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Understand the psychology behind behavior

Master of Science in Psychology

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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

The Master of Science in Psychology focuses on the scientific study of human behavior including cognition, motivation and emotion. The program provides training in four core areas: biological bases of behavior, acquired or learned bases of behavior, social, cultural and systemic influences on behavior and individual differences in behavior. Students will learn how the science of psychology is advanced through research. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem-solving and the application of knowledge to problems and issues related to the human experience. This program is not designed to prepare students for professional licensure.

The Master of Science in Psychology is an educational degree program that provides a foundation of knowledge in the field of psychology. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a psychologist.

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