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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 email@example.com.
Please click on the Next Steps Checklist button below to get started.
For information on steps to register, please visit the University’s Registrar’s Office Website: https://students.asu.edu/howtoregister.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Zoom Recording (passcode: &B4JfOeR): https://asu.zoom.us/rec/share/p_LWXEW4t7Vwa3m5dUyFJBTreNDFbw8gfvBZFX7_EZksqEXwikP-pEywrCYOYSZO._99vV0W3NZVV9byx
Presentation Title: Science of Jury Decisions: An Interdisciplinary Approach to an Everyday Phenomenon
Abstract: How and why juries reach their verdicts has long been a topic of discussion in places as diverse as social and news media, around the office watercooler, and in research laboratories. Although it seems like everyone has their own opinion, researchers in multiple disciplines have conducted a large body of scientific research related to juries and the factors that affect their decisions. In this presentation, we will examine the decision-making processes, theories, and extra-legal factors that influence decision-making. The goal is to attain a broad understanding of the many personal, environmental, sociological, and psychological influences on jurors’ decisions.
Zoom Recording (passcode: nUx$@9p7): https://asu.zoom.us/rec/share/nyXFp9B2baBRdLC1c6g3F7iwjy2O7fC4xkacrs9--nrehSi3XpRes9JMztOjJcSQ.vMFswK7mBCkoI1U9
Presentation Title: Culture Change Toward More Open, Rigorous, and Reproducible Research
Abstract: Improving openness, rigor, and reproducibility in research is less a technical challenge and more a social challenge. Current practice is sustained by dysfunctional incentives that prioritize publication over accuracy and privacy over transparency. The consequence is unnecessary inefficiency in research progress. Successful culture change requires coordinated policy, incentive, and normative changes across stakeholders to improve research credibility and accelerate progress. Some stakeholder groups and disciplines are making more progress than others. We can change the system, but if we do not act collectively we will fail. Let’s not fail.
Zoom Recording (passcode: 0pc%AM4A): https://asu.zoom.us/rec/share/vl3I7PQtWwuVTuIvxEA_jyqMjLK-ZBez8kmZCpS9IgunywsbPc0fwkPDN8_GOFsS.HvkzQDb_TwJL-yFv
Presentation Title: Science of Healthy Relationships Over Time
Abstract: Studies show that people in happy healthy relationships are better able to handle stress, more likely to be physically active, and less likely to feel anxiety and depression. The Early Years of Marriage Project, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a landmark research study that has been following the same 373 married couples for over three decades. The primary goal of the project is to better understand the determinants of marital quality and stability among Black American and White American married couples in the United States. In this presentation, Dr. Orbuch will present some of the latest findings from this research project. The findings highlight the importance of both gender and race in understanding what works and what doesn’t for healthy, enduring relationships in today’s fast-paced world.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh, MPP (School Of Leadership Afghanistan) | Resilience is a Way of Life: The Fight to Educate Afghan Girls
Jon Freeman, PhD (New York University) | A Domain-General Dynamic Framework for Social Perception
Susan Boon, PhD (University of Calgary) | More Questions Than Answers: What We Don’t Know About Revenge in Interpersonal Relationships and Why it Matters