The MS in Psychology program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences is home to highly productive researchers who publish in top-tier journals and who have received numerous internal and external funding, as well as awards for career achievements.
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The online Master of Science in Psychology degree is designed to give students and working professionals an understanding of psychological theory and empirical research findings as they relate to human behavior, cognition, emotion, and attitudes. The coursework is designed to help students learn about the various roles of psychologists in society today and discover which they might like to pursue through careers in education, social service, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, management, or through additional graduate training.

Elective courses in all options are offered in several areas, including abnormal psychology, affective science, behavior analysis, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, legal psychology, psychophysiology and social psychology.

The Master’s program is offered to both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can earn the degree in as little as 18 months. Part-time students will take longer to complete the degree, but must fulfill all requirements for the degree within six years from the date of their first course. Students must meet all admissions criteria of the Graduate College and the MS Psychology program.

The online Master of Science in Psychology degree is designed for individuals who desire to gain additional research knowledge or who want to pursue a career in mental health, nonprofit, or marketing. This is a rigorous course-intensive program that requires writing and statistics; the program is best suited for highly motivated individuals.

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  • Psychologists
  • Sociologists

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The ASU Online Master of Science in Psychology is not a pre-clinical or counseling program. The MS in Psychology will not allow students to work professionally or to practice as a licensed counselor or "clinical psychologist," which requires a PhD and additional postdoctoral training. Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Science in Psychology may need additional hands-on research experience prior to applying to a doctoral program.


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate level coursework from an accredited institution and has achieved a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or higher.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Proof of English proficiency

For students applying to the Capstone Course option offered in the online delivery of the program, submission of GRE scores are recommended, but not required.

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The statement of purpose should describe the educational background, scholarly interests, and academic and professional goals of the applicant.

It is preferred that the letters of recommendation are from faculty members who know the applicant's work well; if these are not available, then recommendations should be from individuals in supervisory or professional roles.

For students applying to the Capstone Course option offered in the online delivery of the program, submission of GRE scores are recommended but not required.

It is strongly recommended that students who apply have an undergraduate research methods and statistics course in a social science field. If a student has one, but not the other, they may be admitted under provisional requirements.

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