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Master of Science Degree This two-year ‘hands-on’ applied program is designed around a core of psychological theories and methods, with three concentration areas: Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Evaluation Research, and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The core program, taken by all students, focuses on the development of critical thinking and data driven assessment and 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 individual and organizational problems.
The concentrations provide additional in-depth classroom and experiential learning in the given focus area. Industrial/Organizational Psychology focuses on the behavior of people at work, specifically employee motivation, personnel research, recruitment and selection, and job design methodology. Evaluation Research focuses on advanced training in program and policy evaluation and professional preparation for evaluation consulting. A majority of students complete requirements for dual concentrations within the two-year program. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention focuses on health promotion and evaluation; health services research; health policy development and evaluation; and behavioral epidemiology.
Capstone experiences include a consulting focused practicum, an internship and an independent research project (thesis). With faculty advisement, students will be allowed to select additional experiences 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, non-profits and healthcare.
The Applied Psychology program requires completion of fifteen semester credits of psychology in addition to Graduate School admission requirements. Five of these credits must be from research methods courses and three credits must be from statistics courses. 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. Three letters of recommendation, with one from a former post-secondary instructor are required, as are a statement of intent, a writing sample and a resume. Program application materials are available online at http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/msap/applying.cfm.
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 committee review, 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, research progress and completion, degree candidacy and program plan approval; intent to graduate; program completion certification, and the following program specific processes: formal mid-program performance evaluation, related work experience.
The requirements for this degree include: (a) completion of at least 42 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better and a minimum of 24 credits in courses open only to graduate students-700 and 800 level; (b) successful completion of the 30 credits in the core and 12 credits from one of the concentrations; (c) practicum, internship and thesis completion; and (d) approval for degree candidacy at the appropriate time.
Master of Science Degree
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