MS in Psychology

Maximum Flexibility with a Graduate
Psychology Degree

Extend your expertise and prepare to apply your skills in a variety of professions and contexts with SNHU's online master’s degree program in psychology. As a student in our online Master of Science in Psychology, you will deepen your understanding of research methods, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality, learning theory and ethical practice while focusing on the real-world application of psychological research.

As the 21st century unfolds, the importance of behavior as a factor in addressing social issues is becoming increasingly obvious. Globalization is closing the barriers and gaps in communication, leading to more interaction between people from different backgrounds. Technological advances have transformed how people interact with one another and think about themselves. The recent financial crisis calls for greater productivity and accountability by employers who have directly impacted individuals’ stress levels and standards of living. These radical transformations are having a discernible impact on the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities and organizations worldwide.

Consequently, a greater recognition of the relevancy and usefulness of psychology across a variety of professional contexts is emerging. Employers are seeking out individuals with a psychology background to tackle issues in education, the workplace, safety and security, decision making, risk assessment, rehabilitation and prevention. The MS in Psychology prepares you to become an important part of the diagnosis and solution for employers seeking to maximize their organization’s performance.

Our 36-credit, online psychology degree program offers maximum flexibility to pair your psychology studies with the exploration of complementary disciplines. The eight-course core features courses in psychology research, measurement, ethics and more. Then choose your electives in psychology or other areas of interest, such as justice studies, human resources, education and child development, conflict management, sport, leadership and more.

The online master’s in psychology degree culminates in a capstone and seminar in which you will integrate all you have learned into a faculty- and peer-reviewed project that focuses on a contemporary issue in psychology. 

Online Psychology Master's Degree Options

In addition to the MS in Psychology, we also offer the following online master's degree in psychology programs:

Become a Change Agent

The online psychology degree is grounded in the perspective that psychology has direct applications in the day-to-day realities of individuals, communities and organizations. Become empowered to serve as a change agent in your profession.

While the online master's in psychology program does not lead to licensure or certification, courses are aligned with industry standards and guidelines to provide the skills you need to apply psychology principles in businesses and organizations or pursue doctoral-level course work.

Advantages of the Online MS in Psychology Degree

  • One of the most affordable online psychology graduate degrees available.
  • Developed by doctoral-prepared experts in the field of psychology.
  • Offered by a respected, private, nonprofit, fully accredited university.
  • An 80-year history of graduating successful professionals.
  • No GMAT or GRE required for admission.
  • Classes taught by practiced faculty with professional experience.
  • Earn your master's in psychology online in as few as 15 months, with two courses per 10-week term.
  • The only university on Fast Company’s 2012 World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies list.

Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is based in Manchester, N.H., with satellite campuses in Portsmouth, Salem and Nashua, N.H., and Brunswick, Maine. Our online degree programs, offered since 1996, have won several awards, including Best of Business and Best Buy. SNHU is a GI Jobs Military Friendly School, an honor extended for our commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

The online master’s in Psychology degree program requires individuals to have earned a BA/BS in Psychology or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and have completed undergraduate course work in the following two areas:

  • Social Science Statistics
  • Research methods in a social science

For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:

SCS-501: Foundations in Statistics
The focus of this course is to enable students to develop a foundation of basic statistical literacy. Students will be able to assess the role of statistics in quantitative research and mixed methodologies, as well as develop the competency to perform basic statistical calculations. An awareness of the relationship between computation and interpretation will be addressed. Students will focus on the analysis of real-world data and research situations to illustrate the process of interpreting the meaning underlying the data, and how statistics can be utilized to address important questions.
SCS-502: Foundations in Research Methods
In this course, students will examine applied aspects of research methods and experimental design at the graduate level, which includes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods that are commonly utilized in social science research. Students will investigate procedures used to gather and analyze data and acquire real-world skills required to design and conduct research in future courses.

This program does not prepare you for state licensure.

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