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MS in Psychology

Purdue University Global'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:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites

Students enrolling Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology program should have an interest in the knowledge and theories that pertain to human psychology and the research that goes into that field. Students must have earned a bachelor's degree, and while a relevant major can be beneficial it's not required.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology program includes five potential areas of concentration: General psychology, Addictions, Applied Behavior Analysis, Forensic Psychology, or Industrial/Organizational Psychology. A thesis track or a comprehensive exam option is available for students in any of the five areas of concentration. Each track of study is designed to allow students to focus on their specific area of interest within the discipline in order to meet their professional goals. Regardless of concentration, this Master of Science in Psychology program is also designed to give all students an opportunity to practice critical thinking, problem solving, research, and skills in real-world situations.

Learning Format:


Program Length

60-75 quarter credit hours (depending on concentration area)

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Purdue University Global Master of Science in Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology coursework varies based on the student's area of concentration and whether the student chooses a master's thesis track or a comprehensive exam track. In addition to the core requirements and specialization options below, a master's thesis track results in two additional core requirements of 5 credit hours a piece, while a comprehensive exam track results in one additional core requirement of 5 credit hours.

Core Requirements and Electives (35-40 credits)

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Life Span Development

Specialization Options (25-35 credits)

  • Addictions
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Forensic Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Graduates of this program may be interested in continuing to further their education by pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology. Completion of a doctoral degree program in psychology can qualify graduates to work directly with clients in counseling and client care roles, as well as research and professor positions in universities.

Doctoral degree programs for graduates include titles like:

  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Career Paths:

Purdue University Global's Master of Psychology degree program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce with training and experience in their preferred specialty within the field of psychology. Careers for graduates of this program could include:

  • Addiction counselor
  • Mental health counselor
  • Social worker

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