MS in Psychology: General Psychology

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program provides coursework on the scientific approach to understanding psychology. Learn more about Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program provides the opportunity for students to study qualitative research methods, neuropsychology, neuroanatomy, and the behavioral, cognitive, affective, and social elements of human learning. Coursework covers the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-RT) system, psychopathology, cognitive psychology, and the scientific study of human consciousness and mental functions such as language, attention, memory, problem solving, perception, and categorization. In addition to human life span development and advanced psychological research methods, the program examines methods of psychological testing and assessment, the application of statistics in psychological research, and the ethics and standards of psychological research and the practice of psychology. Students can choose to complete the program with either a master's thesis project or a comprehensive exam.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you wish to apply to the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program, you should be interested in psychology and psychological research. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The credit requirements for the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program depend on which track you choose: the thesis track consists of 65 credits and requires at least one extra term; or the comprehensive exam track which requires 60 credits and a comprehensive exam for program completion. There are 25 specialization credit requirements.

Master of Science in Psychology with a Specialization in General Psychology Requirements

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Life Span Development
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
    • Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Neuropsychology
  • Foundations of Psychopathology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Thesis Track

  • Master's Research and Thesis I
  • Master's Research and Thesis II

Exam Track

  • Comprehensive Exam

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program at Kaplan University, you could pursue employment in schools, corporations, mental health facilities, and private counseling practices. Some positions you may wish to seek could include:

  • School psychologist
  • Industrial-organizational psychologist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Research assistant

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program is intended to help you prepare for advanced doctoral degrees. Continuing your education with a doctoral program in a psychology-related field can offer you further training and skills and additional career options. Some Ph.D. programs you could pursue include:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology