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Q: What is applied psychology?

A: “Applied psychology” refers to the application of psychology principles and practices to professional settings such as business and education.

Q: What can I expect to learn in the USC applied psychology program?

A: The USC online Master of Science in Applied Psychology covers psychological principles and research methods as they relate to the business world. Coursework will explore effective data collection and evaluation, and advise students how to use that information to impact consumers and organizations.

Q: Who can benefit from the USC online applied psychology degree?

A: Anyone whose professional role includes communication with or evaluation of other individuals — potential employees or consumers, for example — could benefit from an applied psychology education. Leaders in business, marketing, education, organizational development and countless other fields use applied psychology to improve business operations.

Q: What are the major differences between consumer psychology and organizational psychology?

A: Consumer psychology focuses more on marketing research and analytics and features an emphasis on behavioral decision theory and decision analysis. A consumer psychology background can help you better understand consumer purchasing trends. Organizational psychology has more of an internal focus — while the subject matter is still rooted in psychology, the focus is on maximizing effectiveness within organizations. This can be achieved through a strong understanding of group dynamics from a leadership perspective.

Q: How long will it take to earn my degree?

A: Students can complete the program in as few as 16 months.

Q: Is any financial aid available?

A: Yes, financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Q: What accreditation does the University of Southern California have?

A: The University of Southern California is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Q: How much time would I need to devote to my studies each week?

A: The online Master of Science in Applied Psychology does take time and effort. Most students spend about 20 hours per week on assignments.

Q: I still have questions. Who can I contact for further information?

A: For more information on the online Master of Science in Applied Psychology, please click the learn more button below and complete the form, and an enrollment advisor will contact you to answer any questions you may have.