Fielding University Online Masters in Media Psychology

Why Fielding University? 

This online Masters in Media Psychology  offered by this small private graduate-level university in Santa Barbara, California. Students are not required to have completed any prerequisite coursework in their undergraduate program. Students are expected to have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their undergraduate coursework. No standardized test results are required for your application. The program is administered by the university’s School of Psychology.  

Program Snapshot

University Name Fielding University
Location Santa Barbara
State California Grade none
Name of Degree Masters in Media Psychology
School or Department Administering Program School of Psychology
Credits 40
Cost per credit $610.00
Tuition for Entire Program $24,400.00
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA 2.5
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes no
Required Courses
  • Professional Writing for Media Psychology
  • Media Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Media Psychology Capstone
  • 6 electives 
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? No
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Media Psychology emphasis; flexible course choices; integration with faculty research in Media Psychology PhD program; dedicated graduate university
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Emerging Media: how social media and the Internet have transformed society
  • Neuromarketing: the psychological impact of media on consumers
  • Transmedia Storytelling: engaging customers and audiences across media technology platforms
  • Audience Engagement: the psychology of finding and engaging your audience
  • Global Media: media effects on society, individuals, and cultures
  • Positive Psychology: how media can be used for socially constructive purposes
Program Description The program’s 40 credits can be completed within 2 years, and include a capstone but no required practicum. The curricular focus on media psychology addresses the psychological effects of media consumption and production, and other topics such as media engagement, audience, and global media.  

What will I Learn?

Media psychology is the study of psychological phenomena which emerge from human interaction with media. Students will learn how social media and the internet have transformed society, and examine different aspects of the psychological impact of media on consumers. Students will learn about engaging customer and audiences across the platforms, as well as the psychology of finding and engaging your audience. Through courses that examine media’s effects on societies, individuals and cultures, students will learn how media can be used for socially constructive purposes.

Media Psychology and Professional Writing for Media Psychology courses provide introductory concepts and aptitudes within the curriculum. Crucial professional techniques are covered in Research Methods. To consolidate learning and analysis skills, students are required to take Media Psychology Capstone.  Six elective courses provide ample opportunity for students to explore special interests.

How much will the program cost?

Students complete their degree in two years for a cost of $610.00 each credit, or slightly about $24,500.00 for the entire degree, which consists of 40 credits.

How does the program fit into my life?

Since all classes are taught asynchronously, there is no predetermined time that students must log in to take an online class. Instead, students are given regular opportunity to connect with their teacher and peers while also being obliged to complete certain online tasks each week. Online activities might consist of watching lectures online, finishing interactive practice exercises, and taking part in online group discussions, among others. No on-campus trip is necessary.

Students complete the program within 2 years. Students can start the program in the Fall or Spring semesters. The program’s curriculum is flexible, allowing students greater choice over which courses to take and when to take them, than is offered by some other peer programs. 


With course titles such as Psychology of Video Games, Narrative and Digital Storytelling, and The Role of Media in Social Justice, it’s clear that thie Fielding University Media Psychology program offers a distinctive approach to the field of psychology for interested applicants. Applicants looking for a broad, traditional introduction to the entire field should look elsewhere. However, those with a strong interest in media and psychology may find this accessible university, which is dedicated entirely to graduate education, to be an attractive option.