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Psychology Graduate Programs Overview

Graduation hat at ASU Commencement ceremonies.

All graduate students complete foundational courses in the basic sub-fields of psychology and then do extensive coursework and field training in their selected specialty area.

Students in our graduate program can choose from these four degree tracks:

Counseling Psychology

The counseling psychology M.S. program requires 60 credit hours. This includes a practicum, during which students have an opportunity to practice their counseling skills under supervision. Students who graduate from this track have the academic background required for licensure as licensed psychological associates or licensed professional counselors.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

The industrial-organizational psychology M.S. program requires 42 credit hours and prepares students to work effectively in organizational settings, such as public and private agencies, governmental institutions, companies, corporations and foundations. The program emphasizes research and consulting skills, and students have the opportunity to practice solving research or work problems in a thesis course or practicum course.

Applied Psychology

The applied psychology M.S. program requires 36 credit hours and exposes students to a broad cross-section of courses that cover the basic and applied areas of psychology. The program is available online or in traditional classes that meet regularly. Students use this track for a variety of purposes: to prepare for doctoral training or community college teaching, to qualify for positions that require master’s-level training in psychology, to prepare for leadership positions in human service agencies, or to acquire skills in applying psychology to their current workplace positions.

Experimental Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience Emphasis

The Experimental Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience Emphasis M.S. program requires 42 credit hours. The program emphasizes experimental research methods in both human and non-human laboratory settings, statistical analysis, and core work in cognition and behavioral neuroscience. This program is designed to prepare students to pursue doctoral training in a multitude of experimental psychology settings (e.g. cognitive, behavioral neuroscience, social) or provide the skills necessary to work in a variety of laboratories both public and private.