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Master's degree

Master of Science in Psychology

17 months

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Register by: Jun 23, 2021

Understand why people behave the way they do. Our Master of Science in Psychology gives you the skills to evaluate human behavior and help individuals and groups function more effectively. Although this program doesn’t prepare you for professional licensure, you’ll be able to apply psychological principles to address personal, social and organizational problems.

  • Identify and consider aspects of human development, multicultural and social issues in psychology

  • Develop actionable research skills in order to make a difference in organizations and communities

  • Apply complex models of acquired behavior, motivation, memory and personality theories

  • Apply the American Psychological Association (APA) code of ethics when resolving problems related to human behavior



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Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Master of Science in Psychology.

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:

  • Major concepts, theories, methodologies and historical trends in psychology
  • The scientific method and research-related activities in psychology
  • Psychological principles to address personal, social and organizational problems and issues 

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, counselor or other mental health provider.

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
6 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for compliance managers is projected to be average between 2018 and 2028.


Paying for school

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Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Earn your degree without starting from scratch

On average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved $11k and 1 year on their undergraduate degree.

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Credit transfer made easy
Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution. If you have law enforcement training such as Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy training or Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) you can apply to have that experience applied for college credit.


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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 and its predecessor.

Real-world faculty


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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."

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Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

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