Online Human Behavior Degree Program Options

Get info about online programs in human behavior. Read about program requirements, course topics and degree levels, and check out career and continuing education options.

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Essential Information

Students who are interested in the science of human nature can enroll in an online master's degree program in human behavior. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree (with 3.0 GPA) and GRE scores. Some schools may also require work experience in a relevant field, and/or professional references. The program culminates in a master's thesis through which students demonstrate mastery in human behavior studies. Programs are fully online and self-paced.

This behavioral science degree program focuses on the study of organizational behavior, social identity and group dynamics. Students investigate psychological theories of personal morals and ethical behavior, as well as conflict and the human response to change. Studies in leadership explore how people resolve to take on responsibilities and how people respond to those in leadership roles.

Prerequisites

Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Other requirements are acceptable scores on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and a 3.0 undergraduate GPA (grade point average). Some schools may also require work experience, professional references and a personal statement essay that outlines a student's academic and professional goals.

Coursework

In an online program, students can usually view videos of class lectures and take exams at any time that suits their schedules. Coursework in this degree program covers psychological theories of individual and social human behavior. Other human behavior courses may include:

  • Communication
  • Sexuality
  • Influence and power
  • Persuasion
  • Diversity

Career Information

Graduates of this degree program go on to enjoy careers in a number of fields that require a clear understanding of human behavior and communication. Popular career fields for graduates include those in marketing, advertising and public relations. Jobs for advertising, promotions and marketing managers are predicted to grow by 9% over the 2014-2024 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In May 2015, the BLS reported that advertising and promotions managers earned a median salary of $95,890 per year, while public relations specialists earned $56,770 per year.

Continuing Education

Graduates can go on to complete a doctoral degree program in a related field of study, including organizational behavior and human resources. Graduates may also go on to doctoral study in behavioral analysis or psychology. Students who complete doctoral degree programs in psychology may pursue professional licensure as psychologists or counselors. Licensing requirements vary by state.

Online programs in human behavior commonly lead to career paths in promotions and marketing. Students must have completed a bachelor's degree, among other requirements, and can further pursue a doctoral degree program after their online master's degree.

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