Nova Southeastern University Online Master of Science in General Psychology

Why Nova Southeastern University? 

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern is a large private university. Applicants are sought for its online Master of Science in General Psychology program. Administered by NSU’s College of Psychology, the program does not require applicants to have completed any specific prerequisite undergraduate courses. Applicants are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5. GRE results are required if the applicant’s GPA is below 3.0. 

Program Snapshot

University Name Nova Southeastern University
Location Fort Lauderdale
State Florida Grade B
Name of Degree Master of Science in General Psychology
School or Department Administering Program College of Psychology
Credits 30
Cost per credit $865.00
Tuition for Entire Program $25,950.00
Test Requirements GRE required if GPA below 3.0
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, Summer
Program Concentrations
  • General Psychology
  • Applied Health Science
Synchronous classes no
Required Courses
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Evaluation and Assessment
  • Research Design
  • Psychological Quantitative Methods
  • 3 specialization courses
Does the Program Include a Capstone? No
Does the program include a practicum or internship? optional
Other Features that Make the Program Unique The program also targets those living in rural or frontier areas in and outside the United States, those with limited or no access to this graduate level educational program, and individuals working non-traditional shift schedules, such as those in law enforcement, corrections, national security, and the military.
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) a comprehensive foundation of psychology theory and research, as well as covering all prerequisite courses needed to transition into a doctoral program.
Program Description The program’s 30 credits can be completed within 2 years. Students complete an optional internship, but are not required to complete a capstone.  Students can specialize within 2 concentration areas: General Psychology; Applied Health Science.  This program provides a comprehensive foundation of psychology theory and research, as well as covering all prerequisite courses needed to transition into a doctoral program.

What will I Learn?

The MS in General Psychology at Nova Southeastern is, as the name suggests, a generalist program covering a range of topics within psychology theory and practice. The program is designed to equip students with the curriculum foundations for transferring to a PhD program in psychology. 

Students begin the program by studying foundational topics in courses such as Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Human Growth and Development. They delve more deeply into the psychology of the individual and the group in Social Psychology and in Individual Evaluation and Assessment. They learn to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession in required courses in Research Design and Psychological Quantitative Methods.

The student’s three remaining courses vary depending on their chosen specialization, which can be General Psychology or Applied Health Science. 

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2 years and pay $865.00 per credit for a total of 30 credits, or just under $26,000.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

Students complete the program within 2 years. All courses are taught using an asynchronous teaching model. This means that instead of meeting with an instructor and classmates at a specific meeting time, the student completes coursework at their own pace, as long as they meet certain deadlines which are usually weekly. Coursework can include watching online videos, taking online quizzes, completing group or individual assignments, and other tasks. This model creates a flexible schedule for the student. Students can start the program in Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.


This online program at a well-regarded university is designed to meet the needs of those living in rural areas or in international contexts which limit access to graduate level education. Providing flexible scheduling and opportunities for independent study, the degree pathway is also well suited to those working non-traditional shift schedules, such as individuals working in law enforcement, corrections, national security, or the military. Offering a cost-to-degree that is comparable to peer institutions, this program will be most attractive to those desiring a generalist curriculum providing a comprehensive overview of the topic.