Master of Arts in Applied Psychological Research

The Master of Arts in Applied Psychological Research program focuses on the development of research skills within the context of scientific training in psychology. The program requires 35 credits of course work (29 credits of core courses and 6 credits of electives). The program is intended for both part-time and full-time students. Admission is for the fall semester only.

The program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan careers in research or administration within human service or similar organizations, who plan to conduct research in other settings, or who plan to pursue doctoral study. Students can select electives and research experiences, in consultation with their adviser, to reflect their individual interests.

 

Degree Conferred: M.A.

Program Requirements for Admission

Requirements More Information
GPA Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 credits of coursework.
Education

The applicant must have completed at least 18 undergraduate credits in psychology.

The undergraduate work must also include the following courses with grades of B or higher

  • statistics
  • psychology research methods
Supporting Materials

Application Deadline

Semester Deadline
Fall April 30

Early application is encouraged, especially for anyone who is hoping to be considered for merit-based awards. Decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in January.

Application Process

Gather supporting materials and begin the standard graduate application.

Associated Graduate Faculty

  • John Steven Backels, Ph.D. (Ball State) Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of Personal Counseling

The Curriculum

The M.A. in Applied Psychological Research requires 35 credits of course work, including 6 credits of supervised research experience and a master’s research paper.

Psychology Core Courses (29 credits) provide a foundation in professional ethics, individual differences and cultural diversity, the scientific bases of behavior, and scientific research skills.

  • PSYC 500 ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN PSYCHOLOGY (3). Prerequisite: admission to the Applied Clinical Psychology or Applied Psychological Research programs
  • PSYC 501 CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN PSYCHOLOGY (3). Prerequisite: admission to the Applied Clinical Psychology or Applied Psychological Research programs
  • PSYC 502 APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
  • PSYC 520 RESEARCH METHODS (4). Prerequisites: SCLSC 470 and admission to program
  • PSYC 521 STATISTICS (4). Prerequisites: PSYC 520, admission to program, satisfactory performance on a statistics proficiency exam
  • PSYC 524 BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR (3). Prerequisite: admission to the Applied Clinical Psychology or Applied Psychological Research programs
  • PSYC 530 RESEARCH PAPER (3). Prerequisites: PSYC 520, 521, and permission of the program
  • PSYC 594 APPLIED PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH (6)

Elective Courses

  • PSYCH 410 CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3). Prerequisite: PSYCH 100, 6 additional credits of psychology
  • PSYCH 412 ADOLESCENCE (3). Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 or SOC 001
  • PSYCH 416 ADULT DEVELOPMENT (3). Prerequisite: PSYCH 100
  • PSYCH 438 PERSONALITY THEORY (3) Prerequisite: PSYCH 100, 6 additional credits of PSYCH
  • PSYCH 456 ADVANCED COGNITION AND PERCEPTION (3). Prerequisites: PSYCH 100, 6 additional credits of PSYCH
  • PSYCH 461 ADVANCED CONDITIONING AND LEARNING (3) Prerequisites: PSYCH 100, 6 additional credits of psychology
  • PSYCH 470 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3). Prerequisite: PSYCH 100; PSYCH 238, PSYCH 243, or PSYCH 270
  • PSYCH 473 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION (3). Prerequisite: PSYCH 100, 6 additional credits of PSYCH

Offered through other Penn State Harrisburg graduate programs

  • ABA 522 SINGLE SUBJECT RESEARCH DESIGNS
  • ADTED 550 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN ADTED
  • CMPSY 520 RESEARCH METHODS II

(Offered through the Penn State College of Medicine at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, approximately 8 miles from Penn State Harrisburg) Click here for course descriptions.

  • PHS 500 RESEARCH ETHICS FOR CLINICAL INVESTIGATORS (1)
  • PHS 510 CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS (3)
  • PHS 516 STATISTICAL GENETICS (3)
  • PHS 520 PRINCIPLES OF BIOSTATISTICS (3)
  • PHS 521 APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS (3)
  • PHS 522 MULTIVARIATE BIOSTATISTICS (3)
  • PHS 536 HEALTH SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS (3)
  • PHS 550 PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)
  • PHS 551 ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHODS (3)
  • PHS 552 MOLECULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CHRONIC DISEASE (3)
  • PHS 570 HEALTH ECONOMICS & ECONOMIC EVALUATION (3)
  • PHS 580 CLINICAL TRIALS: DESIGN & ANALYSIS (3)
  • PHS 581 CLINICAL TRIALS: CASE STUDIES (1)
  • PHS 594 RESEARCH TOPICS (3)

To register for one of these courses, Penn State Harrisburg students may register via eLion provided that they first enroll in a course at Penn State Harrisburg. Students not taking a Penn State Harrisburg course in a given semester who would like to take one of the above courses should contact Kathy Simon in Graduate Registration at the College of Medicine at kzs2@psu.edu, 717-531-6608 or by fax at 717-531-4139

Transfer Credits

Penn State allows for the approval of up to 10 transfer credits to graduate programs.

Grade-Point Average

Students must have a 3.00 grade-point average to graduate from the program.

For a list of courses, consult the Whitebook

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