Master of Science in CyberPsychology Online

Lead the way in exploring the intricacies of our growing digital presence and its impact on human behavior. Study how humans interact with technology and contribute to original research in this unique online program.

Apply by: 1/10/23
Start class: 1/17/23
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Program Overview

Study a burgeoning new field in the master’s cyberpsychology program

$18,900 Total Tuition
As few as 14 months Duration
42 Credit Hours

Pioneer a unique, new discipline. The online Master of Science in CyberPsychology program at Norfolk State University is one of the first in the U.S. to study the ways in which the digital world affects human behavior. In this program, you will focus on learning how people behave and interact in digital environments. You will also deepen your understanding of the psychological processes related to cyberactivisim, cyber bulling, cybercrime, digital health, gaming and more.

As a graduate student, you will dedicate a significant amount of time to designing and conducting original research. You will help spearhead new discoveries with the support and guidance of leading faculty members and contribute critical thought and analyses that will lay the foundation in this innovative field.

Graduates of the online M.S. CyberPsychology will:

  • Become knowledgeable in the current trends in cyberpsychology research and identify the greatest areas of need for future research
  • Classify cybercrimes and apply forensic psychology to deviant online behavior
  • Examine the intersection between psychological theory and the progression of technology through its current digital manifestation in everyday life
  • Explore how consumer preferences are shaped by and influenced by different media available, as well as how information is cultivated and delivered to people based on big data sourcing and algorithms that leverage users’ online activity
  • Understand the artistic, scientific and clinical application of reality and actuality on human behavior
  • Become knowledgeable in the current trends in cyberpsychology research and identify the greatest areas of need for future research
  • Classify cybercrimes and apply forensic psychology to deviant online behavior
  • Examine the intersection between psychological theory and the progression of technology through its current digital manifestation in everyday life
  • Explore how consumer preferences are shaped by and influenced by different media available, as well as how information is cultivated and delivered to people based on big data sourcing and algorithms that leverage users’ online activity
  • Understand the artistic, scientific and clinical application of reality and actuality on human behavior

Career opportunities:

  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Cyber Analyst
  • Digital Forensics Consultant
  • IT Security Manager
  • Researcher
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Cyber Analyst
  • Digital Forensics Consultant
  • IT Security Manager
  • Researcher
  • UI/UX Designer

Also available:

NSU offers a variety of online technology programs. View all options.

$18,900 Total Tuition
As few as 14 months Duration
42 Credit Hours
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Tuition

High-quality education at an exceptional value

Our student-centered focus is reflected in our affordable tuition for the online M.S. CyberPsychology. Gain a top-tier Norfolk State University education and benefit from the flexibility of paying by the course.

Tuition breakdown:

$18,900 Total Tuition
$450 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$18,900 Total Tuition
$450 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Choose your ideal time to start

With 7-week courses and multiple start dates a year, the online programs at NSU are designed to be ideal for working professionals.

Now enrolling:

1/10/23 Apply Date
1/17/23 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End Date
Spring 11/17/231/10/231/12/231/17/231/17/233/4/23
Spring 23/6/232/20/233/1/233/6/233/6/234/28/23
Summer 26/26/236/16/236/21/236/26/236/26/238/11/23

Now enrolling:

1/10/23 Apply Date
1/17/23 Class Starts

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Admissions

Read the full details of our master’s cyberpsychology admission requirements

The online M.S. CyberPsychology program features a streamlined admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. View the full requirements for admission below.

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV

Applicants to the NSU Online M.S. CyberPsychology must meet the following criteria for admission.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0. An undergraduate GPA of 2.50 may be considered assuming the application is accompanied by at least one of the following (along with accompanying documentation as needed):
    • Strong letters of recommendation
    • A personal statement that provides insight specifically about your GPA in addition to all other required personal statement items
  • No GRE is required
  • Two letters of professional recommendations, including one from a former professor (if possible). Letters from personal contacts will not be accepted.
  • One statement of purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Professional work experience is not required

