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Master of Science in Psychology (Competency Based-DA)

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Register by: Dec 28, 2022

Reach your career goals with a competency-based master's in psychology that you can earn faster – and for less. Learn cognitive and affective processes that drive human experience and behavior in various settings and industries. Gain skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Get equipped to apply research methods behavior evaluation and theoretical principles towards a career that helps others.

  • Psychology

  • Ethical and social responsibility

  • Communication

  • Scientific mindedness

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Master of Psychology Competency-Based
Duration Depends on how many courses you take each term — the more courses you take, the faster you could complete your degree
Pace Choose either 2, 3 or 4 courses every 12-week term. During the term, you can focus on one at a time or work on courses concurrently
Learning style Self-paced, flexible learning within the term with faculty guidance to foster learning and prepare for competency assessments
  • An undergraduate degree or higher
  • 3 years of work experience within the past ten years
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5
Cost $2,749 per 12-week term

A degree built around the skills employers want

We know what skills employers want because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

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2, 3 or 4

Courses at a time


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Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Master of Psychology (Competency-Based).

What you'll learn

When you earn your online master’s in psychology, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Integrate psychological principles and practice in the context of human interactions
  • Assess the implications of psychological research on the human experience         
  • Evaluate professional considerations related to ethics and diversity
  • Synthesize appropriate tactics for personal and professional communication in psychology

Program Purpose Statement

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.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master's in Psychology degree?

An MSP can prepare you to be a:

  • Psychology instructor
  • Compliance manager
  • Regulatory affairs manager
12 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for postsecondary psychology teachers is projected to be faster than average between 2020 and 2030.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Accreditation & Faculty

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Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.