture, leadership, and workplace assessment.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply psychological theory and research to various scenarios in workplace settings.

  • Evaluate organizational culture and structure in the context of understanding and responding to organizational and individual employee needs.

  • Effectively apply leadership principles to personal and professional settings.

PSYC512Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSYC640Advanced Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSYC521Organizational Behavior3
PSYC522Leadership and Change3
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Military and Trauma Psychology (12 semester hours)

The concentration in Military and Trauma Psychology prepares students to have a strong understanding of psychology topics uniquely associated with military and trauma settings. Students will focus on learning about disaster management, leadership, deployment, and emergency intervention.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and define the unique psychological constructs associated with the military experience.

  • Apply psychological theory and research to effective leadership in military positions.

  • Analyze best practices in response to military related challenges such as PTSD, impact of deployment on families, or disaster management.

PSYC630Crisis and Emergency Intervention3
PSYC513Deployment Psychology3
PSYC514Disaster Psychology3
PSYC522Leadership and Change3
Total Semester Hours12

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Select from other graduate courses not taken to meet core or concentration requirements.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

PSYC699Integrative Capstone Project in Psychology 13
Total Semester Hours3