MS in Psychology - Child & Adolescent
Development Psychology

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Focus on Research, Child & Adolescent Development and Essential Skills

Extend your expertise and prepare to apply your skills in a variety of professions working with children with SNHU’s online master’s degree in child and adolescent psychology. Deepen your understanding in such critical areas as research methods, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality, learning theory and ethical practice while focusing on the real-world application of psychological research.

Our 36-credit, online Master of Science in Psychology with a Child and Adolescent Development Psychology concentration features seven core courses in psychology research, measurement and ethics. Core courses are designed to build on your existing psychology knowledge base and help you develop essential skills needed to understand psychology theories and their application through research-based measurement and analysis. Five child psychology specialty courses provide in-depth study of advanced developmental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology and intervention strategies, all required competencies for a quality master’s degree in child psychology.

The online child psychology master’s degree program includes a capstone and seminar course in which you will integrate all you have learned into a faculty- and peer-reviewed project that focuses on a contemporary issue in child psychology, enabling you to dive even deeper into your specialty area.

Use Psychology Principles to Help
Children and Families

The online child psychology master’s degree program 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 as you work with children and their families.

The program was built on the following American Board of Professional Psychology – Child & Adolescent Psychology Core Competencies:

  • Science Base and Application
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Supervision/Teaching/Management
  • Interpersonal Interactions
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Ethical and Legal Foundations
  • Professional Identification

While the online master’s in child psychology degree program does not lead to licensure or certification, courses are aligned with industry standards and expectations 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: Child and Adolescent Development Psychology Concentration

  • 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 degree in child 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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