Arizona State University Online Master of Science in Psychology 

Why Arizona State University? 

This online Master of Science in Pyschology offered by this large public research university in Tempe, Arizona. Students are not required to have completed any prerequisite coursework in their undergraduate program.  It is recommended that applicants submit GRE results, but they are not required. Applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0.  The program is administered by the university’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Program Snapshot

University Name Arizona State University
Location Tempe
State Arizona Grade A
Name of Degree Master of Science in Psychology
School or Department Administering Program New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Credits 36
Cost per credit $857.00
Tuition for Entire Program $30,852.00
Test Requirements GRE recommended
Minimum GPA 3
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 18 months – 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? multiple times per year
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes no
Required Courses
  • Professional Issues in Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Quantitative Research (3) or PSY 515 Quantitative Analysis I
  • Research Methods
  • Electives
  • Capstone or Applied Project or Thesis
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? No
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Mandarin-language pathway; University with many online programs; generalist approach with flexibility
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Knowledge of professional issues in psychology with an emphasis on contemporary issues
  • Ability to conduct quantitative research in psychology; ability to behave ethically as a psychology professional
  • Ability to evaluate and assess psychological issues across the lifespan
  • Knowledge of professional writing standards
Program Description The program’s 36 credits can be completed within 18 months – 2 years, and include a required capstone but no internship. Students gain a broad understanding of contemporary issues and approaches in psychology as well as competence in research, ethical behavior, and professional writing.  

What will I Learn?

The program aims to provide a breadth and depth of curriculum covering knowledge of professional issues in psychology with an emphasis on contemporary issues. Graduates are equipped to quantitative research in psychology and will demonstrate ethical behavior as a psychology professional. Graduates also gain the skill to assess psychological issues across the lifespan, and to write competently and professionally in the field of psychology.  

Students begin the program by studying foundational topics in Professional Issues in Psychology. Students gain fundamental skills while taking Fundamentals of Quantitative Research or Quantitative Analysis I, and Research Methods. As a capstone to the curriculum, students are required to take Capstone or Applied Project or Thesis. The remainder of the required credits are earned through elective courses. 

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 18 months – 2 years and pay $857.00 per credit for a total of 36 credits, or just under $30,852.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

ASU courses follow an asynchronous instruction model. Students receive ample opportunity to interact with instructors and peers, while working at their own pace to complete weekly online activities, which may include watching online lecture videos. Students complete the program within 18 months – 2 years.

Multiple start dates per year are offered. The curriculum and schedule is highly flexible. Students do not visit campus unless they wish. 


ASU offers many online programs, meaning that instructors and university staff will be familiar with the challenges of the online student experience. This program offers opportunities for students who are less certain about their specific interest in the psychology field prior to enrollment, as the curriculum is much more flexible than many peer degree pathways. Unique among the degree programs profiled here, the ASU MA program offers a Mandarin-language pathway.