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The first in the world, and always on the cutting edge. Rapidly becoming one of psychology’s most transformative fields, positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable humans and organizations to flourish. Read more
The first in the world, and always on the cutting edge
Rapidly becoming one of psychology’s most transformative fields, positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable humans and organizations to flourish. Positive psychology differs from historical psychological approaches because of its unique emphasis on the empirical study of human flourishing. While the study of psychology has traditionally focused on improving the human condition by identifying and relieving what is negative in life, positive psychology complements this approach with a focus on strengthening what is positive.

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania was the first in the world to offer a degree in this rigorous field of study. Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of the discipline of positive psychology, created the MAPP program to educate and train students at the cutting edge of the field.

Designed for working professionals
The program's hybrid model allows you to explore the theory and practice of positive psychology without relocating to Philadelphia, so you can continue working full-time. The program includes nine courses, completed during one year of full-time study during consecutive fall, spring and summer semesters. The low-residency format consists of 10 required on-site visits to the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, where students and faculty gather for intensive weekends of learning and networking.

Structured for real-world application
Whether you are a credentialed professional seeking to transform your workplace or career, or are building a foundation for further graduate study, the MAPP curriculum allows you to apply the topics most relevant to your interests and goals. You will receive a thorough grounding in the research methods and theoretical underpinnings of positive psychology, and learn to apply its theories and perspectives within individual and organizational settings. The program culminates with an individual capstone project that advances both your professional development and the field of positive psychology itself.

Renowned faculty and passionately engaged peers
Program alumni report overwhelmingly that their favorite aspect of the program is the exceptional group of people who make up our diverse, intellectually stimulating and intensely supportive community.

Each year, approximately 40 students enroll in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, including successful businesspeople, practicing psychologists and medical professionals, scientists, artists, life coaches, lawyers and more. They’re all gathered to study with a faculty composed of major pioneers in the field, who are also dedicated and personable teachers.

Flourishing after MAPP
Through their experiences in the Master of Applied Psychology program, students find a powerful new perspective on their workplaces, career plans and personal lives. Our students go on to incredibly diverse careers, applying what they’ve learned to transform their current workplaces or to begin new careers in consulting, teaching, business, healthcare, media and more.

We look forward to speaking with you about the exciting opportunities at MAPP and discussing how our program can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Courses and Curriculum

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) curriculum is designed to train you in the history, theory and research methods of positive psychology, as well as its application in professional settings.

The program consists of nine courses, completed during one year of full-time study during consecutive fall, spring and summer semesters.

During the fall semester, you will begin the program with courses that focus on the science, research and theoretical underpinnings of positive psychology, giving students a strong foundation to build on throughout the remainder of the program.
The spring semester courses offer content to help you learn how to apply positive psychology in various professional settings, including creating a plan for positive interventions in a real organization.
The capstone project, which is completed during the summer semester, allows you to integrate what you’ve learned throughout the program, and apply it in the professional or research domain most significant to you. It often serves as a stepping stone to the application of positive psychology in a particular professional domain or to further research in a specific area.
The curriculum includes the following eight classes, in addition to the capstone project:

Introduction to Positive Psychology
An introduction to the research, theory and intellectual history of positive psychology.

Research Methods and Evaluation
A methodology course exploring the valid and reliable assessment of positive emotions, character strengths and meaning in life.

Foundations of Positive Interventions
An investigation into the theoretical, empirical and experiential nature of positive interventions.

Approaches to the Good Life
An examination of four perspectives on human flourishing.

Applied Positive Interventions
A service-learning course in which students study the applied work of master positive psychology practitioners and create positive psychology applications for non-profit organizations.

Positive Psychology and Individuals
An exploration of positive psychology applications in coaching, clinical and other relational settings.

Positive Psychology and Organizations
An exploration of positive psychology, appreciative inquiry and positive organizational scholarship in traditional and social business settings.

Humanities and Human Flourishing
An exploration of integrating culture and science to support the deeper understanding and more effective cultivation of human flourishing.

Capstone

The capstone project is a distinguishing feature of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, blending academic and professional experiences and serving as the culmination of your work in the program. Through the capstone project, you will explore, in depth, the theories and practical applications you’ve learned in the program, to advance the field of positive psychology itself. Previous capstone projects have included empirical studies, literature reviews, book prospectuses, workshops and other endeavors.

