Master of Science
set your mind on the study of thought and behavior
37 Credit, 18-Month Program
A career in the helping profession of psychology will enable you to regularly apply your gifts of compassion, empathy, understanding and acceptance of the human condition. Tiffin University’s M.S. in Psychology will prepare you for this rewarding career with classes in scientific psychology, research design and analysis and advanced theories of personality. You’ve been gifted as a helping individual. You’ll be trained as a helping professional.
The online Master of Science (MS) in Psychology degree at Tiffin University offers students the opportunity to gain a broad, graduate-level education in the areas of psychology such as developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. The program provides students with knowledge of human thought and behavior as well as research and analytic skills that can be applied in a wide range of professional settings.
Graduates of our program will be qualified to teach psychology courses in most community colleges and to pursue a Doctorate in Psychology, if desired. Tiffin University’s master’s degree in psychology focuses on the theoretical and the scientific study of psychology, rather than counseling/clinical psychology. The degree does not lead directly to practice licensure.
Additionally, our M.S. Psychology degree is offered in a convenient and accessible format online. This allows students worldwide and at different stages of life with the opportunity to study graduate-level psychology with minimal interference in their personal and professional lives. Every course in the program is developed and taught by a faculty member with a Ph.D. in the field.
Professional psychology Training
- The M.S. Psychology degree is a purely online program that can be completed anywhere.
- There is flexibility to start the program and to take a break as well.
- The curriculum is dynamic and based on research, writing and discussions.
- The program’s faculty are scientist-practitioners who bring years of experience in the field.
- The faculty are excellent resources if you should want to continue on to a terminal degree.
Preparing You for the Real World
In the Master of Science in Psychology program, you’ll study with knowledgeable professors who bring their real-world experiences in the field into the classroom. Our professors come from the fields of psychology, counseling, substance use treatment and more. They bring a broad mixture of academic, research and service experiences. In addition, many hold licensure in their field and use that practical experience to flesh out and expand lectures.
Ours is a professional program that is kept current and relevant. The degree program is constantly being reviewed by a cohort of professors who engage in professional development such as research, practice and publication/presentation. You and your fellow students will benefit from this ongoing program review as new material is cycled into the curriculum.
a practical, professional education
At the end of your program, you’ll carry away career-ready skills and an in-depth knowledge of the field, including:
- Developmental psychology
- History and systems of psychology
- Legal issues of the profession
- Research design and analysis
- Social psychology
- Statistical procedures
- Theories of personality
Active, Experiential Learning
The Master of Science in Psychology is taught with a practitioner-based focus of bringing knowledge into practice. The program has several experiential-based learning assignments embedded in the curriculum. An example of this is the requirement of students to attend twelve-step programming (solely as a volunteer participant, identifying yourself as such) in their community to see how this model functions. This type of community-based treatment has long been one of the most popular and illuminating projects for students.
bringing knowledge to practice
- Instant feedback platforms give students the ability to communicate with each other and the professor.
- Each Master of Science in Psychology course is designed to engage you in written/oral presentation of work and discussion posts to give you a platform to demonstrate data review.
- An end-of-the-course project asks you to create a “first lecture” PowerPoint that can be used as a guest lecture for interviews in the academy.
- The program considers the multicultural perspectives of distinctive and dynamic theories, demonstrated in class assignments and discussions that highlight diverse points of view.
Format & Sample Courses
Online – Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October
Statistical Procedures I (PSY521) – This course provides a foundation on the basic principles of statistics. Students will focus on methods of summarizing and describing data and will be introduced to the concepts of inferential statistics and hypothesis testing. The course provides an introduction to the use of electronic statistical software such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS.
Research Design and Analysis I (PSY533) – Research Design and Analysis I is an introduction to research. The student will learn the basics of research methods and the language by which research is conducted in various disciplines around the world. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in research and learn the conceptual basis for the application of statistical techniques (the joining of statistics to research concept). Students will develop a working hypothesis, derived from an empirical theory to create their own original empirical research. Students will learn to transform that idea into a measurable research design. Students will learn ethical guidelines and measurement construction for their research. Students will write an IRB proposal and submit it for approval.
Developmental Psychology (PSY543) – This course takes a life span approach in studying human development from conception through death. Students will examine the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth in the human being. Emphasis will be on exploring and describing human growth and development in terms of cultural and ecological systems as supported by relevant peer reviewed data.
Advanced Theories of Personality (PSY545) – This course will critically examine the research in historical, contemporary, and emerging theories regarding personality formation and development. The methods of measuring personality will also be addressed. Students will develop an integrated and advanced theory of personality.
Psychopathology (PSY546) – This course will provide an overview of the history of psychopathology as well as current views and approaches to psychopathology. Behavioral, developmental, biological/neurological, and social/cultural aspects of psychopathology will be examined as will the theories of the etiologies of psychopathology. The role of assessment and diagnosis tools, the DSM and its framework as well as the ICD system, and treatment approaches, including psychopharmacology, will be considered.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that psychology positions will grow at average to above average rates (8-12%) over the next several years. Graduates will be challenged by the ever-changing field of psychology and the issues that people will bring to them. Graduates will also be challenged as our profession changes to become more inclusive of people of color, genders and marginalized voices. It is assumed that as our world diversifies, so will our field and our practices. This will be a dynamic time to be in the helping professions.
- Data Analyst/Manager
- Employee Trainer
- Family Services Worker
- Health Project Coordinator
- Human Resource Specialist
- Instructor at a Community College
- Intervention Advocate
- Market Researcher
- Medical and Health Services Managers
- Organizational Consultant
- Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers
- Postsecondary Teacher
- Project Coordinator/Manager
- Research Assistant
- Social Service Manager
where tu grads have worked
- Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
- Camino Real Community Services
- Cedar Point
- Crisis Center, Inc.
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Human ARC Corporation of Ohio
MS Psychology FAQ
what is psychology?
According to the American Psychology Association, psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology is a varied discipline and includes many sub-categories of study including human development, health, sports, clinical, cognitive processes and social behavior.
what is a master’s in psychology?
A master’s in psychology provides students a broad, graduate-level education in the areas of psychology such as developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. The program provides students with knowledge of human thought and behavior as well as research and analytic skills that can be applied in a wide range of professional settings.
what can i do with a degree in psychology?
With a degree in psychology, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including data analyst, employee trainer, family services worker, health project coordinator, human resource specialist, community college instructor, intervention advocate, market researcher, medical and health services manager, organizational consultant, police officer, postsecondary teacher, project coordinator, research assistant, social services manager and more.
MS Psychology Program RequirementsDownload
- Master of Education
- Master of Humanities
- Master of Science
- MS in Criminal Justice
At a Glance
- Convenient online format
- Practitioner-based program
- Faculty bring extensive real-world experience
- Experiential-based learning assignments
“Tiffin University made the application process quick, inviting, and worry-free. The advising staff guided me throughout each step of the application and made me feel at home from the moment I started showing interest in the program. Knowing there was a professional team who was just as excited about my learning adventure as I was made me excited to call Tiffin University home.”
Master of Science in Psychology
Class of 2019