Earn a Masterâ€™s in Psychology Online
After several years of entry-level work in psychology, many graduates desire the additional status, income, and job opportunities that come with holding a masterâ€™s degree.
A masterâ€™s degree opens up new psychology careers in business, industry, schools, and research organizations. A 2007 study by the American Psychological Association found that the most popular employment settings for master-level psychologists were: individual private practice (17%); business and industry (11%); consulting firms (6%); elementary and secondary schools (6%); and group psychological practice (6%). The masterâ€™s degree is also pursued by students strengthening their candidacy for doctoral programs.
An online masterâ€™s degree in psychology can typically be completed within two years. Here are some accredited programs to look into:
- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers three M.A. degrees in psychology online: the MA in Applied Industrial & Organizational Psychology; the MA in Applied Forensic Psychology Services (non-licensure); and the MA in Psychology, which hasÂ concentrations in: child and adolescent psychology, international psychology, gerontology, organizational leadership, and sport and exercise psychology.
- Northcentral University has an online M.A. in psychology program with specializations in gender studies, general psychology, health psychology/behavioral medicine, and industrial/organizational psychology. Northcentralâ€™s unique system lets students proceed at a personalized pace, and each graduate student in psychology has a one-to-one mentor relationship with a professor.
- The University of Phoenix has an online-only Master of Science in Psychology program. It focuses on general psychology rather than clinical psychology and is not considered preparation for licensure.