Psychology Courses

Single Master’s-Level Psychology Courses

At CalSouthern, students are permitted to enroll in a course at the master’s level without committing to a particular degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:

  • Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a master’s degree
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward a master’s degree at CalSouthern or another institution*
  • Gain master’s-level knowledge and expertise in a topic of interest

Choose any master’s-level course offered by CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, organizational psychology, marriage and family therapy and psychopathology.

Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A bachelor’s degree is not required to take master’s-level courses. (However, if you wish to enroll in a master’s-level degree program, a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Graduate Courses

PSY 86899 Master's Thesis

Credits : 6

This course prepares the graduate learner for the development of a master's thesis. A review is given to research design, modes of observation, and techniques of analysis, the social and ethical context of research, and the uses of research. The main focus of study for this course is placed on the delineation of a problem in the field of psychology and a plan for conducting a literature review of the subject that will lead to its resolution. The course will integrate and demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the degree course work and will include an emphasis on the statement of the problem, the purpose, the scope of the study, and a literature review in respect to the proposed problem. The project is intended to make a significant contribution to the field and/or the Learner's discipline. The grade for the course is either a Satisfactory or an Unsatisfactory grade only.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Distinguish specific problems or potential problem areas for analysis and intervention
  • Differentiate between constraints and limitations to intervention and change
  • Create valid and reliable methods for addressing constraints and limitations
  • Analyze a collection of qualitative or quantitative data
  • Evaluate research utilizing research design methodology
  • Integrate legal and ethical issues to research methodology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Evaluate, incorporate and demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology

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