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Improve the lives of many with an MS in Psychology from Walden.

By completing our online MS in Psychology program, you will have the opportunity to build credibility as a psychology practitioner and impact more lives in need. Learn to apply the latest psychological research and theory to solve critical, relevant problems affecting your clients and communities today. A master’s in psychology is a nonlicensure degree that prepares students for career advancement in settings such as community agencies, healthcare, education, or social services.

Gain sought-after skills

Develop job-ready competencies that are important to today’s employers—such as written communication, and inquiry and analysis.

One-on-one Guidance from Faculty

Benefit from personalized support that exceeds what you’d find in a typical classroom.

Multiple Specializations

Choose from several MS in Psychology specializations to shape the career you want through relevant coursework.

Open to all Undergraduates

The MS in Psychology program at Walden is open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working professionals.

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

Walden University Tempo Learning® Tempo Learning® is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program.

Get a Head Start on Your Doctorate

Some of the specializations in this program offer a track that lays the groundwork for pursuit of your doctoral degree. See below which specializations offer a doctoral preparation track.


General Psychology

Explore the fundamentals of psychology, including its theories, methods, and principles through the comprehensive study of the social, cultural, and cognitive aspects of human behavior.

Course-Based Learning Doctoral Preparation Tempo

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

This specialization is for those in the helping professions who want to explore psychological development at all stages of life.

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.

Course-Based Learning Doctoral Preparation

Digital Psychology

Interaction with digital technology has a profound impact on human psychological development, behavior, and attitudes. In this specialization, you’ll explore the risks, challenges, and opportunities of digital media and what it means to behave responsibly in the digital world.

Educational Psychology

Study cognition, motivation, life span development, and learning for individuals ranging from high achievers to those with specialized needs.

Course-Based Learning Doctoral Preparation

Health Psychology

Gain a broad understanding of psychological theories, principles, and research strategies while learning how to prevent illness and to promote healthy behaviors.

Course-Based Learning Doctoral Preparation


Get maximum flexibility to design a program that closely matches your personal and professional goals.

Course-Based Learning Doctoral Preparation

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.

Course-Based Learning Doctoral Preparation

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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.

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.


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