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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program focuses on human behavior and methods of research within the psychology field. Learn more about Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Master of Science in Psychology program allows students to examine human life span development, advanced psychological research methods, applied statistics in psychological research, methods of psychological testing and assessment, and the ethics and standards of psychological research and the practice of psychology. Students can choose from specialization elective courses in general psychology, applied behavioral analysis, industrial/organizational psychology, and addictions. Coursework offered includes psychopharmacology, co-occurring disorders, clinical applications of applied behavior analysis, neuropsychology, and cognitive psychology. Students can complete the program with either a master's thesis project or a comprehensive exam.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you would like to apply to the Master of Science in 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 Master of Science in Psychology program offers two track options: the thesis track, which requires at least one extra term, and the comprehensive exam track. Total credit requirments for this program range from 60 to 70 credits based on the chosen specialization and track. The thesis track requires 40 core credits and 25-30 specialized elective credits. A total of 35 core credits and 25-30 specialization credits must be completed for the exam track.

Master of Science in 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 (The addictions specialization requires this course.)
  • 25-30 credits in specialization courses

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

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Psychology program at Kaplan University you could seek employment in schools, corporations, mental health facilities, and private counseling practices. Some positions you could pursue include:

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

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program can help you prepare for advanced doctoral studies. Continuing your education with a Ph.D. program in a psychology-related field can offer you further training and skills and may prepare you for licensing and additional career options. Below are some Ph.D. programs you could pursue:

  • 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