Online Master’s Degrees in Psychology

An online master’s degree in psychology may teach students how to observe and interpret human behavior. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to conduct scientific studies, understand behavioral patterns, and develop educational programs. Popular areas of concentration may include social psychology, child development, and applied behavior analysis.

Upon graduation, students may either seek employment or pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. Master’s-level graduates may find employment in education, non-profit organizations, and juvenile corrections.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 22% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

A psychology master’s degree may consist of specialized electives and core classes geared towards the student’s chosen area of concentration. Students may take classes such as foundations of professional psychology, lifespan development, and ethics for behavior analyst. Possible areas of concentration for a master’s degree in psychology may include the following:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Child Development
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in juvenile corrections, non-profit organizations, education, childcare facilities, and sports organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in psychology are projected to increase by 22% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Research Coordinator
  • Education Diagnostician
  • Sport Development Manager

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree in psychology may have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in psychology may prepare students for a career as a licensed clinical psychologist.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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