Here, you help build better lives.
Innovations in behavioral and mental health begin with deep
research on the human mind. Governors State’s Master of Arts in Psychology prepares you to make a difference in
the lives of your community members as you develop the specialized knowledge
and ethical standards needed to help patients overcome psychological
dysfunction through appropriate assessment and treatment. The Psychology M.A.
is tailored to fit your personal and professional goals.
In this program, you will be trained as both scientist and
practitioner. Obtain the comprehensive understanding of content, theories, and
methodological approaches needed to practice psychology in the clinical setting,
or continue your education with proficiencies in the planning and execution of
research needed to continue your studies with an advanced graduate degree.
your career goals.
With the M.A. degree in psychology you will be prepared to work
as a clinician, in research settings or in teaching positions at the
community-college level. Most careers in the psychology profession require a
degree beyond the undergraduate level. With a Psychology M.A., you will be
prepared to enter the field directly as a clinician or to pursue an advanced
Why get a
Master of Arts in Psychology?
Psychologists make a difference at every level—from the
individual to the family to the community. Your work changes lives, and yourour
impact on the community starts here.
collected in 2017 reflected the national median salary for psychologists with
an M.A. degree to be $84,647 with an average range of $73,648 – $95,718 (salary.com). Chicago’s median
salary for psychologists with M.A. degrees is $89,726.
Train to serve as a Clinical Psychologist in our
52-credit hour sequence designed to prepare you for a variety of clinical
venues, including research and academic settings.
Kristen Efantis, Clinical Psychology Program, Class of 2018
The feeling of community that my professors have created in their classrooms has been the most influential factor in creating the ideal environment to be challenged, to ask vital questions, to think deeply about people, and to become introspective about myself—all of which are paramount skills for any aspiring mental health practitioner. My GSU experience has empowered me to continue my learning by earning a doctoral degree so that I may continue to be challenged and to sharpen my skills, just as I have been at GSU.
Dr. Christienne Dyslin, M.A. Psychology Program Coordinator
In the nine years that I have served as a coordinator for the Psychology M.A. program, one of my great joys has been having the opportunity to witness, and sometime actively participate in, our students’ intellectual and emotional development as they move through their academic journeys with us. It is always gratifying to hear from former students and learn how they are contributing to the betterment of society by serving in their roles as therapists, teachers, program directors, or going on to continue their graduate education in a doctoral program in clinical psychology.