Master of Arts in Psychology
Explore the mind by gaining additional research knowledge from your master's degree in psychology. By completing your master’s in psychology from the Golden State College, you will learn how to integrate psychological research into real-world applications. Understanding what moves people into action and then effectively employing that information to your staff, your clients, and your colleagues will set you apart from the competition. This psychology program demonstrates your expertise at applying psychology to your work life and can help support you in taking your psychology education to the next level.
At GSC, you are not required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) in order to be admitted into the master’s in psychology program. Unlike most traditional campus-based programs, this master’s in psychology can be started even if you have not taken the GRE exam which means more flexibility for you and less money to spend on test preparation materials.
The master’s program guides you through an in-depth exploration of the discipline. At the core of the master’s degree in psychology is the generalist model, a conceptual framework that emphasizes an understanding of the processes that underlie human experience and behavior, as well as core knowledge, theories, and research methods in the field of psychology. Upon completion of the psychology degree, you will be able to:
Apply ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities
Explain psychological concepts effectively using the professional standards of the discipline
Analyze the major concepts, theories, methodologies, and historical trends in psychology
Evaluate the scientific merit of the professional literature in psychology
Integrate psychological theory and research
Total number of credits: 36 credits
Core requirements: 36 credits
To be awarded the Master of Arts in Psychology degree, all students must complete 36 credit hours with a 3.00 minimum grade point average in all coursework attempted at the University.
When pursuing your master’s in psychology, you will take courses in developmental, social, and counseling psychology. Learn how to use psychological theories in any professional endeavor. You will also evaluate the scientific merit of psychological research and literature in your courses, which will give you a solid foundation of psychological knowledge when going into your field of practice.
Major Course Requirements (36 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)
PSY 600 Introduction to Graduate Study in Psychology
PSY 605 Developmental Psychology
PSY 610 Applied Social Psychology
PSY 615 Personality Theories
PSY 620 Learning & Cognition
PSY 625 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY 630 Psychopharmacology
PSY 635 Research Design & Methods
PSY 640 Psychological Testing & Assessment
PSY 645 Psychopathology
PSY 650 Introduction to Clinical & Counseling Psychology
PSY 699 Master of Arts in Psychology Capstone
When you graduate with your Master of Arts in Psychology, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background and specialized knowledge in psychology are required. Employers will find your master’s in psychology valuable, as the skills that you will develop throughout this program will be ones that every successful business will require. Some of these skills include:
Your degree in psychology can work in a variety of fields, including mental health, education, business, health care, counseling, and social and human services. Furthermore, if you have also acquired several years’ experience in business and industry, you can obtain jobs in consulting and marketing research.
As an undergraduate psychology major, you may also seek a career in any of the following industries:
If you earn an MA in Psychology, you might consider pursuing a career in these industries:
Child and Family Services
Government – Local, State, or Federal
If you earn a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), you may choose to pursue the following careers:
Human Resources Specialist
Postsecondary Business Teacher
Join a professional organization