Master of Science Degree in Psychology

Pursuing a Master of Science in Psychology from Kaplan University offers a unique opportunity to blend the rich, academic tradition of psychology with exciting, contemporary applications of the science. Students will study the processes that guide the individual human experience and behavior, as well as the core knowledge, theories, and research in the field of psychology.

Our master’s degree in psychology includes four areas of concentration to choose from—general psychology, addictions, applied behavior analysis, or industrial/organizational psychology.

Master of Science in Psychology Program Highlights

A master’s degree in psychology could help prepare you to pursue employment in the field of psychology or in related fields such as postsecondary education.* The psychology graduate program is designed to help you:

  • Understand how contemporary theories relate to real-world situations faced in various psychology professions.
  • Critically evaluate and apply general psychological theories and concepts, as well as theories from the selected area of concentration, to various client-based situations within the field of psychology.
  • Apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology as they relate to the selected area of concentration to arrive at evidence-based professional practice strategies.
  • Apply ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural standards and guidelines set forth within the selected area of concentration and field of psychology.

Prior to graduation, students have the choice of completing a thesis or passing a comprehensive exam.

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Master of Science in Psychology Concentrations

In addition to helping you develop a broad foundation in psychology, our online master’s in psychology is designed to enhance your knowledge in the area of concentration that best fits your career and educational goals. Many of our concentrations also include a practicum course to help you gain hands-on experience the field.

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Addictions: Study the principles of addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, and learn to apply them to guide clients toward recovery. 

The Master of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in addictions is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (nasacaccreditation.org). Students who complete the addictions concentration within the master’s degree in psychology program will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification examination.

General Psychology: Examine broad aspects of psychology, including behavioral approaches, neuropsychology, psychopathology, and cognitive psychology.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Apply psychological principles to the business world and explore the theories, methods, and practice of industrial/organizational psychology. Study how to influence workplace motivation and attitude, employee training, evaluation and leadership, organizational behavior, and human resources.

Practicum and non-practicum versions of the concentration are available. The practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on, real-world experience within the field.

Behavior psychology degrees

Applied Behavior Analysis: Focus on the developmentally disabled, the autistic, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Utilize behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and intervention skills. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc., (BACB®) has verified the Kaplan University course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

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Students interested in getting a head start on the field experience hours required to sit for the BCBA Examination can elect to complete a practicum as part of the applied behavior analysis concentration.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

With a master’s degree in psychology from Kaplan University, you could pursue specialist or supervisory positions in social services or health care organizations. You may also find opportunities in human resources departments, as well as employee-assistance, research, or educational settings.

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Curriculum: Thesis Track - Practicum

Desired Track
Thesis Track - Practicum
  • Thesis Track - Practicum
  • Thesis Track - Nonpracticum
  • Thesis Track - Addictions Concentration
  • Comprehensive Exam Track - Practicum
  • Comprehensive Exam Track - Nonpracticum
  • Comprehensive Exam Track - Addictions Concentration
  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 40

    Total Program Credits: 70

    • PS 501: FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course will provide the graduate student with an overview of the skills needed to study about, and work within, the field of psychology. These skills, as they relate to the field of psychology, include academic writing, APA style formatting, critical reading and evaluation of scholarly literature, critical thinking, support and networking through school and professional resources, career exploration, and understanding state and national licensure/credentialing. Students will demonstrate use and application of these skills as they evaluate subfields of psychology and analyze theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • MM 570: APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course provides students the foundation for understanding and performing statistical analyses of data with applications to psychological research. Topics include distributions, descriptive statistics, correlation, regression, tests of hypotheses, and analysis of variance techniques. Students will perform statistical tests using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and interpret those results. SPSS is required for this course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

       None

       

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • PS 504: ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS Change

