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?

Streamlined

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

Flexible

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

Supported

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

Relevant

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

Global

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

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked USC #21 among the top colleges in the country.

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

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

Student 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.


“”An organization is only as strong as its people. … It is essential to guide leaders on how to retain their top talents. Everything that I am doing is to contribute to a goal of building a stronger culture and organizational efficiency.”

Gina Giang, 2018 alumni

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. Fostering a vibrant culture of public service, USC encourages students to cross disciplinary and geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. At USC, you can join others from around the world intent on making a positive contribution to organizations everywhere.

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. The online M.S. in Applied Psychology offers an optional summer internship program in Dublin, Ireland, giving you the opportunity to experience an international organization and practice cross-cultural skills.

Study Abroad with USC

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.