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Master of Science in Psychology

Are you looking for an advanced degree in psychology that covers general psychological theories as well as human experience and behaviors? Consider Purdue University Global's online Master of Science in Psychology program. Keep reading to see details about this online MS in Psychology program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online, fully flexible Master of Science in Psychology program at Purdue University Global will allow you to learn about advanced research techniques, applied and descriptive statistics, and psychology concepts to help you build the expertise to advance your career, while preparing for relevant industry credentials. Choose from five concentrations: industrial/organizational psychology, applied behavior analysis, addictions, general psychology, and forensic psychology, and prepare to sit for certification examinations.* The addictions concentration fulfills the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) examination,† and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the course sequence of the applied behavior analysis concentration toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination.‡ Some concentrations include a practicum through which you can gain hands-on experience in the field.§

* Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

† The Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in addictions is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC, Purdue Global is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. Additional requirements must also be completed to take the MAC examination, including field experience and licensure requirements. Refer to for full eligibility requirements.

‡ The program meets certification requirements for the BCBA® examination in specific states. Refer to for additional information on licensure and state authorizations. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Refer to the BACB's website ( for full eligibility requirements.

§ Some Purdue University Global programs are not 100% online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Contact an Admissions Advisor for additional information.

What Are the Prerequisites?

To excel in Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology program, you should enjoy writing and mathematics. Ensure that you have good critical-thinking skills, because you'll be required to consider and apply psychological concepts, guidelines and professional practice strategies. Applicants to Purdue University Global's master's degree programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Science in Psychology program offered by Purdue University Global requires completion of up to 60-75 credits, depending on your concentration and track choices.

Core Requirements (35-40 credits)

Course Code Course Title
PS501 Foundations of Professional Psychology
MM570 Applied Statistics for Psychology
PS504 Advanced Research Methods
PS505 Testing, Measurement and Assessment
PS506 Life Span Development
PS508 Ethics for Addictions Professionals
Thesis Track students only:
PS601 Master's Research and Thesis I
PS602 Master's Research and Thesis II
Comprehensive Exam track students only:
PS508 Ethics for Addictions Professionals

Concentration Requirements (up to 35 credits)

Choose one of the following concentration areas:
General Psychology
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Forensic Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

When you graduate from Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology online program, you could presumably branch out into one of several sub-fields that include organizational, clinical, or counseling psychology depending on your concentration. Your specialization choices would hinge upon whether you wanted to help people solve problems subconsciously, help students and teachers with learning and educating, support people in need, protect vulnerable populations, and many other factors. Below is just a sampling of the many jobs you might be able to pursue:

  • Behavioral analyst
  • Social and community services specialist
  • Addictions specialist
  • Mental health technician
  • Case manager

Advanced Degrees

Multiple options for advanced education exist whether you want to perform research, train private practitioners in psychology, or become a clinical psychologist. Such programs may include mentorship and clinical work. They are designed for those who want to enter the upper echelons of the field. You might want to examine the following possibility after completing Purdue University Global's online Master of Science in Psychology program:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare students for licensure in any state upon graduation. It is important to note that, while earning a master's degree in psychology may qualify students to work in the helping professions, a doctorate degree is required to become a psychologist and a medical degree is required to become a psychiatrist.