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Understand the psychology behind behavior

Master Of Science In Psychology
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Master of Science in Psychology

How can we explain human behavior? What lies beneath the surface of people's interactions? Understanding these concepts can help you solve problems or conduct valuable research.

You'll explore that and more in the Master of Science in Psychology degree program. Through a grounding in general psychology, you'll learn skills for: enhancing the evaluation of human behavior and applying theory directly to the human experience; helping individuals and groups function more effectively; and understanding the impact of outside influences on interactions and motivations. The newly developed master’s thesis will be an option for all students, including those taking the general track (no concentration) as well as those opting for a concentration. Note: The Master of Science in Psychology does not educationally prepare you for state licensure as a psychologist.

What you’ll learn

 

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How to afford your degree

Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.

How to get started

Talk with an advisor to learn more about the admissions process and choose your degree program.

The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.

To view all the courses you’ll need to complete this degree program, visit our General Education requirements page.

Core courses

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Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.

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Cash Plan

Review our Cash Plan, which gives you the option to pay course-by-course as you pursue your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships pay for tuition-related expenses and don't need to be paid back. Your advisor can help you find scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Federal Financial Aid Plan

Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.

Third-party billing

Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.

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How can I use my Military benefits?

Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.

The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program

With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.

Montgomery GI Bill

At University of Phoenix, you can apply your Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, or your Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve benefits to your educational costs.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits. 

Active Duty Spouse Benefits

As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.

Benefits of this degree program

  • Knowledge you can use now

    The program provides professionals in business, marketing, human resources, government services and education with an understanding of the cognitive and affective processes that underlie the individual human experience and behavior. You'll study the research methodologies, critical thinking and problem solving that are necessary to evaluate behavior.

  • Real-world curriculum

    You'll learn from a rigorous, regularly updated curriculum featuring the latest theories and practices you'll need to function most effectively in your position. Ethics is a key part of the instruction, in which students learn about the Code of Ethics for the psychology profession, so they can critically evaluate scenarios that present different challenges requiring ethical decision making.

  • Faculty with working know-how

    Our curriculum is taught by faculty with current, real-world experience — giving you insight into how you can apply what you learn to an actual work setting.

  • Convenient learning options

    We make it convenient for working professionals like you to earn your degree around your busy schedule — through anytime online learning or evening on-campus classes.

  • Small class size

    An average class size of 15 students provides an intimate learning environment that allows for close interaction with expert faculty.

Is this the right program for you?

Talk to an advisor who specializes in the Master of Science in Psychology degree to make sure this program fits your specific needs. You can also get to know University of Phoenix by checking out the Phoenix Prep Center.

The Presidents' Alliance

University of Phoenix has joined the Presidents’ Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability, which is part of the nonprofit group the New Leadership Alliance. As a volunteer member of the Presidents’ Alliance, we have made a commitment to significantly improve assessment of and accountability for student learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes

To fulfill that commitment and to engage in continuous improvement of programs, University of Phoenix has reported on the learning outcomes for our degree programs, as well as the process of gathering and analyzing the information. Our aim is to share student outcomes to monitor the effectiveness of our programs and enable improvement.

Review the learning outcomes report for the Master of Science in Psychology program.

 

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