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Top Online Associate Degrees in Psychology for 2024

Associate degrees can be a great stepping stone to more advanced education in just about any field, including psychology. Read about this two-year degree, review top schools, and look inside key costs and courses.

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When seeking out the best online associate degrees in psychology, you might be surprised to learn just how many there are. And that poses a problem: How do you narrow down such a wide variety of great options? We took a look at the psychology associate degrees to determine the top ones in regard to flexibility, affordability, and the accreditation you need to succeed. Let’s take a look at the best schools that stand out going into 2023.

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About the ranking

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Base Methodology for EduMed’s 2023 Online College Rankings

1. Create List of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on government data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least one program in subject area offered partially or fully online.

2. Assign Weightings

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of affordability, support services, and online program availability metrics. Online program availability and overall affordability metrics received the heaviest weightings.

Online Program Availability

  • Number of online programs in subject area reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.

Affordability

  • Cost – Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on tuition and fees per academic year.
  • Students w/ Institutional Aid – Percentage of students who receive financial aid from the school itself.

Support Services

  • Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.
  • Career Placement – Existence of this service on campus or online.

About Our Data

EduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2022

# School Name Type Cost Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 Truckee Meadows Community CollegeReno, NV Public $ 1

Truckee Meadows Community College offers an associate degree in psychology that’s specifically designed for students who want to get their bachelor’s degree after completing the program. Since most students go on to get their bachelor’s degree, the program is research intensive and has online and in-person resources to help students apply to four year universities as a transfer student. The program can be completed 100% online, though the classes are synchronous and at specific start times. While many students transfer to a bachelor’s in psychology after earning their associate degree, it’s also possible to transfer into a four year degree in another field such as human resources, business, law, education, or another related discipline.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $112.75/credit (in-state), $185/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
AccreditationNWCCU
2 North Central State CollegeMansfield, OH Public $$ 1

North Central State College offers an online associate in psychology program that gives students the chance to learn foundational skills in the field. All of the program’s courses are offered online and prepare students to either enter into the psychology field or pursue their bachelor’s after graduating. Online courses are set up in Canvas, one of the most popular learning management softwares. Some courses are offered asynchronously and can be taken at a student’s own pace, while others are synchronous and have class meetings on Zoom. Each online course offers a dynamic education, equal rigor to in-person courses, and a fully online learning experience.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 64
  • Cost: $186.60/credit
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
AccreditationHLC
3 South Texas CollegeMcAllen, TX Public $ 1

South Texas College offers an Associate of Arts in psychology that focuses on the science behind human behavior. It also gives students the opportunity to look at mental processes from the neuroscience, cognitive, and developmental psychology lens. By the end of this curriculum, students should have a foundational knowledge of multiple psychological perspectives and be ready to enter the workforce or continue on to get their bachelor’s in the psychology field. To accommodate different types of learners, this program is available either fully online or fully in-person. For the online option, classes have virtual calls and are delivered synchronously. Students can complete this degree without ever having to set foot on campus.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $77.00/credit (in-district), $87.00/credit (out-of-district), $250.00/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
22/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
4 Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA Private not-for-profit $$$ 1

The associate in psychology from Liberty University offers a high-quality education with a specific focus on behavioral science. This 60-credit program is available fully online and can be completed in as little as 1.5 years. The course’s eight week courses is the reason it can be completed so quickly. Unlike a traditional semester-long course, eight week courses can be completed faster and students can do more throughout the year. Additionally, the program is offered fully online, though classes are synchronous and require in-class participation. By the end of the program, students will be ready to get their bachelor’s, either at Liberty University or elsewhere, or to enter the workforce.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $390/credit
  • Length: 1.5 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
5 Northern Vermont UniversityJohnson, VT Public $$$ 1

Northern Vermont University has an online psychology degree which is perfect for anyone wanting a foundational knowledge about human behavior and different psychological approaches. Since the program is fully online, it can accommodate many schedules. Online courses are usually synchronous and require in-class participation. Additionally, Northern Vermont University offers students a variety of online resources to help them succeed academically and professionally, including a virtual academic advising office, online tutoring, and virtual professional development advice. By the end of the program, students stand ready to get their bachelor’s or work in the psychology or related field.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 44
  • Cost: $355/credit (online)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
AccreditationNECHE
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About the ranking

X

Base Methodology for EduMed’s 2023 Online College Rankings

1. Create List of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on government data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least one program in subject area offered partially or fully online.

