MS in Psychology Careers

A Master of Science in Psychology degree can be a valuable investment for a variety of reasons:

  • Career advancement. An MS in Psychology can lead to additional job opportunities or higher pay.
  • Job opportunities. A master's degree qualifies graduates to teach psychology at the community college level, and some of PAU MS 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 MS 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 MS in 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.

PAU Alumni 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, and business administration.

Data on job opportunities can be found here.

For professionals working in corrections and probation services in California, graduate education in psychology can replace years of experience required for initial hire or advancement in the following roles:

PAU's MS in Psychology program was established in the year 2000 and has since provided online education to almost 400 students. Using cutting edge technology, students can interact with each other from all over the U.S. and the rest of the world. Currently, students take classes from the U.S, China, New Zealand, Mexico, and Canada.

PAU Alumni from the MS in Psychology have followed diverse career paths, including:

  • Forensics Specialists
  • Medical Center Management
  • Teachers/Instructors
  • Clinical Trial Researchers
  • UX Researchers
  • Department of Family and Children's Services (DCFS) Professionals

Career Opportunities with a PhD in Clinical Psychology

A PhD 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.

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