Courses

Learn and lead in your master’s cyberpsychology courses

For the online M.S. CyberPsychology program, you must complete 14 courses totaling 42 credit hours, including 36 credit hours of core courses and 6 credit hours of electives.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The psychology of cyberspace is explored through examination of the intersection between psychological theory and the progression of technology in everyday life. The behavioral implications of digital technologies will be explored, with an emphasis on computer mediated communication, online identity and anonymity, impression management, online addiction, telehealth and help-seeking, cybercrime, digital privacy, and information security.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Current trends in the field of cyberpsychology are explored with an emphasis on preparing the student to be aware of the current areas of greatest need relevant to this discipline area. This course will prepare students to identify gaps in current qualitative and quantitative cyberpsychological research. Discussions and assignments will provoke critical thinking and help students explore potential areas of interest for research.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide the student with a collection of ethical guidelines for conducting social science research, with an emphasis on non-traditional sources of data collection. Traditional research methods and principles of ethical conduct for conducting a psychological study are introduced. Strategies needed to effectively plan, design, evaluate and disseminate cyberpsychological research are discussed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The CyberPsychology Capstone is the final course in the research sequence. Building on the progress achieved in PSY610, students will be prepared to compile their results in a comprehensive research report and present their research findings for approval. Capstone completion is acknowledged after the student successfully presents and defends their project, representing the culmination of the student’s development throughout the program and the final deliverable prior to earning the MS CyberPsychology degree.
This 3 hour course is repeated three times for a total of 9 credits
Duration: 21 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course facilitates the formal research process for the student to develop, refine, carry out and analyze data in pursuit of a successful capstone project. In this course, students will work with their instructor to identify an appropriate and researchable capstone topic and prepare the required background information and documentation needed to execute their study. Students will conduct literature reviews and formulate a full research proposal outlining all areas of their proposed study. Students will prepare all documentation for institutional review board review and carry out their research study, leading directly into PSY690 (Capstone) where they will finalize and present their project. PSY610 is repeatable and students are required to complete 9 credits prior to enrolling in PSY690.
Students must choose from the following courses for a total of 21 credit hours
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will introduce students to the psychology of the consumer and the media in an increasingly digital world. Student will examine the relevance of psychology theory and research to understand how social media in particular impacts the social and economic well-being individuals within different societies. Students will explore how consumer preferences are shaped and influenced by the different media available to them, as well as how information is cultivated and delivered to people based on big data sourcing and algorithms that leverage users online activity.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Human-computer interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field that integrates theories and methodologies from computer science, cognitive psychology, human factors, digital learning, and other related areas. The course will cover the basic theory and methods that exist in the field, and use case studies, critical thinking and experiential activities to examine the potential applications of HCI in physical and digital environments.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses the research and application of psychological knowledge to different areas of (digital) forensics specifically as they apply to the intersection of psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. Classifying cybercrimes and applying forensic psychology to deviant online behavior from criminological and forensic psychological theoretical perspectives will be addressed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to teach the underlying principles of human cognition (i.e., attention, thinking, perception, intelligence, comprehension, memory, decision-making, problem solving, reasoning), as well as applying cognitive principles to situations where human behavior is influenced by the computer or other Internet-based environments, as well as a comparison of online versus offline decision making.  This course deals with understanding how higher mental processes are influenced by technology as a medium. The aim of this course is to inform the student of theories and research in these areas as well as to improve their critical thinking skills for understanding the biological, neurological, social, and other psychological basis for human thought.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Internship experience in a cyberpsychology related position provides the student with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in an applied setting. Internship does not guarantee future employment but aims to significantly enhance marketability post-graduation. Internships may require a physical presence for 5-20 (or more) hours per week, with credit hours (minimum of 1 maximum of 3 per semester) commensurate with anticipated hours of work. The course instructor will also provide indirect supervision and oversee required documentation and evaluation completion. All training opportunities must be approved by the MS CyberPsychology Program Coordinator prior to their start. Students are also required to complete course assignments facilitated by the course instructor. Students may repeat this course for credit multiple times up to 9 semester credit hours in total.
Duration: 14 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended for students pursuing independent cyberpsychological research under direct faculty supervision.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course offers a broad overview of abnormal psychology and applies concepts to behaviors commonly impacted by digital technologies. Topics may include how to define normal versus abnormal behavior, diagnostic features and etiology of well-established psychopathology, prevalence and treatment of psychopathology and related disorders, critical evaluation of current debates about digital addictions and online self-help, and a focus on the influence of societal and systemic factors.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on understanding quantitative research applied to the critical examination of human behavior. Methodologies and theoretical foundations are discussed, building upon descriptive and inferential statistical techniques.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on understanding qualitative research applied to the critical examination of human behavior. Methodologies and theoretical foundations are with particular emphasis on both emic and etic approaches consistent with field interviewing, focus group surveying, and examination of publicly available source material. Data analytic approaches will be examined and academic article critique will be included.
If students choose to only take PSY 600 - CyberPsychology Research for either 3 or 6 hours of credit, the remaining credit hours are to be made up of the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course surveys the human aspects of cyber security. Topics include ethics, privacy, usability security, cyber crime and the social, psychological and cultural aspects of cyber crime. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of human security.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed for IT professionals to learn computer and network security theories and practices that can be used to significantly reduce the security vulnerability of computers on internal networks or the Internet. The course assumes some familiarity with various operating systems and computer networks. Topics include cryptography, program security, operating systems security, database security, network security, security administration, computer ethics, and legal issues.
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