Applied Psychology, MS

Students who want to change the world can begin their journey here at Shippensburg University through our Master of Science in Applied Psychology program. Our students understand that they have a critical role to play in society - making the world a better place. With the program being delivered 100 percent online, you will be ready to impact the world sooner. Our program embraces career advancement, training to enter a new career/profession, or preparation for doctoral study. Let Shippensburg foster your unique success through our Applied Psychology program.

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What Will I Learn?

The Applied Psychology Program emphasizes the application of psychological principles and methodologies to real world problems. The 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.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

This program is 100 percent online. All courses are eight weeks in duration except for 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. This graduate program was designed with flexibility in order to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students, all of whom can begin and end the program during any semester. In addition, we welcome recent graduates beginning new careers, as well as those who can use this degree for promotional purposes or a change in career paths. 

All students are assigned an academic adviser upon enrollment in the program. There are also a limited number of graduate assistantships offered by the department that are awarded on a yearly basis. Students enrolled in the program may also have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research with faculty members.

Students can also pursue the behavior specialist certificate as part of this program's requirements with no additional courses necessary and still finish the master's program in 30 credits.

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Applied Psychology Student Laura Zeigler

“I chose Ship for grad school partly because I did my undergrad here and I loved the faculty, and had a great experience. I also chose it because the program is online, and it only takes a year. When I compared it to other grad programs, they just weren't as appealing. I feel this one allows you to still start a life (or continue one, I'm only 22 so I'm just starting), and build a foundation to use the degree while earning it.”

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Graduates have continued or started careers in business, government, health and human service and education settings. Some of these careers include:

  • Survey researcher
  • Researcher
  • Behavior consultant
  • Behavior specialist
  • Data analyst

Additionally, graduates often enter doctoral programs after their time at Shippenburg University.


Applied Psychology, M.S. Degree Plan

Full-Time (30 Credits)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 9 Credits

  • Cognitive: PSY 565 OR PSY 565  Credits: 3 
  • PSY Elective Credits: 3 
  • PSY Elective Credits: 3 


Second Year

Fall Semester: 6 Credits


Spring Semester: 6 Credits


Planning Notes for all students:

  1. 30 total credits required
  2. For list of elective courses, see program Applied Psychology, M.S. 
  3. Students can being in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.