MS | Master of Science in Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology Courses

Below, please find the psychology degree courses in CalSouthern’s Master of Science in Psychology program. By taking five three-credit psychology degree courses in one of five different subject areas, you can earn your MS with an emphasis on chemical dependence and compulsive disorders, sports psychology, organizational psychology, pastoral counseling, or general psychology.

Required Core Courses

PSY 86506 Psychopathology

Credits : 3
This course provides an integrated course of study emphasizing the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. The Learner will build practical clinical skills in diagnosis, problem formulation, and crisis intervention. In addition to focusing on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the course examines psychopathology from a neuroscientific, biological, and sociocultural perspective. Psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic interventions will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research when such exists
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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Thesis

PSY 86506 Psychopathology

Credits : 3
This course provides an integrated course of study emphasizing the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. The Learner will build practical clinical skills in diagnosis, problem formulation, and crisis intervention. In addition to focusing on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the course examines psychopathology from a neuroscientific, biological, and sociocultural perspective. Psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic interventions will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research when such exists
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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Elective Areas of Concentration

Concentration One: General Psychology

PSY 86506 Psychopathology

Credits : 3
This course provides an integrated course of study emphasizing the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. The Learner will build practical clinical skills in diagnosis, problem formulation, and crisis intervention. In addition to focusing on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the course examines psychopathology from a neuroscientific, biological, and sociocultural perspective. Psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic interventions will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research when such exists
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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Concentration Two: Pastoral Counseling

PSY 86506 Psychopathology

Credits : 3
This course provides an integrated course of study emphasizing the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. The Learner will build practical clinical skills in diagnosis, problem formulation, and crisis intervention. In addition to focusing on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the course examines psychopathology from a neuroscientific, biological, and sociocultural perspective. Psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic interventions will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research when such exists
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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Concentration Three: Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency

PSY 86506 Psychopathology

Credits : 3
This course provides an integrated course of study emphasizing the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. The Learner will build practical clinical skills in diagnosis, problem formulation, and crisis intervention. In addition to focusing on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the course examines psychopathology from a neuroscientific, biological, and sociocultural perspective. Psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic interventions will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research when such exists
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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Concentration Four: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 86506 Psychopathology

Credits : 3
This course provides an integrated course of study emphasizing the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. The Learner will build practical clinical skills in diagnosis, problem formulation, and crisis intervention. In addition to focusing on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the course examines psychopathology from a neuroscientific, biological, and sociocultural perspective. Psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic interventions will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research when such exists
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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Concentration Five: Sport Psychology

PSY 86506 Psychopathology

Credits : 3
This course provides an integrated course of study emphasizing the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. The Learner will build practical clinical skills in diagnosis, problem formulation, and crisis intervention. In addition to focusing on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the course examines psychopathology from a neuroscientific, biological, and sociocultural perspective. Psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic interventions will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Assess the major diagnostic categories of the DSM 5
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues related to psychopathology
  • Consider the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Examine current research on the theory treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Explore the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology and the supportive research when such exists
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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