The capstone is completed during the summer semester and has no on-site course requirements. You will conduct this project work independently, with your advisor’s ongoing guidance, in a setting that is significant to you and most relevant to your future professional goals.

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The master of science degree in experimental psychology builds on the strengths of faculty research and student interests in experimental psychology broadly defined. Read more

Program overview

The master of science degree in experimental psychology builds on the strengths of faculty research and student interests in experimental psychology broadly defined. The program as a whole provides a foundation for further advanced academic study in human factors and/or experimental psychology.

Plan of study

The program includes 30 credit hours of core courses, elective courses, and a thesis. It also offers students two tracks to choose from: experimental psychology and engineering psychology.

The experimental psychology track embraces the application of the scientific method to the study of behavior. Faculty are experts in a variety of fields including addiction, attention, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, forensic psychology, perception, psychopathology, and social psychology, among others.

The engineering psychology track examines human capabilities to sense, perceive, store, and process information and how these human factors impact interactions with technology. This knowledge is applied to the design, use, and maintenance of human-machine systems. Courses emphasize the role of human behavior and performance in both simple and complex human-machine systems. Students are trained in both research methods of experimental psychology and application of the results to contemporary problems in industry. This track prepares students to function as effective engineering psychologists in industrial, governmental, or consulting organizations.

Electives

Students in the engineering psychology track must select two electives (students should check for course prerequisites or if permission of the instructor is required). Any graduate course at RIT can be taken as an elective, assuming prerequisites are met.

Thesis

Students select a thesis adviser during the first year. Selection of an adviser, thesis topic, and research proposal must be completed in the second semester of the first year of the program. Ongoing research activity is expected through the summer term of the program. At the completion of the thesis, students will publically present their findings and defend their research before a thesis committee.

Curriculum

Experimental psychology, MS degree course sequence differ according to the modules selected, see website for further details on available modules and electives: https://www.rit.edu/programs/experimental-psychology-ms

Other admission requirements

-Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
-Submit at least two letters of reference from professors or supervisors.
-Submit a personal statement describing the applicant's goals for the program focusing on their research interests and possible thesis research (including possible thesis mentors).
-Complete a graduate application.

Additional information

Cooperative education:
The program includes an optional cooperative education component. Co-op is generally completed in the summer after the first year of the program. The co-op experience provides experiential learning that integrates with classroom education and allows students to apply psychological principles to problems in a variety of work environments. Co-op may be completed in any business or industrial setting.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

The department

As a student in the Department of Psychology, you will undertake a survey of current knowledge and viewpoints about the science of behavior and cognitive processes. You will learn the research methods by which such knowledge is obtained, and be given the opportunity to study basic psychological processes, their development, the nature of behavioral aberrations, their treatment, and selected applications of this knowledge.

The undergraduate and graduate programs in Psychology encompass child and adult psychology, abnormal behavior, therapy, and psychological testing. The curricula explores the sciences of psychology—learning, perception, behavioral neuroscience, developmental processes, and normal and abnormal processes—and their practical application. In addition to classroom studies, you will gain hands-on experience at community youth centers, hospitals, human resource departments, and agencies that serve developmentally disabled children and adults.

Fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.), trains students who want to practice as clinical psychologists with a strong interest in traditionally underserved populations. In addition to mastering a rigorous core curriculum, Psy.D. students gain special competencies in two of four areas: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Interventions with High-Risk Families, and Serious Mental Illness.

M.A. in Experimental Psychology

In earning this 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology you will strengthen your research, writing and critical-thinking skills while broadening and deepening your knowledge of behavior. The core curriculum provides a foundation in the basic topics of statistics, experimental methods, behavior analysis and learning, perception and cognition, and the neuropsychological bases of behavior. You will have unique opportunities to conduct original hands-on research.

In designing a program to fit your own interests and needs, you will have an opportunity to choose from a full menu of electives, including “Social Psychology,” “Personality,” “Applied Behavior Analysis,” “Psychopathology,” “Psychopharmacology “ and “Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy.” In addition to paving the way for further study on the graduate level, the M.A. in Psychology will prepare you for a wide range of positions in research, education, industrial organization, management training and human resources.

