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Master of Science in Psychology (Direct Assessment)


Master of Science in Psychology (Direct Assessment)

Master's degree

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Register by: Jun 28, 2023

Reach your career goals with a direct-assessment master's in psychology that you can earn faster – and for less. Learn cognitive and affective processes that drive human experience and behavior in various settings and industries. Gain skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Get equipped to apply research methods behavior evaluation and theoretical principles towards a career that helps others.

What are Direct Assessment Programs?

  • Psychology

  • Ethical and social responsibility

  • Communication

  • Scientific mindedness

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Master of Psychology Direct Assessment
Depends on how many courses you take each term — the more courses you take, the faster you could complete your degree
Choose either 2, 3 or 4 courses every 12-week term. During the term, you can focus on one at a time or work on courses concurrently
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Learning style
Learning style
Self-paced, flexible learning within the term with faculty guidance to foster learning and prepare for competency assessments
  • An undergraduate degree or higher
  • 3 years of work experience within the past ten years
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5
$2,749 per 12-week term

To earn your master’s degree in less than a year for under $11K, you need to take a minimum of 3 courses per term. Your time to complete and cost will vary depending on how fast or slow you move through the content.

Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every five- to six-week course.

We’ve worked with labor market researchers like Lightcast to find in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Showcase new skills in weeks – not years – as you pursue your degree.

Skills-aligned program



2, 3 or 4

Course at a time


Weeks per course


Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Master of Psychology (Direct Assessment).

What you'll learn

When you earn your online master’s in psychology, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Integrate psychological principles and practice in the context of human interactions
  • Assess the implications of psychological research on the human experience         
  • Evaluate professional considerations related to ethics and diversity
  • Synthesize appropriate tactics for personal and professional communication in psychology

Program Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Psychology is an educational degree program that provides a foundation of knowledge in the field of psychology. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a psychologist.

Careers & Outcomes

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master's in Psychology degree?

An MSP can prepare you to be a:

  • Psychology Instructor
  • Compliance Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

You'll have a team of advisors at University of Phoenix

Accreditation & Faculty

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional Accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience




Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Doris Savron

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader.

Doris Savron
Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

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*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.