About the Master of Science in Psychology

With the Master of Science in Psychology degree from TROY, you will be able to seek employment options or advancement in post-secondary education, government and social services, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations. You may also choose to pursue advanced study toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Regardless of your career interests, the Master of Science in Psychology offers a pathway for you to lead.

Benefits of the Master’s in Psychology from TROY 

  • 100% online
  • Courses taught by well-trained faculty with vast knowledge of and experience in practicing psychology and research
  • Choose between a capstone course and comprehensive examination (non-thesis/33 credits) or a written thesis proposal and oral defense (thesis/36 credits)
  • No GRE required
  • Can be completed in 17-19 months
  • Comprehensive and customizable coursework

Which track is best for you? 

Non-thesis - This track is for students who want to advance their career or plan to enter the workforce in psychology or a related field.

Thesis - This track is for students who wish to pursue an educational specialist degree or doctorate and need to prepare for advanced study.

Skills learned

Upon completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  1. Identify, describe and apply the concepts and principles of psychology;
  2. Describe psychological research, including experimental design, measurement, analysis and application;
  3. Demonstrate cultural competence in a global environment;
  4. Use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as guides for making ethical decisions;
  5. Apply psychological theory and research skills to professional work and/or more advanced study in the area of psychology; and
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking and effective written and oral communication skills.

Demand for graduates of this program

A master’s degree in psychology from TROY can help students who want to work in the corporate and private sectors gain the skills necessary to succeed in a workplace that is competitive.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an increased demand for psychology-associated positions through 2031.

  • Psychologists: 6% increase
  • Social and human services assistants: 12% increase
  • Market research analysts: 19% increase
  • Post-secondary education administrators: 7% increase
  • Post-secondary teachers: 12% increase
  • Social and community health managers: 12% increase
  • Training and development specialists: 8% increase

Career fields/jobs: 

  • Nonprofit organizations: compliance officer, trainer, recruiter, researcher, planner
  • Business industry: sales representative, customer service officer, professional development coach, marketing consultant and strategist, entrepreneur
  • Governmental agencies: human resources manager, child protection worker, case manager, advocate
  • Social services/community outreach organizations: family service worker, group home coordinator, social service worker
  • Educational institutions: post-secondary psychology instructor, research assistant, residential advisor, academic advisor


Program Locations

  • TROY Online

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