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Online Masters in Psychology

Why choose Saint Leo's Online Masters in Psychology?

Our online Masters in Psychology program is a broad-based, general degree offering personal development for students seeking advanced knowledge and skills in psychological science. The curriculum provides a comprehensive, global understanding of human behavior and focuses on a wide range of psychological theories and practice. In addition to exposing students to general psychology in such courses as social, developmental, and physiological psychology, the online Master of Science in Psychology focuses on practical skills related to data analysis, research and teaching. Our training fosters a respect for ethical decision making, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and sensitivity to the diversity of the human community.

Advance Your Career with an Online Masters in Psychology

This grounding in general Psychology, combined with applied skills, prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities in business, government, non-profit, military, and educational settings. Specifically, the degree prepares students for positions as data analysts, market and survey researchers, program evaluators, research analysts, project managers, human resource analysts, college-level psychology instructors and many other management-level jobs.

Earning Your Masters in Psychology Online at Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University’s online Masters in Psychology is a fully online asynchronous 36 graduate-credit-hour program. Students will progress through the program in cohorts of no more than 15 students, allowing for a more personalized and student-centered experience. Students will take one course per eight-week term.

Completing Your Capstone Project 

A unique feature of this program is the final Capstone Project in which students choose an area of interest in the field and engage in research design and analysis, emphasizing ethical decision making and writing excellence. The completed Capstone project will be an asset to the graduates when they are seeking employment.

The online MS in Psychology is not a counseling or clinical program. It will not prepare students for licensure, and does not include an internship experience.

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The Master of Science in Psychology program is offered online only.


Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS),

Program Features & Differentiators

Our online Master’s in Psychology is fully online and 36 credit hours. The online MS in Psychology program follows a cohort model and a student-centered approach, including student-led discussions. Students typically take one course per 8-week term.

Three Specializations to Customize Your Degree

The M.S. in Psychology offers a General Psychology track and three specializations.

General Psychology

This track prepares individuals who want to apply the study of human behavior to the workplace, corporations, organizations, government, the military, and academia. Possible career options for graduates include: management, research, data analysis, human resources, organizational development, training, consulting, and university teaching

Industrial/Organizational Specialization

For students who want to apply the study of human behavior to the workplace, corporations, organizations, government, the military, and academia, the industrial / organizational specialization is the best specialization option for you. Possible careers options include management, human resources, organizational development, training, consulting, career planning, and university teaching.

Specialization Courses:

  • PSY 543 – Industrial Psychology 3credit hours
  • PSY 557 – Organizational Psychology3 credit hours
  • PSY 563 -  Groups, Teams, and Conflict Management 3credit hours
  • PSY 577 -  Organization Development and Change3 credit hours

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Health Psychology Specialization

Knowledge obtained from this track offers students the opportunity to develop and apply information about the biological, psychological, motivational, emotional, and sociocultural factors that affect human health and illness and health behaviors. Career options from this specialization include wellness, public and occupational health, health coaching and counseling, stress management, smoking cessation, weight loss, pain management, and research in disease prevention and health and wellness.

Graduates can work in a variety of settings including healthcare, private practice, hospitals, with doctors and as a technician/behavior specialist for a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Specialization Courses:

Teaching of Psychology Specialization

If you have a passion for teaching psychology at the undergraduate level, then this specialization will help you achieve this career goal. Not only will you have the ability to acquire specific content knowledge and instructional strategies for many areas of psychology, but this specialization offers education and training to prepare you for the teaching field.

Specialization Courses:

Course Highlights

Below is a list of courses students will complete for the online Masters in Psychology program. For a complete overview of required courses for our MS in Psychology, including individual course descriptions, please visit our Saint Leo Academic Catalog.

  • History & Systems of Psychology
  • Diversity & Ethics
  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Learning & Cognition
  • Lifespan Development
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Tests & Measures

Professional Development Opportunities


Students will be encouraged to join the American Psychological Association (APA) and to attend regional or area-specific conferences related to their areas of interest within the program. These conferences offer discounted rates that enable students to begin networking in the profession.

Online Clubs & Associations

Students are also encouraged to join the Online Psychology Club which meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. E.T. Further information on Saint Leo clubs and associations can be found here.

What can you do with an Online Masters in Psychology?

The MS in Psychology prepares graduates for careers in management, data analysis, market and survey research, program evaluation, research analysis/project management, statistical counseling, human resources, assessment, training, and teaching at the high school or college level.

The online Masters in Psychology is also beneficial in positions requiring an advanced degree for job promotion (business, military, and government) and complements other advanced training related to psychology such as an MBA as well as providing preparation for a doctoral program.
Possible career paths include:

  • Data Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Assistant Positions
  • Market and Survey Researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Trainer
  • Statistical Consultant
  • Human Resources Executive
  • Executive/Manager
  • Teacher at Instructor or Adjunct Level

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