Program Details

Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 36
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Elevate Your Understanding of Human Behavior

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology degree program is a non-thesis program designed to provide continued academic exposure to the field of psychology. Whether you are seeking greater insight into the field of psychology or career advancement, you will find that the MS in psychology can be applicable to a large number of fields and career opportunities.

With a focus on exploring why people behave the way they do, and the development of critical thinking and leadership qualities, this general psychology degree helps you impact those around you through leadership, action research and introduction of programmatic community changes as a teacher, practitioner or researcher. As a graduate of our Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology degree program, you will develop an understanding of what motivates individuals to make the conscious and unconscious choices that they make.

Curriculum is aligned to the standards and recommendations set forth by the American Psychological Association.

Degree Outcomes

Choose an Online Masters in Psychology That Addresses Contemporary Issues

The master's in general psychology degree focuses on topics that include contemporary and ethical issues in psychology; learning, cognition and motivation; statistics; human development; research methods; health psychology; social and cultural psychology; and psychopathology.

Grand Canyon University offers this general psychology program, which concludes with a capstone course that involves a master research proposal. Choose an original topic and create a proposal that addresses the literature review, the hypothesis, a method section and discussion of hypothetical results.

What You Will Learn

Gain in the Field of Psychology

In addition to gaining a firm foundation of master's-level psychology, you explore:

  • Human development, which covers the transitions a human being experiences from birth to death
  • Learning cognition, including attention, memory and decision-making processes
  • Social and cultural development that involves the development of attitudes, group thinking and evaluation of propaganda techniques
  • Psychopathology which allows you to delve deeper into personality and psychological disorders
  • Research methods, including theoretical and applicable measures of experimental design
  • Health psychology, including how biological, psychological and social factors interact with health-promoting and illness-preventing choices

Career Outcomes

Serve in the Behavioral or Mental Health Field

Graduates may obtain career opportunities at behavioral health agencies, community-based organizations or social agencies, serving non-profit, for-profit, private, governmental, social services and education entities in roles such as project coordinator, compliance manager, employee trainer or research assistant. This program does not prepare graduates for professional licensure.

Program Domains

Course List

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36 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
36 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course serves as the foundation for advanced graduate study in the field of psychology. Professional skill development, such as critical thinking, scholarly writing, and literature reviewing are covered, as well as contemporary ethical issues in the field of psychology, including issues in research, writing, psychotherapy, forensic psychology, and animal research.

Course Description

This course is a study of social, group, and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior. Attention is given to the development of attitudes, leadership roles, group thinking, sources of conflict, altruism, attraction, effects of competition and cooperation, analysis and evaluation of propaganda techniques, and the influence of mass communication on social awareness and control.

Course Description

This course offers advanced theory in human cognition and learning, including attention, memory, consciousness, decision making, problem solving, motivation, cognitive mapping, and schemata.

Course Description

This course in developmental psychology emphasizes the physical, social, cognitive, personality, spiritual, and moral developments within an individual. The course is designed to provide an understanding of the transitions of life from conception to death.

Course Description

This course provides a study of theories of probability, descriptive and inferential analyses of data, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods.

Course Description

This course emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of experimental design and research methodology at the graduate level, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed designs.

Course Description

Using the biopsychosocial model of health, this course examines how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with health-promoting and illness-preventing behaviors. Personality factors and the medical community’s role in health promotion are also covered.

Course Description

This course offers students a deeper understanding of current issues in adult psychopathology, including personality disorders, psychological disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Students gain advanced knowledge of clinical assessment and treatment planning and engage in in-depth research in the field related to the symptoms, etiology, epidemiology, and treatment of psychological disorders.

Course Description

This course prepares students to enter their prospective career and/or continue their education in psychology. Students will explore occupations and leaders in the various psychological fields, formulate and compile their experiences and achievements, and construct a roadmap for success. Original research ideas will be solidified and presented.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (20 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.