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 four specialties that allow students to emphasize coursework leading to their desired careers in psychology: Psychological Research, Health Service Psychology, Organizational Consulting (pending), 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 non-licensed 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. The APS program is not designed to meet the master’s level licensure requirements for either psychology or counseling in the state of Oregon. Students within the Clinical Psychology and Health Service Psychology specialties, however, are trained to work in settings that seek qualified mental health professionals who do not require a license to perform the work.