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Master of Science in Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology from Avila University is a 36-credit degree program that provides students with a solid foundation in psychology. The degree program offers students an in-depth survey of the diverse research, theory, and practices of psychology’s many sub-disciplines. The program is designed for students preparing to apply for doctoral programs and for students interested in working in non-clinical settings.

The MS in Psychology degree program has three tracks: research, mental health and general. The degree programs require a set of core courses that cover foundation components of psychology and statistical research design.

The mental health track enables students to better understand human behavior by studying the psychological science of typical and atypical behavior. The capstone for this track involves a project in the community to address issues related to mental health.

The research track includes hands-on research to prepare students planning for advanced study in psychology. Students complete a master’s thesis with a faculty research mentor as the capstone.

The general track is for students who desire maximum flexibility in coursework.

The MSP program is ideal for anyone wanting a better understanding of the psychology of human beings. This degree is customizable for anyone working in the fields of education, law enforcement, human resources, business or the helping professions.

Program Requirements - 36 credit hours

Core Courses - 18 hours

PY 612 Advanced Cognitive Processes
PY 617 Research Design and Analysis I
PY 621 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PY 627 Research Design and Analysis II
PY 650 Biological Bases of Behavior
PY 655 Advanced Social Psychology

Research Concentration

PY 637 Research Design and Analysis III
PY 647 Research Experience (2 hours)
PY 697 Master's Thesis (6 hours)
Electives 7 hours

Mental Health Concentration

PY 622 Addictions
PY 623 Drugs and Behavior
PY 630 Theories of Counseling
PY 641 Abnormal Psychology of Children and Adolescents 
PY 647 Research Experience I 
PY 680 Special Topics as approved
PY 681 Human Sexuality
PY 689 Community Project (capstone experience)
Electives 3 hours  

General Concentration

PY 689  Community project (capstone experience)

Electives 15 hours

For course descriptions, please view the graduate catalog.

Master of Science in Psychology Accelerated 4+1 option

The School of Psychology offers an accelerated option to outstanding undergraduate Avila psychology students allowing a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology to be earned in as few as 5 years. Through early admission to the Master of Science in Psychology program, students admitted to the accelerated 4+1 program may earn up to 12 credit hours at the graduate level to be counted toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

Interested students should submit an application for admission to the School of Psychology.  The admission process should be started early to ensure timely consideration.  Students may consult with the department chair and the graduate psychology enrollment and retention manager prior to applying. More information available.

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