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The Master's Degree Program in General Psychology is a 30-credit online program that will prepare students to develop foundational knowledge in psychological theory and research. Local, national, and international students may select this M.S. degree as an opportunity to obtain prerequisite courses to meet eligibility requirements for application to other psychology programs, including advanced doctoral studies. Through its speciality tracks, the program will also allow a variety of professionals within the fields of education, human services, counselling, and allied health to access coursework both as degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students in order to advance their psychological knowledge and use of psychological applications in their respective fields. In addition to the direct benefit of obtaining foundational knowledge in psychology, the curriculum is designed to facilitate the development of basic interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and additional knowledge and skills that enhance the preparation of students for professional work in increasingly diverse social agencies, school and community settings, in business and industry environments, and in hospitals.

Important Note:

Graduate students who earn this degree will not have met the educational requirements for certification or licensure in the state of Florida and should not expect to provide psychological services as an independent practitioner. 

Program Format

The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career.

Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.


The curriculum for the program consists of 30 credits in total: 21 credits of foundational courses and 9 credits from one of three specialty tracks. Students in the General Track can choose to write a Master's thesis (6 credits) instead of two of the courses in the track. Students who indicate that their career objective is to apply to a doctoral program will be advised to complete a Master's thesis. Students who choose to write a Master's thesis under the supervision of a faculty must successfully complete their research and writing associated with the thesis. Students may also come to campus to meet with their faculty advisor.

Core Courses (3 credits each)

  • PSY 0600: Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 0601: Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • PSY 0605/PYCL 0512: Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • PSY 0607: Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 0609/PYCL 0608: Individual Evaluation and Assessment (3 credits)
  • PSY 0611: Research Design (3 credits)
  • PSY 0613: Psychological Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

General Psychology Track (3 Credits Each - 9 Credits Total)

  • PSY 0614/PYCL 0584: Adult Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • PSY 0615/PYCL 0582: Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • PSY 0616: History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 0617: Masters Thesis (6 credits)

Applied Health Science Track (3 Credits Each - 9 Credits Total)

  • PSY 0619: Psychological Aspects of Treating Disease (3 credits)
  • PSY 0620: The Business of Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 0633: Interviewing Techniques (3 credits)

Diversity Studies Track (3 Credits Each – 9 Credits Total)

  • PSY 0621/PYCL 0632: Social and Cultural Foundations of Diversity (3 credits)
  • PSY 0622: Gay and Lesbian Studies (3 credits)
  • PSY 0623: Research Topics in Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 credits)

Degree Completion Requirements

A student must complete all course work required for the degree with a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 and successfully complete a thesis (if required) and the comprehensive examination. The Master of Science in General Psychology program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. A student is expected to complete the program and graduate within five years from the date of first enrollment.




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