Master of Science

Studying psychology is like a writer, researching a story, but for the mind. Learn how to research the mind with classes in scientific and experimental psychology, research design and analysis and advanced theories of personality. Then, the real research begins. 

Graduate Program Tabs

The online Master of Science (MS) in Psychology degree at Tiffin University offers students the opportunity to gain a broad, graduate-level education in the areas of psychology such as Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Neuropsychology. The program provides students with knowledge of human thought and behavior as well as research and analytic skills that can be applied in a wide-range of professional settings. Graduates of our program will be qualified to teach Psychology courses in community colleges and to pursue a Doctorate in Psychology, if desired. The Master of Science in Psychology degree is focused on scientific/experimental psychology and not counseling/clinical psychology, and does not lead to licensure of any kind.

Additionally, the Online Master of Science in Psychology degree at Tiffin University is offered in a convenient and accessible format. This allows students world-wide and at different stages of life with the opportunity to study graduate-level psychology with minimal interference in their personal and professional lives. Every course in the program is developed and taught by a faculty member with a PhD in the field.


Did you know?

Industrial-organizational psychologists earned an annual average salary of $87,960 in 2013, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The overall salary range for industrial-organizational psychologists was between about $49,570 and $140,390.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected job growth in the field of Psychology will be 53% between now and 2022.


Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. TU programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor, psychotherapist, or psychologist

Psychology Concentration 37 hours

  • PSY521 Statistical Procedures I
  • PSY522 Statistical Procedures II
  • PSY533 Research Design and Analysis I
  • PSY534 Research Design and Analysis II
  • PSY541 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSY543 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY545 Advanced Theories of Personality
  • PSY546 Psychopathology
  • PSY611 Professional Issues I: Law and Ethics
  • PSY612 Professional Issues II: Cross Cultural Issues in Psychology
  • PSY621 Social Psychology
  • PSY622 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY631 Neuropsychology
  • PSY641 Capstone Research I
  • PSY642 Capstone Research II

Total MS 37 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

There are no related concentrations available

Statistical Procedures I (PSY521) - This course provides a foundation on the basic principles of statistics. Students will focus on methods of summarizing and describing data and will be introduced to the concepts of inferential statistics and hypothesis testing. The course provides an introduction to the use of electronic statistical software such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS.

Research Design and Analysis I (PSY533) - Research Design and Analysis I is an introduction to research. The student will learn the basics of research methods and the language by which research is conducted in various disciplines around the world. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in research and learn the conceptual basis for the application of statistical techniques (the joining of statistics to research concept). Students will develop a working hypothesis, derived from an empirical theory to create their own original empirical research. Students will learn to transform that idea into a measurable research design. Students will learn ethical guidelines and measurement construction for their research. Students will write an IRB proposal and submit it for approval.

Developmental Psychology (PSY543) - This course takes a life span approach in studying human development from conception through death. Students will examine the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth in the human being. Emphasis will be on exploring and describing human growth and development in terms of cultural and ecological systems as supported by relevant peer reviewed data.

Advanced Theories of Personality (PSY545) - This course will critically examine the research in historical, contemporary, and emerging theories regarding personality formation and development. The methods of measuring personality will also be addressed. Students will develop an integrated and advanced theory of personality.

Psychopathology (PSY546) - This course will provide an overview of the history of psychopathology as well as current views and approaches to psychopathology. Behavioral, developmental, biological/neurological, and social/cultural aspects of psychopathology will be examined as will the theories of the etiologies of psychopathology. The role of assessment and diagnosis tools, the DSM and its framework as well as the ICD system, and treatment approaches, including psychopharmacology, will be considered


Steven Borawski
Steven Borawski Program Chair, Online Bachelor and Graduate Social Science Programs
Dr. Erin Dean
Dr. Erin Dean Associate Professor & Chair for Main Campus Social Science Programs
Dr. Fang-Mei Law
Dr. Fang-Mei Law Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice
Dr. Steven Hurwitz
Dr. Steven Hurwitz Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice / Washington Center Liaison
Dr. Jonathan Appel
Dr. Jonathan Appel Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Criminal Justice / Director of Institutional...
Dr. Matthew Bereza
Dr. Matthew Bereza Associate Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Latin American Studies
Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor
Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor Professor of Forensic Psychology and Psychology


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