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All Psychology Schools Tip: If you are surveying psychology graduate schools, consider whether you will be getting an MA in Psychology. Some psychology graduate schools have stronger programs than others. Although an MA in Psychology may be within any one of a number of Psychology areas, it will focus less on the sciences and more on the arts, or humanities, than a Master's in Science (MS) in Psychology. The MA in Psychology is often regarded as more of a direct practice degree than the MS in Psychology, although this is by no means always the case and few employers hiring for direct service positions consider any difference between the two degrees. Direct service usually refers to jobs in counseling, rehabilitation or therapy, as opposed to research, consultation, administration, teaching, or sometimes, testing or other assessment.