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Top 25 Online Master’s Degree Programs in Psychology

Overview

The field of psychology has experienced greater diversity over the centuries as there are now: engineering, environmental, forensic, health, rehabilitation. school, and quantitative psychologists, to name a handful.  More importantly, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) paints a bright picture of the job prospects as it expects the job growth to be 19% through 2024. This faster than average growth would  mean a change in 32,500 positions with the median annual salary at $73, 580 as of 2015.

The following schools have been selected based upon the reputation of their online Master’s degree programs. Some of these institutions are listed more than once due to the specialty programs offered within the study of psychology.

1. Amberton University

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Amberton University, located in Garland, Texas, began as an extension campus of Abilene Christian University and was initially located in Mesquite, Texas. The University quickly turned its attention and interest to educational programs that catered to working adults. In fact, in order to enroll, applicants must be at least 21, and have already graduated at an accredited U.S. university. Amberton University is committed to Christian values, both in its conduct of business and in its educational philosophy. Its educational merits are evident in the survey numbers that for the 2013/14 academic year, the percentage of employed students was 90% after graduation.

In the field of Psychology, the school offers online Master’s degrees in:

  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling: integrates counseling methods within the Christian faith-36 semester hours
  • Master of Arts in Professional: teaches skills to work with individuals, couples, and families-48 semester hours
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling: satisfies academic requirements for the Professional School Counseling Certification in Texas-42 semester hours
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy: provides the comprehensive knowledge to function as counselor for married couples and families-60 semester hours
  • Master of Science in Family Studies: teaches skills for crisis management and family enrishment-36 semester hours

Cost is an important consideration for working adults, and Amberton strives for each student to graduate with little or no debt. In this endeavor, the school offers Pay-as-you-Go plans as well as Payment Plans, Deferred Payment, and can help you with employer tuition assistance, veterans benefits, and private educational loans.

Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission

Tuition: $750 per 3 credit hour course

2. California State University- Dominguez Hills

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California State University (CSU), Dominguez Hills was founded in 1960; however, the campus sits on land that has a long and rich history. The university’s 346 acres were once a section of the first private land grant in Southern California—the Rancho San Pedro. The school  is one of only thirteen California institutions to receive the Governor’s Award for Innovation in Higher Education in 2015. The campus was awarded $3 million. Also, it has the largest distance learning program in the 23-campus CSU system, serving more than 4,000 students annually.

Formerly known as Dominguez Online, the Online & Distance Learning (ODL) unit is a leading-edge provider of online educational opportunities. ODL offers nine academic degrees and seven academic certificates, as well as hundreds of other courses without students ever having to come on campus. CSU is one of the few universities to offer a graduate course in Negotiation. Conflict Resolution and Peace Building. Within their College of Extended & International Education, is the 36 semester unit graduate program with each course running 12 weeks each term.  Classes are asynchronous (tasks completed on- or off-line at the student’s convenience), with on demand video lectures for students to view. Additional features include home pages for students and instructors, chat and discussion rooms, electronic submission and return of papers, and individual, secure, access to personal course records at all times. Students can complete the course of study in two years or they have up to five years to complete the program.

Accreditation: The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Tuition: $275 per credit hour

3. Winston-Salem State University

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Founded in 1892, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU)  has flourished into a school that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in over 40 majors. In addition, WSSU has a new service provided by the  Career Services Office of Winston-Salem State University in continuing support for the lifelong career advancement of WSSU alumni. Whether a student is looking for a new job, or ready to take the next step in his/her career, their goal is to help students find the right opportunity.

Winston-Salem State University continually strives to promote and facilitate the development and delivery of credit-bearing online courses, certificates and degree programs that support students’ academic enrichment goals. Our target population includes, but is not limited to, students who have little or no opportunity to experience higher education in a traditional setting. WSSU offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling (MSRC). Upon completion of the degree program for the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling, candidates will:

  • Demonstrate the necessary academic knowledge and skills needed to
    successfully complete the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
    (CRC) exam
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of rehabilitation processes
    based on holistic and comprehensive services

The 60 hour curriculum may be completed in a minimum of two (2) years of full-time study (at least 9-15 credit hours per semester) and one 10- week summer session (9-12 credit hours total).  Students are also required to complete a 100 clock-hour practicum and a 600 clock-hour internship in an approved internship site under University supervision.

