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Applied Psychology, MS

Shippensburg University’s Master of Science in Applied Psychology (MS) emphasizes the application of psychological principles and methodologies to real world problems, helping students achieve career advancement, train for new career paths, or prepare for doctoral study.

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What Will I Learn?

The 30-credit master’s degree in applied psychology is completely online and delivered in an accelerated format, meaning students can finish in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The program’s flexible nature and part-time accessibility make it ideal for candidates who already have busy schedules. 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. Graduates go on to pursue careers in business, government, health and human services, and education.

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
  • Behavior consultant
  • Behavior specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Technical writer
  • Human resource manager
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Higher education administrator

Additionally, graduates often enter doctoral programs after their time at Shippensburg 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.
Contact the Department of Psychology Franklin Science Center 114 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1657