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
DegreeMaster of Science in Applied Psychology
- Community college teaching
- Human service agencies
- Advancement in current workplace
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:
- 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
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 higher 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
- GRE (if your based on GPA is below 3.0)
- [GPA times 100] + Quantitative + Verbal + Converted Analytical ≥ 730.
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
- 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.
Spring: December 1 (currently waitlisting for Spring 2019)
Fall: July 15
International Student Spring: November 1 (currently waitlisting for Spring 2019)
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
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
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.