2. Assign Weightings

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of affordability, support services, and online program availability metrics. Online program availability and overall affordability metrics received the heaviest weightings.

Online Program Availability

  • Number of online programs in subject area reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.

Affordability

  • Cost – Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on tuition and fees per academic year.
  • Students w/ Institutional Aid – Percentage of students who receive financial aid from the school itself.

Support Services

  • Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.
  • Career Placement – Existence of this service on campus or online.

About Our Data

EduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2022

# School Name Type Cost Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 Houston Community CollegeHouston, TX Public $ 1

Houston Community College offers an associate degree in psychology with a curriculum designed for students to get an overview of the discipline. The program is also organized so that students may also dive deeper into areas of interest including social psychology, behavioral science, cognition, human development, and neuroscience. To make the program even more customizable, many courses are offered online in a synchronous format. Still, depending on the course load, students may have to take up to 15% of classes on campus. Houston Community College recommends discussing any online course restrictions with an advisor or the admissions office. At the end of the program, the goal is for students to be ready to enter the field or continue their education in psychology.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $84.50/credit (in-district), $180.50/credit (out-of-district), $227/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: partially online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
2 Tulsa Community CollegeTulsa, OK Public $ 1

The associate degree in psychology from Tulsa Community College offers students a high-quality education and academic preparation for continuing their education or entering the field of psychology as a working professional. To accommodate student learning preferences and geographic locations, Tulsa Community College offers all classes online and at their Metro, Northeast, Southeast, and West campuses. Online courses are synchronous and require in-class participation. Additionally, Tulsa Community College works with nearby four-year institutions to help students transfer to a bachelor’s program as seamlessly as possible. Students also have access to online professional development resources, should they choose to directly enter the workforce instead of continuing their education.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $116.55/credit (in-state), $341.55/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
AccreditationHLC
3 Western Wyoming Community CollegeRock Springs, WY Public $ 1

Western Wyoming Community College offers an associate degree in psychology that gives students an overview of the field and a chance to dive deeper into psychology topics of interest in their elective courses. Electives can be taken in a variety of sub disciplines including cognition, developmental psychology, and more. Along with customizing electives to suit students needs, the classes are offered online so students can work coursework into their busy schedules. All online classes are offered synchronously and require in-class participation. Western Wyoming Community College works closely with nearby four-year institutions so students can transfer into a bachelor’s program as seamlessly as possible after graduating.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $150/credit (in-state), $360/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
AccreditationHLC
4 Casper CollegeCasper, WY Public $ 1

Casper College’s associate in psychology provides students with foundational coursework in mental processes and human behavior. The program can be completed in as little as two years, and the school works with nearby four-year universities to help facilitate the student transfer process. This program can be completed either online or in-person, with online courses being offered synchronously. Because one of the program’s main objectives is to develop critical thinking skills, both online and in-person courses will include class discussions and hands-on projects. After graduating, students should be prepared for future education or a career in a variety of fields including psychology, psychiatry, law, and business.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $145/credit (in-state), $355/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
AccreditationHLC
5 Alvin Community CollegeAlvin, TX Public $ 1

The Associate of Arts in psychology from Alvin College introduces students to the field of psychology and gives them the essential skills needed to thrive in a bachelor’s program or the workforce after they complete the program. This two-year program can be completed fully online, fully in-person, or with a mix of the two learning formats. Online classes are still synchronous and some courses might only be offered in an in-person format. For added flexibility, students can also choose to do elective coursework in areas of interest to them including human behavior, environmental psychology, neuroscience, and psychology research. The program also has a couple research skills courses so students are prepared to work in laboratory settings.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Arts in Psychology

