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Psychology: MS

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Why study psychology: MS?

Take your psychology degree and career to the next level! Our master of science in Psychology program will give you the foundation needed to advance into a professional position, advance in your current standing, or succeed in a doctoral-level program.

Plus, the coursework in our M.S. in Psychology program is aligned with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) standards, meaning your credits will easily transfer into a terminal degree program

Customize your Experience

Designed to give you maximum opportunity and flexibility, the curriculum combines deep foundational knowledge with areas of expertise. You’ll start with the following core courses:

  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Advanced Human Growth and Development
  • Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling
  • Personality and Counseling Theories
  • Psychopharmacology

Students complete their program by taking courses related to their own area of interest.

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Option for Practicum:
105 Hours of Field Experience

You can develop your skills through real-world experience. Your faculty advisor will work with you to find the ideal situation: one where you work under the supervision of an on-site supervisor, a professional who will mentor and guide you.

Student experiences have included:

  • Working with children who have autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Providing social skills training to children in school settings
  • Assessing and providing treatment with adolescents in a forensic setting
  • Providing behavior modification with adults how have intellectual disabilities
  • Working with adults in substance use treatment centers
  • Conducting research in academic, community agencies, and hospital settings

The best part of the practicum is that you can choose your own experience!

Students love the fact that they can tailor their experience to match their future goals and pursuits. Half (15) of the required (30) credit hours are elective in nature, so students can use this opportunity for a practicum experience and/or an independent study. I am a graduate of this program, and I am proud to be at USF directing it as an alumnus.

Mike Martynowicz, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Career Success!

Graduates of our M.S. in Psychology program typically follow two paths:

Graduate School — Some of this program’s graduates utilize their course credits to pursue graduate study in additional areas (e.g., pursuing another Master’s degree or a doctoral degree at another institution).

Career Advancement — Graduates of the program are often promoted into leadership positions. Because a master’s in psychology prepares for careers in various fields (healthcare, business, government, education, and more), they work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Case Manager
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Social Service Manager
  • Drug and Alcohol Specialist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Employment Counselor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Project Manager

Added Value! Faculty Expertise

Throughout your studies, you will be taught and mentored by a team of experts. USF’s Psychology and Counseling faculty are true professionals with extensive credentials and diverse experience in the field.

A few highlights:

  • John Brinkman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Counseling, has clinical expertise in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology
  • Rolf Daniel, Ed.D., Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is a forensic and clinical psychologist with expertise in addiction and substance abuse
  • Carl Jylland-Halverson, SFO, Psy.D. Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is a clinical psychologist with expertise in human trauma.
  • Monica Heller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is a research scientist and expert in human growth and development
  • Mike Martynowicz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is a research scientist and expert in human growth and development


USF’s master of science in psychology program is aligned with the standards set forth by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) and coursework is aligned with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) standards

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Program Director

John Brinkman, Ph.D., HSPP
260-399-7700 ext. 8425