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    MS in Psychology

    The Master of Science (MS) in Psychology online degree program offers a wide range of academic and professionally-oriented psychology courses. This degree is best suited to those interested in pursuing a strong theoretical and research foundation in psychology, which can be applied to related fields such as advanced addiction studies, pastoral counseling, sport psychology, and consultation in business and industry.

    The program places an emphasis on scientific research and in obtaining practical experience in a non-clinical setting. The MS in Psychology degree offers an alternative to the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology degree. The Master of Science in Psychology is designed to be generally applicable to related fields, but does not lead to licensure (for that professional goal, please see the MA in Psychology program). The online program also provides a firm foundation in the field of psychology upon which to build doctoral-level study at CalSouthern.

    Quick Facts

    • Credits Required: 42
    • Cost Per Credit: $645*
    • Program Length: 2-3 Years
    • Max Transfer Credits: 6

    * Effective for new learners enrolling June 1, 2024 and after.

    Degree Requirements

    • Core Courses: 15 Credits
    • Elective Courses: 15 Credits
    • Applied Courses: 6 Credits
    • Master’s Thesis: 6 Credits

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    Why Choose CalSouthern?


    Our online programs allow you to learn and study when it's convenient for you. And monthly course starts enable you to take courses at your own pace.


    Our behavioral sciences programs are centered around experience-based curriculum and are taught by expert faculty mentors who are actively working in the field.



    We've championed remote learning from the beginning, and we've been perfecting our craft ever since. We have proven that a quality education does not require four walls.


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    Davetta Henderson, PsyD, EdD, LMHC

    Davetta Henderson, PsyD, EdD, LMHC brings extensive demonstrated instructional, academic leadership, management and student service experience gained at Harrison College, ITT Technical Institute, Ivy Tech Community College, and Martin University. Her previous positions include Associate Dean, Associate Vice President, and Managing Director. Additionally, Dr. Henderson possesses expertise in Clinical and Mental Health Services, previously serving as the Assistant Deputy Director for Mental Health Promotion, Addiction, and Prevention and as Clinical Director, both for the State of Indiana.



    Can I transfer my credits?

    Absolutely! We accept most course credits and degrees awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what qualifies for transfer.


    When can I start?

    Immediately. At CalSouthern, new courses start every month instead of every quarter or semester. Register by this month’s deadline to start courses next month on the 1st.


    Who will support me?

    While you may study on your own, you will never be alone. You will have access to Learner Support Services with a team of diverse staff, faculty mentors, and school-specific academic teams who will assist you throughout your academic journey at CalSouthern.

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    “CalSouthern is helping me achieve my professional/career goals while accommodating my work/family commitments. I am very happy with my studies and grateful for this program’s flexibility!”

    Michelle G., School of Behavioral Sciences, 2020

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