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Applied Psychology Master’s Degree (M.S.)

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Our Master of Science (M.S.) in applied psychology program exposes students to a broad cross-section of courses that cover basic and applied areas of psychology.

The program is online, but students have the option of taking elective classes that will count toward the degree in a traditional face-to-face format. Students are welcome to apply for admission regardless of their undergraduate major. 

Our courses employ a multifaceted approach to behavior that is designed to teach students about how psychology can be used to address the many serious issues facing us today. These issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving health
  • Increasing safety
  • Improving education
  • Increasing prosperity
  • Enhancing decision-making
  • Promoting democratic principles
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Degree

Master of Science in Applied Psychology

Careers

  • Community college teaching
  • Human service agencies
  • Ph.D. studies
  • Advancement in current workplace

Program Highlights

  • Students may elect to take courses in a face-to-face format, but all required courses and electives are offered in an online format.

  • All our core graduate courses are taught by ASU faculty with doctoral degrees.

  • Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research. 

  • Students can tailor the program to their needs and take courses that suit their career goals. 

  • All of the psychology courses in the program include an applied component that consists of:

    1. Practical problems that could be addressed by psychologists
    2. Innovative ways of disseminating solutions to practical problems to a general public that is not equipped to accommodate social science findings

Admission Requirements

Students are welcome to apply for admission regardless of their undergraduate major. Those who have fewer than 18 credit hours of undergraduate psychology are required to complete a graduate leveling course that provides training in the foundational areas of psychology.  

Students who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or 3.25 or higher for the last 60 credit hours meet our GPA standards for admission. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may qualify for admission on the basis of the formula described below.

  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay
  • GRE (if your based on GPA is below 3.0)

Formula

  • [GPA times 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 730.
  • [Last 60 hours GPA times 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 752.

GRE Analytical Writing Conversion Scale

The GRE Analytical Writing sub test is scored on a scale of 1-6. This score is converted to the metric of the other sub tests as follows:

1.0-2.0 = 130
2.5 = 135
3.0 = 140
3.5 = 145
4.0 = 150
4.5 = 155
5.0 = 160
5.5 = 165
6.0 = 170 

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree. Students who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher automatically qualify for admission, if space in the program allows.
  • Students who have fewer than 18 credit hours of undergraduate psychology are required to complete a graduate leveling course that provides training in the foundational areas of psychology.

Application Deadlines

Spring: December 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10

Other Application Deadlines:

Applications for the Applied Psychology program will be reviewed beginning on March 1 for fall admissions and October 1 for spring admissions. Applications received by these dates will receive priority and will be processed before registration so new students can register on time for a better selection of classes. After the priority deadlines, applications will be reviewed when they are received and students will be admitted based on space available in the program. 

 Priority Admission Review:

  • March 1 for Fall admissions
  • October 1 for Spring admissions

Degree Plan

  • Thesis or Non-Thesis Option (36 semester credit hours)
    Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate-level work in psychology and six additional semester credit hours of graduate-level work in psychology or supporting electives.

    Psychology required courses: 6302 (required only if needed for leveling), 6314

    Three courses from: 6303, 6311, 6332, 6341, 6342, 6347, 6357

    Thesis students only: 6699 (Thesis) or 6399 (Thesis) twice.

    Courses for the remaining 18 (thesis) or 24 (non-thesis) hours in psychology or supporting electives are unspecified, but must be approved by the student’s graduate advisor.

    • PSY 6302 Core Concepts on Psychological Science
    • PSY 6314 Research Methods
    • PSY 6303 Social Psychology
    • PSY 6311 Theories of Personality
    • PSY 6330 Applied Economic Psychology
    • PSY 6332 Social Perception
    • PSY 6334 Environmental Psychology
    • PSY 6336 Psychology of Chemical Dependency
    • PSY 6337 Forensic Psychology
    • PSY 6338 Educational Psychology
    • PSY 6341 Advanced Learning
    • PSY 6342 Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY 6347 Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 6355 Psychology of Human Performance
    • PSY 6357 Motivation, Emotion, and Stress
    • PSY 6361 Teaching of Psychology

Assistantships

  • Graduate
  • Research
  • Teaching

Read this assistantship information to learn more about the availability and the application process.

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

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