Earn your M.S. in Psychology sooner through one of the most affordable M.S. in Psychology programs available online.

Prepare to apply the latest psychological research and theory to real-world problems whether you choose to work in a community agency, in a healthcare setting, or within the educational or social services systems. Walden’s master’s degree in psychology prepares you to pursue exciting new opportunities in the field.

Walden’s M.S. in Psychology program offers 12 specializations so you can focus your learning on your interests and goals. Gain the knowledge and develop the skills you need to seek career advancement, help others, or prepare for doctoral-level studies. Open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds, this program provides a solid foundation in basic scientific methods and psychological principles. Our redesigned M.S. in Psychology program now offers enriched content and streamlined coursework—allowing you to complete your degree in as little as 15 months*. Six of the specializations even allow you to accelerate your path to a Ph.D. by applying credits earned from your master’s program.

*Time to completion may vary by student.

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Applied Psychology

Explore the fundamentals of psychology, including methods, theory, and principles of the field while learning about psychopathology, intervention, and principles of ethics in professional psychology practice. This specialization offers a broad exposure to the field of psychology, including both research and practice-oriented elements of the profession. It also provides a foundation for doctoral-level study in clinical psychology.

Completion Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Child and Adolescent Development

Prepare to advance your career and help improve the lives of children and adolescents. In the Child and Adolescent Development specialization, you’ll learn to apply the latest theories and research on child development, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and health issues to promote the well-being of children and adolescents in schools, communities, and families. With its focus on practical approaches to real-world challenges facing children and adolescents, such as bullying and obesity, this specialization provides the tools you need to make an impact on their lives—as well as your career.

Completion Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Crisis Management and Response

Acquire the knowledge and multicultural skills required to work in the critical and fast-growing career areas of security, emergency management, and public safety. In one of the first online, graduate-level crisis management and response programs, you’ll have the opportunity to study psychological theories and learn conflict management and negotiation skills as you prepare to work with trauma and disaster victims. Demand for professionals trained in this relatively new discipline is anticipated to be high, as evidenced by the number of job openings in crisis management and emergency planning.

Completion Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Educational Psychology

Study cognition, motivation, lifespan development, and learning for individuals ranging from high achievers to those whose needs are more specialized. This specialization will give you a multicultural perspective and help you understand, evaluate, and apply research. You can gain the skills and knowledge to enhance your work in the classroom and other educational settings. In the last quarter, you can choose the ethics course if you plan to continue on for your Ph.D. or the capstone if you don’t.

Completion Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

General Psychology

Benefit from this specialization’s comprehensive study of the social, cultural, and cognitive aspects of human behavior as you explore the fundamentals of psychology, including its theories, methods, and principles. You can evaluate and design research methods and examine multicultural and/or global perspectives of psychology. This specialization will prepare you to work in a wide range of industries, including academic, research, and healthcare organizations; communities; and businesses. The coursework also provides a strong foundation for a doctoral degree in psychology.

Completion Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Health Psychology

    Explore the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence health. You can gain a broad understanding of psychological theories, principles, and research strategies while focusing on the knowledge and skills required to prevent illness and to promote healthy behaviors. This specialization can prepare you for a career improving services to patients and staff in medical centers, including health maintenance organizations, rehabilitation centers, pain management centers, and public health agencies. For your last two quarters of study, you can choose among course options to focus on your interests or on your goal of earning a doctoral degree.

    Completion Requirements

    • 45 total quarter credits
    This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Courses

    The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Leadership Development and Coaching

    Expand your career options in one of psychology’s emerging fields. In this specialization, you’ll learn the psychological principles and theories of leadership development and better understand your own capacity for leadership. You’ll also build the high-level skills to manage organizational leadership issues and create your own models of leadership coaching as you broaden your opportunities in such areas as industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management.

    Completion Requirements

    • 45 total quarter credits
    This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Courses

    The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Organizational Psychology

    The Organizational Psychology specialization focuses on the fundamentals of industrial and organizational psychology. Coursework emphasizes principles and methods that address the challenges people face in the workplace as well as strategies and techniques designed to impact organizational and individual effectiveness. Topics include selection, performance management, leadership, motivation, and job attitudes. This specialization equips students with the research and statistical skills needed to pursue careers in human resource management or as organizational consultants.

    Completion Requirements

    • 45 total quarter credits
    This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Courses

    The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Psychology of Culture

    In an increasingly diverse world, the study of culture encompasses an ever-growing range of thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors. Through discussion and case study applications, gain a broad understanding of the field of psychology, along with a focus on the impact of culture on human psychology. Understand and conceptualize human psychology from multicultural, cross-cultural, and global perspectives as you prepare for a career working with diverse populations locally, regionally, and internationally.

    Completion Requirements

    • 45 total quarter credits
    This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Courses

    The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Psychology, Public Administration, and Social Change

    Within virtually every organization, opportunities exist to promote positive social change. Learn to apply psychological theories and skills to management within public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Drawing from your own community experiences, integrate strategic planning and management with public policy as you explore examples of organizational change and its impact on social justice. Prepare for a career as a researcher, policy analyst, project director, or administrator in a socially responsible organization.

    Completion Requirements

    • 45 total quarter credits
    This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Courses

    The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Social Psychology

    Explore the way individuals socially construct thoughts, attitudes, and feelings, and gain an understanding of how this process affects both individual and group behavior. Study the principles of social psychological theory to improve the welfare of individuals, groups, organizations, or society. This specialization can position you for a career in a diverse range of fields including academia, healthcare, industry, law, media, education, and public health. The coursework also offers an excellent foundation for pursuing social psychology research through doctoral study.

