Master of Science (MS) in Psychology
The Master of Science in Psychology is based on the practitioner-scholar model, core competencies for professional psychology, and is designed to provide a research-based curriculum rooted in psychological principles, theories, applied skills, and critical thinking. Upon completion of the program, students will gain transferable skills and experience that will allow the pursuit of competitive professional careers in psychology, health and human services, government, business, and other related fields within the field of psychology. STU is committed to the development of ethical leaders who strive for excellence in their professional work.
Psychology professionals at the master’s level may work in a variety of settings, such as:
- Community colleges
- Local, state, or federal governments/agencies
- Child and family service organizations
- Healthcare agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Social service agencies
***This is a General Psychology Program that does not lead to licensure within the field of psychology.***
Advantages of the M.S. in Psychology program
- Receive individualized mentorship with faculty
- Develop and enhance ethical expectations to interact effectively and sensitively with diverse populations
- Nurture and develop appropriate techniques to identify and answer research questions and make informed decisions.
- Contribute to scientific literature by producing evidence-based scholarly works
Our Application Deadlines and Course Schedules
The MS in Psychology program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals. conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.
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- Overall GPA of 3.0
- A completed and signed application form accompanied by the appropriate fee prior to the established deadline dates. (Application Fee $100.00, waived for alumni)
- Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions attended. The following criteria must be met, and the courses listed below must have been passed with a “B” or better:
- Previous academic work must include courses in:
- General Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Research Methods
- Developmental Psychology
- The coursework requirement can be waived if a student scores 600 or higher on the Graduate Record Examination, Psychology Test.
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution is
- Three letters of recommendation from current or past professors (one letter must be from a psychology professor. Remaining two letters can be from current or past undergraduate faculty).
- A curriculum vitae summarizing applicant’s credentials.
- A personal statement.
- Interview with Masters of Psychology Graduate Committee
- Transcripts Transfer of courses is limited to 3 credits for Developmental Psychology at the 500-600/5000-6000 level from an accredited graduate program. Student must provide course syllabus.
- Previous academic work must include courses in:
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
- Subject Area Knowledge: Students will demonstrate knowledge of psychological science by identifying and differentiating key elements of psychological research methods and applications of psychological science within communities and across cultures. The knowledge base is further distinguished from the baccalaureate level by the ability to analyze and integrate information across the major domains of psychology.
- Professional Development & Ethics: Students will articulate psychology’s core values that support formal ethics codes. Students will also embrace APA’s Code of Ethics as guidelines for managing ethical conduct.
- Communications: Students will demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills in multiple formats and contexts. Students will interact effectively and collaborate collegially with professional peers, staff, and faculty.
- Critical Thinking: Students will be able to synthesize psychological perspectives reflecting relevant content domains within the program. The skills involved in achieving this goal will enable students to evaluate various sources with informed critical thinking; integrate various concepts, principles, and theories to solve problems within a variety of settings.
Based on American Psychological Association recommendations
The MS in Psychology online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours)
- PSY 590 Industrial Organizational Psychology
- PSY 601 Research Methods I
- PSY 602 Developmental Psychology
- PSY 603 Test & Psychometrics
- PSY 604 Data Analysis Lab
- PSY 605 Research Methods II
- PSY 606 Psychopathology
- PSY 607 Biological Base of Behavior
- PSY 608 Advanced Psych. Testing
- PSY 609 Scientific Methods in Psychology
Dr. Pamela Dahlin
Director of the Masters in Psychology Program
Office of Graduate Admissions