Online Social Psychology Degrees and Programs
Social psychology delves into the intricacies of human behavior within social environments. It explores how individuals, groups, and cultures interact and the various factors that impact and shape their attitudes and behaviors.
For those interested in pursuing a career in social psychology, obtaining a degree in this field is crucial. The path to becoming a social psychologist involves completing a comprehensive educational program that equips you with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to succeed in this field.
Luckily many degree programs exist for those looking to earn their social psychology degree by taking classes online or primarily online.
Choosing the Right Online Social Psychology Degree Program
Most social psychologists hold a doctorate degree in psychology, although there may be opportunities for working in lower-to mid-level positions with a master’s degree. There are also several online programs available to those who would like to earn a social psychology degree from the comfort other their home, however, a bachelor's is needed before you can pursue either of these graduate degrees.
When enrolling in a program, it is crucial to verify its accreditation from a recognized source. Two such sources are the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the American Psychological Association.
Few colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in social psychology, and the same goes for online programs. A bachelor's in psychology, any sociology area, or counseling could prepare you well for more specialized graduate studies.
Expect to spend four years completing a bachelor's program. The first two years will be spent largely on general education requirements and basic courses in your chosen major. You'll take more advanced courses in your major during your junior and senior years.
A master's degree in psychology is the minimum academic degree required to become licensed for treating patients. Completing a social psychology degree online will prepare you well for the specific interpersonal work that this type of psychology involves.
Most master's programs will take two to three years. A master's in social psychology will include both general psychology courses and more focused social psychology courses. You may also take classes in statistics, counseling, or other peripheral subjects. You can find these classes listen on your school’s website in the online curriculum section.
Accredited master's degrees include a practicum, which is an internship. The length of the practicum varies by state, but most are 600 hours of clinical and supervised work. Your practicum should be completed in a social psychology setting if this is the field you want to eventually work in.
Most social psychologists go on to earn a doctorate degree, and you may find many job opportunities that aren't available to those who only have a master's. A master's can prepare you for future doctoral work, though, and you can secure lower licensed positions with this degree.
Some online programs don't offer a master's degree in social psychology and instead only offer a general master's in psychology. Some students don't decide to work in the field of social psychology until they're already in a general psychology degree program.
If you don't specialize through your master's program, then a graduate certificate gives you an alternative way to focus on social psychology. Social psychology certificates typically take six months to one year, and they're completed after a master's in most cases. They're mostly comprised of classes that specifically teach social psychology-related subjects.
Most social psychologists earn a doctorate, either after completing a bachelor's or a master's program online. Many job opportunities in social psychology require a doctorate.
Schools offer both Ph.D. and Psy.D. doctorates in social psychology. The former is more research-oriented, and typically involves two years of class followed by two to four years of research. The latter is more clinically focused, and typically involves three years of class and practicum. Psy.D. students commonly write a final paper that's much shorter than Ph.D. students.
The online doctorate program will be almost entirely in social psychology. It'll qualify you for licensure if you enroll in a doctorate immediately after your undergraduate degree.
Which Social Psychology Degree is Right for You?
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Social Psychology Degree Program Curriculum
Online degree programs become more specialized in social psychology as you move to higher degrees. Some courses you might eventually take are Psychology of Social Behavior, Group Dynamics, Methods of Social Psychology, and Psychosis in Social Context. You can find more examples of classes on your online programs curriculum page, or by asking for an informational packet from a school you’re interested in.
- Bachelor's: ~120 credits; Intro to Psychology, Human Development, Social Influences
- Master's: ~30-60 credits; Psychology of Social Behavior, Group Dynamics, Psychology of Violence
- Graduate Certificate: ~12-20 credits; Psychology of Social Behavior, Group Dynamics, Psychology of Violence
- Doctorate: ~80-12 credits; Advanced Psychopathology, Cognitive Assessment, Statistical Methods in Psychology
Social Psychology Degree Program Clinical Requirements
Though your classes will be primarily, or fully online, most master's and Psy.D. students are expected to complete clinical practicums during their degree program. Master's programs typically require 600 hours, and Psy.D. programs usually require 1,500 hours.
Faculty members can help students network to find practicums in social psychology settings. When enrolling online, where faculty don't have connections with nearby clinical social psychologists, you might have to rely more on job postings in your area. During your practicum, you can expect to engage in social psychology within a highly supervised setting.
List of Social Psychology Degree Programs
Looking for an online or campus-based social psychology degree program near you? Browse our state-by-state school listings below.
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The University of Alabama
University of Arizona
Claremont Graduate University
Los Angeles Valley College
Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096
University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Connecticut
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Florida Institute of Technology-Online
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Florida State University
University of Florida-Online
Gainesville, FL 32611
Georgia Gwinnett College
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Atlanta, GA 30332-0530
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA 30118-0001
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822-2217
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60654
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL 61820-5711
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Iowa State University
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801-5415
Kansas State University
- Social/Personality Campus
Manhattan, KS 66506
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854-5104
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
- Social Psychology Online
Parkville, MO 64152-3795
Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0225
University of Nevada-Reno
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ 08628-7718
William Paterson University of New Jersey
Wayne, NJ 07470
CUNY Graduate School and University Center
CUNY Medgar Evers College
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY 10027
Stony Brook University
- Social and Health Psychology Campus
Stony Brook, NY 11794-0701
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ohio State University-Main Campus
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Portland State University
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Texas Tech University
- Social Psychology Campus
- Social Psychology Campus
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968-0691
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-2018
University of Utah
- Social Psychology Program Campus
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9008
Utah State University
University of Vermont
- Social Psychology Subprogram Campus
Burlington, VT 05405-0160
Lynchburg, VA 24515
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2628
Virginia Commonwealth University
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA 99004-2496
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