General Psychology

Post-Master's Certificate
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The Post-Master’s Certificate in General Psychology allows you to choose courses from a range of electives. This additional flexibility in your courses requirements can help you tailor your post-master's education to match your personal and professional goals.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.

6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Recommended Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

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Course Description


Theories of Personality

The course is based on a framework of six important domains of knowledge about personality functioning with connections to theoretical approaches. These six domains are the dispositional domain (traits, trait taxonomies, and personality dispositions over time), the biological domain (physiology, genetics, evolution), the intrapsychic domain (psychodynamics, motives), the cognitive/experiential domain (cognition, emotion, and the self), the social and cultural domain (social interaction, gender, and culture), and the adjustment domain (stress, coping, health, and personality disorders). The course is based on the notion that these domains of knowledge represent the organizing structure of contemporary personality psychology.


Multicultural Psychology

This doctoral-level course is designed to increase awareness of multicultural issues in psychology, including some issues of social diversity, with a focus on theoretical models, research, and techniques and interventions for working with culturally diverse populations in various settings.


Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation

This doctoral-level course is designed as a comprehensive overview of the theory of human cognition and cognitive psychology. Issues to be presented and researched will include, but are not limited to, attention, imagery and memory, consciousness, schemata, cognitive maps, decision making and problem solving.


Positive Psychology

Focuses on the positive psychology principles of positive subjective experience, positive traits, and positive institutions. It is an emerging shift within the field of psychology. The emphasis includes a scientific investigation of the latest research of positive psychology focusing on positive human strengths such as optimism, gratitude, hope, and justice. The course offers an opportunity for theoretical exploration and practical application.


Community Psychology

Theories, research findings, and applications of community psychology. Relationships between environmental conditions and the development of the health and well-being of all members of a community.


Human Communication: Interviewing Skills

This doctoral-level course assists students in developing an understanding of the process of communication and the skills related to affecting the change process. It includes theory, practice and application. An emphasis is placed on the counseling interview and the developing personhood of the client and the counselor.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Psychology's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $18,890
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.

Note on Licensure: The Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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