  • Credits: 60
  • Cost: $259/credit (in-district), $306/credit (out-of-district)
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: online or hybrid
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
6 Butler Community CollegeEl Dorado, KS Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationHLC
7 Los Angeles City CollegeLos Angeles, CA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
29/1
AccreditationWASC
8 Coastline Community CollegeFountain Valley, CA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
31/1
AccreditationWASC
9 Monroe Community CollegeRochester, NY Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
AccreditationMSCHE
10 Northampton County Area Community CollegeBethlehem, PA Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
AccreditationMSCHE
11 San Joaquin Delta CollegeStockton, CA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
37/1
AccreditationWASC
12 Bucks County Community CollegeNewtown, PA Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
AccreditationMSCHE
13 Reading Area Community CollegeReading, PA Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
AccreditationMSCHE
14 Northwest Vista CollegeSan Antonio, TX Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
31/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
15 Community College of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationMSCHE

Florida Tech Online

Florida Tech Online

The Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology from Florida Tech Online is 100% online, and focuses on teaching students various subsets of psychology and sociology. Students will look at empirical research, critical thinking, personal development, and more. Accredited at the regional level by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, this program is designed to either allow students to move into the workforce or step up into the Bachelor’s in Psychology program.

All courses are asynchronous, often with weekly due dates, allowing the utmost in flexibility. Courses are presented in eight-week terms, and the program can be completed within two years of study.

There is no fee to apply to the program. Earning the associate degree in applied psychology takes between 61 and 64 credit hours, at a cost of $510 per credit hours. However, keep in mind that most students will be available for financial aid, as well as other funding to cover any shortfall in affordability. Those in currently law enforcement, military, and public safety pay only $250 per credit, while military veterans receive a 10% tuition discount.

California Coast University

California Coast University

The 60-credit Psychology Associate of Science (AS) Online Degree Program at California Coast University comes with top-notch flexibility, which makes it perfect for those who are working and volunteering in a field related to their eventual psychology-related career. All courses are self-paced with regular deadlines to keep students on track, and they are all delivered fully online, without any expectation of a student ever visiting a campus. The “start anytime” model helps ensure even more flexibility.

In addition to the ten general education courses and the six core courses in this program, students also choose four electives. Opting for electives that focus on psychology, social work, and related fields can hold graduates in good stead when looking at the variety of jobs available after the degree program is done.

This program offers the unique options of paying tuition in full, or paying $125 or $100 per month, to help ensure easier access for those who have trouble affording a larger bill for tuition all at once. And with a potential discount for military members and other special interest groups, tuition could go as low as $135 per unit.

University of the Cumberlands

University of the Cumberlands

At University of the Cumberlands, the Online Associate Degree in Psychology prepares students to choose their future career path by exposing them to introductions and concepts in sociology, psychology, counseling, the psychology of personality and various personality and mental health disorders. The program requires 31 semester hours of general education, which serve as a stepping stone to the bachelor’s degree; it also requires 18 semester hours of core requirements in psychology, and another 12 hours for elective courses. Students can tailor their electives to take them even deeper into the world of psychology and related fields. Courses are provided in eight week terms; two in spring, two in summer, and two in winter semesters.

The cost of credits at University of the Cumberlands is among the most affordable for this program at $199 per credit hour; with 61 credit hours required, that makes the cost of the program a total of $12,139, not including some fees. That cost can come down with the help of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid.

About the Online Associate Degree in Psychology

The online associate degree in psychology can be your first step into the world of counseling, social work, psychology practice, and much more. It can lay a strong foundation for further education, making it important to know what you’re getting into. Look at curriculum, costs, and top career options in the field today.

What will you learn in an associate degree in psychology online?

Though every program is different, you may find similar courses and learning outcomes across programs, no matter the school. During the associate degree, you not only complete general courses that create a foundation good for any degree, but you also take psychology courses that form the basis of knowledge that can carry you into the bachelor’s degree program or the workforce.

When earning your associate degree in psychology online, students can expect to walk away with the following:

  • Basic Research Methods: Learn how to design research, analyze data, and interpret the findings, all while keeping a code of ethics in mind.
  • A Broader Your Knowledge Base: Many associate degree programs are designed to expose students to major concepts, research findings, and historical trends in psychology and closely related fields, like sociology.
  • Critical and Creative Thinking Skills: Courses in the program spark the need for a scientific approach, curious inquiry, and problem-solving when related to mental health and human behavior.
  • Psychology Applications: Students will learn how to apply the principles in psychology to personal, social, organizational, and community issues as they move through the major courses.
  • An Appreciation for Diversity: Just as individuals are unique, so are communities, social groups, families, and the like. Psychology that takes an approach to these diverse groups, with a cultural sensitivity when conducting research or otherwise interacting with the public, is a key learning outcome.

