Psychology | Applied Psychological Science MA/MS

The goal of the master’s program in applied psychological science (APS) is to foster learning of and competence in interpersonal and research skills relevant to the responsible and ethical conduct within basic and applied research settings. Students gain expertise regarding the impact of biological, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral factors on psychological phenomena. Emphasis is placed on the development of a strong theoretical foundation and on statistical and methodological skills that can be employed in a number of applied settings.

The APS program offers two specialties that allow students to emphasize coursework leading to their desired careers in psychology: Psychological Research and Clinical Psychology. These specialties share a common core of classes and are augmented by a set of specialty-specific courses and open elective offerings for each (see degree requirements).

This terminal master’s program in applied psychological science is designed to prepare students for employment as master's-level professionals (in applied practical or research settings) or for further training in psychology at the doctoral level. Students who use the APS to advance to a doctoral-level degree may eventually be eligible to become licensed as a psychologist depending on their choice of doctoral degree. APS graduates within the Clinical Psychology specialty may meet the requirements for Licensed Psychological Associate licensure in the state of Oregon (http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_800/oar_858/858_010.html).

Professor, PsyD Clinical Program & Director of Health Psychology Track
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program & Director of Clinical Training
Assistant Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Assistant Professor, PsyD Clinical Program & Director, Forensic Track
Assistant Professor, PhD Clinical Psychology Program
Dean, School of Professional Psychology
Associate Professor, Director of MA/MS Applied Psychological Science Program
Associate Professor, PhD Clinical Program
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director, Neuropsychology Track
Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Professor, Director of Organizational Consulting Psychology Track/PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Director of Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinics
Assistant Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Associate Professor, PhD Clinical Program
Assistant Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director, Adult Track
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program, Director of Human Diversity
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director of Research
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program, Director of Child/Adolescent Track
Associate Professor, Director of Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinics
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director of Academics;
Associate Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Professor & Director, PhD Clinical Program
Assistant Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director of the Latino Billingual Track

Degree Requirements

Semester Credit Hours

  Psychological Research Health Service Clinical Organizational Consulting (pending)
Required Common Core Courses 34 34 34 34
Specialty-Specific Required Courses 23 32 23 32
Free Electives 9 0 9 0
Total 66 66 66 66

Curriculum

See course descriptions for more information.

Required Common Core Courses

  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Social Bases of Behavior
  • History and Systems
  • Lifespan Development
  • Human Diversity
  • Psychometrics
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics I
  • Statistics II
  • Ethics
  • Interprofessional Course

Specialty-Specific Required Courses

Clinical Psychology Specialty

  • Basic Clinical Skills (plus lab)
  • Evidence-based Practice (plus lab)
  • Psychopathology
  • Practicum (MA) or Thesis (MS)
  • Students will also select free elective classes to bring their total required number of credit hours to 66.

Psychological Research Specialty (MS):

  • Program Evaluation
  • Choose one required statistics elective:
    • Structural Equation Modeling
    • Advanced Multivariate Statistics
    • Small N and Non Parametric Analyses
    • Multi-Level Models
  • Choose one required Research Methods elective:
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Meta-analysis
  • Research lab (1 credit for 2 terms in the 1st year)
  • Thesis (4 credits x 3 terms)
  • Students will also select free elective classes to bring their total required number of credit hours to 66.