Dual Master's Degree Programs in Psychology

Apr 11, 2019

Dual master's degree programs in psychology are most commonly offered as Master of Arts degrees paired with another related subject. Learn about program options, requirements, common coursework, and admission standards.

Dual-degree programs in psychology that pair a master's degree in the field with a bachelor's degree or doctoral degree are more common than dual master's degrees, but a few options pair a master's degree in psychology with a master's degree in another related or applicable field. These programs may take 2 to 3 years to complete and may qualify students to sit for professional certifications. Get course topics and other details for a few of the dual master's degree program options in the field of psychology.

Dual Master's Programs in Psychology

Master of Arts in Counseling/Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

At least 1 dual Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling/MA in Forensic Psychology degree program is available; it totals 84 units. The program does qualify students for state licensure (in California) as a marriage and family therapist or a licensed professional clinical counselor and offers courses in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends for flexibility. The program includes a practicum for hands-on learning experience; the program recommends it take place in a forensic setting. Students in this program take courses in counseling theory, forensic assessment, law, ethics, psychotherapy, criminal behavior, and human diversity.

Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology/Master of Business Administration

A couple dual MA in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology/Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are available; they may allow students to finish both degrees in 2 to 3 years. Some of these programs that allow students to complete the dual degree in 2 years may include human resource management in with the I/O psychology portion of the program to allow some overlap in MBA courses. These programs may include applied projects, an internship experience, and/or a thesis. Coursework may include topics in economics, organizational psychology, strategic management, statistics, consulting, finance, and training and development.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology/Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

There is also at least 1 dual MA in Counseling Psychology/Master of Science (MS) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that can be completed in 3 years. The program is full-time and prepares students for a professional counseling credential in a few different locations as well as for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification. Throughout the dual program, students receive hands-on training through an internship, practicum, and field-based clinical trainings. Students in this program may take courses that discuss topics in human behavior, addictions, and research methods.

Common Entrance Requirements

Students applying to dual master's degree programs in psychology must hold a bachelor's degree and undergraduate GPA may be considered as a factor for admission. Some programs may require students to meet a minimum GPA and/or submit the GRE test scores. Some programs may also consider any relevant experience that applicants have in the field while making an admission decision. Most of these programs require transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an admissions essay to be included with the application, but some programs may also require an interview process.

Several rare and unique dual master's degree programs in psychology are available. They may lead to professional certification, depending on the program. The majority of these degree programs provides hands-on learning experiences and/or may require a culminating experience.

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