MA in Psychology at American Public University

The Master of Arts in Psychology blends scientific theory and principles with academic research, scholarly and technical writing, and applied skills. This online degree program emphasizes the factors related to human behavior, including lifespan development, social and cultural diversity, personality, human relations, and organizational functioning with concentrations available in general psychology, developmental/personality psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, military and trauma psychology, and child life. Through the online classroom, you will interact with peers and instructors who share your passion for the field of psychology. This MA in Psychology has professional application for business, nonprofit, law enforcement, healthcare, research, and child and family services. The degree may also be preparation for further graduate study.

This program does not provide licensure to engage in clinical practice, preparation for licensure, or professional certification. 

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Examined historical and contemporary trends occurring across multiple domains of theory, research and practice within the field of psychology;
  • Applied core concepts of psychology to normal and abnormal individual, social, cultural, and organizational functioning;
  • Constructed discipline-relevant research proposals;
  • Evaluated scholarly resources pertinent to the discipline;
  • Written competently in accordance with the standards of the American Psychological Association;
  • Investigated professional opportunities, responsibilities and challenges experienced by practitioners within the discipline; and
  • Applied the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association.

Core Requirements:

PSYC503 Introduction to Scholarly and Technical Writing

PSYC601 Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research

PSYC602 Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research

PSYC550 Professional Ethics and Standards

PSYC502 Tests and Measurements

PSYC610 Multicultural Issues in Human Behavior

Concentration in Developmental/Personality Psychology

Requirements and Electives:

PSYC520 Personality and Counseling Theories

PSYC620 Substance Abuse and Addiction

PSYC526 Psychopathology

PSYC510 Lifespan Development

PSYC511 Learning and Cognition (Elective)

PSYC525 Physiological Psychology (Elective)

Final Program Requirements:

PSYC699 Integrative Capstone Project in Psychology

Total of 39 Graduate level credits and may need to to do one Pre-requisite class in Statistics. There is a DSST test called Principles of Statistics.

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