Through this program, students can acquire a strong, research-based background in psychology. They may choose to direct their curriculum in a particular concentration, such as clinical, social, behavioral, experimental or cognitive psychology. Tracks may differ according to school, but most programs will require the completion of a thesis. Master’s degrees are usually completed within two years. They can prepare graduates for doctoral programs in psychology or master’s-level careers in research and counseling.
You’ll explore that and more in the Master of Science in Psychology degree program. Through a grounding in general psychology, you’ll learn skills for: enhancing the evaluation of human behavior and applying theory directly to the human experience; helping individuals and groups function more effectively; and understanding the impact of outside influences on interactions and motivations. The newly developed master’s thesis will be an option for all students, including those taking the general track (no concentration) as well as those opting for a concentration. Note: The Master of Science in Psychology does not educationally prepare you for state licensure as a psychologist.
What you’ll learn
The Master of Psychology program focuses on the general rather than clinical psychological study of individuals, including their behaviors, thought processes and emotions. The program will provide supervisors in a variety of disciplines with an understanding of the cognitive and affective processes that underlie the individual human experience and behavior; research methodologies by which this knowledge is acquired; critical thinking and problem solving necessary to evaluate behavior; and the application of theoretical principles to inter- and intra-personal issues. The courses in this program do not have a clinical emphasis and do not lead to professional licensure.
Students can explore theories on human behavior, intervention techniques, patient assessment and research methods throughout their courses in psychology. Examples of course topics in this degree program may include the following:
Industrial and organizational psychology
Professional and research ethics
If individuals are interested in practicing in other areas of psychology independently, they’ll need to earn a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Psychology, according to the BLS. Each state has its own licensure requirements that psychologists will need to meet.
The Auburn Montgomery Graduate Studies Psychology program runs the gamut, offering coursework that explores both psychology research and application. Utilizing the scientist/practitioner model is popular with our students because it allows the future Ph.D., the future researcher and the future practitioner the opportunity to fulfill a transcript that is ideal for their career and academic goals. Whether you plan to advance to the highest levels of education, practice under a doctor, or use this master’s degree in any other way, you’ll find psychology history, theory, research and application to be at the core of your studies. This program is small by design, allowing the professors ample time to spend with each student, addressing questions and offering direction.
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