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The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Read more
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Embedded within the program is the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential that is required for employment as a school psychologist within California school districts.

Alliant's school psychology degree program prepares professionals who are committed to service and advocacy on behalf of students, families and teachers. Our students and alumni are skilled at providing valuable and life-changing mental health, specials needs and culturally-competent services, including assessments, interventions, and individualized education and behavior modification plans.

Alliant's educational psychology master's program will establish you as an expert able to help students and families learn to cope with a variety of emotional, social and academic challenges. These challenges may include language and cultural barriers, substance abuse, violence, victimization and learning or behavioral disorders. A focus on diversity, multiculturalism and internationalism is one of the core tenants of Alliant International University and a distinguishing feature of our school psychology program.

Program Overview

50 units of coursework + 10 units of PPS credential internship
Full program completion in three years (or five years if also pursing the PsyD)
Complete coursework and 450 practicum hours during the program's first two years
Complete a 1200 hour internship during the program's third year (required to earn the PPS Credential in School Psychology)
Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend classes for working adults
Low student-to-faculty ratio/small class sizes
No GRE requirement
No prerequisites - any undergraduate major is welcome to apply
Option to apply for advanced standing in Alliant's PsyD in Educational Psychology program to earn your PsyD in just two additional years

Locations

Six California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

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The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Read more
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Embedded within the program is the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential that is required for employment as a school psychologist within California school districts.

Alliant's school psychology degree program prepares professionals who are committed to service and advocacy on behalf of students, families and teachers. Our students and alumni are skilled at providing valuable and life-changing mental health, specials needs and culturally-competent services, including assessments, interventions, and individualized education and behavior modification plans.

Alliant's educational psychology master's program will establish you as an expert able to help students and families learn to cope with a variety of emotional, social and academic challenges. These challenges may include language and cultural barriers, substance abuse, violence, victimization and learning or behavioral disorders. A focus on diversity, multiculturalism and internationalism is one of the core tenants of Alliant International University and a distinguishing feature of our school psychology program.

Program Overview

50 units of coursework + 10 units of PPS credential internship
Full program completion in three years (or five years if also pursing the PsyD)
Complete coursework and 450 practicum hours during the program's first two years
Complete a 1200 hour internship during the program's third year (required to earn the PPS Credential in School Psychology)
Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend classes for working adults
Low student-to-faculty ratio/small class sizes
No GRE requirement
No prerequisites - any undergraduate major is welcome to apply
Option to apply for advanced standing in Alliant's PsyD in Educational Psychology program to earn your PsyD in just two additional years

Locations

Six California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

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The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Read more
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Embedded within the program is the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential that is required for employment as a school psychologist within California school districts.

Alliant's school psychology degree program prepares professionals who are committed to service and advocacy on behalf of students, families and teachers. Our students and alumni are skilled at providing valuable and life-changing mental health, specials needs and culturally-competent services, including assessments, interventions, and individualized education and behavior modification plans.

Alliant's educational psychology master's program will establish you as an expert able to help students and families learn to cope with a variety of emotional, social and academic challenges. These challenges may include language and cultural barriers, substance abuse, violence, victimization and learning or behavioral disorders. A focus on diversity, multiculturalism and internationalism is one of the core tenants of Alliant International University and a distinguishing feature of our school psychology program.

Program Overview

50 units of coursework + 10 units of PPS credential internship
Full program completion in three years (or five years if also pursing the PsyD)
Complete coursework and 450 practicum hours during the program's first two years
Complete a 1200 hour internship during the program's third year (required to earn the PPS Credential in School Psychology)
Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend classes for working adults
Low student-to-faculty ratio/small class sizes
No GRE requirement
No prerequisites - any undergraduate major is welcome to apply
Option to apply for advanced standing in Alliant's PsyD in Educational Psychology program to earn your PsyD in just two additional years

Locations

Six California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

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The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Read more
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Embedded within the program is the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential that is required for employment as a school psychologist within California school districts.

Alliant's school psychology degree program prepares professionals who are committed to service and advocacy on behalf of students, families and teachers. Our students and alumni are skilled at providing valuable and life-changing mental health, specials needs and culturally-competent services, including assessments, interventions, and individualized education and behavior modification plans.

