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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 of Science (MS) in Psychology online degree program 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 and 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 8-course core features classes in psychology research, measurement, ethics and more.
In the online master's in Psychology program, you'll learn how to:
Diversify your knowledge by sticking with the general track or develop a deeper understanding of your interests when you choose one of 3 concentrations: child and adolescent development psychology, forensic psychology and industrial organizational psychology.
A goalkeeper has 0.08 of a second to make a decision on how to stop a penalty kick, Dr. Michael Hendery, SNHU psychology professor, told former MLS player Calen Carr in this look at how psychologists analyze split-second information processing and decision-making.
Help support the wellbeing of children with your Master's in Psychology with a concentration in Child & Adolescent Development Psychology. In this program, you'll develop assessment, intervention and consultation strategies that address the unique individual, cultural and psychological needs of children.
Note: If you're looking to work in a clinical position in child psychology, you may have to seek state certification or licensure (and additional educational requirements may need to be met).
Learn more about earning your master's in child psychology.
Adding a concentration in child development to your master's in psychology degree could be advantageous for getting positions in organizations that focus on children. You could find work developing, coordinating and administrating childhood programming for community centers, daycares, schools and nonprofits.
This concentration puts you in a great position to move onto doctorate studies in child psychology so that you can pursue a career as a child psychologist.
Courses may include:
Ready for a psychology career working with lawyers, police officers, victims and offenders? In the Master's in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, you'll learn the research, analysis, assessment and human behavior skills needed to apply psychology principles in the criminal justice system.
Learn more about earning your master's in forensic psychology.
With your concentration in forensic psychology, you could pursue jobs like crime analyst, forensic case manager and jury consultant.
Roles like "forensic psychologist" will likely require that candidates have completed their doctorate degrees.
Improve employee performance, motivation and general well-being with the Master's in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Industrial organizational psychology – also known as I/O psychology – is the study of individual and group behavior in the workplace.
Learn more about earning your master's in industrial organizational psychology degree.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13% increase in demand for industrial organizational psychologists through 2028.2
Our master's in psychology online degree program will put you in a great position to pursue doctoral-level coursework or a career in any number of fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can expect to see a heightened demand for psychology-related positions through 2028:2
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. Upon graduation, you’ll possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for affecting change within organizations.
Graduates of the online Master's in Psychology program will find that there is opportunity for employment in a variety of fields, including:
And if you're already in one of these fields, the new skills and knowledge garnered from the online graduate psychology program will serve as an asset to your work.
Interested in working hands-on with patients in a clinical setting? Consider enrolling in our Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This program was designed to prepare students to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor in most states.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 12 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 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 and providing undergraduate transcripts.
If you don't have a background in psychology or a related field, you may need to take up to 3 foundation courses. For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
Note: This program does not prepare you for state licensure.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions, and walk you through the application process, which includes:
Taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience, the MS in Psychology curriculum will provide you with a solid foundation in psychology aligned with the industry's expectations and standards. Throughout your courses, you'll deepen your understanding in crucial areas of psychology including:
You'll also sharpen your critical thinking and problem solving skills while applying theory to practical applications.
Whether your bachelor's degree was in psychology or you've decided to begin a whole new career, enrolling in the Master's in Psychology program could be a great choice for you. Because psychology is such a widely applicable discipline, the statistical analysis and research skills you gain in the MS in Psychology program will prepare you for work in a surprising variety of professions and contexts including:
The master's in psychology curriculum 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. In this capstone, you'll synthesize what you've learned, integrating the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout your coursework.
Total Credits: 36
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Psychology is a broad field, and earning your master's degree in psychology can open doors when it comes to the job market. Before enrolling, it’s important to understand what you can do with a master’s in psychology.
“Your master’s degree is a great tool and gateway to many opportunities,” said MS in Psychology alumnus Weston Corbitt '15G.
A graduate degree in psychology may open opportunities in corporate training and development, market research analytics, sales and a plethora of additional career paths.
“One of the best things about a graduate degree in psychology is that it’s so wide-ranging in its career applications,” said Barbara Lesniak, associate dean of social sciences at SNHU. “For example, there are many options in the corporate world, like training and development, management, sales and marketing. Virtually any job in which you deal with people and need to know how to relate to them and what influences their behavior will benefit from a graduate degree in psychology.”
Yes, it is possible to get your psychology degree completely online. Many highly regarded, accredited schools provide online psychology degrees.
