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)

Most Popular 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.

Walden University — The Walden University Master of Social Work provides the chance to gain real world experience as a social worker. These experiences can be gained from a community agency, a healthcare setting, an educational agency, or a social services agency. Walden also offers several specializations for an MSW degree, like Military Social Work, as well as DSW programs.

Kaplan University — The BS in Human Services at Kaplan University offers a curriculum whose classes will help you create a positive effect on social and ethical issues. Through interactions with staff, faculty, and your peers, the degree will prepare you for careers in social work, public administration, and public management.

University of Southern California — To become a successful social worker, one need look no further than the University of Southern California Master of Social Work program. The curriculum will both develop your leadership skills and enable you to influence the world around you for the betterment of your local and global community.

University of New England — At the University of New England School of Social Work, 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.

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