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USC’s MAPP at a Glance

Understanding human behavior is more than the basis of psychology — it is an essential component of virtually every organization and business. The USC online Master of Science in Applied Psychology delivers a unique blend of consumer psychology and organizational psychology to give you an edge in marketing, talent management and recruitment, research, social media and analytics, organizational development and a wide variety of related fields.

Why Choose USC for Your Master of Science in Applied Psychology?



Graduate in as few as 16 months with a relevant and universally applicable degree.



Use 100% online classes to balance academics with family and professional responsibilities.



Succeed with the help of dedicated enrollment advisors, USC staff and an accomplished faculty of active practitioners.

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Build key professional skills such as problem solving, data collection and synthesis, research efficiency, strategic thinking and communication.

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Put your education to work with an optional summer internship in Dublin.

US News National Universities

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In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked USC #22 among the top colleges in the country.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges


USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

GoAbroad’s “Innovative New Program – Intern Abroad” award

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The Dublin internship was a 2018 finalist for GoAbroad’s “Innovative New Program – Intern Abroad” award.

Professionals in International Education organization

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The Dublin Internship was a 2019 finalist for the “Real Life Learning Award” from the Professionals in International Education organization

Alumni Insights

The online Master of Science in Applied Psychology is uniquely structured to explore human behavior in great depth to inform real-world business decisions that affect both organizational and consumer behavior.

"My high-caliber classmates are a network and a very specific community achieved from the MAPP program."

Justin Williams, 2017 alumnus, Director of Sales, Amkor Technology Inc.


"Beyond the curriculum - which is fantastic - MAPP affords you the opportunity to meet remarkable faculty and students, and gets you access to professional networks."

David Giardino, 2018 alumnus, Business Development Manager, The Walt Disney Company


"From developing a full marketing plan using consumer psychology to designing research and conducting analyses of data, we leave the program with a solid portfolio of applied work to showcase our competencies."

Nicole Cavanaugh, 2018 alumna, University Advancement Learning and Development Specialist, McMaster University

What Can I Learn with the USC Master of Science in Applied Psychology?

The online Master of Science in Applied Psychology is project-based and real-world focused so you can immediately transfer what you learn in the online classroom to challenging workplace scenarios. The program blends content in consumer psychology and organizational psychology to create a universally relevant academic experience.

Join a Tradition of Pride and Excellence

As one of the world’s leading private research universities, the University of Southern California has built its reputation on a standard of excellence. USC encourages students to cross disciplinary and geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. As an online M.S. in Applied Psychology student you can collaborate with a diverse mix of professionals all of whom have a passion for making a difference in the increasingly global marketplace.

Accomplished Faculty of Practitioners

The professors who deliver our online applied psychology program are active practitioners who speak the language of business and understand the science of applied psychology, offering expertise from executive-level experience.

What Can I Do with a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology?

The online Master of Science in Applied Psychology can be your guide to understanding the human thought process as it pertains to your professional background — yet it is so much more than that. This empowering program is designed to provide the knowledge and practical abilities you need to become a leader in your field.

Dublin Summer Internship

Gain valuable experience and learn to apply your education to real-world situations in the Silicon Valley of Europe. Our online M.S. in Applied Psychology program offers an optional internship in Dublin, Ireland.

Internationally recognized in 2018 by Go Abroad and in 2019 by the Professionals in International Education, the USC MAPP program can give you the opportunity to experience an international organization and practice cross-cultural skills.

Degree Outcomes

Building the most productive business environment requires a sophisticated understanding of employee behavior and consumer motivation. Our M.S. in Applied Psychology degree can give you the insight to craft more effective employee training programs, more accurately assess employee performance and influence consumers.