Accreditation:  The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association

Tuition: $115.24 per hour (in-state); $564.90 (out-of-state)

4. University of Alabama

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The University of Alabama (UA), while it’s physical location is in Tuscaloosa, its influence and reputation reaches around the globe.  Leaders in every profession throughout the world have earned their degrees from UA. The university is consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country. For almost 175 years, this institution has produced a higher level of graduate.

UA offers a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling which teaches the skills to  provide individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, case management, advocacy, and assistive technology to those with disabilities.  Students also learn consultation services to help the disabled meet personal, social, vocational, psychological, independent living and quality-of-life goals. This program is offered fully online and adheres to the learning standards set by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. The curriculum is a 48-credit hour program, including six hours if internship. UA’s Rehabilitation Counseling program ranks in the top 10 according to BestColleges.com.

To be considered for regular admission to the MA degree program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (last 60 hours of undergraduate study)
  • A minimum of 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the revised GRE (a score of 1000 if taken prior to August 2011) or a score no lower than the 50th percentile on the MAT

Accreditation: The  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission

Tuition: $360 per credit hour (in-state)

5. Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hays State University (FHSU)  located in the heart of Kansas, is a true world leader in distance education, offering over 40 online degrees specifically designed for adult learners. The school’s online degree programs have received high ranking from U.S. News & World report, and was ranked #7 for the Top 30 Affordable Online Psychology Degree Programs of 2015 by Great Value Colleges. It was ranked #13 of 50 for The 50 Best Master’s Degree Programs of 2015.

The graduate program in school psychology at FHSU has a long history of preparing students for entry into the profession of school psychology. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for licensure as a school psychologist in Kansas as well as other states. The online psychology program is designed for those who are not able to attend classes on campus. With only 5 day advanced workshops on campus required, students can complete the program from their location.  The Master’s program is designed to be completed in four semesters, with the addition of two summer workshops. Upon completion of the Master’s degree, students may apply to continue into the Education Specialist in School Psychology program. This online program will give graduates the expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.

Accreditation: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition: $253.07 per credit hour

6. American Public University

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Founded as American Military University (AMU) in 1991 by retired Marine Corps officer James P. Etter, the establishment of AMU broke new ground by offering career-relevant education for a mobile population of military learners with unique needs. AMU has since grown to serve a diverse population of more than 100,000 military, public service, and corporate professionals through American Military University. In 2002, AMU was reorganized into American Public University System (APUS). American Public University (APU) was founded to provide access to the same quality, affordable, and relevant education to a broader audience of motivated working adults with an emphasis on public service disciplines. Today, APU is one of the leading providers of online education, frequently recognized by the prestigious Online Learning Consortium (OLC) for best practices in online education. APUS is the nation’s largest provider of higher education to the U.S. Armed Forces and has been nationally recognized for excellence in online education by the Online Learning Consortium.

APU offers a Master of Arts in Psychology online for those who are new or currently working in the fields of psychology, counseling, law, human services, education or organizational development. This rigorous program blends scientific principles, academic research, and applicable skills that are sought by industry professionals. Students learn classical and fundamental schools of thought and they gain contemporary insight into the workings of the human mind by exploring developmental, organizational, and abnormal psychology. At the core of the 39 semester-hours program is the “generalist model”, a conceptual framework that emphasizes foundational study of theories and research methods, and factors related to human behavior including lifespan development, social and cultural diversity, assessment, personality and psychopathology.

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission 

Tuition: $350 per credit (includes books & fees); $325 for military-affiliated

7. University of South Dakota

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When the first Legislature of the Dakota Territory met in 1862, it authorized the establishment of the University at Vermillion, making it the oldest postsecondary institution in the Dakotas. The authorization was unfunded, however, and classes did not begin until 20 years later under the auspices of the privately incorporated University of Dakota (USD). The school’s first academic unit, the College of Arts & Sciences, was established in 1883. As of 2015, Forbes ranks USD as one of “America’s Top Colleges” as based  on the quality of the educational experiences at 650 national institutions and highlights faculty expertise, career prospects, and emphasizes financial prudence.

USD offers a Master of Arts( M.A.)  in Addiction Studies for students seeking professionals courses leading to an advanced level of competency. Graduates will be eligible for the highest level of addiction/prevention credentialing in South Dakota. This online program can be completed in as little as 33 credit hours (advanced track), or as many as 45 (standard track), depending on your Certification and academic background. All courses required for state Alcohol/Drug Certification are provided at USD by the Addiction Studies Department and are the only USD courses specific to alcohol/drug studies that have been approved by the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals. For those who want to become an expert in addiction counseling and alcohol and drug abuse treatment, consider choosing a M.A. in Addiction Studies program.

