Online Master of Science in Applied Psychology Admissions Criteria

Admissions Overview

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed online application.
  • Bachelor’s degree. Must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Transcripts. Official transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, regardless of whether credit or a degree was obtained. The official transcript should show the titles of all courses taken, grades or marks received, and the date and title of any degree(s) conferred. USC alumni do not need to submit an official transcript. Although there is no specific required major for admission to the MAPP program, most of those who are admitted will have completed substantial coursework in the social sciences, and success in the program will require a working understanding of major concepts and research methodologies associated with the study of human behavior.
  • Official GRE scores. Must be within five years of application date.
  • Personal statement of purpose. Please submit a thoughtful and well written essay (750 words maximum) answering the following questions:
    1) How do your background, experiences and interests lead you to seek ways to apply psychology in organizations for the benefit of consumers or employees?
    2) Why do you believe the USC MAPP program can help you achieve your career goals?
    Your essay should address both questions thoroughly, and be submitted as a single document.
  • Professional resume that highlights your special skills, work, and education history.
  • Three letters of reference. At least one of which should come from an individual who has been a supervisor in an employment setting or leadership activity and knows you well.

Academic Calendar

Spring 2019
Application Deadline: 12/3/2018
Term Start Date: 1/7/2019
Term End Date: 4/28/2019

Summer 2019
Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
Term Start Date: 5/13/2019
Term End Date: 8/25/2019

Fall 2019
Application Deadline: 8/5/2019
Term Start Date: 9/2/2019
Term End Date: 12/15/2019

Spring 2020
Application Deadline: TBD
Term Start Date: TBD
Term End Date: TBD

Financial Aid

The ability to pay for your education is always an important consideration. Many organizations offer tuition assistance to employees and, in some cases, cover 100 percent of tuition costs. Programs and policies vary among employers. Consult your human resources office to learn more about tuition assistance at your organization.

Many options are available to fund your graduate education. The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal and private programs to assist you.

For more information on applying for financial aid, please visit USC Financial Aid.