      This course provides an in-depth look at the conceptual underpinnings and methodologies of psychological research. Students will explore qualitative and quantitative research methods, learn about data analysis, and apply concepts to design hypothetical research studies. Topics include the scientific method, issues in experimen­tal psychology, evaluation of internal and external validity, ethical considerations, and responsibili­ties in writing and reporting research findings. Students will also learn how to become critical evaluators of research.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • PS 505: TESTING, MEASUREMENT, AND ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health behavior, emphasizing the use of psycho-social theories and models of health behavior for effective health education and public health practice and research. You will apply the theories and models of health behavior to real-world scenarios encountered in health education and public health. The course focuses on the various factors that influence health behavior, the impact on health and disease of populations, and the implications for health programming.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

       PS 504, or IX 540 and enrollment in the Master of Science in Educational Psychology

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • PS 506: LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT Change

      This course examines human development through the life span from birth to adulthood, concluding with issues surrounding death and dying. The student will use case studies to examine biological, social, and cognitive changes at each stage of life and their relevance to clinical, educa­tional, and social problems. Students also evaluate the major psychosocial issues and conflicts that arise, and identify individual and social needs at each stage of development.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • PS 601: MASTER'S RESEARCH AND THESIS I Change

      This course provides the student with the tools needed to develop and submit a formal proposal for research relevant to the psychology graduate curriculum and the student's chosen area of study. This course is best suited for students who wish to add to the body of professional knowledge in their chosen field of psychology or who intend to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Successful completion of all thesis-track courses except PS 602

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • PS 602: MASTER'S RESEARCH AND THESIS II Change

      The goal of this course is the completion of the Master of Science in Psychology thesis. Students complete their research, submit the completed thesis to their committee members for review, and orally present their statement of the problem, research design and methods, findings, conclu­sions, and recommendations during a scheduled thesis defense hearing. The thesis shall be prepared according to APA guidelines and according to Kaplan University guidelines. The final, approved product shall be submitted to appropriate person­nel for binding and acquisition. If appropriate, the thesis must conform to the standards and procedures of Kaplan University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). This course is best suited for students who wish to add to the body of professional knowledge in their chosen field of psychology or who intend to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS  601

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

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    • PS 502: ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course explores professional codes of eth­ics and standards related to research and the practice of psychology. Emphasis will be placed on application of the American Psychological As­sociation Code of Ethics and standards in the field. Students will analyze and evaluate ethical and legal decision-making practices and operations within professional organizations. Cultural and social fac­tors and the implications for scholar-practitioners are also explored.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • PS 507: ETHICS FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS Change

      This course explores professional issues and ethics in the field of applied behavior analysis. Emphasis will be placed on ethical codes specific to the science and practice of behavior analysis. You will also analyze personal biases that may impact on the ethical decision-making process.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

    • PS 508: ETHICS FOR ADDICTIONS PROFESSIONALS Change

      This course provides an in-depth study of the laws, ethics, confidentiality requirements, and protocols that guide clinical addictions work in professional settings. You will study the relevant codes of ethics in the addictions field. The curriculum will provide an in-depth understanding of ethical theory, an understanding of diverse populations, and knowledge of federal/state confidentiality laws. You will analyze and evaluate moral and legal issues, as well as any personal and socio-cultural influences, that may impact the ethical decision-making process. You will develop decision-making skills that will impact your analysis and responses to complex ethical issues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis specialization must take PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts. Students enrolled in the addictions specialization must take PS 508: Ethics for Addictions Professionals.

  • Concentrations

    Total Concentrations Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 70

Curriculum: Concentration

Concentration
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  • Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration
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  • Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

    Total Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 70

    • PS 512: RESEARCH DESIGN IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS Change

      This course will introduce you to single- case research design (SCRD), an applied research approach used in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions with individuals. The term single- case research design is also referred to as single-subject research design (SSRD) in the behavioral sciences. The basic premise of this quantitative experimental approach is that research subjects serve as their own control. In this course, you will learn how to select from basic SCRD to determine the effectiveness of an intervention in applied settings (i.e., real-world scenario). You will also be introduced to the legal, ethical, and social validity aspects as they relate to the design and evaluation of an intervention through SCRD.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 517: ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS Change

