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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. 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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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 program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.View the Master of Science in Psychology gainful employment disclosures (CA).
View the Master of Science in Psychology gainful employment disclosures (MA).
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.
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.
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Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.
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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
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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.
Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Psychology program.
Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.
Review the annual assessment results (PDFs) for this program.
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