    Completion Requirements

    • 45 total quarter credits
    This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Courses

    The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Terrorism and Security

    Homeland security is a fast-growing field with career options emerging at the local, national, and global level. Apply both psychological and public policy principles to understand the impact of terrorism and the countermeasures required to combat terrorist threats. Gain an understanding of the systemic approaches to the issues of public safety, emergency preparedness, and disaster/trauma management. Apply the findings of behavioral, social, and cognitive research to positions throughout the quickly expanding field of homeland security.

    Completion Requirements

    • 45 total quarter credits
    This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

    Courses

    The 11-week courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

    Curriculum Component Requirements Cost*
    Courses 45 total quarter credit hours $475 per quarter credit hour, which includes the cost of all required textbooks
    Technology Fee per quarter $120

    *Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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    The M.S. in Psychology program can prepare you to effectively analyze psychological research and theory to directly apply your knowledge to real-world situations. Through critical and independent analysis, you can gain an understanding of how to apply scientific methods and principles of psychology in a variety of roles and settings.

    As a graduate of Walden’s M.S. in Psychology program, your career options may include a role as a:

    • Human resource manager
    • Market researcher
    • Project coordinator/manager
    • Family services worker
    • Instructor at a community college
    • Social service manager
    • Health project coordinator
    • Employee trainer
    • Research assistant
    • Data analyst/manager
    • Organizational consultant
    • Intervention advocate

    Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

    Possible career settings include:

    • Child and family service organizations (e.g., day care agencies, after-school programs within schools and communities, Head Start programs, and early childhood education programs)
    • Schools
    • Community colleges
    • Local, state, or federal governments
    • Group homes
    • Healthcare agencies
    • Law enforcement agencies
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Religious organizations
    • Social service agencies

    Find out how you can benefit from earning your degree from a leading accredited online university. Request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

    As a student in the M.S. in Psychology program, you will:

    • Apply psychological knowledge and research to real-world situations.
    • Think critically and independently about theory and research.
    • Conduct basic or applied research.
    • Apply psychological concepts to a variety of settings.
    • Prepare for further graduate study at the certificate or doctoral level.

    As a psychology master’s degree student at Walden, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

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    Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree

    Would you like to save time and money when you earn your Ph.D. in Psychology? You can. If you enroll in one of the specializations listed below, you can apply credits from the M.S. in Psychology program toward a doctorate in psychology from Walden.

    Credits you earn from all of the courses (with the exception of PSYC 6001) may be applied toward Walden’s Ph.D. in Psychology degree program. The specialization you choose for your master’s program will determine which doctoral specialization will offer you the most transfer credits.

    M.S. in Psychology Specialization Ph.D. in Psychology Specialization
    Applied Psychology Clinical Psychology
    Educational Psychology
    Educational Psychology 
    General Psychology General Psychology
    Health Psychology Health Psychology
    Organizational Psychology Organizational Psychology
    Social Psychology Social Psychology

    Find out how you can benefit from earning your degree from Walden University, a leading accredited online university. Request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

    Which Psychology Program is Right for you?

    Walden offers an M.S. in Psychology, M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and M.S. in Forensic Psychology, each with specializations that allow you to further focus your course of study. Choosing from among these programs is a matter of understanding your career goals and aspirations.

    The M.S. in Psychology from Walden can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career in which you can truly make a difference. Graduates may pursue a variety of careers including:

    • Teacher at a community college
    • Coaching careers including career leadership, executive, and life coach
    • Administrative position in healthcare or private or public sectors as a program manager, project manager, project director, or field research coordinator
    • Administrative position in governmental or nonprofit organizations such as the FBI, CIA, criminal justice system, Department of Homeland Security, or Red Cross
    • Researcher as a data analyst, data manager, or program evaluator
    • Technical writer for governmental and other organizations
    • Consultant
    • Marketing director
    • Manager or executive or human resource or organizational development professional
    • Law enforcement agent (juvenile officer or officer related to fire and security)
    • Consultant for lawmakers, attorneys, and/or the courts

    The M.S. in Forensic Psychology can help prepare you to find work in a variety of positions, including:

    • Case manager
    • Clinical or program director
    • Correctional officer
    • Court liaison
    • Expert witness
    • Forensic treatment specialist
    • Jury consultant
    • Law enforcement advocate
    • Researcher
    • Victim advocate

    The M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Walden can prepare you to advance your career as you study the complexities of human behavior. Choose the Counseling specialization to prepare to apply for licensure as a professional counselor or for limited practice in psychology in some states.

    Master’s-level practitioners work throughout the United States in a variety of settings including:

    • Group practices under the supervision of a licensed provider
    • Mental health service units
    • Managed healthcare organizations
    • Hospitals
    • Counseling centers
    • Governmental agencies
    • Military services
    • Community mental health centers
    • Residential treatment centers
    • Correctional settings

    Master’s-level practitioners also engage in program development; evaluate clinical psychology service delivery systems; and analyze, develop, and implement public policy in all areas relevant to the field of clinical psychology. Many practitioners combine these activities.

    The M.S. in Clinical Psychology degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.

    The M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice at the master’s level. Graduates completing the Counseling specialization may also qualify to sit for licensing exams and meet the academic licensure requirements of some state counselor licensing boards. However, the Walden University M.S. in Clinical Psychology 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 in some states. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which he/she intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the learner to obtain licensure.

    The M.S. in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

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    Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

    1. Describe the foundations of psychology.
    2. Synthesize psychological theory and research to apply in real-world situations, such as in educational, social, organizational, and health settings.
    3. Interpret psychological theory and research.
    4. Describe psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
    5. Apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.

    Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Psychology relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

    For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.