Accreditation: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition: $442.05 per credit hour (no additional fees)

8. University of North Dakota

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The University of North Dakota (UND) is the state’s oldest and largest University, with nearly 15,000 students and 225+ fields of study. With 3,000 courses, nearly 40 online degree programs, and 84 graduate education programs; UND has more offerings than any higher education institution the state. The school ranks in the Top 25 Best Online Colleges by TheBestSchools.org, and it is the #1 Online College in North Dakota.

UND offers a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology online with programs beginning every Fall (August) and Spring (January). It  is the first to be offered online by a nationally recognized, fully accredited university. This 35 credit course can be completed in 2+ years for those interested in pursuing a career or doctoral programs in psychology, criminal justice, forensic psychology, forensic science or law. UND’s online Forensic Psychology program gives students:

  • Knowledge of advanced psychological concepts and theories
  • Outstanding analytical, statistical and evaluation skills
  • Enhanced communication skills needed to function effectively in forensic settings
  • In-depth understanding of our legal system and the roles forensic psychologists play

Historically, since the program was established, all graduate students in the M.S. program have received full tuition waiver of all required and elective classes. In addition every student has received a monthly stipend for graduate teaching assistant-ship work done in the fall and spring semesters. This master’s program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: $352.52 per credit

9. Regent University

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The Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) can help you turn your desire into a meaningful career. Here, you won’t just read about leading-edge mental health theories and treatment approaches, you’ll experience them first-hand in our state-of-the-art Psychological Services Center. Regent is the only Christian institution to offer programs accredited by both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The school is committed to the idea that science and faith do not oppose each other, but in fact complement one another.

Regent University’s School of Psychology & Counseling prepares you in a distinctly Christian manner while meeting any applicable accreditation, certification and educational requirements for licensure. The following degrees are offered:

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling:

  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling —
    On-Campus/Online
  • M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling —
    On-Campus/Online
  • M.A. in School Counseling — On-Campus/Online
  • M.A. in Human Services Counseling — Online

Master of Science (M.S.):

  • M.S. in General Psychology — Online

The Mental Health, Marriage, and School Counseling are each 60 credit hours. May be completed in as little as two years with programs beginning in the fall or spring semester. Human Services Counseling is 30 credits and may be completed in 12 months. The General Psychology (GP) programs is 39 credits and may be completed in a few as 18 months. Online students taking any of the Counseling programs are required to attend and successfully complete two week-long residencies during the course of the program.

Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition: $710 per credit hour (Clinical Mental Health and Marriage/Couple/Family Counseling); $595 (Human Services Counseling); $650 (General Psych.)

10. LeTourneau University

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LeTourneau University is named for its founder, R.G. LeTourneau, one of the world’s greatest inventors of earth-moving equipment. A businessman and devout Christian, LeTourneau toured Longview, Texas, with his wife, Evelyn in 1946 to consider a manufacturing site for his next earth-moving equipment factory. When told it was no longer in use, she suggested establishing a school to educate returning World War II veterans.  Today, around 1,000 students attend LeTourneau University classes online or at our educational centers in Dallas and Houston, and might not step foot onto the university’s beautiful main campus in Longview, Texas unless they come for graduation.

LeTourneau University online psychology degrees offer students the best of both worlds—a world-class education with the flexibility to earn your degree whenever, and wherever. Whether you’re seeking an undergraduate or a graduate degree in psychology, LETU has an option to fit your needs. With over 90% of our students qualifying for financial aid, a degree from LETU may be more affordable than you might think. Their Master of Arts in Psychology degree program prepares students to have an extended impact as they live out God’s calling for your life. This particular degree is only offered as an accelerated program online.

The school also offers a Master of Arts in Counseling in a hybrid format. Students pursuing the M.A. in Counseling complete a combination of online courses and a three-day intensive learning experience at the main campus in Longview, Texas.  Students have the choice of three program tracks:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Specialization
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Specialization
  • School Counseling Specialization

Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Tuition: $595 per credit hour

11. Grand Canyon University

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Grand Canyon University (GCU) was founded in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church. Then known as Grand Canyon College, our first campus was located in an abandoned armory building in Prescott, AZ. Two years later, we relocated to Phoenix, where we began developing a strong reputation as a premier private Christian university in Arizona. Since 2008, online enrollment has improved from 12,500 to 55,000.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Master of Science in Addiction Counseling degree for students who wish to pursue a career as an addiction counseling professional. This degree focuses on addiction related issues, including theories of addiction, drug classification, assessment and treatment; professional counseling orientation and ethics; counseling theories; group counseling theory and practice; social and cultural diversity issues in counseling; psychiatric disorders in combination with an alcohol and/or drug abuse disorder; diagnostics, assessment and treatment; and counseling chemically dependent adolescents. Each online course is 8 weeks with the total program being 36 credits. Students may transfer up to 12 credits. Additionally, program graduates will be academically prepared to begin the process of seeking certification or licensure in their home state. Licensing and certification requirements may vary from state to state.

