Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.)
This program is delivered residentially.
The Master of Science in Psychology is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to use the principles and research of human behavior to solve real world problems. The study of psychology is consistent with and complementary to Liberty University's philosophy of education, where God, the infinite source of all truth, has shown us that truth through Scripture, nature, history and above all, in Christ. This notion provides for the discovery of truth about human behavior through the use of the scientific method. Additionally, pursuit of an M.S. in Psychology aligns students with the University's Mission Statement of encouraging a commitment to the Christian life and all of its virtues, sensitivity to the needs of others, social responsibility and the active communication of the Christian faith that leads others to faith in Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Analyze literature within the discipline of psychological science, including major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings.
- Critique and conduct social scientific research.
- Apply psychological research to practical problems of behavior and mental processes.
- Evaluate psychological research in the context of biblical thought.
The student will be able to use empirical research to evaluate developmental issues across the lifespan.
Program Specific Admission Procedures
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Science in Psychology must have:
- An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
- Official transcripts must be provided before admission. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy).
- Recommendations: Submit contact information for two recommendations. The recommendations should come from former college professors; however, recommendations from supervisors are acceptable from students who have been out of school for a substantial amount of time.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): The applicant must have minimum scores of 151 on the Verbal portion, 152 on the Quantitative portion, and 3.5 on the analytic writing portion.
Applicants meeting all of the following requirements may be admitted on Academic Caution:
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 (on a 4.00 scale).
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a GRE Verbal score of 149 to 150 and a GRE Quantitative score of 150 to 151.
Students must complete 12 credit hours in undergraduate psychology which must include general psychology, statistics, research methods, and one additional psychology course. These courses must be completed prior to enrollment in any graduate PSYC course.
Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer up to 18 hours of coursework into the Psychology program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:
- The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
- The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
- The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
- The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.
Courses related to psychology and counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous five 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: PSYC 520 Psychology and Christianity (3 c.h.) and PSYC 690 Master's Thesis (3 c.h.).
Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits. Liberty University course work that is more than 10 years old must be repeated.
Delivery Format: Residential Only
- Child/Adolescent Program Developer
- Community/Junior College Instructor
- Developmental Service Coordinator
- Evaluation and Assessment Manager
- Program Coordinator/Director
- Research and Data Analyst
Overview of research methodology and statistical techniques for psychological research. Emphasis on the three basic types of research - descriptive, predictive, and experimental. Also, addresses ethics in research. A computer package is used for analysis of data. (Crosslisted with MSPS 500).
Examination of scientific literature involving individual behavior in relation to social contexts. Topics include attribution, social perception, socialization, attitude formation/change, group dynamics, prosocial behavior, aggression, social influence, and applications. (Crosslisted with MSPS 513)
Resident Prerequisite: PSYC 510
This course examines advanced research methodology and statistical techniques for psychological research. This course equips students to design, conduct, and present research using APA formatting guidelines. A computer software package is used for analysis of data. (Crosslisted with MSPS 505)
Exploration of current theory and research in industrial/organizational psychology. Focus on talent acquisition and management, leadership, job attitudes, and organizational development. (Crosslisted with MSPS 526)
Exploration of the relationship between psychological science and Christian faith. Topics include philosophical foundations and models of conceptualizing the relationship between the disciplines. (Crosslisted with MSPS 521)
Advanced study of developmental processes across the lifespan. Examination of theories and current research in physical, mental, emotional, and social domains. Special consideration given to varying social situations and cultural contexts. (Crosslisted with MSPS 540)
Resident Prerequisite: PSYC 510
Discussion of principles to produce and improve tests and assessments of knowledge, skills, and other psychological constructs. A focus on techniques for evaluating existing measures for reliability and validity evidence and guidelines for the rigorous development of new instruments.
Advanced study of associative learning. Special emphasis on instrumental conditioning, motivation, and affect as they relate to the field of developmental psychology. (Crosslisted with MSPS 570)
Discussion of theory and research in cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, language, learning, reasoning, and decision-making. (Crosslisted with MSPS 531)
Discussion of traditional and contemporary intervention strategies. Special emphasis on evidence-based practices and application to real-world scenarios. (Crosslisted with MSPS 625)
Advanced study of developmental processes from conception until adolescence. Focus on contemporary research in biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. (Crosslisted with MSPS 627)
Advanced study of developmental processes during adolescence. Focus on contemporary research in biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. (Crosslisted with MSPS 637)
Advanced study of developmental processes in adulthood. Focus on contemporary research in various domains, such as work, marriage and family, personality, cognition, and physical change. (Crosslisted with MSPS 647)
Review of empirical literature in gerontology. Topics include cognition, personality and adjustment, physical change, social roles, and more. (Crosslisted with MSPS 657)
Discussion of organization theories and organizational change. Consideration also given to group structure and processes. (Crosslisted with MSPS 646)
Online Prerequisite: PSYC 516
Evaluation of techniques for training and motivating personnel. Focus on design, implementation, and evaluation of training, continuing education, and staff development programs, looking to organizational improvement. (Crosslisted with MSPS 650)
Online Prerequisite: PSYC 516
Exploration of ethical/legal issues confronted by organizations, and discussion of ethical theories pertaining to decision-making and problem solving in organizations. Special consideration given to how Christian faith informs ethics. (Crosslisted with MSPS 655)
Exploration of developmental pathways, including specific disorders and their contexts, and risk/resilience. Special attention devoted to normal and deviant development, and principles of adaptive functioning. (Crosslisted with MSPS 610)
Review of psychological theories of and research on motivation and their application to work. Highlights how leadership relates to motivation, workplace climate and attitudes, and group performance. (Crosslisted with MSPS 658)
Examination of personnel psychology. Topics include workforce planning, recruitment and selection of employees, performance criteria and appraisal, job analysis, job evaluation, and compensation. (Crosslisted with MSPS 660)
Exploration of the relationship between brain and behavior across the lifespan. Special emphasis on contemporary research and issues in the field. (Crosslisted with MSPS 580)
This course will allow a student to work individually with the director of his/her thesis.
Research on approved topic under direction of thesis committee with chair approval. (Crosslisted with MSPS 691)