You can earn your MS in Psychology online at Southern New Hampshire University, a nonprofit, award-winning school with learners across the globe. SNHU is committed to expanding access to education. With affordability at top-of-mind, we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, helping you keep your dreams of earning your degree within reach.
According to the American Psychological Association, the term psychologist is reserved for professionals with doctoral education and training, and many states have licensing laws prohibiting the use of “psychologist” in a job or professional title of a person who does not meet those requirements.3
But you'll find that earning your master's in psychology is a great benefit when it comes to landing other jobs within the field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a master’s degree is highly desired when it comes to teaching psychology and for many industrial organizational psychology positions.2
BLS also suggests that while the majority of positions in clinical counseling and research psychology require a doctoral degree, you might be able to find work in those fields as an assistant under the supervision of a doctoral psychologist.2
However, if a doctorate degree is your goal, SNHU’s psychology master’s program is designed to set you up for success at the doctoral level, which will open doors in most types of psychology.
Like most graduate-level programs, a master’s degree in psychology can generally be completed in 1-2 years.
Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Science in Psychology program is 36 credits (12, 3-credit courses). Offering 5 graduate terms a year, learners at SNHU can advance at a pace that is comfortable and provides for a healthy balance between education, work and other life priorities.
No. While you do need a bachelor's degree to pursue a master's in psychology, your undergraduate degree does not have to be in psychology – or even a related field.
At Southern New Hampshire University, we find that many of our MS in Psychology students do not have a psychology background but are looking to take on new responsibilities, add new insights to their current profession or even switch up their careers completely. For this reason, we've developed 3 foundation courses to help all of our MS in Psychology students succeed:
If you've earned your bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field, you shouldn't have to take these foundation courses. Likewise, if you don't have a background in psychology, but you've completed coursework, including introductory classes in psychology, statistics and social science research as part of your undergraduate studies, you can apply to waive the prerequisite foundation courses.
Earning a graduate degree in psychology can create new opportunities for you, but your salary will ultimately depend on whatever field and role you choose.
“Getting a graduate degree in psychology will help in applying for and obtaining higher paying jobs in the field such as administering social services programs, being an administrator in a nonprofit, conducting research or working toward becoming a licensed professional,” said Thomas MacCarty, associate dean of social sciences at SNHU.
If you're looking to go into industrial organizational psychology, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a median annual income of $97,260 for I/O psychologists in 2018.2
Interested in teaching? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, postsecondary teachers made a median annual wage of $78,470 in 2018.2
Overall, the BLS reported that psychologists had a median annual salary of $79,010 with clinical, counseling and school psychologists specifically earning $76,990 in 2018.2 Note: These positions, along with most jobs listed as "psychologist," typically require a doctorate and licensure.
While psychology and counseling are closely related fields, the occupations of psychologist and counselor are not interchangeable.
Let's start with how psychologists and counselors are alike. First off, it's important to understand that neither are medical doctors. Medical doctors who diagnose and treat mental illness issues are known as psychiatrists. As physicians, psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medication to patients. Read this article on the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist if you're interested in learning more.
Overall, both psychologists and counselors use their knowledge of the human mind to make lives better.
How are they different? Clinical psychologists, like counselors, work 1-on-1 with clients in therapeutic settings. In these instances, psychologists make use of testing to help clients while counselors rely on different therapeutic approaches to address patient issues.
But unlike counseling, many psychology roles are not clinical and do not involve therapy or case management. Since the science of psychology is so widely applicable, graduates of psychology degree programs could find themselves working in fields like advertising, business operations, traffic safety, education, criminal justice, recruitment, research and more.
There are many great accredited schools providing psychology degrees, but choosing which is best depends on what you prioritize in your own life.
When it comes to affordability and flexibility, Southern New Hampshire University is a great choice. At $627 per credit, SNHU offers some of the lowest online graduate tuition rates in the nation. With 5 graduate terms per year and no set class times or login requirements, studying online at SNHU gives you the flexibility to earn your degree without forcing you to make any drastic changes to your life.
In your research, you might find mentions of the American Psychological Association – a renowned scientific and professional psychology organization. Note that SNHU's master's in Psychology is not APA-accredited because the American Psychological Association only accredits doctoral, internship and postdoctoral residency programs. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
3 American Psychological Association, Careers in Psychology, on the internet, at: https://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers (viewed March 4, 2020).