MS Psychology (Online) Advising

We have a team of advisors and staff that are here to help you through your time in your program. Please email with questions related to policies and procedures to help you navigate graduate school successfully. Many of the answers to your questions may be on this website and in the Handbook, please review both carefully. 

Make an Appointment If you are a continuing graduate student in one of our programs, you can setup an appointment with an advisor by clicking the “Make An Appointment” button below:

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If you are a new student, please click on the Next Steps Checklist button below to get started:

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If you are a prospective student, please click the Request info button to learn more about the program and admissions process.

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Congratulations on your admission to the Master of Science program in Psychology (Online) at Arizona State University! We recognized your potential to succeed in a graduate program and we are here to help you navigate the next step in your career.

We have designed this program to give our students a strong, theory-based foundation in the modern field of psychology. Our program emphasizes quantitative methodology, statistical analysis, and professional development.  We offer a variety of seminar courses on a wide range of psychology topics, including social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive science, positive psychology, and school psychology.

 Most of the students in this program are looking for non-academic careers in government, education, behavioral health, and marketing.  PLEASE NOTE: This program does not provide hands-on research experience and it is not a pre-doctoral program.

This program requires 36 credit hours of coursework, including a capstone course. The program can be completed in as little as 12 months or at your own pace.

Arizona State University comprises sixteen colleges and schools spread across four campuses in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The MS program in psychology is offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, which is part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and is housed on ASU’s West Campus in Phoenix, AZ.

If you have any questions about our Online MS Psychology program, feel free to contact  

Please click on the Next Steps Checklist button below to get started. 

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For information on steps to register, please visit the University’s Registrar’s Office Website:

Course Load Information 

As a general rule, we recommend that students working full-time limit their coursework to 3 credit hours (one course) per session. This allows a student to complete 2 courses per semester and complete the program in less than 24 months. Students can accelerate their time to completion and complete as many as 6 credit hours (two courses) per session.  This allows a student to complete 4 courses per semester and complete the program in approximately 12 months.

Course Sequences

To view the recommended course sequence for you, please select the semester and year that you were admitted.  Use the tabs at the top of the page to select the semester for which you are trying to register.

Electives and PSY 598 Topics

Electives Available

PSY 598 Topics

This is an online program that requires 36 credit hours of coursework, including a capstone course. Our students receive training in advanced research methods and statistics, and can take elective seminar courses in several areas of psychology.

Note: The below degree requirements are for those students admitted during the academic years of Fall 2018 through Summer 2021. For students admitted for Fall 2021, please see checklist in the Program Links box on the right side of this page.

Required Core Courses

PSY 500: Research Methods (Session A - Fall, Spring, and Summer) 

PSY 502: Professional Issues in Psychology (Session A - Fall and Spring) 

PSY 515: Quantitative Analysis I (Session B - Fall, Spring, and Summer) 


24 credit hours 


PSY 553: Capstone in Psychology (Session B - Fall, Spring, and Summer)


As a graduate student it is your responsibility to review the recommended course sequence the academic unit lays out for the students. If a student does not follow these recommendations it may delay time to degree completion.

To be eligible for the culminating experience, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Up to date Plan of Study (iPOS) on file.

  • Graduate GPA, Cumulative GPA, iPOS GPA must all be at 3.00.

  • All core PSY courses MUST be completed prior to an enrollment override to the culminating experience.

  • All statistics and methods courses MUST be completed prior to an enrollment override to the culminating experience.

  • Students can take ONE PSY elective with their culminating experience.

Students will want to file their plan of study before the 50% mark of program completion. Students are encouraged to file sooner, if they have a program sequence that they are following. A guide and video tutorial to assist students in filing and submitting their plan of study is available here. For your faculty committee, please ensure that you list Kristin Mickelson as your chair. The staff advisor section can be left as is. 

If you have any questions on the plan of study, please reach out to our advising team at


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Colloquium Presentations

We are fortunate to be able to bring out a number of distinguished scholars to speak to the campus-based MS Psychology students.  We do not want the Online MS Psychology students to miss out on this wonderful learning opportunity; as a result, we are recording the presentation and uploading them on this page for you to view.  Please click the “View Colloquium Presentation” button below, which will direct you to a page with the speaker information and video links for each presentation.

View Colloquium Presentations

Speaker: Dr. Melanie MacEacheron

  • Title: Factors Associated with North American Women’s Marital Surname Choice: A Commitment Goal?

Speaker: Shabana Basij-Rasikh (SOLA)

  • Title: Resilience is a Way of Life: Shabana Basij-Rasikh & the Fight to Educate Afghan Girls


Speaker: Jon Freeman (NYU)

  • Title: A Domain-General Dynamic Framework for Social Perception


Speaker: Susan Boon

  • Title: More Questions Than Answers: What We Don’t Know About Revenge in Interpersonal Relationships and Why it Matters


Speaker: Kristin Mickelson

  • Title: Social Distance Adherence & Adjustment: PERMA Model of Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic