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Applied Psychology

Since 1989, the Department of Applied Psychology has been home to some of the best minds and boldest thinking in the fields of psychology and counseling. Unlike other psychology programs that are very focused on theory, simply for theory, Applied Psychology focuses on understanding, impacting on and informing lived experience in the specific settings and cultural contexts.

The Applied Psychology faculty do very solid, integrative, and theoretical work, by using varied methodologies but our interest is always in the question – how does this matter for real people? Individually, in the family context, and in communities in the U.S. and globally.

When you come to and come through any of our programs, you’re going to be the kind of scholar that can answer the question – how does culture manifest itself in relation to the questions that I’m asking. You’re going to be introduced to methodologies that will allow you to answer those questions in fine-tuned and thoughtful ways. You’re going to be able to apply that knowledge in a way that really transforms people’s lives globally.

Undergraduate Degrees

BS, Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology combines theory, research, and applications to real-world problems. Prepare for graduate study or a career in psychology or related fields.

BS, Global Public Health/Applied Psychology

This major bridges psychology and public health principles with the goal of improving health outcomes among diverse populations.

Master's Degrees

MA, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness

This master’s degree is designed for aspiring mental health counselors who want to treat mental illness and help clients reach their potential.

MA, Human Development and Social Intervention

This degree emphasizes the practical skills of research design and methods, grant writing, and grant management, and program development and evaluation. Not currently accepting applications.

MA, School Counseling or Bilingual School Counseling

Get the education and clinical training to become a professional pre-K–12 school counselor, with the option to focus on bilingual student populations.

Doctoral Degrees

PhD, Counseling Psychology

Build on your knowledge of counseling psychology and prepare for a career as a psychologist in community agencies, clinics, hospitals, or private practice.

PhD, Developmental Psychology

Gain a strong foundation in developmental theories and cutting-edge research tools and methods for studying development in context.

PhD, Psychology and Social Intervention

Prepare for a career as a social scientist who can understand, transform, and improve the contexts and systems in which humans develop across the lifespan.