The goal of the master’s program in Applied Psychological Science (APS) is to foster learning of and competence in skills relevant to 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 and empirical foundation and on clinical and methodological skills that can be utilized in a number of applied settings.

The terminal master’s program in Applied Psychological Science is designed to prepare students for employment or to be a competitive applicant for doctoral programs. Graduates of the APS program will be employable as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), clinical/applied researcher, consultant, or similar job descriptions. Graduates may also be eligible for licensure as a mental health practitioner depending on specific state requirements. In Oregon, graduates meet educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The MA in Applied Psychological Science is nationally accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) through August 2027.

 

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School of Graduate Psychology
503-352-7277 | Fax: 503-352-7320

190 SE 8th Ave., Ste. 260
Hillsboro, OR 97123

General Program Inquiries
Matthew Hunsinger, PhD | Associate Professor & Program Director, Applied Psychological Science Program
503-352-3612 | matthewh@pacificu.edu

Admissions
Carmel Nicol | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
800-933-9308, ext. 7226 | 503-352-7226 | psych.masters@pacificu.edu

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Michael Christopher

A team of Pacific University researchers led by psychology Professor Michael Christopher and Associate Professor Sarah Bowen has been awarded follow-on funding by the National Institutes of Health for research and training of law enforcement officials in mindfulness practices. The project is intended to affect and improve outcomes when first responders arrive in volatile situations.

A space to be in community with one another and Student Counseling Center staff for discussion and support.

Peter Vik, interim dean, School of Graduate Psychology

Vik has served as director of the school's PhD in Clinical Psychology program for the past two years and as interim director of the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic doctoral internship program.