      This course covers advanced principles, theo­ries, and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis. The assessment and development of behavioral interventions are covered, along with real-life examples, case studies, and current research in this area of psychology.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 522: BEHAVIORAL MEASURES AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA Change

      This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge in behavioral assessment used in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Specific topics to be discussed include measurement of behavior, functional behavior assessment techniques, and experimental analysis (i.e., functional analysis and structural analysis). You will learn how to analyze and visually display data to communicate the results in a clear, efficient, and parsimonious manner.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 527: IMPLEMENTING BEHAVIORAL CHANGE Change

      This course covers the fundamentals of implementing a behavior change program in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Students will gain skill and practice in how to design an effective behavior change program through the use of real-life case study examples. The different factors involved in maintaining and promoting the generalization of behavioral change in real-world settings will be explored.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 532: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS Change

      This course provides an overview of the various clinical methods of behavior change, along with more current research on evidence-based best practices in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Students will consider the practical, ethical, legal, cultural, and social validity needs of a client into an effective behavior change plan.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 555: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS PRACTICUM Change

      The practicum experience in applied behavior analysis is designed to provide students an opportunity to acquire new behavior-analytic skills related to the current BACB task list. These activities should be consistent with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis identified in the seminal article “Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis” by Baer, Wolf, and Risely (1968). Students will gain practical experience designing and implementing behavior change programs for clients in various real-world settings. This course is appropriate for students seeking to sit for the BCBA exam under the Supervised Independent Fieldwork Experience Category.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration

    Total Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 70

    • PS 540: INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT Change

      This course focuses on the structure, function, processes, and other organizational -level constructs that impact the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Emphasis is on classical and contemporary theories of organizations, organizational structure, organizational design, technology, and the process of organizational policy formation and implementation. The course explores theory and research into surveying and facilitating change in individuals, groups, and organizations to improve effectiveness, efficiency, satisfaction, work life quality, and retention.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 541: ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND BEHAVIOR Change

      This course examines the theoretical foundations of organizational management and behavior, and explores how organizations function. Topics include decision making and group processes in organizations; conflict management and resolution; nature and design of effective organizations; power, influence, and internal politics; and program and organizational development and evaluation.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 542: WORKPLACE MOTIVATION AND ATTITUDES Change

      This course examines the individual/team and the workplace environment, paying particular attention to direction, strength, and persistence of relevant individual/team behavior in organizations when individual/team abilities and organizational constraints are held constant. The course will focus on human motivation and relevant psychological research and theory related to the field of industrial/organizational psychology. Emphasis is placed on determinants, consequences, and measurement of job satisfaction, work life quality, and related constructs such as involvement and commitment.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 543: ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP—MANAGEMENT, TRAINING, AND EVALUATION Change

      This course focuses on the development of skills for supervising, training, and evaluating employees. The course explores theory and practice in job and task analysis along with performance appraisal including legal aspects, techniques available, current research, cognitive aspects, and reliability and validity issues. Emphasis is on methods of measuring and evaluating individuals as they perform organizational tasks and actions with individuals emerging from such appraisals, including coaching. The knowledge base includes a thorough understanding of rating scale construction and use, as well as understanding of the relative advantages of different rating sources (e.g., supervisory vs. peer).

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 544: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT Change

      This course examines psychological principles related to human resources management in both physical and virtual work environments. Topics include aspects of the hiring process, including employee selection and performance appraisal; affirmative action, labor laws, harassment, and equal-opportunity decision making; design and evaluation of training programs; training methods and leadership/management development; the work environment; compensation, benefits, and rate increases; and disciplinary action.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • PS 545: INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL FIELD PLACEMENT Change

      The field placement experience in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The field placement is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience, and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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    *The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this Master of Science in Psychology program do not prepare graduates for state licensure.

    *The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs.

    Note that additional requirements must also be completed to take the Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) examination, including degree, field experience, and licensure requirements. Refer to www.naadac.org/ncc-ap for full eligibility requirements, including state-specific information.

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