Applied Psychology Careers

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.

Refine your aptitude for gathering and processing information. Learn how to use statistical research and reasoning in workplace problem solving. Develop a more effective writing style and improve your overall communication skills. Become better equipped to relate to colleagues and consumers from diverse backgrounds. Our goal is to help you grow personally and professionally through a broad knowledge base of psychology principles and practical applications.

What Types of Professionals Can Benefit from an Applied Psychology Degree at USC?

Any professional who spends time working with people, analyzing employee or consumer attitudes, or strategically communicating with groups of people could benefit from a deeper understanding of human behavior. The applied psychology skill set lends itself perfectly to market research analysts — a position U.S. News & World Report named the No. 1 “Best Business Job” in 2013. In fact, market research positions are projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects extremely high growth rates for survey researchers and training and development specialists, all of whom could benefit significantly from the advanced knowledge an applied psychology degree can provide.

The USC applied psychology background also can be a game changer for individuals in human resources, advertising, public relations and marketing, communications, education, government, law, health care, recruiting and consulting. Because psychology is so fundamental to strong communication and leadership, our unique program can be a valuable undertaking for almost any professional who is willing to learn how to use psychology to drive decision-making at work.

Career Opportunities

An M.S. in Applied Psychology can be a catalyst for success in a wide range of professional roles, including:

  • Research analyst (consumer or employee insights)
  • User experience (UX) researcher
  • Organization development consultant
  • People operations manager
  • Project manager
  • Social media manager
  • Director of culture
  • Advancement and development director
  • Talent development manager
  • Consumer insights consultant
  • Diversity and inclusion director
  • People analytics researcher