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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 program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

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.

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Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Developmental/Personality Psychology

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast major theories of personality and developmental psychology.
  • Analyze the impact of development and personality on interpersonal relationships.
  • Describe normal and abnormal development and personality, including diagnoses and treatments of the major forms of psychopathology.

PSYC510

Lifespan Development

PSYC520

Personality and Counseling Theories

PSYC526

Psychopathology

PSYC620

Substance Abuse and Addiction

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General

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • 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.

PSYC510

Lifespan Development

PSYC511

Learning and Cognition

PSYC515

Social Psychology

PSYC520

Personality and Counseling Theories

PSYC526

Psychopathology

PSYC620

Substance Abuse and Addiction

PSYC630

Crisis and Emergency Intervention

PSYC512

Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSYC513

Deployment Psychology

PSYC514

Disaster Psychology

PSYC521

Organizational Behavior

PSYC522

Leadership and Change

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Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply psychological theory and research to various scenarios in workplace settings.
  • Evaluate organizational culture and structure in the context of understanding and responding to organizational and individual employee needs.
  • Effectively apply leadership principles to personal and professional settings.

PSYC512

Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSYC521

Organizational Behavior

PSYC522

Leadership and Change

PSYC640

Advanced Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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Military and Trauma Psychology

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and define the unique psychological constructs associated with the military experience.
  • Apply psychological theory and research to effective leadership in military positions.
  • Analyze best practices in response to military related challenges such as PTSD, impact of deployment on families, or disaster management.

PSYC630

Crisis and Emergency Intervention

PSYC513

Deployment Psychology

PSYC514

Disaster Psychology

PSYC522

Leadership and Change

Admission Requirements

All APU 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.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU 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 APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
through 12/31/2019
 
$370 | $250 with military grant
effective 1/1/2020**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $325 per credit hour.

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap). See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can 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

APU 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.


School of Arts & Humanities


School of Arts & Humanities

This program resides in the American Public University School of Arts & Humanities which provides the traditional nuts and bolts programs that can help you acquire the innovative thinking, flexibility, and problem solving abilities that employers value. In fact, our general studies and psychology programs in the School of Arts & Humanities rank in the top-10 most popular programs at APU.

While many college students today choose a direct education path that leads to in-demand careers in science and technology, a solid undergraduate liberal arts education can provide you with a strong foundation to pursue post-graduate programs in a variety of areas. "In my conversations with industry advisory councils, employers emphasize that while they can train new hires in processes and content, they can’t train what the humanities teach, which is effective written and oral communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and professionalism," states School of Arts & Humanities Dean Grace Glass.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.  

We encourage you to browse the School of Arts & Humanities webpage to learn more about the school and to find a program that’s right for you