Putting Psychology to Work

The Applied Psychology program is highly selective.  We are seeking students who have excelled in their academics and who show exceptional promise for professional success.

Although there is no required major for admission to the Applied Psychology program, most of those who are admitted will have completed coursework in the social sciences, and success in the program will require a working understanding of major concepts and research methodologies associated with the study of human behavior.  However, students with interdisciplinary backgrounds are also appreciated for their unique contributions to the classroom.


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Application Requirements

GRE EXAM is mandatory for the M.S. in Applied Psychology program.

  • OFFICIAL GRE SCORES with quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning sections.  GMAT scores cannot be substituted.
  • Official test scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to USC.  USC’s ETS school code is 4852.  
  • If your first language is not English or you did not receive a bachelor’s from the U.S., you must also submit: Official TOEFL iBT or IELTS Score Report

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all universities and/or colleges attended.

  • Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions either by mail or electronic submission.  Please do not send your transcripts to the Applied Psychology Office.
  • For information on how to properly submit your transcripts, please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions webpage and thoroughly read the information under the section titled "Send Your Transcripts."  There are different mailing addresses and procedures depending on how you are sending your transcripts.

OFFICIAL GRE SCORES with quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning sections.  GMAT scores cannot be substituted.

Official test scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to USC.  USC’s ETS school code is 4852.  

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (1000 words max.)

Please write a 1000 word purpose of study statement addressing the following:

What are your career goals and how with the M.S. in Applied Psychology program help you achieve your goals? What key experiences have contributed to your commitment to apply psychology in an organizational or business context? 

RESUME that is current and details your special skills, work and education history.

THREE (3) LETTERS OF REFERENCE, at least one of which should come from an individual who has been a supervisor in an employment setting or leadership activity and knows you well.

Letters of recommendations, resumes and personal statement should be submitted ONLY through the electronic apply online system as an additional documents.  Please do NOT have letters sent by email or hard copy to the director of the program.



Johanna Louie, Class of 2012

“The balance between academics and real-world experiences provide me with a competitive edge, in that I understand how strategies work hypothetically and I am trained to provide insights to aid its execution.”


Kat Eun,                Class of 2015

"The MAP Program taught me how to utilize formative research to better understand consumer behavior. Every day at work I'm using real-life data to tell a story and provide the insights our clients need to create the most effective marketing campaigns possible. The program also provided numerous networking opportunities that fostered both professional and personal growth."


Application Checklist
  • Complete online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Official GRE test scores (USC code: 4852)
  • Statement of purpose              (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Resume
  • Official TOEFL scores             (international applicants only)

  • 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