Master of Science in Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology

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Approx. program length:

17 months



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Help evaluate human behavior

Understand what lies beneath the surface of people’s interactions by obtaining a Master of Science in Psychology. With a grounding in general psychology, you’ll learn skills to help you evaluate human behavior and to help individuals and groups function more effectively. Although this program doesn’t prepare students for professional licensure, you’ll be able to apply psychological principles to address personal, social and organizational problems.


In this Master of Science in Psychology program, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify and consider multicultural and social issues in psychology
  • Interpret and analyze data from psychological studies
  • Apply complex models of acquired behavior, motivation and memory
  • Apply the APA code of ethics when resolving problems related to human behavior

You can complete your degree in as little as 17 months, and you’ll take just one 6-week course at a time so you can balance work and life on the path to your degree.

Course length:

6 weeks*

*One course is 8 weeks

Total credits required:


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Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 39 credits to complete this program. These will be earned through required courses, which may vary based on waived courses.

Waive courses

Earn your degree faster. Waive up to three eligible college courses (nine credits). Contact an enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for more information. 

Core courses

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Communication Skills For Graduate Study com600
Developmental Psychology psych600
Psychopathology psych650
Personality Theories psych645
Cognitive Psychology psych640
Ethics And Professional Issues psych660
Research Methods In Psychology psych610
Multicultural And Social Issues In Psychology psych620
Statistics For The Behavior Sciences psych625
Psychology Of Learning psych635
Physiological Psychology psych630
Psychometrics psych655
Integrative Capstone: Psychology Past And Present psych665

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for careers in psychology is projected to be 8 percent between 2016 and 2026. This program not does not lead to licensure as a clinical psychologist. A Master of Science in Psychology can help prepare you to be a:

  • Psychology instructor
  • Compliance manager
  • Regulatory affairs manager

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, graduates should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your Master of Science in Psychology, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

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.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance the University meets quality standards.

Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Master of Science in Psychology program, you can:

Specialize your degree

Students may opt to take the Industrial-Organizational concentration, which focuses on the workplace, environment, employees and organizations.

Prepare for a variety of careers

Our curriculum provides students with an understanding of cognitive human behavior, which can be applied across a range of work settings.

Learn on your schedule

You can complete your master’s degree in as little as 17 months, and you’ll take just one 6-week course at a time so you can balance work and life.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, with a Master of Science in Psychology degree, you’ve got the way.

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