Program Details

Cost of Attendance


Per Credit Hour: $1,800
Total Tuition: $61,200


Application Fee: $90, non-refundable fee
Books/Supplies: Students can expect to spend approximately $300-$1,000 for textbooks and other course materials per semester
Travel/Residency: None

Admission Requirements:



Program Curriculum

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology online program offers a skills-based curriculum designed to provide students with the theoretical background, research skills and practical tools for implementing change in business. The internship and capstone project are designed to shift your career into higher gear. You may choose a concentration if you wish, and can graduate in as few as 16 months.

Required Courses
Pro-seminar in Human Behavior: Foundations in Business Psychology (4)
Pro-seminar in Human Behavior: Application (4)
Research Methods in Applied Psychology (4)
Consumer Psychology (4)
Organizational Psychology (4)

Electives (Choose 8 units)*
Group Dynamics and Leadership (4)
Psychology of Interactive Media (4)
Workshop in Quantitative Methods (4)
Cross-cultural Psychology in Applied Settings (4)
Psychology of Employee Selection and Assessment (4)

Practica Required
Internship in Applied Psychology (4)
Treatise Capstone (2)

Total: 34 units*
*Course offerings are subject to change.

Practica Experiences: Internship and Capstone Treatise

The Internship
During the first semester, students participate in planning and writing exercises to help identify special interests and topics they wish to pursue as part of their internship and capstone project. Classroom exercises in resume creation and interviewing skills are incorporated to assure students are skilled and prepared to attain a quality internship match.

During the internship semester, students register for an Internship course (4 units) in which they share their experiences with their peers, while processing their internship through structured assignments.

Students have held internships in market research, marketing, human relations, talent acquisition, organizational development, and social media communications in many corporations, nonprofits and start-ups throughout the country and now abroad (through our Dublin, Ireland Summer Internship Opportunity)  seeking out opportunities that match their unique interests.

Capstone Treatise

Additionally, some students plan to collect data or conduct a study or project during their internship, which is then incorporated into the capstone treatise.  The treatise proposal is developed and due by the end of first semester. During the term in which the treatise will be completed, students register for a Treatise course (2 units).

Students’ treatises have explored a broad array of topics stemming from their personal interests, as demonstrated in some recent treatise titles:

NEW! Summer Internship Opportunity in Dublin, Ireland

Students looking to make the most of their internship while living and working abroad may now choose to fulfill their internship requirement by spending 8 weeks over the summer working in Dublin, Ireland.  Interns are thoroughly prepared for the experience with career advising and development activities and are individually matched with a Dublin company or organization. While abroad, students enroll in the online course USC PSYCH 591 for faculty supervision during the internship experience.

Internship examples in Dublin include:

Logistical Support

Important Dates and Deadlines

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Faculty Information
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Academic Calendar and Deadlines
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