Master of Arts Degree in Psychology
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Master of Arts Degree in Psychology
The Master of Arts (MA) program enables students to pursue advanced study in psychology that can lead to careers in the helping professions, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. The program also provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for doctoral-level study. There are two specializations within the MA program, the General Psychology specialization, and the Gender and Sexual Fluidity specialization.
The General Psychology specialization exposes students to foundational courses in psychology such as Motivation and Emotion, Ethics, Cognition and Emotion, Theories of Personality, and Research Design. In addition to these foundational courses, students are given the ability to select elective courses from a broad range of topics, to fit their personal and professional goals. This flexibility in course selection allows for a degree program of study that meets your interests.
Prepare for a Rewarding Career in Psychology
The Gender and Sexual Fluidity specialization is one of the newest degree programs of study, and as such, it has been updated with current and relevant research on gender and sexual fluidity. In addition to the foundational courses described above, students in this degree program of study will take courses such as the psychology of sexuality and sexual orientation, the Psychology of gender, the Psychology of LGBTQ+, and an Introduction to Transgender and Non-Binary studies.
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Gender and Sexual Fluidity, MA-PSY
Gender and sexual fluidity is an ever-important topic of study in the area of emotional health. NU’s Department of Psychology recognizes how crucial it is for today’s mental health providers and educators to possess knowledge and sensitivity to a myriad issue, challenges, and changes to our current understanding of mental health, gender, and healthy sexuality. The master’s in this specialization examines social, cultural and biological foundations that influence gender diversity. Taught by professors who hold doctoral degrees, you’ll also gain expertise in theory and research skills, and develop ways to apply your learning about gender diversity in your own community. Recent revisions to this program have resulted in a streamlined 30-credit program, resulting in a lower total cost than a 36-credit program.Learn More
General Psychology, MA-PSY
Our General Psychology specialization helps you develop a broad base of knowledge, strong research, and critical-thinking skills, as well as an appreciation for diversity. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you are encouraged to tailor your program to your career interests and goals. In this specialization, you will gain expertise in the biological and social bases for behavior, the fascinating process of human development and the amazing history of psychology. You’ll learn the impact of psychology on today’s culture, as well as the role of ethics in the field.Learn More
MA in Psychology Program Outcomes
At Northcentral University, you can earn your MA in Psychology degree online, when it’s convenient for you. And although you attend class online, you still receive the personal support and guidance you deserve thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This offers the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule.
MA in Psychology Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of Northcentral University’s Master’s in Psychology program, graduates will be able to:
- Model clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public
- Examine diversity issues in professional contexts
- Relate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional issues
- Apply psychological principles and research in personal, social, and organizational issues
- Examine research methods and data analysis in psychology
- Analyze theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts
Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.
Hear From Our Faculty
Watch our video to learn more about the Master of Arts in Psychology program from Dr. James Billings, Dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
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