Applied Psychology (MS)
College of Technology and Innovation

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Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, this program will be affiliated with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. For more information about this change, please visit or contact your advisor.
Program Description
Degree Awarded: MS  Applied Psychology

The MS in applied psychology in the College of Technology and Innovation provides students with opportunities for practical experience in diverse organizations and laboratories as well as internships in a variety of settings. The program is hands-on and challenging, and the field is growing quickly, creating opportunities for further study and employment. The areas of application include the following:

  • consumer psychology
  • human factors and user experience design
  • industrial and organizational psychology
  • learning design

Recent graduates are working at places like Intel, Boeing, GoDaddy, Mayo Clinic, PayPal, Motorola, Google and the Air Force Research Lab. Recipients of our master's degree have also gone on to pursue a doctorate at ASU and other prestigious institutions.

Degree Requirements

Program requires the following:
30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (PSY 593).

This master's requires the completion of 30 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.00 ("B" grades) or higher. Students have the option of doing a thesis or an applied project to develop and demonstrate professional knowledge and skills. Students who plan to go on to a doctoral program are encouraged to complete a thesis.

Students selecting the thesis option will, under faculty supervision, work on the thesis for at least one calendar year. The first three thesis credits will be devoted to developing an idea and preparing a proposal for approval by a faculty committee. The next three credits will allow for preparing the details of research design and data collection for the thesis (materials, computer programs, experimental text beds, questionnaires, etc.). The final six credits will be devoted to collecting and analyzing data and writing and revising the thesis under the direction of the student's committee chair. Students will defend the thesis in an oral examination.

Students selecting the applied project option will, under faculty supervision, allocate the 12 credit hours to a combination of research, practicum, project activities and report writing appropriate to the goals of the student and the program and the availability of practicum or internship opportunities. In all cases, the project will culminate in a substantial written report followed by a comprehensive oral examination covering the project and other materials from required courses.

Admission Requirements

The following is required of applicants to complete an application file. Incomplete files will not be reviewed or considered until complete.

  1. a bachelor's in psychology or a related field (including engineering, computer science or business)
  2. an online Graduate Education application
  3. official transcript from each college or university attended
  4. an English proficiency exam for applicants whose native language is not English*
  5. official GRE general exam scores
  6. statement of purpose describing professional and academic aspirations
  7. three letters of recommendation from college professors, employers (in a human factors related field) or a combination of both academic and professional references

*Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of where they may now reside) must provide proof of English proficiency. International applicants can find complete information on the English proficiency exams and other required documents on the Graduate Education website:

For best consideration, the deadline is Feb. 1 for fall applications and Oct. 1 for spring applications. Late applications may still be considered for the same application term or for the next term of admission; however, the department reserves the right to deny or not review a late application.

Applicants to this program generally have completed an undergraduate course in statistics.

Students must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and those of the College of Technology and Innovation.

Contact Information

Dept of Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mgmt | TECH 101 | 480-727-4723