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    MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) IN GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY-
    PATHWAY TO A PsyD

    There is more to the field of psychology than traditional clinical practice. If you are looking for an online master’s in psychology degree program with a non-clinical focus and you already hold a master’s degree in another field, then CalSouthern’s MS in General Psychology degree program might be right for you. Completion of this degree will also create a pathway to eligibility to apply to the CalSouthern PsyD program. MS program graduates can transfer up to four courses into the PsyD program. The MS program can also be a stepping-stone to potential career opportunities requiring a master’s degree in psychology1 And, like all of CalSouthern’s offerings, it is designed to meet the needs of busy adult learners.

    1CalSouthern cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement

    Quick Facts

    Credits required: 30
    Cost per credit: $545
    Program length: 1.5 years (full-time status) 1
    Max transfer credits: 6 credits 2
    1. Time to degree completion can be shortened by accelerating completion of courses and through credits accepted in transfer.
    2. Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible for transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

    Yes, four courses from the MS in General Psychology program are eligible for transferable credit into the CalSouthern PsyD program: 3 core courses and 1 elective course, for a total of 12 credits.

    Credits earned by completing the following courses in the MS in General Psychology program can transfer into the PsyD program:

    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Course Type
    PSY 7701 Physiological Psychology 3 Core course
    PSY 8503 History and Systems of Psychology 3 Core course
    PSY 8724 Cognition, Emotion and Motivation 3 Core course
    PSY 7769 Applications in Psychology: Integrative Research Project 3 Elective course

    No, completion of this master’s degree program does not guarantee admission to CalSouthern’s PsyD program. However, completion of the MS in General Psychology degree program, or a degree program in a related field, is required in order to be eligible to apply to and be admitted to the PsyD program.

    The MS in General Psychology degree program is designed for learners who already hold a master’s degree in another field. This program focuses on the theoretical and research aspects of psychology for those seeking opportunities in various fields that require a master’s degree, which may include consulting or research. This program is also designed to provide a firm foundation in psychology necessary to pursue doctoral level study at CalSouthern (PsyD). In contrast, the CalSouthern MS in Psychology degree program is designed for learners who have earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and want to include a specialization as part of their degree.

    Potential career paths may be found in the following industries:

    Education (Undergraduate level)

    Non-clinical Administration

    Social Science
    Research

    CalSouthern cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement.

    Why Choose CalSouthern?

    CalSouthern faculty mentors offer personalized student guidance. They are dedicated to helping learners understand how to apply their coursework to various real-world situations.

    We offer locked-in tuition rates; interest-free payment options; federal loan deferment for qualified enrolled students; and reduced tuition for alumni, current and former servicemembers and first responders.

    Fully online degree programs make it more convenient to manage juggling a career and family while working toward your academic goals.

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