Master of Social Psychology Programs

The prototypical master of social psychology program – most commonly a Master of Science degree – aims to give graduates the ability to examine how individuals coexist in group settings. While psychology can be defined as the study of the mind and how it affects one’s behavior, social psychology attempts to bridge the gap between psychology and sociology – the scientific study of society. In the process, the study and practice of social psychology emphasizes the psychological analysis of one’s thoughts, feelings and behavior in relation to group settings of various sizes.

During graduate-level social psychology programs, students will study such topics as social cognition, psychology of personality, culture and psychology, and intergroup relations, among others. Concepts rooted in both the intrapersonal and interpersonal nature are of particular relevance. Such degrees can be completed in as few as 18 months, with prerequisites generally including a bachelor’s degree in similar field (psychology, sociology, counseling, or other relevant track). Upon completion, licensure is a general requirement for clinical practitioners.

Careers for master of social psychology graduates:

  • School or career counselor
  • Social service manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Clinical or research psychologist
  • Social Worker

Earnings for master of social psychology graduates:

  • Clinical/counseling/school psychologist: $66,810 (median annual)
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists: $87,330 (median annual)
  • Social worker: $42,480 (median annual)
  • Overall career outlook: 22-25 percent job growth through 2020 (faster than average)

Online MSW and MPA Degrees

Completing your Master's in social work or public administration can be very rewarding for getting ahead in the social work field. Online Master's degrees are perfect for working professionals or people with families to complete course work at their own convenience. Please see our colleges below that offer online class for MSW degrees.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota — At the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, students in the Master's program have a variety of concentrations in both individual, family, and group practice and organizational and community practice. The school is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Our Lady of the Lake University — Our Lady of the Lake is a private, Catholic college located near San Antonio and is one of the few colleges offering an online program for a Master of Social Work degree. This program focuses on social services leadership and advance direct practice with an emphasis on service to Hispanic families and communities.

Winthrop University — The MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Capella University features a dynamic public health curriculum. Graduates are prepared for positions in social work, public health or social welfare organizations. A MS in Social & Community Services furthers your ability to influence positive change in your community.

Widener University — The Widener University MSW and MM in Public Administration programs graduate students that excel in the exciting career of social work. These programs offer the opportunity to expand your career path and capabilities by giving you the skills required for jobs in government, nonprofit, and business.

George Mason University — The Master of Social Work program from George Mason University focuses on the private and public sectors in addition to the public sector usually covered by other MSW programs. While students interested in social work will learn the administrative and organizational skills needed for their career, this broad focus can help improve their versatility and even job prospects.

Sacred Heart University — The Master of Social Work program from Sacred Heart University graduates individuals that can have many options in the in social work, public administration, and human services fields. The curriculum focuses on both ethical leadership and social responsibility.

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