The importance of behavior as a factor in addressing social issues is becoming increasingly obvious. Radical transformations in globalization are having a discernible impact on the psychological well-being of individuals, communities and organizations worldwide.
The accredited master’s in psychology online at Southern New Hampshire University prepares you to become an important part of the diagnosis and solution for employers seeking to maximize an organization’s performance. You’ll 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.
Our master's in psychology online degree program offers the flexibility to pair your psychology studies with the exploration of complementary disciplines. The eight-course core features classes in psychology research, measurement, ethics and more. The MS in Psychology degree culminates in a capstone and seminar, in which you'll integrate all you've learned into a faculty- and peer-reviewed project centered on a contemporary issue in psychology.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in psychology at SNHU include:
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. Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form.
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 three areas:
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
PSY-500: Foundations of Psychology
SCS-501: Foundations in Statistics
SCS-502: Foundations in Research Methods
This program does not prepare you for state licensure.
Our master's in psychology online degree program will position you to pursue doctoral-level coursework or a career in health services, criminal justice, education or human resources. Upon graduation, you’ll possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for affecting change within people and organizations.
While this online degree does not lead to any form of licensure, you'll graduate from SNHU with an understanding of psychological theory and methods applicable in a variety of nonprofit, corporate and education settings. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for psychologists with doctoral degrees is expected to grow.
The MS in Psychology curriculum will provide you with a foundation in research methods, critical thinking, problem solving and applying theory to practical applications. Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience.
In this course, students will learn methods commonly used in psychological research. As part of these methods, students learn how to gather and analyze data across a variety of settings. These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in psychology.
In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the research process and data analysis by applying skills learned in Research Methods in Psychology I and building on them with new skills and techniques including advanced research design and use/interpretation of higher-level statistical tests (ANOVA, regression, etc.). These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in psychology.
The focus of this course is on contemporary social psychology issues and research related to people's interactions with the environment, technology, and society, as well as classic studies and theories in the field-including those related to conformity, obedience, identity, and attitudes that remain relevant. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of social psychology to real world issues and problems.
Students will investigate topics in cognitive psychology, including memory, language, attention, learning, and decision-making. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of cognitive psychology to real world issues and problems.
In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn and apply psychometric techniques commonly used in psychology. This course will instruct students on measurement techniques and strategies for psychological purposes, as well as the analysis and assessment of gathered data.
This course will emphasize contemporary theories, research, and approaches in personality psychology, connecting these to classic theorists such as Freud as well as other historical traditions and perspectives. The past and present impact of these theories within the ever-changing field of psychology will be explored, as well as the impact they have on culturally diverse clients and special populations.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of ethical practice within the field of psychology. Topics include experimentation, confidentiality, respect, resolving ethical dilemmas, professional standards of conduct, and the psychology of ethical behavior.
This capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on contemporary issues in the student's chosen concentration in psychology. This course focuses on helping students produce a research proposal on their chosen subject as a culmination of their studies in this graduate program. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits in the program.
Select four courses from the following list (at least two must be 600-level):
This course studies the role of contemporary learning theories and their application to educational practice, including issues of readiness, motivation, problem solving, and the social context of learning. Students will understand how to apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning.
An inquiry into the interplay of law, morality, ethical reasoning and Western Legal tradition. The course exposes the tradition and foundations of the American legal system with special emphasis on its jurisprudential foundations. Questions of right, justice, equity, law as moral command and order, natural law reasoning and the dignity of the human person are central to the instruction. The course delivers a critical look at how our legal and justice institutions have come about and provides a method for dealing and delving into perennial legal and moral problems that plague cultures. Overview of the major legal theories about the nature of law and its place in the political system. Among the issues considered is the origin of law, its relationship with divine law, obligations of obedience and disobedience, and the relationship between political sovereignty and law.
This course is designed to involve the examination of current issues and concerns with the ever-shifting Homeland Security policy and its impact upon the practice in the field. Innovations and reactions from politicians, citizens, and practitioners will serve to offer students insight into the challenges of implementing and maintaining homeland security.
Leadership and Ethics is a course that focuses on the ways current and emerging leaders assess the values that influence their actions. The course draws on the rich tradition of great thinkers as well as the extensive body of leadership literature to examine the critical role ethics plays in leadership. The course, conducted in seminar format, is a process course. It is only through thoughtful reading, reflections, writing, and discussion that students are able to recognize and shape the qualities they see valuable for their own leadership roles, both personally and professionally.
This course is designed to create a supportive environment where both women and men can learn about challenges and opportunities facing women in the workplace. Historically, women have had less access to leadership positions; however, over the past fifty years they have made tremendous strides to succeed in all levels of organizations. Topics will include why women matter and reasons for inequities in the workforce, the historical context of women and leadership, do men and women lead differently, work/life/family balance issues, professional skill development (networking, mentoring, negotiation, risk-taking), entrepreneurship and executive leadership, advancing societies by advancing women and strategies and tactics for women to act as change agents.
Students investigate the interrelationships between sport, culture and society in an attempt to better understand the role and function of sport in contemporary society. Students receive a broad overview of selected socio-cultural factors that influence participation in sports. Major ethical issues of sport in society will be explored.
This course introduces the processes and practice of negotiating and advocating effectively in settings where continuation and strengthening of the relationship matter. Course content will include the uses, strengths, and weaknesses of distributive and integrative bargaining; the sources and uses of power in negotiation; and gender and cultural influences on negotiation style and practice.
This survey course introduces the analysis, interpretation, and management of conflict in contemporary organizational settings. Using interdisciplinary lenses, the course explores systemic, interpersonal, and other causes of conflict; conflict's influence on workplace communication and decision-making; and the relationship between conflict, leadership, and career advancement.
The art and practice of dialogue building is the act of engaging conflict effectively and transforming difficult conversations into better decisions, healthier work relationships, and stronger organizations. This course examines approaches for de-escalating conflict conversations, choosing if and when to intervene, tapping the creative potential in conflict, and creating workplace environments that foster constructive conflict engagement.
This coursework may be exempt based on undergraduate coursework.
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.
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 course prepares students for graduate study in psychology, with a focus on honing and applying writing, analytical thinking, and critical reading skills. It provides an overview of the field of psychology as a science and a profession. Students evaluate the key concepts and theoretical perspectives that have shaped the field, as well as contemporary issues.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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