Online Master’s in Psychology

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Online Master’s in Psychology

Conveniently gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to advance your career.

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UO Online Master’s in Psychology program teaches practical tools and offers a direct experience that allows you to make an impact in public health. 

As an online student, you will work with faculty mentors conducting innovative applied research, network with peers in other community-based organizations, and connect with cutting-edge researchers and professionals on a schedule that works for you. 

Learn to carry out high-quality program research, evaluate evidence-based programs, and make a difference in your community through this online program. 

This program does not provide clinical training (practica or skills development), nor does it provide a path to licensure.

From our students


"The OMP goes deeper than just reading and regurgitating textbooks. This program challenged me to work through the application of the research within the fields of psychology and neuroscience and helped me to develop a new way of thinking." --Tyler Meade

"This program has saved my educational-life. Before I came into the OMP program I wasn't sure where I fit in and now I have finally found a place that was designed for people just like me." -- Trisha Lykins

"I could not be more impressed with this program. The faculty are deeply invested in student success, and leadership has woven in an impressive amount of care, detail, utility, knowledge, and opportunity into the curriculum. I am thrilled to be involved.” --Charleen Justice

Is this program for you? 

The Online Master's in Psychology program was designed with working professionals in mind. If you have been wanting to take a step up in your public health career but haven't been able to fit it into your schedule, life, or budget, this convenient, affordable online option is available for you. We highly encourage those looking to make an impact in public health who fit the listed requirements to apply or contact us today.

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✓ No GRE required

✓ Bachelor's degree in psych or related field

✓ Employee or volunteer to a community-based organization that provides social or mental health services

✓ Familiarity with psychological research

✓ Clear research interests and goals to pursue

✓ Looking to advance their career in social services, community mental health, education, or healthcare

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The Online Master’s in Psychology program prepares individuals for professional employment or career advancement in: 

  • Community and social service programs 
  • Public agencies that address social and mental health needs 
  • Health-care administration 
  • Child-welfare supervision 
  • College life or student affairs offices 

For professionals already working in these fields, the curriculum will provide advanced training in program development and evaluation, as well as useable knowledge regarding the brain science of development and behavior change. The resulting skills and knowledge will amplify employment options, unlocking professional advancement opportunities.



Meet our faculty


Career Lecturer | Dr. Sohna Shook is a licensed mental health professional, certified play therapist, and trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy. She has worked in private practice, schools, treatment facilities, jails, and community mental health centers.



Professor | Dr. Berkman studies the motivational and cognitive factors that contribute to success and failure at health goals such as cigarette smoking cessation and dieting. His research leverages the distinct strengths of several research methods.



Research Assistant Professor | Dr. Karns' research involves neuroimaging children, teens, and adults with and without disabilities to clarify how attention and self-regulation support healthy neural development.



Assistant Professor | Research in Dr. Mills' lab integrates social network analysis with laboratory assessments and social environmental measures to examine how a child's social environment affects the development of cognitive and behavioral strategies.


Professor | Dr. Pfeifer is interested in how affect, motivation, regulation, self-evaluation, and social perception interact across contexts, are instantiated at the neural level, as well as influence adolescent choices and well-being.


Associate Professor | Dr. Zalewski is interested in risk factors that predict the development of emotion regulation in children. She examines the development of emotion regulation in children whose parents struggle with psychopathology.


Program Director | Dr. Mannering’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of early childhood development and education, neurobiology of early life stress, executive function and self-regulation.


Career Lecturer | Dr. Scotch’s focus has been and continues in various diagnoses impacted by ‘neurological traffic jams’ regardless to a stand-alone or co-morbid diagnosis, in particular Sensory Processing Disorder.

Online Master's in Psychology Details

Curriculum  |  Admissions  |  Tutition & Fees


The UO Online Master’s of Psychology offers a unique combination of courses focused on the neuroscience of trauma, adversity and resilience, intervention science, and innovative approaches to program development. Our curriculum emphasizes how you can apply insights from these fields to guide and improve the design and implementation of programs and services.

Note: PSY 690 Capstone Research is to be taken each term, for all six consecutive terms, including summers. Total credits: 6-12. 

Required Courses: 
PSY 615 Community Needs Assessments (4) 
PSY 616 Implementation with Community and Cultural Perspectives (3) 
PSY 618 Substance Use and Addiction (3) 
PSY 619 Intervention Science (4) 
PSY 628 Methods of Program Evaluation (4) 
PSY 629 Methods of Program Measurement (4) 
PSY 630 Translational Neuroscience in Early Childhood (3) 
PSY 631 Translational Neuroscience in Adolescence (3) 
PSY 632 Translational Neuroscience in Adulthood (3) 
PSY 672 Trauma Informed Intervention (3) 

Elective Courses: 
PSY 607 Neuroscience in the Community (3)
PSY 607 Child Psychology and Neurological Development (3)
PSY 614 Fast Program Refinement (4)  
PSY 617: Implementation Scalability (3) 
PSY 618 Substance Use and Addiction (3) 
Science Communication (School of Journalism and Communication course) (3) 
PSY 611 Statistics for Practitioners (3)  

Required Courses:

PSY 615Community Needs Assessment4
PSY 616Implementation with Community & Cultural Perspectives3
PSY 619Intervention Science4
PSY 628Methods of Program Evaluation4
PSY 629Methods of Program Measurement4
PSY 630Translational Neuroscience in Early Childhood3
PSY 631Translational Neuroscience in Adolescence3
PSY 632Translational Neuroscience in Adulthood3
PSY 672Trauma Informed Intervention3
PSY 690Capstone Research2

Elective Courses, choose 2 (6 credits required):

coursecourse namecredits
PSY 607Neuroscience in the Community3
PSY 607Child Psychology and Neurological Development3
PSY 611Statistics for Practitioners3
PSY 614Fast Program Refinement3
PSY 617Implementation Scalability3
PSY 618Substance Use and Addiction3
TBDScience Communication3


The application process includes the following steps:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. International applicants only: Take the TOEFL or IELTS.
  3. Provide contact information for two to three references who will submit letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload answers to a set of short essay questions that address: Why this program is the right fit for you, the experiences that have prepared you to succeed in an online program, your familiarity and experiences with psychological research, your experiences and/or commitment to social justice, diversity, and equity, your connection to a community-based organization (CBO) or how you plan to create a connection to a CBO, your research interests and goals that you plan to pursue in the OMP program.
  5. Upload as a PDF your curriculum vita/resume.
  6. Upload as a PDF a writing sample (recent class paper, thesis, or article). 
  7. Upload as a PDF your unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and send official transcripts to the UO Registrar's Office.
  8. Pay the $70 non-refundable fee ($90 non-refundable fee for international applicants) when you submit your online application.
  9. Monitor the receipt of your letters of recommendation. 

Watch a video tutorial on how to apply on the program website here

Tuition & Fees


$45/term building fee

$70 application fee
 $138.25 term incidental fee$469.21 Matriculation fee
 $53/term tech fee 

 Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: ~$32,000. Please note that this program lasts for six consecutive terms, including summers.