Master of Science in Psychology2021-09-20T13:22:03+00:00

Master of Science in Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology

About the Program

The Master of Science in Psychology is a flexible, non-licensure degree program, enabling students to adapt the program to their particular interests and goals in Psychology. This degree culminates in a thesis, training students to become competent consumers and producers of social science research. Emphasis is also placed on expanding knowledge and application of current theories and practices within a professional context using ethical standards while maintaining a sensitivity to diverse ideals and cultures.

Benefits of the M.S. in Psychology degree:

  • 100% online
  • Can be completed in a year
  • Career advancement and increase in job opportunities in:
    • Non-profit organizations
    • For-profit companies
    • Governmental agencies
    • Social and human services agencies
    • Educational institutions
    • Community outreach organizations
  • Preparation for doctoral work in Psychology

Specific Admissions Requirements

  • Students wishing to enroll in the online graduate program need to meet all criteria established by our graduate school as listed in the Graduate School Catalog in addition to:
    1. Completion of at least 15 credits in undergraduate coursework in psychology or a related field with a 2.75 or higher.
    2. A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation (up to 3 permitted), at least one of which must be from a professor familiar with the students academic abilities.
    3. Academic writing sample demonstrating strong writing skills and an adequate command of APA formatting.
    4. Submission of an essay describing (a) why the applicant wishes to study psychology at the graduate level, (b) how the applicant’s previous coursework, life, or career has prepared them for this program, (c) why the applicant believes they will be successful in a program that is fully online and asynchronous, and (d) the student’s intended goals and potential “next steps’ after the successful completion of the program. Essays should be written in APA format, and should be between 1500 and 2500 words.
    5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are accepted, but not required.
    6. Formal Admissions Interview.

Master of Science in Psychology (online degree coursework)

Course NumberCourse TitleHours
Core Courses
PSY 501 Ethics and Professional Issues3
PSY 502Research Methods in the Social Sciences3
PSY 503Applied Statistics in the Social Sciences3
PSY 570 Master’s Research and Thesis6
ElectivesSelect 18 hours from the following :
PSY 510Multicultural Psychology3
PSY 511Biological Psychology3
PSY 512Learning, Cognition, and Motivation3
PSY 520Developmental Psychology3
PSY 530Techniques of Counseling3
PSY 531Psychometrics3
PSY 532Advanced Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 540 Social Psychology3
PSY 541 Personality3
Total Program Hours33
Angie L. Dahl
Dean of the School of Health Professions and Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., Concordia College
M.A., Luther Seminary
M.S., Ed.S. and Ph.D., Utah State University
Jason Mack
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
B.A., University of Wisconsin
M.A., Ashford University
Psy.D. University of the Rockies
Jeannine Klein
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Saybrook University
M.S., University of Milwaukee
B.A., Marquette University
Kevin Reilly
Kevin Reilly
Vice President for Academic Affairs
John Wesley Hall, Room 100
Michelle Wright
Adjunct Lecturer of Psychology
B.S. University of Central Florida
M.S. Auburn University at Montgomery
Ph.D. DePaul University
Ryan Cooper
Director of the MS in Psychology Program
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., M.S., University of the Cumberlands
J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law
A.L.M., Harvard University
Sharon E. Stein
Program Coordinator of Psychology
Professor of Psychology
B.A., Western Reserve University
M.S.., Ohio University
Ph.D., Ohio University

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