Why Study Psychological Science
The applied psychology graduate program allows you to choose your concentration based on your individual interests and career goals. This program does not provide training or accreditation for those interested in employment in counseling or clinical psychology upon completion of the master’s degree. If you are interested in Clinical Psychology you should refer to our Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel.
Why Study Psychological Science at Ship
The graduate program in applied psychology offers a diversity of courses, flexibility of program formulation, and strong advisement support. A large number of classes are discussion classes or seminars that encourage debate, while others emphasize the development and implementation of analytical and expository skills. Our master's program focuses on providing you with a wide range of skills.
Cluster 1 and Cluster 2 courses are offered in the fall semester and Cluster 3 and Cluster 4 courses are offered in the spring semester. You can customize your program by choosing courses and emphasizing areas that best support your goals.
The Master of Science in Psychological Science at Shippensburg University offers three tracks:
Research Track:If you are seeking degrees beyond the master’s level, this concentration allows you to specialize in a sub-area of psychology through elective courses and completion of a thesis (Thesis I and II). The thesis requirement will increase your chances of acceptance into doctoral programs and is required for the degree.
Our recent graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at:
- Hofstra University
- Ohio University
- Southern Illinois University
- SUNY – Albany
- SUNY Binghamton
- SUNY Stony Brook
- University of Florida
- Western Michigan University
Applied Track: If you are trying to secure employment in industry, government, or non-profit upon graduating with the master’s degree, you’ll have opportunities to take courses with more applied emphases (e.g., Human Factors, Cognitive Science, Statistics). You are required to successfully complete two semesters of Field Experience (Field Experience I and II) in industry settings. To date, 100 percent of all Applied Track students have secured employment aligned with their studies.
General/Reading Track: If you are seeking credentials or advancement in your current place of employment, you will take basic required scientific courses, fulfill cluster requirements, and take additional course work to broaden your scope. Your competence will be demonstrated by passing a comprehensive exam. Passing this exam is required for the degree.
All students accepted into our psychological science master's program begin their studies in the General Track. At the end of the first year, you may move into the Research Track by finding a faculty member willing to support your thesis work. You may apply to the Applied Track at the end of the first year, as well. The selection process for the Applied Track is competitive and space is limited. If you are not accepted into the Applied or Research Tracks at the end of your first year, you will complete the General Track program.
Faculty advisors will work closely with you to help determine the best choices for your individual educational objectives. Every member of the psychology faculty holds an earned doctorate. Faculty can help you determine the most effective timeline for completing your degree.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
An MS in Psychological Science from Shippensburg University can open a variety of career paths or lead you to further study in doctoral programs. Your degree will allow you to enter or advance your current position in the following fields:
- Performance psychology
- Public safety
The average salary for psychological science jobs in PA is $57,000.