Alliant's educational psychology master's program will establish you as an expert able to help students and families learn to cope with a variety of emotional, social and academic challenges. These challenges may include language and cultural barriers, substance abuse, violence, victimization and learning or behavioral disorders. A focus on diversity, multiculturalism and internationalism is one of the core tenants of Alliant International University and a distinguishing feature of our school psychology program.

Program Overview

50 units of coursework + 10 units of PPS credential internship
Full program completion in three years (or five years if also pursing the PsyD)
Complete coursework and 450 practicum hours during the program's first two years
Complete a 1200 hour internship during the program's third year (required to earn the PPS Credential in School Psychology)
Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend classes for working adults
Low student-to-faculty ratio/small class sizes
No GRE requirement
No prerequisites - any undergraduate major is welcome to apply
Option to apply for advanced standing in Alliant's PsyD in Educational Psychology program to earn your PsyD in just two additional years

Locations

Six California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

Read less
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Read more
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Embedded within the program is the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential that is required for employment as a school psychologist within California school districts.

Alliant's school psychology degree program prepares professionals who are committed to service and advocacy on behalf of students, families and teachers. Our students and alumni are skilled at providing valuable and life-changing mental health, specials needs and culturally-competent services, including assessments, interventions, and individualized education and behavior modification plans.

Alliant's educational psychology master's program will establish you as an expert able to help students and families learn to cope with a variety of emotional, social and academic challenges. These challenges may include language and cultural barriers, substance abuse, violence, victimization and learning or behavioral disorders. A focus on diversity, multiculturalism and internationalism is one of the core tenants of Alliant International University and a distinguishing feature of our school psychology program.

Program Overview

50 units of coursework + 10 units of PPS credential internship
Full program completion in three years (or five years if also pursing the PsyD)
Complete coursework and 450 practicum hours during the program's first two years
Complete a 1200 hour internship during the program's third year (required to earn the PPS Credential in School Psychology)
Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend classes for working adults
Low student-to-faculty ratio/small class sizes
No GRE requirement
No prerequisites - any undergraduate major is welcome to apply
Option to apply for advanced standing in Alliant's PsyD in Educational Psychology program to earn your PsyD in just two additional years

Locations

Six California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

Read less
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Read more
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to pursue a career in educational psychology and become a school psychologist in California working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Embedded within the program is the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential that is required for employment as a school psychologist within California school districts.

Alliant's school psychology degree program prepares professionals who are committed to service and advocacy on behalf of students, families and teachers. Our students and alumni are skilled at providing valuable and life-changing mental health, specials needs and culturally-competent services, including assessments, interventions, and individualized education and behavior modification plans.

Alliant's educational psychology master's program will establish you as an expert able to help students and families learn to cope with a variety of emotional, social and academic challenges. These challenges may include language and cultural barriers, substance abuse, violence, victimization and learning or behavioral disorders. A focus on diversity, multiculturalism and internationalism is one of the core tenants of Alliant International University and a distinguishing feature of our school psychology program.

Program Overview

50 units of coursework + 10 units of PPS credential internship
Full program completion in three years (or five years if also pursing the PsyD)
Complete coursework and 450 practicum hours during the program's first two years
Complete a 1200 hour internship during the program's third year (required to earn the PPS Credential in School Psychology)
Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend classes for working adults
Low student-to-faculty ratio/small class sizes
No GRE requirement
No prerequisites - any undergraduate major is welcome to apply
Option to apply for advanced standing in Alliant's PsyD in Educational Psychology program to earn your PsyD in just two additional years

Locations

Six California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

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The sport and performance psychology (SPP) program at University of Western States (UWS) provides students with the skills in positive and applied sport psychology needed to enhance performance and maximize human potential. Read more
The sport and performance psychology (SPP) program at University of Western States (UWS) provides students with the skills in positive and applied sport psychology needed to enhance performance and maximize human potential. The program offers a Master of Science degree as well as a doctoral degree. The Master of Science program transfers seamlessly into the doctoral program should a student wish to continue on after completing the master’s level.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Experienced Faculty
Our faculty is comprised of recognized leaders in the field of applied sport psychology who have extensive experience in the classroom and private practice. This practical experience is a key strength of the program because it provides students with diverse learning opportunities from professionals with established careers and experience as sport psychology consultants.

