Build your digital media literacy
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.
This digital psychology master’s program prepares you to pursue careers in digital psychology and work in roles such as social media analyst, digital marketer, digital data analyst, and data ethics advocate.
- Foundation course (3 cr.)
- Core courses (25 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
This represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, contact an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.
The 11-week courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence below.
Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology
Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students build a foundation for academic and professional success as social change agents. They assess the relationship of Walden's mission and vision to professional goals. They establish connections with their peers and the broader Walden community. Students engage in course assignments focused on the practical application of scholarly writing, critical-thinking skills, academic integrity, ethics, and the promotion of professional and academic excellence within the field of psychology.
Themes and Theories of Psychology
In this course, students are introduced to theories, research, and themes that form the tenets of psychology. Basic theoretical models are reviewed, including psychodynamic, cognitive, developmental, social learning/sociocognitive, behaviorist, learning and motivation, systems, biopsychosocial, and gender theories. Theories encompassing diverse populations, including cross-cultural and feminist theories, are also covered. Students critically examine the strengths and limitations of these theories and their utility in the field of psychology. Contemporary themes in psychology are explored, with an emphasis on application of theories designed to effect positive social change.
In this course, students are provided with an advanced overview of development through the lifespan, including prenatal, childhood, adolescent, adult, and late adult phases. Basic developmental processes and theories are examined and applied to developmental milestones that occur within these phases of development. Themes of diversity are highlighted throughout the course. Additional topics include ethics, research, global perspectives, and social change.
Culture and Psychology
Students in this course explore the cultural components, research, and theory of cross-cultural psychology. In addition to the previously listed goals, students focus on the impact that culture has on the field of psychology around the world. The scope of this course is broad, with the core theme being cross-cultural psychology (focusing on cultures representing different parts of the world) and comparing cultural influence on human psychology. Many of the topics addressed are related to human development. Additionally, interactions among culture and social behaviors, health, mental health, and mental illnesses are emphasized throughout the duration of this course.
Research Theory, Design, and Methods
In this research course, students are provided with core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the graduate level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the role of theory, and research processes. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs and data collection methods are introduced. The alignment of research components is emphasized. Students also explore ethical and social change implications of designing and conducting research. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing an annotated bibliography.
Development in the Digital Age
Students in this course examine the impact of social media and other digital technology on children, teens, and adults and at different stages of cognitive, social, and emotional development. They also examine how identity development, relationships, and socialization can be affected by the use of digital and social media. Students receive a historic review of electronic media research, including the effect of violent television on viewer behavior, which provides a foundation to examine the current impact of digital media. Current issues such as sexting, online harassment, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking are explored, along with strategies for mitigating these issues. Similarly, positive impacts of social media, such as building social groups, finding communities, overriding generational gaps, seeking health and mental health support and resources, are also explored. Students also examine generational, socioeconomic, and cultural differences in access to and use of digital media. Digital media literacy and public policy are explored, with an emphasis on positive social change.
Applied Psychology Research Methods
In this research course, students are provided with core knowledge and skills for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative data at the graduate level. Students are provided practical skills in conducting applied research activities including methodological approaches, data collection, and management. They also explore basic exploratory, descriptive, and inferential analyses and apply statistical techniques to analyze data.
Personal and Social Life in the Digital World
The course explores the interaction of technology, culture, and society, specifically how human development, actions, behaviors, and groups are influenced and shaped by media and technology. The impact of media and technology affects us throughout the life cycle—including childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. In today's high-tech world, just about every aspect of our lives—our educations, careers, and relationships—leave digital footprints. Accordingly, the importance of maintaining a high level of media and technology literacy is greater than ever before. Our increasingly technological world provides many opportunities and benefits; however, it also brings with it challenges and risks, such as digital victimization, breach of privacy and security, and human trafficking, among many others. It is up to each individual to take personal responsibility for the way they interact with media and technology. This course examines how to be a mindful consumer of technology and considers ways to harness it to effect positive social change.
Understanding Digital Data in the Changing Economic Landscape
Digital technology has impacted all aspects of human life, including the economy. With the advent of e-commerce, the economic landscape has changed drastically in the 21st century. E-commerce businesses, such as Amazon, eBay, Uber, Airbnb, Tod's, and Starbucks have impacted the economic landscape at both micro- and macro-levels, ranging from people's personal finances to larger economic activities such as jobs, investments, and inflation. In this course, students examine consumer behaviors before, during, and after the purchase experience. With the proliferation of digital media, businesses have begun focusing more on processing and analyzing digital data for business performance. Digital data analytics can be utilized to interpret consumer attitudes, examine the relationship between consumers and businesses, and to explore their satisfaction levels, among other factors. Students examine case studies illustrating the influences that digital data analytics may have on business performance, apply analytic tools for analyzing consumer digital data, and explore digital technology trends and their impact on consumer satisfaction.
MS in Psychology Capstone
Students are provided with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout their program into a practical project designed to promote positive social change in a capstone project. During this course, students work on a capstone project in which they complete a major integrative paper on a topic related to their specialization, incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge as well as social scientific research skills acquired throughout the program. The instructor may approve other capstone projects presented by students.
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Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||48 quarter credit||$535 per quarter hour||$25,680|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$160||$800|
*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 15 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $2,500 to $3,500.
Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.
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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.
Earning my MS in Psychology and PhD in Psychology has provided me a greater understanding of several disciplines, including learning, human development, research and writing, education, and even business.
Theresa M. Bane MS in Psychology Graduate
Walden is an amazing university that offers around-the-clock support.
Lia Williams MS in Psychology Graduate
From the wonderful faculty members and students to the residencies and commencement experiences, I have truly enjoyed every moment of my time here.
Nickole Cottrill MS in Psychology Graduate
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