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About UIU’s Master of Arts in Psychology

UIU’s Master of Arts in Psychology degree with Leadership and Professional Development Emphasis was designed from the ground up to be affordable, flexible and valuable to students like you wishing to advance your career, or to gain a strong foundation to pursue advanced degrees in psychology.

Master of Arts in Psychology Details

  • 100% online
  • Only 31 credit hours – complete your psychology master’s in about a year!
  • No GRE/GMAT required for those with a bachelor’s degree and 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Convenient 8-week long courses
  • Two start times per year
    • Session 1 (fall) and Session 3 (spring)
    • Now accepting applications for fall 2024

Upcoming Start Dates

Session 1: August 26, 2024
Session 3: January 6, 2025

Courses and Curriculum

Upper Iowa’s online Master of Arts in Psychology degree consists of 31 credits of graduate-level coursework. Enjoy UIU’s flexible 8-week long courses and earn your master’s in about 1 year!

Leadership and Professional Development Emphasis

  • PSY501 – Applied Learning Strategies (1 credit)
  • PSY510 – Learning and Motivation
  • PSY511 – Leading to Motivate
  • PSY520 – Adult Development
  • PSY521 – Developmental Considerations & Applications
  • PSY530 – Research & Ethics
  • PSY531 – Data Visualization
  • PSY540 – Applied Social Psychology
  • PSY541 – Group Dynamics & Cohesion
  • PSY598 – Capstone/Thesis I
  • PSY599 – Capstone/Thesis II
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Learn From Anywhere

Upper Iowa’s Master of Arts in Psychology is available 100% online.


If you have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a cummulative GPA of 2.75, you’re ready to start.
See full admissions requirements for all details.

Full Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for UIU’s Master of Arts in Psychology program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-secondary Education (USDEOPE) or by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (If from a foreign institution, an English translation and evaluation must accompany the record.)
  • GPA or GRE/GMAT score:
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in undergraduate degree, or
    •  3.00 GPA or better in a minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate credit
    •  For MBA, MPA and MSA, an acceptable GRE or GMAT score. An acceptable score is 1090 for GRE, 308 for GRE revised General Test, or 550 for GMAT. An official GRE/ GMAT transcript, which is only available for five years following completion of the GMAT or GRE must be submitted directly to Upper Iowa University. See or for information on these exams.
  • Verification of English language proficiency requirements.
  • International students must provide proof of financial responsibility. Contact advisor for more information.
  • If minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT not met, additional documentation will be requested by the graduate program chair for further consideration.
    • Two letters of recommendation, resume or curriculum vitae, and essay.
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Careers with a Psychology Master's

This degree program prepares you for career advancement, especially for leadership and managerial positions, while giving you a strong foundation to further pursue a Ph.D. in a subfield of yourchoice.

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Load up on Career-ready Skills

You’ll be equipped with desirable career-related skills, including data analytics, professional communication, critical thinking and leadership skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to students’ most frequently asked questions about UIU’s Master of Arts in Psychology Program.

How long will it take to complete the program?

At 31 credit hours – it’ll take most students about a year to complete.

What can I do with a Master of Arts in Psychology?

A master’s in psychology is great for career advancement to leadership and managerial positions.

UIU’s Master of Arts in Psychology also provides you with a strong foundation to pursue advanced degrees (like a Ph.D.) in a subfield of your choice.

When does registration open for new students?

UIU’s Master of Arts in Psychology starts twice a year – once in the fall (Session 1) and once in the spring (Session 3).

We’re now taking applications for Fall 2024 start!

Where/how is the Master of Arts in Psychology offered?

UIU’s Master of Arts in Psychology is offered 100% online. Courses are 8 weeks in length.