Graduate Programs in Psychology

Students of psychology study human personality and behavior, emotion and learning. It is also concerned with the dynamics of individual interaction with other individuals, groups, and the environment. Students learn and interact with major theories of personality and behavior on both a theoretical and practical level. In addition, developing from the understanding of functional personality and behavior, psychology students study human dysfunctional behavior and emotion.

Graduate students attend more specifically to advanced theories of personality and behavior as well as the application of those theories in particular contexts or types of interactions. For example, the psychology of learning and the types of personality dysfunction that interferes with learning will be the focus of a student whose focus is in the psychology of learning or education.

Graduate students specialize and prepare themselves to apply the principles and theories they study, as well as manage information and conduct research. Competence in practicing a profession is also developed. The degree program may also be viewed as preparation for a doctorate.

One may pursue a Master of Science (MS) in a number of specializations, including:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Crisis Management and Response
  • Health Psychology
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Media Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology and Development
  • Organizational Psychology & Non-Profit Management
  • Psychology of Culture
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Administration and Social Change
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Counseling Studies¬†¬†

Alternatively, one may pursue a Master of Arts (MA) degree in several fields:

  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Child and Family Counseling
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Professional Counseling
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Gender Studies

Doctoral studies, culminating in the award of the Ph.D. degree might be pursued in several specialties, including clinical psychology, counseling psychology, counseling, educational psychology, industrial/organizational psychology or organizational development and change. At the doctoral level, study is most commonly a preparation for clinical practice, research or teaching at the level of higher education. There are also an increasing number of graduates working with business and industry to better understand internal change in organizations.

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