Popular Associate-Level Courses in Psychology

How will you reach those learning outcomes? The following courses are some of the most common among associate programs in psychology.

Introduction to Psychology

This introduction to psychology is a birds-eye view of research, biology and behavior, how the environment influences behavior, mental states, sensation and perception, learning and conditioning, and how human behaviors can apply in social and cultural contexts. In some courses, there will also be a focus on neurology and how the brain works.

Social Psychology

This looks at the way individuals behave in a larger society, including their judgments, beliefs, attitudes, prejudices, and how those can lead to conformity, persuasion, aggression, and peacemaking. Students will learn ways to reduce conflict among groups and find peaceful resolutions to issues that have a group influence.

Human Growth and Development

One of the basic points of psychology is understanding the physical, cognitive, and social development of individuals from birth through childhood and beyond. Heredity, environment, and maturity at different ages all play a role in how a person acts in their later life; this course looks at the theories and research methods used to study people of all ages and cultures.

Personality Psychology

This course looks at the factors that help form a person’s personality, including biological, intrapsychic, dispositional, cognitive, and experiential. It also focuses on social and cultural events, how those can affect and change personality, and how a person’s personality helps them adjust to life’s adverse events.

Abnormal Psychology

This is a deep dive into diagnosis, treatment, and assessment of various disorders, such as anxiety, sexual disorders, mood issues, personality disorders, those related to substance abuse, eating disorders, response to traumas, impulse control issues, and mental health issues such as severe OCD or schizophrenia. There will also be a focus on the biological, social, and psychological factors that can lead to or contribute to these disorders.

How long does an online associate in psychology take?

In most cases, an associate degree takes two years to complete. This is assuming a student is attending school full-time. However, there are also part-time options available that can extend that time to three or even four years. On the other hand, accelerated options – especially if you already have some general education credits – can reduce the time to 12 to 18 months. Check with your desired school to ensure if any credits will transfer, as well as what options are available concerning full-time versus part-time.

Can I get into an online associate program for psychology?

At the associate degree level, a student doesn’t have to worry so much about the competitive nature of the psychology degree – those in PhD programs might face an acceptance rate in the single digits, while associate degrees tend to be much more forgiving of a lower GPA or test scores. That said, they can still be tough to get into (depending on the school) and need your full attention during the admissions process. Here are a few things you can expect to include in your application:

  • A fully completed application and fee (if applicable)
  • Transcript from high school and any college courses
  • A personal statement or essay detailing your higher education pursuit
  • A resume or CV (not all schools will require this)
  • Letters of recommendation (usually at least two)
  • A minimum GPA (usually 2.0 or greater)
  • Standardized test scores, such as the SAT or ACT

How much does it cost to earn a psychology associate online?

As with any other degree program, costs for the psychology associate program can vary widely based on the type of school (private versus public), your state of residency (even if you’re an online student), whether you choose full-time, part-time, or accelerated, and how much funding you can get to cover tuition and fees. The following gives you a rough idea of what to expect when it comes to the cost of tuition for a typical online psychology associate degree.

Colorado Christian

Colorado Christian
University

Associate Degree in Psychology

Total Credits: 60 credit hours

$469/credit (Military: $250/credit)

University-of-the-Cumberlands

University of the
Cumberlands

Online Associate Degree in Psychology

Total Credits: 61 semester hours

$199/credit hour

Ashworth

Ashworth
College

Associate Degree in Psychology

Total Credits: 60 credit hours

$69/credit hour

Can I get a license with my associate degree?

Licensure as a psychologist requires a doctoral degree. Therefore, those with an associate degree can’t obtain the kind of jobs that require licensure. However, there are some jobs available to those with an associate degree that could benefit from – or require – a certification of some kind. A good example is working as a psychiatric aide, which in most states requires certification through the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians.

Paying for an Online Associate Degree in Psychology

Paying for college may seem tough, but there are many ways to bring down that bottom line. In fact, a good combination of grants, scholarships, internships, and even student loans can help make the costs more manageable. Let’s look at a few options.

