Fayetteville State University Online Master of Arts in Psychology

Why Fayetteville State University? 

The online Master of Arts in Psychology offered by this small, public, historically black university in Fayetteville, North Carolina recruits applicants. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the completion of at least six undergraduate credits in psychology including at least one course in general psychology, with a GPA of 2.6 overall. The program is administered by the university’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which does not require standardized testing for applicants.

Program Snapshot

University Name Fayetteville State University
Location Fayetteville
State North Carolina
Niche.com Grade B-
Name of Degree Master of Arts in Psychology 
School or Department Administering Program College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Credits 36
Cost per credit $477.50
Tuition for Entire Program $17,190
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA 2.6
Prerequisite Courses and Skills 6 undergraduate credits in psychology including general psychology
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 1-2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? multiple times per year
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes both
Required Courses
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Psychology of Diversity
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Ethical and Professional Issues
  • Biological Aspects of Behavior
  • Psychology of Social and Interpersonal Communication
  • Psychological Consultation and Supervision
  • Capstone Seminar
  • 3 electives
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? No
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Substantial Reduction of tuition for NC residents; Offers Behavioral Research Certificate and Professional Psychology Certificate that can be completed alongside the MA to demonstrate proficiency
  • Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Students will assess the major theories of individual and family development and behavior across the life span and integrate these psychological theories to professional contexts
  • Students will assess the impact of the significant aspects of human diversity, including (but not limited to) socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age, health, and physical/intellectual abilities, on the self as a cultural being, and will justify the application of theoretical and research paradigms of diversity within psychological and professional contexts
  • Students will evaluate communication theories and develop plans to integrate learned communication theory and skills in personal, supervisory, consultative, and other professional contexts to promote relational effectiveness
  • Students will engage in research processes, including proposing questions, operationalizing psychological variables, and determining appropriate statistical analyses and will will exhibit an understanding of psychological research methodology and will demonstrate the ability to critique psychological research
  • Students will appraise the use of ethical principles and professional codes of conduct, including APA ethical standards, and will apply ethical decision-making to professional, ethical issues, problems, and contexts
Program Description The program’s 36 credits can be completed within 1-2 years, and include a required capstone but no internship. Students learn major theories of individual and family development and behavior. They also gain fundamental skills in psychological research.

What will I Learn?

This program provides graduates with an overview of individual and family development and behavior. The curriculum emphasizes the significance of human diversity along various axes. Graduates will be equipped to conduct applied research in psychology. The program emphasizes the formation of ethical behavior and professional values.  

Foundational curriculum is covered in Psychology of Diversity, Developmental Psychology, and Biological Aspects of Behavior. Students gain fundamental skills while taking Statistics, Research Methods and Psychological Consultation and Supervision. Studying Psychology of Diversity, Developmental Psychology, Ethical and Professional Issues, and Psychology of Social and Interpersonal Communication, students come to the end of their coursework. As a capstone, they consolidate their learning in Capstone Seminar. Remaining credits are electives.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 1-2 years and pay $477.50 per credit for a total of 36 credits, or just over $17,000  for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

Synchronous instruction refers to the delivery of courses online where students log in at the same time as their instructor and classmates. Some courses may be taught asynchronously, which means that participants can complete online exercises at their own pace rather than being forced to log in at a specific time. Videos created by the instructor, discussions in online forums, practice problems, and other exercises can comprise required online activities. Students do not visit campus.

The program is finished by the students in 1-2 years. There are numerous start dates available each year, enabling students to start the program as soon as they are accepted. The curriculum and schedule are fairly flexible.


This generalist program offers a rigorous overview curriculum accompanied by the opportunity to explore a student’s interests through elective courses. A substantial tuition reduction is available for North Carolina residents. The school offers a Behavioral Research Certificate and Professional Psychology Certificate that can be completed alongside the MA to demonstrate proficiency in these areas. In terms of cost-to-degree, the program is comparable to peers.