The global popularity and growth of psychology has created endless possibilities for careers beyond the traditional psychology setting such as business, education, health and public safety.  

Discover your passion through our specially designed curriculum, which offers six guided elective specializations including forensic, educational, assessment, treatment, expressive arts or general exploration. You will collaborate with our supportive and experienced faculty to choose the pathway that helps you become who you want to be.

While our MA in Psychology program serves as a program for those who wish to pursue a career that does not require licensure, it can provide a great pathway to a doctorate as well. 

Quick facts

  • Learn advanced general and applied psychology principles
  • Choose the area of focus that makes sense for you
  • Be prepared to pursue a doctorate
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Did you know there are personal benefits to studying psychology?1

  • Understand yourself better 
  • Learn about research methods 
  • Improve your understanding of others 
  • Become a better communicator 
  • Develop critical thinking skills 
  • Help you in your future career 
  • Learn about human development 
  • Complement other areas of study 
  • Develop insight into mental illness

Learn from professionals

Credits required:

36 credits

Cost per credit:


Time to degree:

As few as 4 semesters


On campus & online

Taught in a personalized, hands-on learning environment, our master’s in psychology curriculum focuses on advanced general and applied psychology principles, and valuable research and clinical skills that you can immediately apply to your place of work.  

Choose the psychology specialization that is best for you

Specialize your psychology courses to fit your career goals and personal aspirations. Each guided elective specialization provides you with the opportunity to learn the theories, skills, tools and treatments for that area.

Forensic Psychology

Engage in theories and applications of psychology relevant to criminal and civil legal settings.  

Assessment Psychology

Use field techniques and tools to develop hypotheses about personality, symptoms, behavior and cognitive ability.

Treatment Psychology

Understand the theories and treatment skills needed to work with a wide array of people struggling with mental health issues.

Exploration Psychology

Take a wider breadth of courses across multiple cluster groups to develop a unique academic path right for you. 


Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Discover endless career possibilities with an MA in Psychology

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “Understanding psychological science and how to apply it is an asset in any career. A psychology degree, from the bachelor’s to the master’s and doctorate degree, helps employees perform in a wide variety of jobs both within and beyond the psychology discipline.”2

The APA identifies the following career paths3:

  • Helping businesses
  • Helping people improve their lives
  • Promoting health
  • Protecting the planet
  • Serving communities
  • Understanding the world around us
  • Working in schools

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Mickenna Ansell ’22

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Rachel Seamans ’21

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or clinical/research supervisors that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work 

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.



Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Joseph Roberts, PhD Professor, Program Director of MA in Psychology, MS in Fraud and Forensics, and Undergraduate Criminology

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

1Why We All Can Learn From Studying Psychology,” Verywell Mind
2Working in Psychological Science,” American Psychological Association
3 Career Paths in Psychology,” American Psychological Association

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