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: $500 per credit

12. Liberty University

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Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s largest private, nonprofit online university. As part of the world’s largest Christian university, Liberty University Online offers diversity in its 245 degree programs. It has been ranked as a Top 25 Best Online Colleges by TheBestSchools.org.

Liberty University offers a  Master of Arts in Professional Counseling that is a 60-hour graduate level program designed to prepare students for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). Additional Master of Arts (MA) programs are:

  • MA in Addiction Counseling: 48 total hours
  • MA in Human Services Counseling: 30 total hours
  • MA in Marriage & Family Therapy: 60 total hours
  • MA in Pastoral Counseling: 36 total hours

The Addiction Counseling program provides you with the education and training required for certification and/or licensure as a substance abuse or addiction counselor.

The Human Services Counseling program is designed for busy professionals, like you, who want to apply insight, gained through the study of human behavior, in their workplace in order to better impact the culture and improve the well-being of those whom they lead and serve.

The Marriage & Family Counseling program provides you with a strong understanding of counseling principles and strategies to prepare you to seek licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs).

The Pastoral Counseling program prepares students to serve as staff servant-leaders involved in non-professional counseling of church members and others in a variety of ministry settings, including churches, rescue missions, and shelters.

Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Tuition: $540 per credit hour (except Pastoral Counseling: $380)

13. Walden University

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Walden University, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1970 by two teachers who sought a way for adults in the workforce to pursue their doctoral degrees. Today, Walden University confers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates to its nearly 48,000 students through its online program. And more than 90% of Walden graduates responding to our survey say that they are very satisfied or satisfied with Walden.

Walden’s Master of Science in Psychology program offers 12 specializations so you can focus your learning on your interests and goals. Open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds, this program provides a solid foundation in basic scientific methods and psychological principles. The redesigned MS in Psychology program (45 total quarter credits) now offers enriched content and streamlined coursework—allowing students to complete their degree in as little as 15 months. Six of the specializations even allow students to accelerate your path to a PhD by applying credits earned from your master’s program. The 12 specializations are:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Crisis Management and Response
  • Educational Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Organizational Development
  • Psychology of Culture
  • Psychology, Public Administration, and Social Change
  • Social Psychology
  • Terrorism and Security

Accreditation: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition: $510 per quarter hour

14. Walden University

This university also offers a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology that will position graduates to work with diverse individuals in a broad range of settings, including healthcare, education, government, and business environments. Coursework in this program offers an excellent foundation for pursuing clinical psychology  and applying theory and research as a clinical psychology professional. For international students who may need a master’s degree to practice psychology in their home countries, Walden’s MS in Clinical Psychology provides the opportunity to become practitioners without requiring a U.S.-based residency requirement. For both international and U.S.-based students, supervised field practicum provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

Graduates completing the Counseling specialization may qualify to sit for licensing exams and meet the academic licensure requirements of some state counselor licensing boards. However, the Walden University MS in Clinical Psychology 56 total quarter credit hours’ program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body, which is a requirement for licensure as a counselor in many states.

15. Walden University

Walden’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program allows students to gain the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills needed to help clients cope with daily life and overcome their greatest challenges. Led by faculty with extensive clinical practice experience, our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program explores the latest counseling theories; evidence-based research; and tools for preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental health disorders. This graduate program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.

Tuition: $465 per quarter hour (90 total quarter credit hours)

16. Argosy University

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Argosy University was formed in 2001 with the merging of three separate academic institutions—the American Schools of Professional Psychology, the University of Sarasota, and the Medical Institute of Minnesota. Today, Argosy University supports one of the largest graduate student communities in the nation. We offer 28 campus locations across the United States as well as a number of degree programs online. At our campuses and online, Argosy University offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs.

