Master of Science in Applied Psychology (MAP)

Our graduate program in Applied Psychology (MAP) is delivered 100% online, and you can complete it in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. In addition, we have rolling admissions so you can begin the program when the time is right for you.

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The online program is an evolution of the traditional program, founded in 1982. It has a longstanding history and has produced successful alumni working across a range of disciplines in the state and region.

Our faculty have terminal degrees from some of the finest institutions of higher education in North America. They are committed and dedicated to your success, and are actively involved in research and professional service throughout many specialized fields of psychology. For more information visit

How to Apply

You can apply to the MAP graduate program directly through the graduate admissions office. Students are accepted on a rolling basis so you can begin the program at any time. For more information visit

Welcome to the psychology graduate program at Shippensburg University! We have been producing distinguished alumni since 1982, and the role we play in the community makes us very proud. Our primary objective is, and will always be, the success of our students.

Graduates have continued or began careers in business, government, health and human service, and education settings. Majors from any field are welcomed to apply to our program as long as the admission requirements are met.

Students have entered our graduate program from the following majors in recent times: biology, business, communications, computer science, criminal justice, education, exercise science, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. That shows you how well we embrace diverse backgrounds into our exciting program.

Emphasis on application

Our MAP curriculum combines a sequence of required courses in research methodology, psychology courses with an applied emphasis across a variety of content areas, electives, and a Capstone course.

We routinely examine market forces, trends, and patterns to gauge the relevance of our curriculum offerings and delivery to best position our students for success. Also, we have consistently adapted to the changing times to better prepare students for an ever-evolving work environment.

I look forward to welcoming you to the program.

Dr. Suzanne Morin
Department Chair



Our program emphasizes the application of psychological principles and methodologies to real world problems and is designed to provide coursework aimed at three primary purposes: 

  1. career advancement,
  2. training to enter a new career/profession, and/or
  3. preparation for doctoral study.

The coursework offers a balance of theory, application, and methodological skill sets used in the workplace. What’s more, tuition for MAP is affordable for both in-state and out-of-state students. Out-of-state students’ tuition is only 2% more than in-state tuition.  Now, that’s what we call a high quality, flexible, accelerated, and accessible graduate education at an affordable price. That’s the Raider Way! 

Our student-centered focus extends beyond the classroom as our faculty members are engaged with students on a variety of activities including scholarly research, academic advising, career advising, and mentoring.

Graduates have a firm understanding of individual and group behavior and how to apply that knowledge to the particular field they are in.

Our specific goals are to provide opportunities to apply psychological principles and strategies across a wide variety of settings; develop an understanding of the impact of diversity on individuals and groups; provide students with the knowledge and skills to engage in independent research and critically evaluate others’ research; and prepare students to enter or advance within a profession.

The course requirements include three methodology courses, four core courses (one course from each core), two electives, and the Capstone course. All courses are 8-weeks in duration except the Capstone course which is 10 weeks.

The Capstone course is taken during the last semester and is a culmination of the coursework and experiences in the program. You can begin and end the program during any semester. You will be assigned an academic advisor upon enrollment in the program.

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The types of jobs our graduates have secured are in demand and projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the growth rates for most of these fields are far above average and are projected to continue to thrive during the next 10 years.

The number of job postings that identified occupations appropriate for students with a master’s degree from a program like ours was 20% greater than the national average. 

The same analysis also indicated that the median salary for these positions was $72,000/year.  Our graduate program has existed for over 35 years and we have some very distinguished alumni who have secured leadership positions in government and industry.

So, what career choices may you have upon graduating? Our alumni have assumed the roles of assistant professor, program evaluator, survey researcher, data scientist, marketing researcher, director of research, institutional researcher, teacher, event manager, health program manager, senior research analyst, data analyst, publications manager, advisory analyst, business analyst, quality assurance specialist, behavioral and health services director, behavior specialist, research consultant, and data quality control analyst. You may also choose to pursue a doctoral degree in a related field.