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MS Applied Psychology

Course Description

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology (MSAP) program will teach you how to apply the science of human behavior to solve practical real-world problems through a unique delivery system of eight-week courses. You can accelerate your degree completion, finishing the entire program in as little as one calendar year by taking two classes per session in our evening hybrid (online and on-campus) program. You may even decide to start with a 12-credit certificate in one of two specialty areas that can later be applied to the master’s degree as a concentration.
The program is built on a scientist-practitioner model, in which students gain a solid foundation in the science of psychology, and learn to apply this knowledge and skill set to real world, practical problems. Consideration of ethical issues is woven through all courses, so that the issues of human dignity and social justice are infused throughout the entire program.

[[Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration‌]]
A concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology prepares students for careers in multiple employment settings in the areas of human resource management, workforce performance management, organizational development, assessment, leadership, and training and development.
This concentration focuses on the study of how people work in groups and organizations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, industrial/organizational psychology ranks number one among the top 20 growing occupations between 2012-22, with a 53 percent job growth predicted. Potential fields include:
- Labor Relations
- Performance Appraisal
- Organizational Development
- Leadership Training
- Behavioral Research Science‌

[[Community Psychology Concentration‌‎‌‌‎]]
A concentration in Community Psychology prepares students for careers in settings such as nonprofit organizations, community organizations, social service agencies/clinics, federal agencies, school systems, academic settings, hospitals, counseling centers and foundations. Students will gain knowledge and skills in community-based research, program development and evaluation, advocacy, community development, strategic planning, consultation, teaching/training and community needs assessment.
This concentration prepares you to make positive societal changes and help individuals in need. Career options in this track include working with:
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Career placement centers
- Counseling and social service agencies
- Government agencies
- Family and youth resource centers
- Corporations

General Applied Psychology Concentration‌‎‌‎‌‎‌
Students who wish to receive a general master’s degree in applied psychology may take, in lieu of one of the concentrations, a combination of courses from both concentrations and/or other pre-approved Sacred Heart University graduate courses.

Students do not need to have received a bachelor's degree of psychology to apply to this program as long as they have completed the following prerequisites successfully:
- (4) undergraduate psychology courses, (1) from a natural-science-related psychology course preferred. (e.g., Sensation, Perception, Neuroscience, Cognition, Behaviorism, etc.)
- A statistics course at the undergraduate level (preferably in psychology, but could also be a math or another social science research course)
- A research methods course (preferably in psychology, but could also be a math or another social science research course) is preferred but not required.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students with a bachelor's degree other than psychology may apply to this program; prerequisite courses will apply (See course description)

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