Psychology is a very broad field with many possible areas of specialization.
Those looking to enter the field have a number options. However, regardless of the area in which one wishes to specialize, most positions require at least a Master’s degree.
One choice when deciding on Master’s degree programs is whether or not an M.A. or an M.S. is one’s desired goal.
Master of Art (M.A.) in Psychology programs typically emphasize theoretical and applied topics.
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology degree, on the other hand, focuses on empirical research.
Some schools offer a Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in clinical psychology.
Master’s degree programs in psychology offer an array of specialty areas, including marriage and family counseling, group counseling, drug addiction counseling, family therapy, and vocational counseling.
Other specialty areas are divorce mediation, prison counseling, child therapy, health psychology, geropsychology, and neuropathology.
Psychology Master’s Degrees
Here’s a list of master’s degree programs available on-campus and online in a variety of psychology fields:
Forensic Psychology – General
Forensic Psychology in Community Settings
Organizational Psychology and Nonprofit Management
Mental Health Applications
Organizational Psychology and Development
Program Evaluation and Research
Child and Adolescent Development
Leadership Coaching Psychology
Health and Wellness Psychology
Sports and Performance Psychology
Psychology Ph.D. Degrees
For those seeking a Psychology Ph.D. degree, the National Research Counsel has provided a list of the top schools based on “quality scores”:
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of California – Los Angeles
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Pennsylvania
University of California – Berkeley
University of California – San Diego
If you’re seeking a career in psychology there is a variety of specializations from which to choose. Job prospects are projected to be best for individuals who have a degree in an applied specialty.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of the top fields for individuals who have a master’s degree is the field of industrial and organizational psychology.
Brian Jenkins writes about career and education topics for BrainTrack.com .