Applied Psychology

Degrees Offered

Applied Psychology, MS

Application Deadlines*

November 1, 2014
2015 Spring semester (January)

April 1, 2015
2015 Fall semester (August)

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Applied Psychology, M.S.

The M.S. in applied psychology in the Polytechnic School is a two-year program that provides students with opportunities for practical experience in diverse laboratories as well as internships in a variety of settings. The program is hands-on and challenging, and the field is growing quickly, creating opportunities for further study and employment. The areas of application include:

  • Applied cognitive science.
  • Consumer psychology.
  • Human factors.
  • Learning design.
  • Sports psychology.
Career Opportunities 

Recent graduates are working at places like Intel, Boeing, GoDaddy.com and the Air Force Research Lab. Recipients of our master's have also gone on to pursue a doctorate at ASU and other prestigious programs. The program offers specialized training to complement the B.S. in applied psychology in the Polytechnic School.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's in psychology or a related field (including engineering, computer science or business) is required.
  • Applicants to this program generally have completed an undergraduate course in statistics.
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A)
  • An online Graduate Education application
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Official GRE general exam scores
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Submit a professional resume and personal statement (including background, interests, qualifications, and goals) as part of the online admissions application
  • Meet the English proficiency requirements, as defined by the Office of Graduate Education
  • Applications accepted for the fall and spring semesters
Degree Requirements 

The MS in Applied Psychology requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. These credit hours must include the following:

  • 30 credit hours and a Thesis, or
  • 30 credit hours including the required course (PSY 593) and an Applied Project.

This M.S. requires the completion of 30 credit hours with grades of "B" (3.00) or higher. Students have the option of doing a thesis or an applied project to develop and demonstrate professional knowledge and skills. Students who plan to go on to a doctoral program are encouraged to complete a thesis. Work on the thesis will continue for at least a calendar year, under faculty supervision. The first three credits will be devoted to developing an idea and preparing a proposal for approval by a faculty committee. The next three credits will allow for preparing the details of research design and data collection for the thesis (materials, computer programs, experimental text beds, questionnaires, etc.). The final six credits will be devoted to collecting and analyzing data and writing and revising the thesis under the direction of the advisor. Students will defend the thesis in an oral examination.

Students selecting the applied project option will, under the guidance of an advisor, allocate the 12 credit hours to a combination of research, practicum, project activities and report-writing appropriate to the goals of the student and the program and the availability of practicum or internship opportunities. In all cases, the project will culminate in a substantial written report followed by a comprehensive oral examination covering the project and other materials from required courses.

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