Nov 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Applied Psychology, M.S.

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Applied Psychology, M.S. 2-year sequences:


Master of Science Degree This two-year hands-on applied program is designed around a core of psychological theories and methods, with two required concentration areas: Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Evaluation. The program focuses on the development of critical thinking, cultural responsiveness, data analysis, and evidence-informed decision-making. It provides students knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities needed to apply the theories and methods of psychology to the identification and solution of a variety of complex organizational problems.

The concentrations provide in-depth classroom and experiential learning in the given focus areas. Industrial/Organizational Psychology focuses on the behavior of people at work, specifically employee motivation, personnel research, recruitment and selection, and job analysis methodology.  Evaluation focuses on advanced training in program and policy evaluation and professional preparation for evaluation consulting. 

The capstone experiences include a consulting-focused practicum and a portfolio. With faculty advisement, students also have the option to add additional experiences like a thesis and internship, appropriate for their unique personal and professional development, based on previous educational and professional experiences and goals. 

Graduates of the program have the applied research and data analysis skills to prepare them for a wide-range of careers in business, education, nonprofits and healthcare.


Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0. Applicants may be admitted on probationary status if their overall grade point average is less than 3.0. These exceptions are individually negotiated with the recommendation of the program admission committee and approval of the Graduate School. 

Students are recommended to also have taken at least fifteen credits of psychology-related courses, especially statistics and research methods courses, but this is not a requirement. 

As part of your program application, you are required to submit a statement of intent describing your educational and professional background, your career goals, and your interest in the MSAP program. You are also required to submit a resume. 


Program application materials are available online at


The program accepts applications and grants admission for fall term start only. To be given full consideration application materials must be received by February 1. After review of your application, notification of acceptance will be made by early March for fall term.

Primary Evaluation Criteria and Process

The primary criteria used to evaluate program and academic progress include: course grades; program performance evaluation; degree candidacy and program plan approval; program completion certification; and intent to graduate.


One-half (50%) of the minimum credits required for graduation from this program must be in graduate-level only (700/800) courses.

Additional requirements for this degree include: (a) completion of at least 39 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better; (b) practicum completion; and (c) approval for degree candidacy at the appropriate time.

General Requirements
Master of Science Degree

Total for graduation 39 credits  
Required Core 21 credits  
Concentrations 18 credits  


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