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Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Social Psychology

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

All students hoping to enroll in the MS in Psychology program at Walden University must hold at least a bachelor's degree. It would prove helpful for students to have taken previous coursework addressing cognitive development, social identity, and processes relating to social change. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What is attribution theory? How do perception and attitudes influence positive social change? What are examples of the contemporary application of social psychological theories and principles? These are a few of the topics that are likely to be explored in the Social Psychology specialization of Walden University's online Master of Science in Psychology program. The program offers two tracks. Track I is meant for students who intend to enter or advance in the workforce after graduation, and Track II is designed for those who will go on to earn a doctorate. The core curriculum in both tracks provides studies in psychological models of cognition, behavior, social development, and learning as well as examinations of developmental milestones over the human lifespan and the role of cultural in human development. Track I students also take a course in applied methods wherein they can learn how to analyze and collect relevant data, while Track II students must complete a course in research design and analysis. A capstone course requires that students complete a project in which they promote social change by incorporating theories and methods studied throughout the curriculum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

Required Courses for the Master of Science in Psychology with a Specialization in Social Psychology:

Both Track I and Track II students must complete 25 credits in the core curriculum, a 3-credit foundation course, a 5-credit capstone, and 15 credits in the social psychology specialization. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses - Track I (25 credits)

  • Themes and Theories of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Culture and Psychology
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Applied Psychology Research Methods

Core Courses - Track II (25 credits)

  • Themes and Theories of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Culture and Psychology
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • MS in Psychology Capstone

Specialization Courses: Social Psychology (15 credits)

  • Social Psychology
  • Students choose two of the following courses:
    • Social Cognition
    • Survey Research Methods
    • Applied Social Psychology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have completed their MS studies, Track II graduates could go on to continue their education at the doctoral level. Doctoral studies in social psychology or related areas could address advanced topics in statistics, research methodologies, and social science theories.

Examples of doctoral programs thatgraduates could pursue include:

  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Social Psychology

Career Paths:

Track I graduates of the MS in Psychology - Social Psychology program could be prepared to apply their knowledge of psychological models and theories to professional settings that include clinics, community health centers, public health agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Those with an advanced social psychology background could qualify to oversee conflict mediation, assess educational policies, or assist in market research practices.

Some viable career options for graduates include:

  • Political strategist
  • Marketing director
  • Social services manager

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