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Master of Arts Degree in Psychology

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No residency

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No group work

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100% Online learning

National and Northcentral have merged, and this program is now offered by NU. Learn more.

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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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Course Details

The Master of Arts in Psychology program can be completed in 30 credits.

Students who complete at least 15 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at NCU (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

In some cases, specialization courses listed on the initial degree plan can be changed at the student’s request. Please contact your Academic and Finance Advisor for more information.

Online Masters in Psychology Course Listings

This course is an introduction to graduate studies in Psychology. Students will have an opportunity to review psychological theories, ethical principles, and history of the field, including the emergence of diversity in the field of Psychology. In addition, graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, effective use of the University Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and use of APA form and style in professional communication will be introduced. Students will complete the course with a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

This course examines legal and ethical issues as they relate to the profession of psychology as practiced in any and all settings. Course content includes standards of practice, state licensing and practice regulations, research requirements, and professional ethics codes. This course is required for all graduate students in psychology. Students are encouraged to consider the issues from the perspective of their own specialty and interest, and to complete their assignments from their perspective of interest.

In this course, the student will study human development from conception through late adulthood. Students will engage in a variety of activities and applications through which they will explore, understand, and reflect upon key theories and concepts related to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development across the lifespan. Students will develop an appreciation of the impact of the cross-disciplinary importance of the study of human development.

Upon the completion of this course, you will develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design. As a result of this newfound knowledge, you will become a more educated and discerning consumer of the existing published research. In addition, you will be more informed on how to effectively and ethically use these different research methods when designing research studies.

*Positions may depend on specialization chosen and require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Some roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

Program at a Glance

  • Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
  • Courses: 10 Courses
  • Recommended Completion Time: 18 Months
  • Next Start Date:Every Monday
  • Classroom Size: One

MA Psychology graduates have a wide range of occupations to choose from. Depending on your interests, you could select several different career paths:

  • Market Researcher
  • Project Coordinator/Manager
  • Community College Professor/Instructor
  • Family Services Worker
  • Social Service Manager
  • Health Project Coordinator
  • Employee Trainer
  • Research Assistant
  • Data Analyst/Manager
  • Intervention Advocate

*Positions may depend on specialization chosen and require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Some roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.


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.

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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.

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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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