Online Master’s Degrees: What’s the Difference?

If you're new to the mental health arena, you may be wondering what differs between an education in psychology versus counseling. To help you figure out which course of study matches your career and vocation goals, we've created a comparison chart (below). The best thing about our online master's degrees is that they are both rooted in the Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person, which will give you the ability to use your faith to heal people who face mental health challenges. Better yet - both master's degrees offer an Early Admissions Scholarship (up to $3000 off tuition)! Apply today to qualify for this limited-time offer! To learn more, contact us at 703-416-1441 or admissions@divinemercy.edu.  

Sample Course: Common Psychological Problems

If you work with people on a daily basis, you would benefit from being able to recognize common psychological problems. Not only would this skill allow you to help others who face mental health challenges, but it would also position you as a leader in your workplace and community. In the online Master’s in Psychology program at Divine Mercy University, students learn about common psychological problems and their treatment in course PSY 565. As a result, students are able to come up with effective action plans when they diagnose someone with a mental illness.
Course Description: Students in this course examine the current theory and research associated with the diagnosis and treatment options of common psychological problems at the individual level (e.g., depression and anxiety) and at the relational level (e.g., marital distress and parenting problems). Students are introduced to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a classification system for adult and child mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on using the DSM and the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) Model approaches together for client story analysis (case conceptualization) and appropriate referrals.
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What Jobs Can I Get with a Psychology Degree?

An education in psychology can present you with many job opportunities. Besides the all-too-familiar role as a psychologist, there are countless other jobs in education, government, business, mental health and, even, ministry. The main skill that psychology students gain is the ability to understand how the human person thinks, acts and behaves. How they help people with mental health challenges depends on their area of expertise, level of education and experience. Here’s a snapshot of a few jobs you could get with a higher degree (master’s or doctorate) in psychology: Recommended Degree – Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology Market Researcher: To develop an integrated business strategy, a market researcher is responsible for gathering information about target markets or customers. This duty is performed best with knowledge about how people think and behave. A psychology degree also helps them make unbiased conclusions from data and understand the importance of diverse surveying and its impact on results. Human Resource Manager: This role requires someone who is able to work effectively with a diverse group of people, which calls for an understanding of the mind and behavior. Instances of when this degree can be applied is when dealing with an employee with a mental illness, managing reports of sexual assault and instituting collaboration in a work setting. Pastor, Priest or Leader in Ministry: This role consists of helping others in need – mentally and spiritually on a daily basis, which requires them to provide sound counsel to members of their church. Oftentimes these roles become the first in line to help those in need. With a degree in psychology, they learn how to understand and address problems associated with individuals and families on a deeper level.  Consequently, they can address the problems of a diverse group of people and give them support to maintain their relationships, grow, heal and flourish.  Vocational Rehabilitation Provider: This person works with individuals with disabilities, special needs and mental health issues to help them seek employment that is achievable despite a prequalifying condition. Being knowledgeable about psychological problems and learning how to deal with stress will allow this person to aid their clients more efficiently and with great care. Recommended Degree – Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology Psychology Faculty or Professor: To be a proficient educator in this field of study, having a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology will allow you to teach beginners and advanced courses. It will also allow you to teach at colleges and universities with competitive programs. Additionally, this degree (along with experience) will allow you to become a licensed psychologist. Clinical Psychologist: This role consists of providing mental and behavioral health care to individuals and groups, which requires in-depth knowledge and practical clinical training. These skills allow them to address mental health challenges in a variety of settings, including private practice, outpatient clinics, consultation, and with the military. The days of only using a psychology degree in a clinical setting is evolving to help people who work in diverse environments. As a result, more people are able to help combat mental health challenges of their peers, coworkers and employees on a day-to-day basis. Learn more about our psychology programs at Divine Mercy University.
About DMU
Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate university of psychology and counseling programs. It was founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology, Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling, Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology, and Certificate Programs.