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

  • Introduction

    About the Applied Psychology Program

    The Master of Science in applied psychology track requires 36 credit hours and exposes students to a broad cross-section of courses that cover the basic and applied areas of psychology.

    Students use this track for a variety of purposes:

    • To prepare for doctoral training or junior college teaching
    • To qualify for positions that require master’s-level training in psychology
    • To prepare for leadership positions in human service agencies
    • To acquire skills in applying psychology to their current workplace positions.

    An undergraduate major in psychology is not a requirement for admission to this program.

    The applied psychology program is 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

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

    • Practical problems that could be addressed by psychologists
    • Innovative ways of disseminating solutions to practical problems to a general public that is not equipped to accommodate social science findings in the language generally used to communicate empirical research

    For more information about admission to the program, visit the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work websites.

  • Prerequisites
  • Degree Plan

    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.

    The psychology courses must include:

    • 6302 (required only if needed for leveling)
    • 6314
    • Three courses from 6303, 6311, 6330, 6332, 6334, 6336, 6341, 6342, 6347
    • For thesis students: 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 your graduate advisor.

  • Courses
    • PSY 6699 Thesis. Prerequisite: Psychology 6313 or 6314.

    • PSY 6399 Thesis. Prerequisite: Psychology 6313 or 6314.

    • PSY 6347 Developmental Psychology (3-0). A course that will study the various levels of life span in human beings. An integrated approach involving genetics and environmental factors will be used to assess each stage of development.

    • PSY 6342 Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (3-0). An in-depth investigation of the principles of neuroscience and how they relate to cognition and behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the cellular and chemical bases of neural activity and how this activity is reflected in both normal and abnormal behavior.

    • PSY 6341 Advanced Learning (3-0). A detailed study of current perspectives of classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, social learning, and biological constraints on learning. Emphasis is on theoretical approaches to these types of learning.

    • PSY 6336 Psychology of Chemical Dependency (3-0). A study of substances of abuse, their biological and psychological effects, and intervention strategies for chemical dependency.

    • PSY 6334 Environmental Psychology (3-0). A review of research and theory on transactions between people and physical environments emphasizing adaptation, opportunities for goal-directed action, and sociocultural processes. Topics include human territoriality, personal space, crowding, environmental stressors, and person-environment perspectives of social interaction and group processes.

    • PSY 6332 Social Perception (3-0). Using the social psychological perspective, this course is a study of how people perceive, relate, and interact with others in their social environment.

    • PSY 6330 Applied Economic Psychology (3-0). A study of how psychological principles, knowledge, and research methods are used to address a wide range of economic behavior, solve practical economic problems and inform public policy.

    • PSY 6314 Research Methods (3-0). An in-depth treatment of non-experimental, quasi-experimental, and true experimental (or randomized) designs focusing on advantages and disadvantages of each. Special emphasis is placed on how the various research designs are related to generalized causal inference and the common misinterpretations connected with these inferences and associated statistical analyses.

    • PSY 6311 Theories of Personality (3-0). An in-depth review of the major contemporary theories of human personality and the empirical research related to each. Applications are made about the role of personality in a variety of contexts.

    • PSY 6303 Social Psychology (3-0). A study of the development and modification of human interaction, including topics such as social motives, social influence, aggression, attraction, attitudes, and group processes.

    • PSY 6302 Core Concepts in Psychological Science. (3-0). A survey of the major areas of psychological science. Core topics include human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, human development, biological influences, and research methods. Related topics may include sensation, perception, states of consciousness, thinking, intelligence, decision-making, language, motivation, emotion, stress and health, cross-cultural psychology, animal behavior, and applied psychology.