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Master of Arts in Psychology

Explore the mind by gaining additional research knowledge from your master's degree in psychology. By completing your master’s in psychology from Ashford University, you will learn how to integrate psychological research into real-world applications. Understanding what moves people into action and then effectively employing that information to your staff, your clients, and with your colleagues, will set you apart from the competition. This psychology program demonstrates your expertise at applying psychology to your work life and can help support you in taking your psychology education to the next level.

At Ashford, you are not required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) in order to be admitted into the master’s in psychology program. Unlike most traditional campus-based programs, this online master’s in psychology can be started even if you have not taken the GRE exam which means more flexibility for you and less money to spend on test preparation materials.

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What you will learn

The online master’s program guides you through an in-depth exploration of the discipline. At the core of the master’s degree in psychology online is the generalist model, a conceptual framework that emphasizes an understanding of the processes that underlie human experience and behavior, as well as core knowledge, theories, and research methods in the field of psychology. Upon completion of the psychology degree, you will be able to: 

  • Apply ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities  
  • Explain psychological concepts effectively using the professional standards of the discipline  
  • Analyze the major concepts, theories, methodologies, and historical trends in psychology  
  • Evaluate the scientific merit of the professional literature in psychology  
  • Integrate psychological theory and research

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Your Courses in Psychology

When pursuing your online master’s in psychology, you will take courses in developmental, social, and counseling psychology. Learn how to use psychological theories in any professional endeavor. You will also evaluate the scientific merit of psychological research and literature in your online courses, which will give you a solid foundation of psychological knowledge when going into your field of practice.

Major Course Requirements (36 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Your Master’s in Psychology

Discover Ashford University’s master's program in psychology. In this video, Dr. Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professor and Program Chair for the MA in Psychology in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science explains what you can expect to learn during this online master’s in psychology program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in psychology.

Careers in Psychology

When you graduate with your Master of Arts in Psychology, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background and specialized knowledge in psychology are required. Employers will find your master’s in psychology valuable, as the skills that you will develop throughout this program will be ones that every successful business will require. Some of these skills include:

  • Cultural competence
  • Responsible leadership
  • Emotional intelligence

Take a look at your potential career options below.

Psychology Careers

Benefits of Master’s in Psychology

This online master’s in psychology will offer you opportunities for personal growth and help facilitate the use of psychological principles and practices. These principles and practices include responsible leadership, lifelong learning, and cultural competence in a wide variety of career settings. Pursuing your psychology degree can also open you up to many different areas of study that have different research methods specific to them. These areas can include:

  • Educational psychology
  • Community psychology
  • Sports psychology
  • Organizational psychology
  • School psychology
  • Health psychology

Faculty & Support Psychology Department

Ashford has a fantastic group of faculty in the Psychology Department, as they bring diverse experiences, knowledge, and skills directly to you. Many of the psychology faculty work in a wide variety of professional careers. These careers include medicine, healthcare, clinical settings, industrial-organizational psychology settings, forensics, nonprofit, and education . This diverse arrangement of careers from our faculty shows just how many opportunities are available to you when pursuing a master’s in psychology.

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This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.