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.


 Important Dates for On-Campus Program:

  • Application submission begins September 03
  • Priority Admission Application deadline is January 15
  • Regular admission deadline is March 15
  • Priority Financial Aid Deadline March 15

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 Application requirements:

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

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all universities and/or colleges attended.

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.


The Applied Psychology program welcomes international applicants and has benefited from their participation in the program.

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


Joyce Roan, Class'12

“Going back to school was not an easy decision, but the length and the flexibility of the program made it all the easier and worthwhile for me. My treatise was a great project and I learned a lot in the process.”


Johanna Louie Class '12

“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.”



  • 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