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Psychology: MS

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Why Earn a Master of Science in Psychology?

Earning a master of science in psychology can lead to career advancement and expand opportunities in fields like healthcare, education, business, government and communications and marketing.

A master’s in psychology also broadens your understanding of research, personality, and advanced human growth and development. The MS also prepares you for additional certifications or continued studies, such as a doctoral program.

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Career Outlook & Success

$75,838

mean average starting salary for USF master’s graduates

105

hours of practical experience

#1

Best Science Job, Psychologist (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

Why USF for Your Master’s in Psychology?

The University of Saint Francis educational experience is rooted in Catholic values and the Franciscan tradition of faith and reason. We empower our master’s students to become strong advocates for their clients and students and to serve their communities as ethical, principled psychology professionals.

Strong Academic Core

Gain a foundation in advanced human growth and development, psychopharmacology, research methods and statistics, personality and counseling theories, and social and cultural issues in counseling.

Flexible Electives in a Range of Speciality Areas

Customize your studies with electives based on your passions and professional interests. Options include:

  • Crisis, Trauma & Disaster Counseling
  • Lifestyle & Career Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Counseling Skills

Supervised Practicum Experience

Gain 105+ hours of experience in a professional environment that matches your career goals; this could include working with clients or performing research in an academic or medical setting.

Expert Instruction & Meaningful Mentorship

Our psychology and counseling faculty members are experts in their field. You’ll learn from research scientists, licensed psychologists and other human services and mental health professionals. Your professors and mentors might include:

  • John Brinkman, Ph.D., with clinical expertise in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology
  • Rolf Daniel, Ed.D., a forensic and clinical psychologist with expertise in addiction and substance abuse
  • Monica Heller, Ph.D, an expert in human growth and development
  • Carl Jylland-Halverson, Psy.D, an expert in trauma-related conditions
  • Mike Martynowicz, Ph.D.,whose work centers around self-regulation, motivation and learning in educational settings

The classes are different from other universities. They really focused on counseling and neurology. I really liked the psychology pharmacology class. Dr. Rolf Daniel’s class was absolutely amazing, I absolutely loved that class.

Priscilla Baltazard ’19, MS ’20

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What Can You Do With a Master of Science in Psychology?

An advanced degree in psychology leads to a variety of career opportunities within healthcare, business, education and other fields.

  • 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

Where You Can Find Our Graduates

Many master’s students come into the program with established careers; earning this advanced degree allows them to move into leadership positions, boost earning potential, expand the scope of their work or even pursue a different field. Positions USF graduates find include:

  • Allen County Juvenile Center, director of treatment and diagnostic services
  • Dunn Associates, licensed mental health counselor
  • Fairbanks Hospital, addictions counselor
  • Family Counseling Center LLC, forensic and consulting psychologist
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools, special education teacher
  • Seaside Counseling & Wellness Center, clinical psychologist
  • United States Army, clinical psychologist
  • University at Buffalo, licensed psychologist
  • Veterans Affairs/Maryland Health Care System, psychologist
  • Washington University School of Medicine, clinical research assistant II

A master of science in psychology also builds a solid foundation for careers in research, academia and clinical practice. Our students pursue additional master’s and doctoral degrees at institutions such as:

  • Adler School of Professional Psychology (Psy.D., clinical counseling)
  • Ball State University (Ed.D., counseling psychology and guidance services)
  • Fordham University (Ph.D., urban school psychology)
  • Purdue University (Ph.D., counseling psychology)
  • University of Saint Francis (MS, mental health counseling)

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