Argosy offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program online that is designed to be completed within 41 months. There are 45 credit hours of Core Course Requirements, 6 hours of Electives, and 9 hours of Practicum and Internship Requirements. The practicum and internship carry 3 credit hours per semester and 9 credit hours per academic year. A practicum and internship must last a minimum of 9 months and can typically last for 12 months. Throughout the year, students will be required to spend a minimum of 100 hours in practicum and 900 hours in internship for a total of 1000 hours. To be eligible for practicum, students must be in good academic and professional standing after completing all core coursework, having a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Accreditation:  The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Tuition: $750 per credit hour (all Master’s Psych)

17. Argosy University

The Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology prepares individuals to apply clinical, counseling, school, and neuropsychology skills to the provision of psychological services within the criminal justice and civil legal systems, including consultation, assessment, and interventions. It includes instruction in the epidemiology of mental/behavioral disorders, risk factors for violence and criminality, profiling and patterning, psychological testing, prediction and intervention measurement, forensic assessment, criminal and civil law and procedures, secure environments, forensic treatment and intervention skills, and professional standards and ethics.

The Forensic Psychology program consists of 24 Core Requirements, 12 Concentration Requirements in either Assessment & Treatment, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement, 12 Elective hours, followed by 21 hours of Core Course Requirements.

18. Argosy University

The school offers a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology online. The program is designed to equip you with the knowledge of industrial organizational psychology to apply to issues involving individuals and groups in organizational and work settings. The curriculum of the Argosy University, Online Industrial Organizational Psychology program is competency based, focusing on the outcomes of training and on the knowledge, skills, and behavior necessary to function as a master’s level professional in industrial organizational psychology. Students enrolled in the MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology degree program are required to satisfactorily complete twelve core courses (36 credit hours).

All of the Masters’ degrees in the field of Psychology at Argosy require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution. Applicants must also have a minimum grade point of 2.7 for the Bachelor’s degree or 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work).

19. Capella University

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Capella University started in 1993 as The Graduate School of America (TGSA), which originally offered online master’s and doctoral degrees in Management, Education, and Human Services. TGSA is renamed to Capella University after the brightest star in constellation Auriga. This brightest star is reflected on the fact that 96% of employers rate the performance of Capella graduates as exceptional, based on an Employer Survey Report of 2011.

The Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science offers an online Master’s in General Psychology (50 quarter credits) program.  You’ll be encouraged to view topics from multiple perspectives and incorporate them into your research, theory, and practice to understand coherence among diverse psychological perspectives. Enrich your knowledge of general psychological principles, theories, and research methodologies to delve more deeply into topics that tie psychology to business, policy, and professional practice. The 50 quarter credits’ curriculum focuses on the core, central principles of psychology. It is designed to help you develop basic interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and additional knowledge. You will be prepared for professional positions in social services agencies, schools and communities, business and industry, and health care.

This program has the FlexPath option, which makes it possible to complete each required course at your own pace within 12 weeks, without preset weekly deadlines. You’ll be able to focus on what you need to learn, moving at an accelerated pace when you are able and taking your time when needed. FlexPath is currently available for select bachelor’s and master’s programs in business, information technology, and psychology. You can complete as many courses as you’re able in 12 weeks—taking up to 2 courses at a time—for one flat tuition rate. The flat rate for their master’s, MBA, and certificate programs is $2,400.

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: http://www.capella.edu/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-fees/

20. Capella University

Another graduate program in the field of Psychology is Capella’s Master’s in Sport Psychology (55 quarter credits) that can put you on the path to help individuals, athletes, coaches, parents, and teams enhance or restore performance. This specialty is designed to address athletic performance, motivation, and recovery by helping athletes and others merge physical performance with mental performance by drawing on knowledge from areas such as kinesiology, biomechanics, and physiology.  The 55 quarter credits’ curriculum focuses on teaching how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and physical activity. This degree is also offered with the self-paced FlaxPath option to potentially save time and money. Graduates of this online program in sport psychology will have the skills to pursue employment as an athletic program manager, coach, sport development manager or sport psychology assistant.

Tuition: http://www.capella.edu/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-fees/

21. Capella University

The Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science offers a Master’s degree in Sex Therapy (55 quarter credits). This specialization gives students the tools to provide compassionate assistance to individuals and couples experiencing sexual difficulties. The curriculum builds on clinical counseling foundations, and expands training to include coursework in human sexuality and sex therapy. The curriculum includes coursework that is rooted in clinical psychology covering a wide range of issues for which individuals seek treatment. For graduates with prior counseling or therapy experience, this specialization provides the foundation for certification as a sex therapist as recommended by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, giving you a competitive advantage. The curriculum is designed to also prepare you for graduate work at the doctoral level.

