Putting Psychology to Work

Dear Prospective Student,

Are you searching for a career that will use your psychology background to solve business problems? Have you decided that a clinical psychology career is not your passion? 

All successful businesses and organizations need two things: loyal employees and loyal customers. This intensive, one year Master of Science in Applied Psychology program focuses directly on these two crucial areas by studying both consumer psychology and organizational psychology. Other graduate programs may focus on one or the other, and business programs may focus on the economics of desired outcomes.  Yet for businesses to succeed, understanding both the consumer and employee mindset is crucial. Our unique program equips you to speak to both of these business challenges through the language and tools of psychology rather than the language of finance. Today more than ever, professionals who are experts in the Human Capital that drives organizations forward are in demand.  

The accelerated program includes the following requirements:

  • 5 Core Required Courses
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • Internship Experience and Course
  • 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 residential program.  Students have held internships in market research, marketing, human relations, talent acquisition, organizational development, and social media communications in many corporations, non-profits and start- ups throughout the greater LA area, seeking out opportunities that match their unique interests.  

Other program highlights include:

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Contemporary Curriculum: In our classes, psychology theory comes to life through team-based projects that address the problems diverse organizations are facing in today’s global and virtually connected world.

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Innovative Faculty: Our faculty members have worked with or in organizations large and small, for-profit and nonprofit. They are passionate about the role that can be played in arenas outside academia and clinical settings by professionals who understand human behavior.

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Intense, Accelerated Format: Most students complete requirements within one academic year although others choose to continue treatise and internships into the subsequent summer. The  students who come to the on-campus program each year from around the country and the world take all required courses together, facilitating a cohesive, team-building experience in a personalized and inclusive environment.  The diversity in our program assures you will be challenged by your peers as well as by your instructors.

We applaud your exploration of the unique opportunity offered to you on the campus of USC.

Sincerely,

Ellen L. Leggett, Ed.D.

 

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