Diverse Practicum
Beyond the classroom, our programs provide many diverse practicum opportunities for students to apply learned skills with athletes and performers in real-world settings. In addition to established locations, students are encouraged to pursue practicum experiences that meet their particular interests.

Applied Focus
The program focuses extensively on the science and practice of sport and performance psychology. Beyond learning the basic principles of sport psychology, our professors and curriculum help you apply the information with a hands-on approach.

Extensive Curriculum
The program is designed specifically to teach the science, theory and application of sport and performance psychology in the most comprehensive curriculum possible.

Flexibility and Customization
Our program offers great flexibility and several personalized elective options. This allows our students to select interesting, relevant coursework to meet their individual job and certification needs.

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See the department website - https://www.rit.edu/cla/psychology/graduate/ms-school-psych/overview. The master of science degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Read more
See the department website - https://www.rit.edu/cla/psychology/graduate/ms-school-psych/overview

The master of science degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the program develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation.

A school psychologist works with young children (birth to age five); elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers and administrators; parents; and professionals to offer services that lead to the amelioration of existing student difficulties and attempts to prevent school problems. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologists help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve students’ adjustment to school and their community.

The master of science degree is awarded after students have completed all course work, an internship, and have passed a portfolio review.

Plan of study

A minimum of 66 semester credit hours are required for completion of the program. Before registering for the internship, students must pass a portfolio review. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in school psychology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university,

- Have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0,

- Have completed at least 18 semester hours in behavioral sciences with a grade of B (3.0) or above,

- Have completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in general psychology, elementary statistics, child or developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology,

- Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),

- Submit letters of reference,

- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,

- Submit an essay outlining the candidate's goals and related experience that shows evidence of a professional commitment and the potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth, and adults,

- Complete an individual interview, and

- Complete an application for graduate study.

- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 580 (paper-based) is required. This requirement is waived for native speakers of English and those submitting transcripts from American universities.

All credentials must be submitted and reviewed before the student completes 9 semester credit hours of graduate work in the program. Applications are due by February 1. Later applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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Help Lead Organizations to Success. The Organizational Psychology master’s degree program provides in-depth education and training in the applied theory, research and practice of industrial and organizational psychology and development consulting. Read more
Help Lead Organizations to Success
The Organizational Psychology master’s degree program provides in-depth education and training in the applied theory, research and practice of industrial and organizational psychology and development consulting. The program is offered at two campuses:

Los Angeles
San Diego

Applying Fundamentals

Students not only understand the principles of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, but they develop the skills necessary to apply theory and research in the field to assist organizations to discover creative solutions to their most pressing problems.

Real-World Training with Expert Oversight

The curriculum includes a full semester of applied field work under faculty supervision.

Convenient Class Schedule & Shared Curriculum

Courses are offered in convenient evening and weekend formats. All campuses share the same curriculum, allowing students to access faculty expertise at all Alliant campuses and offering students flexibility to take some courses at other campuses.

Are You Ready For Your Next Step?

This degree is particularly appropriate if you:

- Want to work as an internal or external organizational effectiveness consultant, human resources business partner, project team leader or manager.
- Are currently working in human resources or a related area and want to deepen and strengthen your professional competencies in organizational psychology.
- Have earned a graduate degree in business, counseling psychology, management or engineering, and are considering a career change or simply want to supplement your current professional competencies with those in executive coaching, team development or organizational change management.
- Think you may want to go on to a doctorate but are not yet ready to commit to doctoral-length training.

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Help Lead Organizations to Success. The Organizational Psychology master’s degree program provides in-depth education and training in the applied theory, research and practice of industrial and organizational psychology and development consulting. Read more
Help Lead Organizations to Success
The Organizational Psychology master’s degree program provides in-depth education and training in the applied theory, research and practice of industrial and organizational psychology and development consulting. The program is offered at two campuses:

Los Angeles
San Diego

Applying Fundamentals

Students not only understand the principles of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, but they develop the skills necessary to apply theory and research in the field to assist organizations to discover creative solutions to their most pressing problems.

