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MS in Psychology

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology is designed to offer a comprehensive education in psychological theory and practice, and to help students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills to pursue their personal and professional goals. Learn more about the online Master of Science in Psychology program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Students of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program have the opportunity to develop analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills relevant to the discipline. Program coursework addresses psychology theories and concepts, professional standards and ethics, psychological research methods, statistics, psychological testing and assessment, and human development. The program provides two tracks of study, giving students the option to complete a thesis or take a comprehensive exam. After completing core requirements, students can choose an area of specialization in addictions, applied behavioral analysis, industrial/organizational psychology, or general psychology.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this Master of Science in Psychology program do not prepare graduates for state licensure.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

60 to 70 credits, depending on track and specialization. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Psychology:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Thesis Track Core Requirements

  • MM 570: Applied Statistics for Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 501: Foundations of Professional Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 504: Advanced Research Methods (5 credits)
  • PS 505: Testing, Measurement, and Assessment (5 credits)
  • PS 506: Life Span Development (5 credits)
  • PS 601: Master's Research and Thesis I (5 credits)
  • PS 602: Master's Research and Thesis II (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • PS 502: Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
    • PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts
      • Note: The Applied Behavioral Analysis specialization requires PS 507.

Comprehensive Exam Core Requirements

  • MM 570: Applied Statistics for Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 501: Foundations of Professional Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 504: Advanced Research Methods (5 credits)
  • PS 505: Testing, Measurement, and Assessment (5 credits)
  • PS 506: Life Span Development (5 credits)
  • PS 600: Comprehensive Exam (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • PS 502: Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
    • PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts
      • Note: The Applied Behavioral Analysis specialization requires PS 507.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program could pursue a variety of positions within the field, such as, directors, educators, or administrators in schools, mental health institutions, clinics or community centers.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Addiction Specialist
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Social Services Professional
  • Educator
  • Psychological aide
  • Childcare worker

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