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 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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 information and information technology
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Thesis

PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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 information and information technology
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Elective Areas of Concentration

Concentration One: General Psychology

PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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 information and information technology
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Concentration Two: Pastoral Counseling

PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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 information and information technology
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Concentration Three: Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency

PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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 information and information technology
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Concentration Four: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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 information and information technology
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Concentration Five: Sport Psychology

PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ substance-related disorders (drugs, alcohol), addictive behavioral disorders (gambling, sex, internet), eating disorders, and co-occurring clinical and personality disorders. The biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction, as well as cultural and legal-ethical issues, are highlighted. Previous coursework in graduate-level addiction studies and abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.

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
  • Examine the diagnosis of substance use, eating disorders and behavioral addictions
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of co-occurring and co-morbid disorders
  • Distinguish legal and ethical issues and cultural diversity to diagnosis and treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans using evidence based practice
  • Analyze and apply current research in addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • 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 information and information technology
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