2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    
    May 21, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022)

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.

 

Note: The MS in Psychology program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.

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.

Competency-Based Education


In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their MS in Psychology through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the MS in Psychology (Competency Based)  page for program details.

Course-Based Program


Degree Requirements


  • 48 quarter credits (63 cr. for Applied Behavioral Analysis)
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.; 30 cr. for Applied Behavioral Analysis)
  • Capstone (5 cr.)

Curriculum


There are two tracks in the MS in Psychology program:

  • Track I is for students who want to advance in their careers. (The Applied Behavior Analysis specialization is for Track I students only.)
  • Track II is for those who intend to further their studies in a doctoral program.

Track I


Specialization Courses (15 cr.; 30 cr. for Applied Behavior Analysis)

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

Track II


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

Course Sequence–Track I


Students undertake courses in the following sequence. (For Applied Behavioral Analysis , see course sequence on specialization page.)

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5 cr.
4    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.

 

Course Sequence–Track II


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5 cr.
4    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.

 

Note on Licensure


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

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