Master of Arts in Psychology

36
Credit Hours
1
Avg. Completion
Years

Class Type

100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 9 credits

Accreditation

WSCUC

Master of Arts in Psychology Curriculum (MAPsy)

Total program requirement is 36 semester credits (12 courses).

As a part of TUW’s Master’s Degree program in Psychology, students will take 12 courses including nine required courses and three elective courses selected from one of concentrations currently offered.

Core Requirements (27 Semester Credits)

Course Description

Examines major concepts of applied psychology, including theoretical perspective, empirical findings, historical trends, and practices as they apply to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course will provide students with foundational knowledge of typical and disordered development across the lifespan. Through readings and discussions, students will review the major issues and theories of development. Students will critically analyze developmental theory and become well acquainted with the stages of life and the psychological journey of humans.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course examines the effects of film and television on individuals, groups, cultures, and the global community. Topics include origins, creative elements, and themes of film and television; influences of film and television content and delivery on emotions, behaviors, cognitions, perceptions, and values; media literacy training; portrayals of social groups in film and television; roles of news media in agenda setting; transformation of the political process; and war as entertainment.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the current theories and research findings in the area of consumer psychology. The purpose of this class is for students to gain an understanding about the psychological, social and historical principles that affect consumer choices and behaviors. This course will explore topics on the cognitive and motivational processes experienced by consumers, along with examining how the patterns of consumer behaviors have shifted between the 19th until the 21st century. Furthermore, research methods of how to study consumer behaviors will also be discussed in this course.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course introduces key theories researched in social psychology concerning group dynamics. Students analyze group dynamics through both classic and contemporary studies. Special topics include group dynamics relative to task performance, efficiency, decision-making, power, ethics, and multicultural concerns. In addition, students apply critical thinking skills regarding group dynamics to their own field or interest.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course serves as an introduction to graduate level research in the social sciences with a specific emphasis on psychology. Research methods and statistics will be integrated to provide a general overview of the ways that social scientists collect information. The research process will be examined including concepts of design, conduct and evaluation. Principles and characteristics of approaches and methodologies relevant to research in the field will be fully explored. Examples of data sources and methods of statistical description and analysis will be covered with special emphasis on developing ethical, trustworthy and useful information. The course also will provide a foundation for locating and evaluating scientific, technical, business and government qualitative and quantitative information.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students examine ethics and professional issues in the discipline of psychology. Students analyze various moral and ethical dilemmas that arise within the psychological practice and psychology as a science.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course focuses on the study of biological, psychological, cultural, behavioral, social and environmental factors and their impact on human health and illness. The course will explore examples of specific issues relating to health such as stress and the impact of psychological factors on health. The impact of gender, humor, health behavior, and personality will be examined.

Credits

3

Course Description

The Capstone Course is the culmination of your MAPsy degree program. Students create a culminating project or assignment in the field of psychology that may serve as a tool for further research or practice.

Credits

3

Media Psychology Concentration (9 Semester Credits)

Course Description

This course is designed to allow for the student to focus on an individual special topic agreed upon between the student and the faculty member. Students may choose from a variety of psychology theories as applied to media. The signature assignment may be presented in a variety of forms such as a research project or multi-media presentation.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course is designed to allow for the student to focus on an individual special topic agreed upon between the student and the faculty member. Students may choose from a variety of psychology theories as applied to media. The topic for the signature assignment topic may be an expansion of the assignment developed in Advanced Media Psychology Part 1 or a different topic of interest. It may be presented in a variety of forms such as a research project or multi-media presentation.

Credits

3

Course Description

Persuasion is a form of social influence that seeks to shift attitudes or behaviors. Using a social-psychological model, this course investigates the way influential messages are constructed and delivered. In addition, we will explore various theories that attempt to explain how messages impact behavior on both the conscious and unconscious level. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills in analyzing core elements of persuasive communication and applicability of social science theory to developing messages for interpersonal influence and creating positive social change.

Credits

3

Educational Psychology Concentration (9 Semester Credits)

Course Description

In this course students analyze the evolution of human learning and understanding from the following perspectives: behaviorist learning theory, cognitivist and neo Piagetian theories, building towards dynamic skills theory, which will be used to expand the analysis of research on cognitive understanding. Ultimately, students will develop an interdisciplinary and sophisticated understanding that support both learning and teaching.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides an overview of theoretical and practical aspects of career counseling in school settings. The student will learn about the major theories of career development as well as psycho-educational interventions. Special topics include multicultural issues concerning career development.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides an overview of theoretical and practical aspects of group counseling in schools. Students learn about the major theories of group counseling and the use of group counseling techniques in schools. Special topics include legal and ethical issues concerning group counseling.

Credits

3

Health Psychology Concentration (9 Semester Credits)

Course Description

This course is focused on understanding the psychosocial processes regarding the behavioral health choices made by the individual. Special topics include the analyses of prospect theory, bounded rationality, overconfidence, motivation for change, cognitive dissonance, habit theory, and self-control capacity towards shaping health behavioral changes.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course is focused on understanding issues relevant to health in the aging adult, with a focus on Mid-life (45-64 years old) and elderly (65 years old and above). The class is taught from a biological, psychological, and social perspective. Specific topics to be covered include healthy adult psychological adjustment, healthy aging coping strategies, social relationships, memory and intelligence in aging adults, dementia, wisdom, along with coping with dying and bereavement.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course focuses on theories, methods and applications of the stress and coping research relevant to health. The course will provide conceptual and definitions of human stress along with differentiating between the physiological and psychological responses to stress in humans. Special topics include physiological responses to stress, the stress response theory, the measurement of psychological coping, stress management, and the moderators of stress and coping.

Credits

3

Forensic Psychology Concentration (9 Semester Credits)

Course Description

This course focuses on the intersections between the legal system and the field of forensic psychology. The psychologist’s roles and challenges within the legal system will be covered as well as discussing the legal rights of an individual as it relates to due process within the context of the justice system. Students will also review U.S. Supreme Court cases and legal statutes that influence current policies that are tied to the practice of psychology.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course is designed to provide with contemporary views and theories of maladaptive and criminal behavior along with victim-offender relationships. A broad conceptualization of criminal behavior, tied to biological, sociological, and psychological perspectives, is explored and evaluated within the course.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course is designed to introduce students to the literature on forensic assessment and the methods utilized in this area of psychology. Topics included will be the historical context, relevant theories, techniques, tools, and procedures related to forensic assessment. Ethics in forensic evaluation and the dilemmas encountered in dealing with the diverse criminal and victim populations are emphasized throughout the course.

Credits

3

WSCUC Accreditation

Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Touro College Los Angeles (Lander Campus) is a division of Touro University Worldwide.

For more information on WSCUC, visit www.wascsenior.org or write WSCUC at 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.