Topics covered during the course of study include sexology; basic anatomy for mental health professionals; hormones; sexuality across the lifespan; gender; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender concerns; sexuality and culture; low sexual desire; sexual compulsivity; recovery from sexual abuse; treatment of sex offenders; and issues and trends in sexual health treatment. This is a 55 quarter credits degree program with courses lasting 10 weeks.

Tuition: $471 per credit

22. Capella University

The Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science has additional specialties available online at the Master’s level for consideration. Instead of elaborating on them, we’ll move on to other colleges worthy of recognizing. However, these are:

  • Master of Science (MS) in Evaluation, Research & Measurement
  • MS in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • MS in Child Adolescent Development
  • MS in Educational Psychology
  • MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • MS in Clinical Counseling
  • MS in Forensic Psychology

Tuition: http://www.capella.edu/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-fees/

23. Baker College

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In 1965, the two institutions of Baker Business University and Muskegon College came together under a single academic group headed by Robert Jewell of Muskegon. Throughout the years that followed, the schools continued to thrive and the group began to expand its outreach through the acquisition of other schools and locations.

Today, they are known as Baker College, the largest not-for-profit, independent college in Michigan. The school has over 23,000 students in more than 100 programs, taught at nine on-ground campuses, multiple extensions campuses, and online.

The school offers a  Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Degree (MSIOP). The curriculum is taught by working professionals who share their knowledge and experience, so that you’re learning more than academics; you understand the practical applications as well. In their MSIOP program, you study behavior and performance in the workplace and other organizational settings, and learn how to apply theories, methods, and principles of psychology at every level—individual, team, and organization. It’s a specialization that prepares graduates to apply psychological principles for organizational success (not for licensure as a professional psychologist).

This is a 57 quarter hour program with the online courses usually lasting 6 weeks, and are broken down into equal parts called seminars. On the first day of each seminar (week), the online instructor sends introductory information on the week’s topic, restates the assignments from the course outline or module and sends an introductory lecture to begin the weeks’ study. To stimulate discussions, the instructor typically includes questions related to the topic at the end of his/her lecture.

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: $435 per credit hour

24. Southern New Hampshire University

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The state of New Hampshire in 1963 granted the university its charter, which gave it degree-granting authority. The first associate degrees were awarded that year, and the first bachelor’s degrees were conferred three years later. The university’s faculty of professionals believes in the mission and the desire to provide affordable access to quality higher education to all.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) offers an online Master of Science (MS) in Psychology with the Child and Adolescent Development psychology concentration. Deepen your understanding in such critical areas as research methods, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality, learning theory and ethical practice, while focusing on the real-world application of psychological research. After taking the eight-course MS in Psychology core, you’ll learn to apply psychological theories and methods in the assessment, intervention and prevention of psychological, emotional, psycho-physiological and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. The online master’s in Psychology degree program requires individuals to have earned a BA/BS in Psychology or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and have completed undergraduate coursework in the following three areas:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social science statistics
  • Research methods in a social science

This degree program can be completed within 15 months by taking two courses per 10 week term.

25. Southern New Hampshire University

SNHU also offers a Master’s degree online in Forensic Psychology.  With a master’s specialization in forensic psychology online, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the field by practicing and applying leading-edge theories and methods. You’ll also explore the responsibilities involved in the field and how they relate to legal, ethical and diversity issues. Whether you consult with the courts as an evaluator of defendants and victims or work with correctional facilities, law offices, police departments or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the forensic psychology program prepares you to crack the criminal mind, help victims and play a key role in the criminal justice system. As with the previously addressed degree at SNHU, this online graduate program can be completed in 15 months. Also, the same requirements for admission must be met.

The M.S. in Psychology includes a seven-course core that features courses in psychology research, measurement, ethics and more. Students choose electives in psychology and other areas, tailoring their education to an area of interest. This may include one of the concentration areas: Child and Adolescent Development Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Forensic Psychology. This approach extends students’ knowledge and expertise in the discipline, effectively preparing them to apply their skills in a wide variety of professions and contexts.

These 36 credit Master of Science in Psychology degrees were developed by doctorally prepared faculty and veteran psychology experts. The psychology programs were designed to meet core competencies as determined by the American Board of Professional Psychology and the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, with a special emphasis on the real-world benefits of the application of psychological principles. There is a third master’s offered in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Accreditation: The New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Tuition: $627 per credit or $1,881 per course

 

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