Master’s Degree in Psychology

The master’s in psychology is a graduate-level degree program that typically takes two to three years to complete. Unlike either the associate or bachelor’s degree in psychology, the master’s in psychology is considered a terminal degree depending on your career field. A master’s degree in psychology is sufficient for entry-level career positions in organizational-industrial psychology as well as other business fields where psychology is employed. Notwithstanding, a doctorate degree in psychology is still the degree of choice among employers, and is absolutely necessary for those seeking a career as a clinical, counseling or educational psychologist practitioner. In fact, every state in the nation now requires that licensure applicants have a doctorate degree in psychology or a closely related field before sitting for state licensing exams.

Most colleges that offer the master’s of psychology program offer the option of choosing between a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degree. The Master of Arts degree focuses on the study of psychology within the humanities disciplines. The MA in psychology addresses the human condition from a more analytic and applied perspective. In contract, the MS in psychology focuses on the human condition from a more empirical and science driven point of view. The difference between and MA and MS in psychology will vary depending on the school, but as a rule of thumb an MA degree traditionally focuses on theoretical and applied topics while the MS focuses on in-depth empirical research.

Career opportunities for students who earn a master’s degree in psychology are more plentiful than for those who only earn a bachelor’s degree. However, master’s programs can vary dramatically from one program to another. Some schools offer master’s degrees in psychology as terminal degrees-which are specifically designed to prepare students for careers, while others offer master’s programs designed to prepare students to pursue a doctorate degree in psychology. Before applying to any master’s program in psychology you’ll want to determine what the focus of the program is, and if it is in line with your future goals and career aspirations.

If you plan on using a master’s in psychology as a stepping stone into a doctoral program you may want to determine which doctoral program you want to attend prior to earning a master’s degree. Some doctorate programs in psychology only require the completion of a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Below we’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of over 700 accredited colleges and universities that offer master’s degree programs in psychology.

Adams State College
Alamosa, CO
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Chicago, IL
Alliant international University
San Diego, CA
Amberton University
Garland, TX
American Public University System
Charles Town, WV
Angelo State University
San Angelo, TX
Ashland University
Ashland, OH
Assumption College
Worcester, MA
Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University at Montgomery
Montgomery, AL
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN
Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Clarks Summit, PA
Bellevue University
Bellevue, NE
Brenau University
Gainesville, GA
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA
California Baptist University
Riverside, CA
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA
California University of Pennsylvania
California, PA
Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, KY
Central Methodist University
Fayette, MO
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI
City University of Seattle
Bellevue, WA
Concordia University-Wisconsin
Mequon, WI
Corban University
Salem, OR
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC
Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS
Grace College and Theological Seminary
Winona Lake, IN
Sofia University
Palo Alto, CA
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA
Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Lynn University
Boca Raton, FL
Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Metropolitan State University
Saint Paul, MN
Mountain State University
Beckley, WV
Naropa University
Boulder, CO
National University
La Jolla, CA
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
Northcentral University
Prescott Valley, AZ
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ottawa University
Ottawa, KS
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Carpinteria, CA
Palo Alto University
Redwood City, CA
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT
Salve Regina University
Newport, RI
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Waxahachie, TX
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Weatherford, OK
Tarleton State University
Stephenville, TX
Texas A & M University
College Station, TX
The Sage Colleges
Troy, NY
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee-Martin
Martin, TN
The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
The University of West Alabama
Livingston, AL
Touro College
New York, NY
Union College
Barbourville, KY
Union Institute & University
Cincinnati, OH
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
University of Houston-Victoria
Victoria, TX
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
University of Mary
Bismarck, ND
University of Massachusetts-Boston
Boston, MA
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME
University of the Cumberlands
Williamsburg, KY
University of the Rockies
Colorado Springs, CO
University of the Southwest
Hobbs, NM
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Wright State University
Dayton, OH

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