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Online Master of Arts in Psychology

Our Master of Arts in Psychology program offers students advanced courses in the major areas of psychology as well as a strong foundation in research design and statistical analysis. Our program provides students with a broad knowledge base applicable in a variety of settings. Students graduate prepared for career opportunities, as well as for PhD programs, in psychology or related fields. This program is perfect for professionals looking for career growth as well as individuals looking for more experience before applying to PhD programs.


Courses you may take

EDU 520 - Research Design - 3.00

This course is designed for all emphasis majors in the M.Ed. It emphasizes knowledge of various issues and simple statistical procedures used in educational research and program evaluation. Equal emphasis is given to qualitative and quantitative techniques. Experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs will be used that include historical, naturalistic study and/or ethnography. Processes to determine and use basic statistical data through computations will also be introduced. May be repeated with different areas of focus (administration, curriculum and instruction, teaching and technology, athletic administration, STEM).

PSY 510 - Advanced Developmental Psychology - 3.00

This course will cover developmental stages across the lifespan. Students will read selected research articles that consider how cognitive, biological and social factors influence development.

PSY 520 - Biological Bases of Behavior - 3.00

This course will cover the biological processes that influence behaviors. This will include an advanced exploration of the anatomical structures and physiological processes.

PSY 525 - Advanced Cognition - 3.00

This course will cover human cognitive processes. Students will read selected research articles that investigate key aspects of cognition, including learning, memory, sensation and perception, attention and language.

PSY 530 - Advanced Psychopathology - 3.00

This course will take an advanced look at psychological symptoms and disorders. Students will consider the factors that influence assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Students will engage with current theory and research that influence practice.

PSY 535 - Contemporary and Ethical Issues - 3.00

Students will read selected research articles that discuss contemporary issues within the field of psychology. Students will discuss case studies and will examine how ethics influence decision making.

PSY 550 - Psychological Testing and Assessment - 3.00

Students will learn how psychological tests and assessments are used in making diagnoses and guiding treatment. Students will learn how to interpret assessment results and will understand how these results are influenced by social and cultural factors.

PSY 570 - Diversity and Multicultural Issues - 3.00

Students will discuss how societal factors, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender and ability status influence human behavior. Students will read selected research articles and will discuss relevant case studies. Prerequisite: PSY535

PSY 580 - Advanced Statistics - 3.00

Students will learn quantitative analyses, such as correlations, Regressions, t-tests, ANOVAs and non-parametric tests. Students will be introduced to statistical software. Students will learn to choose and run the appropriate statistical analysis for a given data set. Prerequisite: EDU520

PSY 590 - Thesis I - 3.00

Students will write the first half of their thesis project, including the review of literature and methods sections. Prerequisites: EDU520 and PSY580

PSY 591 - Thesis II - 3.00

Students will complete their thesis projects, including the data analysis and discussion sections. Students will give an oral presentation of their thesis research. Prerequisite: PSY590



  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts, showing a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA from an accredited university or college.

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William Woods online graduate education programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and other states.


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