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

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
  • 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 and 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

Our program has competitive admissions. We evaluate applications based on a combination of undergraduate GPA and perceived fit with our program’s mission.

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 must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to be accepted to the program. If a student has under a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, then a graduate GPA may be substituted to gain admission to the program, but the student must have at least nine graduate hours and a 3.0 or higher graduate GPA.

We require the following for admission:

  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay of 500 words or less explaining why you chose the applied psychology program at Angelo State University and how you think it will help you meet your career goals

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree. Students must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher or at least nine graduate hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 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 (currently waitlisting for fall 2019)

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10 (currently waitlisting for fall 2019)

Other Application Deadlines:

Applications for the M.S. in applied psychology program will be reviewed beginning on March 1 for fall and summer admissions, and beginning on Oct. 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:

  • Spring: Oct. 1st
  • Summer/Fall: March 1st

Due to current wait-listing for the summer and fall sessions, it is recommended that new candidates apply for the spring 2020 semester.

Degree Plan

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

    The psychology courses must include 6314; 9 hours from 6303, 6311, 6332, 6341, 6342, 6347, 6357; and 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 the student’s graduate advisor. 

    • PSY 6302 Core Concepts on Psychological Science
    • PSY 6303 Social Psychology
    • PSY 6308 Applications of Psychopathology
    • PSY 6311 Theories of Personality
    • PSY 6314 Research Methods
    • PSY 6330 Applied Economic Psychology
    • PSY 6332 Social Perception
    • PSY 6333 Applications of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • PSY 6334 Environmental Psychology
    • PSY 6335 Health and Wellness Psychology
    • PSY 6337 Forensic Psychology
    • PSY 6338 Educational Psychology
    • PSY 6339 Applications of Psychological Research
    • PSY 6340 Sport Psychology
    • PSY 6341 Advanced Learning
    • PSY 6342 Neuroscience I
    • PSY 6346 Psychology of Creativity
    • PSY 6347 Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 6355 Psychology of Human Performance
    • PSY 6357 Motivation, Emotion, and Stress
    • PSY 6361 Teaching of Psychology
    • PSY 6365 Experimental Research Development

Assistantships

  • Graduate
  • Research
  • Teaching

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

  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

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

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