Fairleigh Dickinson University has partnered with Golden Education to enroll students in this Master’s degree program in China. We offer high-quality teaching and provide Chinese students with an online learning experience. The general theoretical program is focused on individuals who want to better understand the different factors that affect human behavior and apply this knowledge to everyday life (self-understanding, interpersonal relationships, parenting, work-life balance, etc.). Students gain knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics within the field of psychology (see course listings below) and learn basic methodological principles of behavioral science research.

This program prepares students for a variety of careers in industry (e.g., advertising, market research), government (e.g., program evaluation, criminal justice research), education, health sectors, and other organizations that utilize theories and methods of behavioral sciences. This program also prepares students for further study at the doctoral level in more specialized substantive areas of psychology (e.g., clinical psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, etc.).

Length of the program: 18 months.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Special consideration may be given to those holding a specialist degree with at least 5 years of work experience in a related field (e.g., psychology and counseling, education, nursing and health, sales and marketing, management, etc.). Applicants must submit official diplomas and/or transcripts from all post-secondary schools.

Program Requirements

12 mandatory courses are shown as follows:

Learning pattern: Blended learning pattern: Asynchronous + Synchronous courses

Each course will last 6 weeks. Each week there will be pre-recorded lectures along with additional asynchronous work (e.g., readings, assignments, activities, etc.) and a 2-hour synchronous meeting (12 hours total synchronous meeting time) on Saturday evening for students.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Emma (Qi) Zhao
Program Director
Golden Education

Stephen Armeli
Director, MA General-Theoretical Psychology (New Jersey)
Co-Director, MA General-Theoretical Psychology (China)
School of Psychology and Counseling Fairleigh Dickinson University

Danielle DeNigris
Co-Director, MA General-Theoretical Psychology (China)
School of Psychology and Counseling Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dan Plaut
International Admissions
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Course Descriptions

  • PSYC6109 This course focuses on applications of social psychological theory and research techniques in understanding and alleviating problems encountered in legal, business, community and mental health domains. Topics include, but are not limited to, attitude formation, attitude change, prejudice and discrimination, altruism and attribution theory

  • PSYC6111 Overview of nature of personality theory; summaries of theories of personality selected because of influence upon clinical practice, psychological research. Freud, Adler, Jung, Murray, G.W. Allport, Rogers, Maslow, Fromm; some existentialists, some social behavioral or learning approaches included.

  • PSYC6121 Review of issues related to research design, psychometrics, and descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistical topics include, but are not limited to, parametric techniques such as t-tests, analysis of variance, and simple and multiple regression analysis. Heavy emphasis will be placed on application of techniques using statistical software and interpretation of results.

  • PSYC6129 This covers basic topics and issues in psychometrics and research design. In addition to review of basis statistical concepts, topics include: classical true core theory and scale creation, scale reliability and validity assessment, experimental design validity (internal, external, statistical, construct), major threats to valid inferences in research, and ethical issues in behavioral research.

  • PSYC6230 Introduction to the application of psychological principles to legal (civil and criminal) problems. Review of historical and contemporary issues, such as the interface of the mental health system and the criminal system, civil commitment, diminished capacity, the insanity defense, sentencing, capital punishment, competency to stand trial, use of research in court.

  • PSYC6601 An integrative and systematic consideration of the major concepts of general psychology: behavioral development, sensory and perceptual processes, motivation, emotion, learning, forgetting, transfer, the high mental processes of thinking and problem-solving, together with the historical sources and methodological techniques for the experimental analysis of these topics.

  • PSYC6619 This course is an introduction to theories and patterns of development from conception through childhood emphasizing early childhood and adolescence. The focus is on growth and development, sensory, motor, language, cognitive, emotional and social processes. Explorstion of individual, family and environmental factors which affect development throughout the life span.

  • PSYC6620 The etiology, treatment and prevention of psychopathology in children are explored. A study of healthy responses, reactive disorders, developmental deviations, psychoneuroses, personality disorders, psychoses, psychophysiological disorders, brain syndromes and mental retardation.

  • PSYC6624 This course provides for an understanding of the principal theories of counseling and psychotherapy; and understanding of the similarities and differences in the various major theories and techniques; and for a development of the ability to evaluate the need for counseling and/or psychotherapy in problem areas.