Real-World Training with Expert Oversight

The curriculum includes a full semester of applied field work under faculty supervision.

Convenient Class Schedule & Shared Curriculum

Courses are offered in convenient evening and weekend formats. All campuses share the same curriculum, allowing students to access faculty expertise at all Alliant campuses and offering students flexibility to take some courses at other campuses.

Are You Ready For Your Next Step?

This degree is particularly appropriate if you:

- Want to work as an internal or external organizational effectiveness consultant, human resources business partner, project team leader or manager.
- Are currently working in human resources or a related area and want to deepen and strengthen your professional competencies in organizational psychology.
- Have earned a graduate degree in business, counseling psychology, management or engineering, and are considering a career change or simply want to supplement your current professional competencies with those in executive coaching, team development or organizational change management.
- Think you may want to go on to a doctorate but are not yet ready to commit to doctoral-length training.

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The quantitative psychology master’s program aims to prepare students for applied and research careers as statisticians, psychometricians, data analysts, and quantitative psychologists in education, business, government, and other organizations. Read more
The quantitative psychology master’s program aims to prepare students for applied and research careers as statisticians, psychometricians, data analysts, and quantitative psychologists in education, business, government, and other organizations. Goals are to help candidates develop research skills to keep up with recent theoretical and practical developments affecting their profession; data analysis skills used in organizations; skills related to interpretation and communication of statistical output; analytical skills for statistical decision-making; and test construction and validation skills with item response theory. The degree should give graduates an edge in their chosen career or as a Ph.D. applicant. Half of the program’s students come from other states (from Arizona to Michigan to Massachusetts to Florida) or other countries (including Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine).

Career

Graduates holding a master’s degree in quantitative psychology may analyze empirical data obtained from scientific research and/or conduct scientific research on psychometrics or statistical phenomena. They also might provide program evaluation and statistical consulting services for government, businesses, hospitals, schools, and other data-collecting agencies. Other job activities could include developing and evaluating mathematical models of psychological phenomena or educational and psychological tests. About one-third of students continue on to doctoral programs in measurement, quantitative psychology, social psychology, or literacy studies. Some suggested occupations for graduates with a master’s in quantitative psychology include:

Data analyst
Marketing research analyst
Program evaluator
Psychometrician
SAS programmer
Statistician

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Abbot Vascular
AdvanceMed
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona
Cigna Government Services
Discovery Communications
HealthStream
Healthways
Matria Healthcare
MedSolutions
MiMedx Group
Quorum Health Resources
SpecialtyCare
State of Tennessee
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Tennessee Supreme Court
United Health Group

Doctoral programs where MTSU students were accepted include:

Georgia Tech
Middle Tennessee State University
University of California-Davis
University of Denver
University of Minnesota
University of Oklahoma
University of South Florida

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The Experimental concentration for the psychology master's degree has the primary objective of preparing students for a Ph.D. program. Read more
The Experimental concentration for the psychology master's degree has the primary objective of preparing students for a Ph.D. program. However, many industries, clinical settings, and research universities are interested in students with the analytical and statistical skills of a research psychologist. Graduates with a master's degree in experimental psychology also may teach at the community college level. MTSU facilities include standard apparatus for human research, a library of many standardized psychological tests, and laboratories with one-way mirrors and videotaping equipment. The department hosts a state-of-the-art electroencephalography (EEG) lab equipped with a 128-channels EGI Geodesics System and a GPS sensor registration system for precise brain signal source localization. Computer software includes statistical software (SPSS and SAS) and software specific to the acquisition and analysis of human performance data (E Prime, Matlab). Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available.

Career

MTSU's experimental psychology master's program trains students for careers as a research psychologist and for preparation toward a doctorate degree. Some professional options are:

Community college psychology instructor
Data analyst
Research psychologist
Statistician

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

APPLE Psychological Consultants (Maryville, TN)
Lee University
North Arkansas Veterans Administration Medical Center
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Vanderbilt University

Doctoral programs accepting recent graduates include:

Mississippi State University
Texas A&M University
Tilburg University, The Netherlands
University of Alabama
University of Utah

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