Putting Psychology to Work

Dear Prospective Students,

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program here at the University of Southern California, which was formerly known as the Master’s of Human Behavior (MHB). This intensive, one- year degree program seeks to put psychology to work in the business context by combining psychology with organizational and business issues of contemporary interest. The program curriculum is at the intersection of psychology theory, research, and practice in business settings.  We offer coursework in both Organizational psychology and Consumer psychology, both of which are central to the crucial missions of  successfully managing a workforce and  marketing services in the increasingly global marketplace. The program includes the following requirements:

  • Core Required Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Internship
  • Capstone Treatise

This program is unique within USC’s Dornsife College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for having an eye towards the career preparation of liberal arts graduates. A required internship in a business setting in Los Angeles is a highlight of our program.  Students have held internships in market research, marketing, human relations, public relations, organizational development, and social media communications, among other fields.

The diversity in our program assures you will be challenged by your peers as well as by your instructors. Faculty members have been practicing senior level executives in their fields, and students in the program have come from many areas of the United States as well as other countries. In small classes, you will be working in groups, discussing your ideas and conducting professional-level projects. In short, the real-world education and individualized support you will receive by joining us at USC will help you find or re-focus your career passion. I look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Ellen L. Leggett
Professor of Psychology and Director
Master of Science in Applied Psychology


Dr. Ellen L. Leggett

Professor and Director


Students speak about the USC M.S. in Applied Psychology

  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology
  • Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Seeley G. Mudd, Room 706
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061