Purpose and Objectives | Applied Psychological Science

The MA Program in Applied Psychological Science (APS) fosters competence in research and clinical skills necessary to function responsibly and ethically as a professional.  Through two years of study, students are exposed to the influence of cultural, biological, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral factors on psychological phenomena.  Emphasis is placed on developing a strong theoretical and scientific foundation, along with statistical, methodological, and clinical skills that can be employed in a variety of applied settings.

Graduates will find employment as masters-level psychological professionals or proceed to doctoral level training in psychology. The program offers courses in foundational science and practice in psychology as defined by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council and the American Psychological Association. 

The MA in Applied Psychological Science program has three primary goals:

  1. To prepare culturally and ethically competent professionals who have achieved high standards of competence in science and practice foundations within the field of psychology.
  2. To prepare culturally and ethically competent professionals who effectively utilize research and clinical skills consistent with their chosen specialty.
  3. To prepare culturally and ethically competent professionals who are committed to the collaborative practice of psychology and lifelong learning.