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2017-2018 Catalog (March 2018) 
2017-2018 Catalog (March 2018)

MS in Psychology

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The MS in Psychology provides students with pre-doctoral training—a background in the development and application of psychological theories, basic scientific methods, and principles of psychological science.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the foundations of psychology.
  2. Synthesize psychological theory and research to apply in real-world situations, such as in educational, social, organizational, and health settings.
  3. Interpret psychological theory and research.
  4. Describe psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  5. Apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see each specialization page for more details.


The MS in Psychology program consists of a foundation course; core courses; in some cases, elective courses; and the completion of a capstone project. These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Master's to PhD Matriculation

Students enrolled in Walden University’s MS in Psychology program are required to complete all degree requirements for that program (including an upper-level research course) and must be accepted into one of Walden’s PhD in Psychology specializations before taking any other courses that will count toward the doctoral degree. Students who complete Walden’s MS in Psychology degree and then matriculate into Walden’s PhD in Psychology program will not have to repeat any courses required for the PhD program that were completed (with a B or better) during the MS in Psychology program. Students must meet the minimum admission requirements for the PhD program, as specified in the current Walden University Catalog.

Course Sequence

Course sequences are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the sequence table on each specialization page.

Note on Licensure

The MS in Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the MS in Psychology program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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