Psychology

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Psychology blends scientific theory and principles with academic research and applicable skills that are sought by industry professionals. This online degree program emphasizes the factors related to human behavior including lifespan development, social and cultural diversity, assessment, personality, and psychopathology. Through the online classroom, you will interact with peers and instructors who share your passion for psychology and for enhancing human mental health and well-being. This online psychology program should not be considered a terminal degree in the field, but rather is designed to prepare you for doctoral or other graduate studies while further developing the knowledge and skills needed to achieve career advancement.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online master’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Theories and research methods
  • Research and statistical methods of psychology
  • Psychological testing, design, scoring, reliability, and validity
  • Lifetime human development, human cognition, and learning
  • Cultural issues and social influences effect on human functions
  • Personality development, counseling, and psychotherapy
  • Physiological processes impacting normal and pathological behavior
  • Ethical, legal, and moral issues facing professional psychologists
  • Multicultural issues in human behavior
  • Substance abuse and addiction

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Program Objectives

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

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

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For this program, the following is required, proof of which must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or a completed bachelor's degree in another discipline with credit in the following foundational courses:
    1. Introduction to psychology or general psychology: a course designed to introduce students to the broad discipline and study of psychology, its key historical and contemporary events, publications, practices, and perspectives.
    2. Research methods in psychology: a course in which students learn how to develop sound laboratory and field behavioral science research protocols.
    3. Statistical methods in psychology: a course that focuses how to statistically analyze and interpret laboratory and field behavioral science research results.

      Note: One course that focuses on both statistical and research methods in psychology may be used to fulfill both of the above course requirements.

    4. Human growth and development, or lifespan development: A course that examines biological, cognitive, and psychosocial milestones of the human lifespan and related normal changes and disorders. Note: completing courses covering phases of the human lifespan but not its entirety (i.e. Early Childhood Development and Adolescence & Young Adulthood), is not a substitute for this requirement.

Preadmission courses completed at the undergraduate level must be grade C or better; B or better at the graduate level.

An admission representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $325/credit hour

All Other Students = $350/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.