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Master's in Applied Psychology

More Information

Andrea Lamontagne
Tel: 203-365-4748

Department Location

Academic Building, HC 219
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Program Director

William F. Mayer, Psy.D.
Program Director
Tel: 203-365-4859

We are no longer accepting applications for the applied psychology on ground program.

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology (MSAP) program will teach you how to apply the science of human behavior to solve practical real-world problems through a unique delivery system of eight-week courses. You can accelerate your degree completion, finishing the entire program in as little as one calendar year by taking two classes per session in our evening hybrid (online and on-campus) program. You may even decide to start with a 12-credit certificate in one of two specialty areas that can later be applied to the master’s degree as a concentration. 

The program is built on a scientist-practitioner model, in which students gain a solid foundation in the science of psychology, and learn to apply this knowledge and skill set to real world, practical problems. Consideration of ethical issues is woven through all courses, so that the issues of human dignity and social justice are infused throughout the entire program.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration
This concentration focuses on the study of how people work in groups and organizations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, industrial/organizational psychology ranks number one among the top 20 growing occupations between 2012-22, with a 53 percent job growth predicted. Potential fields include:

  • Labor Relations
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Organizational Development
  • Leadership Training
  • Behavioral Research Science

Community Psychology Concentration‌‎‌‌‎‌
This concentration prepares you to make positive societal changes and help individuals in need. Career options in this track include working with:

  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Career placement centers
  • Counseling and social service agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Family and youth resource centers
  • Corporations

General Applied Psychology Concentration‌‎‌‎‌‎‌
Students who wish to receive a general master’s degree in applied psychology may take, in lieu of one of the concentrations, a combination of courses from both concentrations and/or other pre-approved Sacred Heart University graduate courses.

Unique Program Attributes
  • Program Flexibility: MSAP courses are offered in a series of eight week sessions with an online component; entering students begin in September.
  • Program Options: There are three tracks: industrial/organizational psychology, community psychology and general applied psychology which can prepare you for a career or future doctorate work.
  • Accelerated Format: The program is taken at an accelerated rate with enrollment in two classes during each eight-week session. Each on-campus class will meet once a week, with the three-credit classes meeting for one 135-minute session and the four-credit classes meeting for one three-hour session each week.
  • Certificate Programs: Certificate programs are 12 credits and are offered in both I/O and community psychology.
  • Flexible Preparation: Students with a bachelor's degree other than psychology may apply to this program; prerequisite courses will apply.
  • Faculty: SHU faculty members come from a wide range of clinical, academic and corporate backgrounds. Most faculty are full-time and 93 percent have their terminal degrees.