Psychology | Applied Psychological Science MA/MS
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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 clinical service and applied research settings. Students gain expertise regarding the impact of cultural, 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: Applied 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.
Semester Credit Hours
|Applied Research||Clinical Psychology|
|Required Common Core Courses||28||28|
|Specialty-Specific Required Courses||20||26|
See course descriptions for more information.
Required Common Core Courses
- GPSY 807: Cognitive/ Affective Bases of Behavior
- GPSY 813: Individual/ Social Bases of Behavior
- GPSY 802: Advanced Lifespan Psychology
- GPSY 814: Human Diversity
- GPSY 720: Psychometrics
- GPSY 580: Research Methods
- GPSY 581: Statistics I
- GPSY 582: Statistics II
- GPSY 870: Ethics & Professional Issues
- CHP 510: Interprofessional Course: Theory and Practice I
- CHP 511: Interprofessional Course: Theory and Practice II
Specialty-Specific Required Courses
Clinical Psychology Specialty (MA)
- GPSY 725: Basic Clinical Skills
- GPSY 735: Basic Clinical Skills Lab
- GPSY 722: Evidence-Based Practice
- GPSY 723: Evidence-Based Practice Lab
- GPSY 820: Psychopathology & Diagnostic Process
- GPSY 847: Treatment of Chemical Dependency
- GPSY 687: Practicum (x3 terms)
Students will also select from the following elective classes or other program-approved options to bring their total number of credit hours to 60:
- GPSY 504: Assessment of Individuals
- GPSY 818: Group Interventions
- GPSY 899-33: Couples Psychotherapy
- GPSY 817: Child and Adolescent Interventions
- GPSY 731: Career Counseling
In the second year, Clinical Psychology Specialization students complete a year-long practicum at a community agency under the supervision of an experienced mental health practitioner. Students should expect to spend at least 16 hours per week at their practicum site, for a minimum of 500 total hours. Available sites vary each year, but opportunities exist to work with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups across the lifespan with a wide range of psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, trauma response, relational stress, and educational or occupational problems.
Applied Research Specialty (MS):
- GPSY 811: Biological Bases of Behavior
- GPSY 863: Program Evaluation
- GPSY 583: Research & Statistics Lab (x2 terms)
- GPSY 680: Thesis (x3 terms)
Students will also select 6 credits from the following statistics and research design electives or other program-approved research courses:
- GPSY 661: Advanced Multivariate Statistics
- GPSY 662: Small N and Nonparametric Analyses
- GPSY 666: Structural Equation Modeling
- GPSY 883: Qualitative Research Methods
- GPSY 884: Meta-Analysis
- GPSY 885: Single-Subject Design Methods
Students will also select 6 credits of program-approved elective classes to bring their total number of credit hours to 60.
In the second year, Applied Research Specialty students will complete an independent research project under the supervision of a core SPP faculty member through a match process based on research interests. In collaboration with the faculty chair, each student will develop an empirical research question informed by a critical review of the literature, collect and analyze data consistent with University Institutional Review Board policies, and present findings in a formal written paper that will be published in the Pacific University library. Students are highly encouraged to disseminate thesis research at professional conferences or through publication in professional journals.