Online Master of Science in Psychology – Positive Psychology

Arizona State University’s Master of Science in psychology with a concentration in positive psychology allows you to apply psychological concepts to promote individual flourishing and satisfaction with life. Through the lens of historical and contemporary research in positive psychology, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the basic tenets of the field, the methodologies employed and the evidence-based interventions that seek to improve peoples’ lives.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/08/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 12

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 36

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What is positive psychology and how can it help others?

Positive psychology is the scientific study of strengths and behaviors that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This form of psychology differs from traditional psychology, as it focuses on mental strengths and wellness rather than deficits and illness. For example, a traditional psychology researcher is more likely to investigate environmental factors contributing to depression, whereas a positive psychology researcher is more likely to investigate environmental factors contributing to happiness.

Overall, there’s a rapidly growing body of research in the field of positive psychology with many applications to individual well-being, relationships, the workplace and other life domains. Positive psychology promotes individual flourishing, satisfaction with life and overall happiness of others.

What you’ll learn in a positive psychology master’s concentration

 

As a student in this master’s in positive psychology online, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge and skills of a traditional psychology program, while focusing your studies on topics central to the field of positive psychology, such as optimism, gratitude, coping mechanisms, resilience and mindfulness.

Upon graduation, you’ll walk away with a range of skills and competencies, including:

  • Basic research methodology and statistics.
  • Fundamental constructs within positive psychology, such as hope, resilience, joy, gratitude and more.
  • Positive psychology interventions and practices.
  • Problem solving and critical analysis.
  • Psychological theory and knowledge.
  • Writing for academic audiences.

Who is a good candidate for this master’s program?

 

This program is ideal for those passionate about bringing out the best in others and looking to gain additional knowledge in the field of psychology with a specialization in positive psychology.

Graduates of this program may pursue professional opportunities in health care or education settings, public health agencies or wellness promotion companies. Additionally, the positive psychology coursework will benefit graduates working in supervisory or management positions, teaching roles or any social services profession.

Please note, this master’s in positive psychology may not provide the hands-on research experience needed to pursue a pre-doctoral, pre-clinical or counseling program. Thus, the ideal candidate for this program is looking for a comprehensive overview of specialized knowledge in psychological concepts, without conducting primary research.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Positive psychology master’s courses

This master’s in positive psychology is a rigorous, course-intensive program that features both writing and statistics. In this program, you’ll complete advanced coursework in the fields of psychology and positive psychology. Courses may include:


Core

Advanced Developmental Psychology


Core

Advanced Positive Psychology


Core

Advanced Social Psychology


Core

Emotions


Core

Fundamentals of Quantitative Research


Core

Professional Issues in Psychology


Core

Psychology of Mindfulness


Core

Research Methods


What you can do with a positive psychology master’s concentration

Upon graduation of this master’s in positive psychology, you’ll be prepared to pursue careers in a variety of industries that utilize psychological theories, concepts and skills to apply positivity practices or implement interventions for others.

It’s important to note that this program doesn’t train you for pre-doctoral programs, or careers in counseling or clinical psychology.

Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:

Human resources director

Mental health professional

Nonprofit employee

Research analyst

Social services worker

Faculty who build, maintain and improve a rigorous and relevant curriculum

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Faculty who build, maintain and improve a rigorous and relevant curriculum

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

How to apply

Applicants to the Master of Science in psychology with a concentration in positive psychology must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

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Study at one of the top-ranked universities in the nation

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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