United States Hybrid Psychology Masters Programs
Several universities offer Hybrid Psychology Masters Programs which provide a flexible and low residency learning format for your graduate degree. Sometimes called ‘partially online’ or ‘blended online’, Hybrid Psychology graduate programs are ones that have both online courses and intensives or on-campus requirements. Distance learning involves having a functioning computer, reliable Internet, and the autonomy to pace yourself while you are on your own. Digital tools and technology are used to research and keep in touch with your classmates and faculty. Visits to campus for meetings or classes allow for participation, interaction and laboratory-based courses. The hybrid learning format may work well for psychology students in programs where demonstration or interpersonal skills are required, since online coursework has its limits. For some students it may be the best of two worlds!
Hybrid Psychology Masters Programs: Basics
Hybrid Psychology Masters programs are graduate-level degrees that typically involve two to three years of education beyond the undergraduate degree. Often at the undergraduate level, students can prepare for their graduate degree by taking pre-requisite courses such as statistics, introductory psychology and experimental psychology[i]. Other common requirements of prospective psychology grad students could include taking the GRE or GRE Psychology subject test; psychology schools may differ in their admissions protocol.
DID YOU KNOW? 38% of Psychology Professors have a Master’s degree, 38% a Doctoral Degree and 24% Post-doctoral training.[ii]
What Types of Hybrid Psychology Master’s Programs are there?
The two most common tracks for Hybrid Psychology Masters programs are the Master of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Psychology, and this applies to general psychology graduate programs as well as more specific areas.
Typically, students continue with the liberal arts or science focus; Bachelor of Science in Psychology graduates may prefer Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduates may prefer a Master of Arts degree in graduate school. Apart from a general Master’s degree in Psychology, you can also look into more focused topics and earn your degree in that area; for instance:
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Clinical Psychology
- Community Psychology
- Holistic Psychology
- Organizational psychology
Master’s Degree in Psychology: Stepping Stone or Terminal Degree?
Some Hybrid Psychology Masters degrees are what is known as ‘terminal’ in that they are designed to prepare graduates for professional practice in their specific specialty area, others lead to continued education at the Doctoral level. However, if your goal is to ultimately enter the field of professional psychology, you will need either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology, state licensure and to meet other criteria[iii]. Typically, if you have a choice between a thesis or a non-thesis option, completing a thesis is considered a good idea if you plan to continue studying while the non-thesis option may be chosen by students who are entering the workplace. If you are not entirely sure what to do, college faculty advisors may be able to help you steer a course.
Master’s Degree in Psychology Graduates Can…
If you are deciding between applying straight to a doctoral psychology program with your Bachelor’s degree, this may be one option. Another is to start a Master’s Program and keep some options open. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates with a Master’s in Psychology can work as[iv]:
- Industrial-organizational psychologists
- As psychological assistants in clinical, counseling or research settings (under supervision)
While the American Psychological Association does not accredit programs at the Master’s level, you can still search for a university or college that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education; they also recognize different regional accreditation agencies.
Take the Next Step
The psychology profession is in for some pretty fast employment growth between 2014 and 2024 especially in schools, hospitals, mental health centers and social services agencies.[v] If you aspire to join the ranks of these professionals but cannot commute to college every day, why not review sponsored program listings to find the Hybrid Psychology Masters that aligns with your goals.
sources: [i] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm |[ii] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-1066.00 | apa.org | |[iii] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm[iv] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm |[v] bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm
- Paxton, MAPaxton, MA
Anna Maria College
Anna Maria College's Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O Psychology) blends coursework from the fields of counseling psychology and business.
- Plainfield, VTPlainfield, VT
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- San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA
California Institute of Integral Studies
Our online hybrid MA in Integrative Health Studies prepares students to become leaders in the expanding fields of integrative health, personal wellness, and health promotion...
- San Francisco, CA
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago
The EdS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares professionals who are knowledgeable about cultural influences on human development and who can meet client concerns from diverse cultural perspectives.
- Newton, MANewton, MA
William James College
The Organizational Psychology MA is a highly interactive and outcome oriented 11-month program where students attain their 30 credit master's degree. The program is offered in two formats: fully online or blended. There is a concentration in Talent Mgmt...
- Fort Lauderdale, FLFort Lauderdale, FL
Nova Southeastern University
Experimental Psychology, M.S.
The Master of Science in Experimental Psychology degree program provides students with a strong academic foundation in the theories and concepts of experimental psychology...
- Fairfield, CTFairfield, CT
Sacred Heart University
The Master of Science in Applied Psychology will teach students how to apply the science of human behavior to solve practical real-world problems through a unique delivery system of 8-week courses. You may accelerate your degree completion, completi...
- Carpinteria, CACarpinteria, CA
Pacifica Graduate Institute
The M.A./PhD. Program in Depth Psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies centers around the philosophy that the theories and practices within the Jungian tradition continue to offer valuable insights and tools into working with the psyc...
- Carpinteria, CA
- Boulder, COBoulder, CO
Naropa University's low-residency Master of Arts degree in Ecopsychology integrates psychology and ecological issues in the study of human-nature relationships.
- Cincinnati, OHCincinnati, OH
Union Institute and University
Master of Arts with a concentration in Counseling Psychology...
- El Cajon, CAEl Cajon, CA
Southern California Seminary
SCS is a private institution of higher education dedicated to teaching from the inerrant Word of God. Here you will learn about God from His book - the Bible. As a ministry of Shadow Mountain Community Church, under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah,...
- El Cajon, CA
- Marshall, MOMarshall, MO
Missouri Valley College
Missouri Valley College's MACC program is committed to training professional counselors who will be a force for positive change.
- Portland, ORPortland, OR
University of Western States
p>Using positive and applied sport psychology, our program is designed to help students develop the mental essentials to enhance performance and increase human potential. ...
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
A master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology will increase your professional value, and equip you with the practical tools and psychological methods to help businesses become more productive and profitable.
- Beverly, MABeverly, MA
p>Designed to offer students aspiring to become Licensed Special Ed Teachers and BCBA the ability to complete required courses.
- Kirkland, WAKirkland, WA
As a student in the Psychology degree program within the School of Psychology & Interdisciplinary (PII) at Saybrook University, you can tailor your experiential learning goals and courses to meet your individual needs and interests.
- Plainfield, VTPlainfield, VT
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intended for students wishing to prepare for clinical work and licensing or who wish to go on to a doctoral program and need to demonstrate the development of clinical acumen through their course...
- Plainfield, VT
- Palo Alto, CAPalo Alto, CA
Our two-year Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology degree program offers you an exciting opportunity to study the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology, and transformational life coaching, creativity, or spiritual psychology. The 45-un...
- Palo Alto, CA
- Palo Alto, CA
- Concord, MAConcord, MA
Bay Path University
The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Bay Path University program was designed to prepare educators, to apply behavioral principles to instruction, treatment of problem behavior, and special learning and behavior challenges.
- Sturbridge, MA
- East Longmeadow, MA
- Rancho Palos Verdes, CARancho Palos Verdes, CA
Marymount California University
The Community Psychology program at Marymount California University is an interdisciplinary program exposing students to theory, research, and practice to address complex social issues and promote social justice.
- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
- Binghamton, NYBinghamton, NY
Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)
Graduate study at Binghamton University provides outstanding research facilities, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-dis...