Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) Online
About the MAP degree
HCU’s holistic and experiential approach to psychology prepares you for employment in a wide range of career paths. This online program includes opportunities for you to conduct, present, and publish original research in the field of psychology and jumpstart your career. This includes employment in fields like academia, community college teaching, law enforcement agencies and private industry.
Graduates of this program acquire refined assessment and research skills that prepare them for future educational endeavors. This degree does not provide training that leads to licensure, which is required for independent practice.
Learn from knowledgeable professionals
Students in HCU’s online Master of Arts in Psychology program are given the tools and experience to fully demonstrate proficient knowledge of research skills in psychology. HCU’s experienced faculty are dedicated professionals prepared to guide students to reaching their goals.
Who should get an online Master’s in Psychology?
- Students who wish to acquire knowledge in psychology to advance an established career path
- Students who have an interest in future doctoral level training, but who need additional preparation to apply competitively for such a program
- Students who have a general interest in learning more about psychology and human behavior
What can I do with my Psychology master’s degree?
After obtaining a Master of Arts in Psychology degree from HCU, students are prepared to continue their education journey and pursue degrees from PhD or PsyD programs.
Careers in psychology
HCU Graduates with an online Master of Arts in Psychology have developed skills so they can pursue careers in a wide range of settings. That includes the following:
- Human Behavior
- Community college teaching
- Law enforcement agencies
- Private industry
This degree does not provide training that leads to licensure, and therefore, does not lead to independent practice.
Student learning outcomes
Craft your thesis
HCU students enrolled in the online Master of Arts in Psychology program are provided with the opportunity to showcase their skills and embark upon new research as they propose their own research project as a thesis.
Working through three courses, PSYC 6320, PSYC 6324, and PSYC 6199, with a committee, and under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students will propose, conduct, and present their research Thesis.
This original piece of scholarship will not only allow students to focus on a psychology area of their own interest, but will also prepare them for a career in psychology or for additional degrees in higher education.
Top ten reasons to get your Master of Psychology at HCU
- The Christian environment at Houston Christian University affirms all persons in and out of the classroom and facilitates high standards in one’s personal code of conduct
- The convenience and flexibility of course offerings make it possible for students to work full-time and still carry a full-time course load
- There is a low student/professor ratio which allows for students to receive individual attention and mentoring
- The wide range of coursework that students are required to take is conducive to students narrowing their focus within the field of psychology
- The courses are taught by doctoral-level professors and professionals in the field of psychology
- Students who are admitted to the program have an opportunity to conduct, present and publish original research
- The program prepares students for doctoral study in psychology
- HCU’s beautiful, serene campus is nestled within a flourishing international city
- The program prepares students for admittance to graduate programs leading to licensure
- The program is designed to value, appreciate and develop students’ unique gifts and talents
Master of Psychology degree plan
- Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Online Graduate School from the college or university that awarded the student’s bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.
- References – Applicants must provide contact information for two references on their application.
This degree program is 37 hours of graduate coursework. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
**Note: Those entering the program will be required to take PSYC 5300 General Psychology, PSYC 5301 Introduction to Statistics in Behavioral Sciences and PSYC 5302 Abnormal Psychology their first semester, if they have not acquired a “B” or higher in their undergraduate classes with credits less than seven years old.