Master of Science in Psychology

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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 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. Through your studies, you could also expand your understanding of human nature and behaviors. The program is made up of core courses as well as concentration courses. You can select one of five concentration areas: industrial/organizational psychology, applied behavior analysis, addictions, general psychology and forensic psychology. Within each concentration, you can choose a thesis or a comprehension examination track; some concentrations also allow you to choose between practicum and nonpracticum options.

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
Addictions
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. Your specialization choices would hinge upon whether you wanted to help people solve problems subconsciously, help students and teachers with learning and educating, protect vulnerable populations, and many other factors. Below is just a sampling of the many jobs you might be able to pursue:

  • Behavioral analyst
  • Career counselor
  • Addictions specialist
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Case worker

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 possibilities after completing Purdue University Global's online Master of Science in Psychology program:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology