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Online Master's in Psychology MS Degree Program

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Register By: June 04 Classes Start: June 06

Earn Your Master's in Psychology Online

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Choose from 3 specialized concentrations
  • Learn from experienced faculty
  • No application fee or GRE/GMAT scores required

Online Master's in Psychology Program Overview

Gain the expertise you need to advance your career with the Master of Science (MS) in Psychology online degree program at Southern New Hampshire University.

This accredited online master's degree program can help prepare you to play an important role in the mental health and wellness of diverse populations in various environments – from hospitals to schools, government facilities and beyond.

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.

Learn how to:

  • Explain psychology's ability to promote agency and wellbeing
  • Address issues by evaluating the relevance, priority and appropriateness of responses
  • Plan, conduct and evaluate research to advance knowledge in psychology and promote wellbeing
  • Use theories, methods and research to generate new ideas and findings
  • Incorporate empathy, reflectivity and an appreciation for collaboration and diversity of perspectives into work
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of professional ethics

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.

Please note that the MS in Psychology at SNHU is not a clinical psychology program and will not lead directly to licensure.

8 Types of Psychology with Real-World Perspective

The study of psychology can be personally and professionally rewarding. Among the many concentrations in the field you can find diverse opportunities to learn about how people interact with one another in relationships, in the workplace and more.

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Career Outlook

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 2030:1

  • Psychologists: 8% growth (on pace with the national average for all occupations).
  • Market research analysts: 22% growth.
  • Post-secondary teachers: 12% growth.
  • Training and development specialists: 11% growth.

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:

  • Business. Drive human resources strategies and develop better business operations using insights you've gained.
  • Marketing. Research and survey key audiences to help drive sales for all kinds of products and services.
  • Education. Prepare the next generation of psychology majors by teaching college courses as an adjunct instructor.
  • Health services. Design programs for at-risk populations that aim to prevent or intervene in negative behaviors for better outcomes.
  • Criminal justice. Provide psychological context for police officers, attorneys and judges in criminal cases.
  • Sports management. Set realistic goals and help athletes overcome mental obstacles to perform better in their sport.
  • Information technology. Inform decisions made about how new technology looks and is used with your knowledge of human behavior.

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.

For Karen Raquel Quezada '21, her master's degree helped her get promoted within her organization.

"My supervisor expressed her excitement when I was in my last term," she said. "She encouraged my growth within the company and requested my transcripts as soon as I finished my last semester so I could be offered a new position. This degree helped me to get promoted – I am officially an in-home therapist and I love my job."

Interested in working hands-on with patients in a clinical setting? Consider enrolling in our CACREP-accredited online master's in 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.

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Courses & Curriculum

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:

  • Cognitive psychology. Understand how mental processes such as memory, language, attention, learning and decision-making inform psychology.
  • Ethical practice. Study moral principles within the field of psychology and apply expected professional standards of conduct.
  • Personality. Explore the theories, research and approaches pertaining to personality and its variation throughout populations.
  • Research methods. Learn how to gather and analyze data to plan and conduct research in real-world applications.
  • Social psychology. Examine contemporary and classic theory on how people interact with the environment, technology and society as a whole.

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 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:

  • Advocacy, social services and law enforcement
  • Business and marketing
  • Employee training and human resources
  • Consultancy and project coordination
  • Technology, research and data analysis
  • Course instruction and more

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.

Karen Raquel Quezada with the text Karen Raquel QuezadaThe capstone work was the most important work that Karen Raquel Quezada '21 said she did at SNHU.

"The reason this class stood out to me was because it allowed me to get a sense of everything that I learned in my program throughout those last two years," she said. "I was able to incorporate everything that I learned into that one final paper. The takeaways that I use frequently are practicing being ethical and creating healthy boundaries in my workplace and reminding myself to do no harm."

Tuition & Fees

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.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

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.

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