M.S. Psychology Careers

Career Opportunities with the M.S. Psychology

Students awarded a Master's degree in psychology through this program can derive value in multiple dimensions:

  • Career advancement. A Master's degree in psychology can lead to additional job opportunities and/or higher pay.
  • Job opportunities. A Master's degree qualifies graduates to teach psychology at the community college level, and some of PAU M.S. graduates have taught at this level. Given that this is an online program, graduates will be particularly suited to teach online psychology courses at community colleges. Alternatively, the M.S. Psychology can be used to advance a career as a research assistant for psychological research. Graduates may also pursue social science publishing in traditional and digital formats.
  • Expanded professional skills. The M.S. Psychology degree provides skills to succeed in a variety of fields, such as marketing, customer service, or human resources, which involve an understanding of consumer and employee behavior. The degree can be applied to any profession or project that requires insight and understanding of human nature. Graduate-level psychology skills are valued in work on behalf of social causes, advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

Alumni Success Story:
Ivy Hall, Ph.D.

"This program provides an opportunity for students, like me, who wonder if a Ph.D. or Psy.D. program would be a good fit for them."

Read Dr. Hall's Story

 
With a terminal master’s degree in psychology, the APA states that it is possible to obtain careers in marketing research, government, management or sales development, business research and development, jobs in education (not as a graduate level professor), business administration.
 
The Master of Science(M.S.) in Psychology program started in the year 2000, since then has provided online education to almost 400 students. Using cutting-edge technology students can interact with each other from all over US and the rest of the world. Currently there are students taking classes from U.S, China, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada.
 
Alumni followed very diverse career path such as:
  • Manager positions at medical centers 
  • Teaching at schools
  • Research on clinical trials
  • Research in user experience at tech companies
  • Department of Family & Children’s Services
 

Career Opportunities with a Ph.D. in Psychology

A Ph.D. in clinical psychology opens up a variety of career opportunities. In addition to assessing, diagnosing and treating mental disorders, psychologists can supervise other students and professionals; teach at the university level; conduct research; administer and interpret assessments (e.g. for intellectual abilities, neuropsychological functioning, etc.); administration; consulting and much more.

Psychologists work in many types of settings. Many practicing psychologists manage their own private practice or are part of a group practice with other psychologists or health care providers. They are also found in schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, veterans medical centers, prisons, community health centers and mental health clinics, businesses and industries, nursing homes, and rehabilitation and long-term care centers.

Using the title of "clinical psychologist" requires a doctoral degree as well as a license. Licensing laws vary by state and type of position. Information on specific requirements by state can be obtained from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.