Follow your passion for helping others and open doors to career opportunities with an MS in Psychology from Walden.

In our online MS in Psychology program, you can build credibility as a psychology practitioner and prepare to impact more lives in need. Learn to apply the latest psychological research and theory to solve critical, real-world problems that affect people and communities today. A master’s in psychology is a non-licensure degree that prepares students for career advancement in settings such as community agencies, healthcare, education, or social services.

Why Pursue Your MS in Psychology With Walden?

  • Gain sought-after skills that give you a career edge: Develop job-ready competencies that are important to today’s employers—such as written communication, and inquiry and analysis.
  • Get expert, one-on-one guidance from faculty: Benefit from personalized support that exceeds what you’d find in a typical classroom. Learn from subject matter experts with experience in the field.
  • Match your program to your professional passion: Choose from several MS in Psychology specializations to shape the career you want through relevant coursework.
  • Pursue your online master’s in psychology without a related degree: The MS in Psychology program at Walden is open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds.

You’ve Got Options

Choose from two learning formats.

Course-Based

If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good option for you.

Competency-Based

If you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule, the competency-based format may be for you.

Specializations

General Psychology

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Explore the fundamentals of psychology, including its theories, methods, and principles. 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.

This specialization is offered in a course-based or competency-based format for those on a career track and a course-based doctoral preparation track for those who want to continue their education.

Build Skills That Set You Apart

In one of the first MS in Psychology programs offered online, you can prepare to pursue career opportunities in various settings—or lay the foundation for your doctorate. Go beyond psychology theory and research to hone the professional skills that employers value. These include written communication, social awareness, cross-cultural competence, and evidence-based decision making.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MS in Psychology program will be prepared to:

  • Describe the foundations of psychology.
  • Synthesize psychological theory and research to apply in real-world situations, such as in educational, social, organizational, and health settings.
  • Interpret psychological theory and research.
  • Describe psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  • Apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.
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Take the Next Step Toward Your Future

You always put others before yourself. Now, we’d like to help you reach your goals with a master’s in psychology degree. We’re excited to welcome you to the Walden family—a diverse community ready to support you at every step. Get started today.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MS in Psychology?

There's a growing need for social and human services professionals to provide services and expertise in fields such as psychology, education, healthcare, and social work. Jobs in this area are expected to grow 13% through 2028—much faster than the national average.1

With an MS in Psychology from Walden, you’ll be positioned for possible advancement in your current career. A master’s degree can also open the door to new professional opportunities as well as doctoral studies.

What Can I Do With an MS in Psychology?

Psychology professionals at the master’s level may work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Schools
  • Community colleges
  • Local, state, or federal governments
  • Child and family service organizations
  • Healthcare agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service agencies

Potential career roles include:

  • Instructor at community college
  • Research assistant
  • Project coordinator
  • Data analyst/manager
  • Research coordinator
  • Healthcare coordinator at hospitals or mental health facilities
  • Intervention advocate

Graduates of the MS in Psychology program with the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specialization who go on to receive Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) certification may also be prepared to work in the following areas:

  • Home and workplace
  • Hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers
  • Animal welfare and training
  • Vehicular and pedestrian safety
  • Sports, health, and fitness

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

Interesting Facts

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Jobs for social and human services professionals are expected to grow by 13% through 2028—much faster than the national average.1
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Almost 90% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.2

Testimonials

Theresa Mollenthiel

Theresa Mollenthiel

MS in Psychology Graduate and PhD in Psychology Student
Studying with Walden was challenging, but I learned how to put forth my best efforts in order to receive the best outcome.
No other school would have enabled me to complete my degree, be a mother, and travel in and out of the country as a working professional.
Walden University is a resource-loaded, caring network of faculty and students that allows anyone in the world to fulfill their educational goals while improving the world we live in.
Sonya Walker MS in Psychology Graduate
Sonya Walker
Linnaya Graf MPH & PhD in Public Health Graduate / MS in Psychology Student
Linnaya Graf
Michael Wayne Hubbell MS in Psychology Graduate
Michael Hubbell

1Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Human Service Assistants. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

2Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

Note: The MS in Psychology program’s Applied Behavior Analysis specialization has been designed to offer acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis (Verified Course Sequence as approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International and accepted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) and prepare students to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam, which is administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). Walden University does not offer the fieldwork experience required for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information on applying for certification from BACB, visit www.bacb.com/bcba.

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