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Understand the psychology behind behavior
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
Make an informed choice
We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen degree program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.View this program's gainful employment disclosures.
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.
Try out an individual course
When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's a great way to "test-drive" the University, and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
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An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.
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
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.
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.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Advisor.
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College of Social Sciences
Gain the essential skills and knowledge to provide the compassion, guidance and service others need, whether you want to work one-on-one, with families and small groups, or in schools and communities.
Expanded learning opportunities in our academic social network
The PhoenixConnect® academic social network provides you with opportunities to extend your reach beyond your classroom to network with ambitious learners worldwide.
Advisors who are committed to your success
At University of Phoenix, we provide each student with a team of advisors who are committed to your success from the moment you ask about University of Phoenix to the day you graduate.