Master of Arts in Psychology


Program Description

Online Master of Psychology Program Highlights

The online master’s in psychology program can be defined as the gateway to understanding human behavior and the foundational practices that accompany the psychology vocation. You will gain a deeper understanding of psychological diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

  • 4–8 sessions
  • 36–48 units
  • 18–24 months to complete

The online master's programs offer cohort start dates every year in spring, summer, fall, and winter. The submit deadline for the summer cohort is Friday, May 8.

The program’s 36–48 units can be completed in 18 to 24 months depending on your chosen time frame. After you’ve completed the program, you will be ready to pursue a variety of careers in the field of psychology in a range of professional settings.

The online Master of Arts in Psychology program gives you a broad understanding of human behavior and the fundamental principles of the psychology field. Structured by a clinical framework, the program will expose you to essential psychological theory and practice through online classes and course work.

Whether you want to enter the human services field, advance your career in a related field, or pursue doctoral study in psychology, you will be prepared to apply your psychological expertise to your next professional or academic endeavor.

The online master’s in psychology is available to students across the US.

Online Master’s in Psychology Curriculum Overview

Our online master’s in psychology curriculum teaches you core psychological concepts and introduces you to the theories clinical practitioners apply in real-world situations. As a student, you will explore mental and emotional disorders, conduct research, and evaluate methods as you learn how psychological principles can be used to assess personality and intelligence.

The curriculum is designed to address a wide range of practical and clinically oriented subject materials brought to life within the virtual classroom platform. You will have the opportunity to select multiple electives, allowing you to customize your plan of study to focus on the topics and areas that most interest you.

Online Psychology Program Courses

Pepperdine’s online content and course work reflects the academic complexity and reputation of the on-campus option. Courses will introduce you to a range of psychotherapy techniques while providing insight into topics such as multicultural counseling and career development.

Students will complete five foundation courses, nine core courses, and choose two elective courses. Here is a sample of courses you will study in the online Master of Arts in Psychology program:

  • Industrial organizational psychology
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders
  • Interpersonal skills and group therapy
  • Trauma in diverse populations
  • Theories of counseling and psychotherapy
  • Career development theory techniques
  • Techniques of counseling and psychotherapy
  • Advanced research and scholarly writing
  • Clinical interventions with children, adults, and adolescents

Foundation courses are offered as part of the master’s program and may be waived if you have earned a “B” or better in classes covering the required course work within the past seven years.

Admissions Overview

OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine seeks students who are committed to cultivating a deep understanding of human behavior while advancing their capability to serve those in need. We accept applications on a rolling basis and offer you the option to start earning your psychology degree at various times throughout the year.

To apply, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You are not required to provide GRE scores as part of your application. You’ll complete 36–48 units within 18 to 24 months, with no practicum or internship requirements. Applicants who take advantage of the priority submit deadline will have their application fee waived.

Career Paths After the Online Psychology Program

With a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine, you’ll be empowered to align your career with your passion for helping others. You will be prepared to pursue doctoral study or employment within a human services-related setting such as public mental health, education, healthcare, government, or the corporate sector.

The job market is diverse and includes both independent and team-oriented career options.

Here are some of the roles you may be qualified to pursue after earning your master’s in psychology online:

  • Care coordinator
  • Child development specialist
  • Community outreach specialist
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Executive coach
  • Grant writer
  • Group facilitator
  • Market research analyst
  • Program manager/director
  • Research assistant

The Pepperdine Master’s in Psychology Online Experience

Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology strives to develop and inspire students to occupy leadership roles in professions that influence the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in need.

With the online Master of Arts in Psychology program, you’ll encounter an encouraging community of scholars and educators who share your ambition for making the greatest impact possible on those burdened with mental and emotional disorders. Through a combination of psychological science, theory, and practitioner training, you will be prepared to take the next step in your journey.

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