1 Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships and grants are highly sought-after sources of funding because they do not have to be paid back. There are numerous websites dedicated to scholarships and grants, and some might be offered by your high school (if you’re just graduating), your new school, and local organizations. Always apply early for a scholarship or grant, because the money can run out fast. Learn more about these options in our scholarships guide.

2 Student Loans

If scholarships and grants aren’t enough, you might need a student loan to cover the shortfall. The financial aid office at your new school will have all the information you need to make an informed decision on loans. Keep in mind that some loans won’t require payments until you’ve been out of school for at least a few months, and some might not accrue interest while you’re actively enrolled. To learn more, visit our student loan guide.

3 Other Options

There are some other options available beyond the scholarships, grants, and loans, such a work study. Work study is an option that allows students to work on campus for a certain amount of money, some of which goes to pay their tuition. Other options include internships, part-time work (preferably in an institution in the psychology field), and for some, employee benefits that will allow you to go to school and earn a degree with financial help from your employer.

What’s After Your Psychology Associate?

The associate degree can allow for entry-level work in some areas of counseling, as well as prepare you for the bachelor’s degree. If you do choose to move into the workforce immediately upon graduation, what can you expect from job opportunities? How about salary?

What you can do with an online associate in psychology?

Those who want to move directly into the workforce have numerous options to choose from, most in a supportive role. For instance, a psychiatric aide or psychiatric technician provides valuable support in mental hospitals and clinics. You can find work in social services, human services, hospitals, clinics, and as supportive roles in private practice. Many of these careers are in demand; for instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an expected 11% growth of jobs for psychiatric aides, 12% growth for psychiatric technicians, and 13% growth for social and human service assistants from 2018 to 2028. Let’s take a look at some of the possible career paths.

Associate Degree in Psychology
Associate Degree in Psychology MOBILE

How much can you make with an associate degree in psychology?

This degree provides a great basis for entry-level work in a variety of fields related to psychology. The following provides a good overview of the salary options for that particular job; keep in mind that geographical location and other factors can make a difference in the pay you are ultimately offered for a particular position.

Career Median National Annual Salary (2019) 10th Percentile 90th Percentile
Correctional Officer $45,180 $31,740 $78,090
Psychiatric Aide $31,110 $21,440 $47,690
Human Service Assistant $35,060 $23,750 $54,230

Continuing Education & Related Degrees

The associate degree has long been considered the stepping stone to the bachelor’s degree. In fact, many students will take the community college route and earn their associate before transferring their credits to a bachelor’s program, saving thousands of dollars in the process. When you’re ready to further your education, how do you move forward? These programs are what comes next in the psychology field; or you could take a turn and enter a related degree program, one that gives you a little something different.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Bachelor’s degree in psychology

Those who want to work with clients in a setting that allows them to provide counseling services can pursue this degree, which can lead to work as a counselor in substance abuse, mental health clinics, and similar settings. Those who have earned their associate degree can likely transfer their credits into the bachelor’s program, making it a two-year pursuit (or possibly less).

Master’s degree in psychology

The master’s degree in psychology is often the basic requirement for earning licensure in certain areas of counseling, such as that of marriage and family therapist. It often takes one to two years of additional work after the bachelor’s degree, as well as supervised clinical hours or internships. In some cases, the master’s program can be combined with the PhD program to allow for full licensure if someone wants to become a psychologist.

Related Degrees to Consider

Associate Degree in Sociology

Sociology is the study of human behavior, relationships, and interactions, so it has a great deal in common with the field of psychology. Students will learn about social norms, deviant behavior, social dynamics, and how individuals and groups work together – or not. Graduates of a sociology degree are poised to work in areas related to human services and social work.

Associate Degree in Social Work

A degree in social work at the associate degree level is most often a stepping stone to the bachelor’s degree; however, in some states those with the associate degree are qualified to work in support service positions for social workers. A few positions available include case management aides or community outreach workers.

Associate Degree in Human Services

This degree can encompass a bit of several disciplines, including psychology, sociology, and social work. Students in the program learn about diversity, cultural differences, addiction treatment, counseling techniques, and the like. Ultimately, this degree can lead to work in a field related to human services or psychology, and in some states, might qualify you to become an addictions counselor, probation officer, correctional officer, and more.

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