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 (

Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Director of Health Psychology Track
Professor, Director of Clinical Training
Assistant Professor, Professional Psychology
Dean, School of Professional Psychology
Associate Professor, MA Program Director
Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology Track
Associate Professor, Director APS Program
Professor, Director of Organizational Consulting Psychology Track
Associate Professor & Director of the Forensic Track
Professor and Director of Human Diversity
Associate Professor, Director of Research
Professor, Director of Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinics
Associate Professor, Professional Psychology
Associate Professor; Director of Academics;
Assistant Professor, Director of 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


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.

Health Service Specialty

  • Health Psychology
  • Brief Psychotherapies
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Psychologists in Integrated Health Care
  • Evidence-based Practice (plus lab)
  • Basic Clinical Skills (plus lab)
  • Practicum (MA) or Thesis (MS) (4 credits x 3 terms) 
  • Note: For the Health Service Psychology Specialty all courses are required; there are no free electives.

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.

Organizational Consulting Specialty (MS)

  • Program Evaluation
  • Organizational Behavior Theory
  • The Practice of Organizational Consulting
  • Team and Group Development
  • Leadership Development and Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Assessment and Evaluation
  • Organizational Interventions
  • Legal, Ethical, and Practical Aspects of Consulting
  • Organizational Fieldwork
  • Note: For the Organizational Behavior Specialty, all courses are required; there are no free electives.