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Graduate Degree Programs

Applied Psychological Research (APSYR)

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THOMAS G. BOWERS, Graduate Program Coordinator
Penn State Harrisburg
W-311 Olmsted Building
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6040

Degree Conferred:

M.A.
Integrated B.S. in Psychology/M.A. in Applied Psychological Research

The Graduate Faculty

The Program

The Master of Arts program in Applied Psychological Research focuses on the development of research skills within the context of scientific training in psychology. The program requires 35 credits of course work (29 credits of core courses and 6 credits of electives).

The program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan careers in research or administration within human service or similar organizations, who plan to conduct research in other settings, or who plan to pursue doctoral study. Students can select electives and research experiences to reflect their individual interests in consultation with their adviser.

The program is intended for both part- and full-time students. Students are admitted for fall semester only. The deadline for admission is May 1.

Admission Requirements

Students will be admitted on a competitive basis and must submit the following:

  • a completed online Graduate School application form with the application fee
  • two official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended
  • three professional letters of recommendation
  • a brief (two-page) interest statement
  • verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores on the Graduate Record Examinations

The applicant must have either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The applicant must have completed at least 18 credits in psychology, and must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above in the last 60 credits of coursework. The undergraduate work must include a statistics course and a psychology research methods course with grades of B or higher. A personal interview is required.

Psychology undergraduates may apply for admission to the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program by no later than February 15th the spring of their junior year after completing a minimum of 60 credits, if they meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Grade point average of 3.5 or above cumulative.
  2. Completion of undergraduate statistics and an undergraduate research course with an A- or above in both.
  3. Completing 18 credits or more in psychology with a psychology GPA of 3.67 or above.
  4. Typical successful candidates will obtain GRE scores of 146 or above on both verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical score of 3.5 or above.
  5. Complete interviews with graduate faculty members.
  6. Provide three professional letters of recommendation with at least two from academci references.

Transfer Credits

Penn State allows for the approval of up to 10 transfer credits to graduate programs.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Applied Psychological Research requires 35 credits of course work, including 6 credits of supervised research experience and a master's research paper.

Psychology Core Courses(29 credits) (provide a foundation in professional ethics, individual differences and cultural diversity, the scientific bases of behavior, and scientific research skills)

PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

  • 500. Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology (3)
  • 501. Cultural Competency in Psychology (3)
  • 502. Applied Social Psychology (3)
  • 520. Research Methods (4)
  • 521. Statistics (4)
  • 524. Biological Basis of Behavior (3)
  • 530. Research Paper (3)
  • 594. Applied Psychological Research (6)

Elective Courses (6 credits) (should be selected in consultation with the student's adviser in support of the student's research focus) Applied Psychological Research students may take elective graduate-level (500 or above) courses in areas such as human factors or similar areas, with the guidance and approval, in advance, of their adviser, and subject to the permission of the degree program areas.

Possible elective courses include:

PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

  • 514. Preventive Psychology (3)
  • 515. Clinical Health Psychology (3)
  • 516. Child Health Psychology (3)
  • 525. Forensic Psychology (3)
  • 526. Behavioral Systems in Criminal Justice (3)
  • 535. Behavioral Management (3)

The following courses are offered through other Penn State Harrisburg graduate programs as electives for APSYR students.

ABA 522. Single Subject Research Designs
ADTED 550. Qualitative Research in ADTED
CMPSY 520. Research Methods II

APSYR students can take courses that are offered through the College of Medicine in Hershey (approximately 8 miles from Penn State Harrisburg) for elective credit, with the permission of their adviser and the College of Medicine. Course descriptions can be found at the following web site: http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/whitebook/courses/hes.htm

PHS 500. RESEARCH ETHICS FOR CLINICAL INVESTIGATORS (1)
PHS 510. CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS (3)
PHS 516. STATISTICAL GENETICS (3)
PHS 520. PRINCIPLES OF BIOSTATISTICS (3)
PHS 521. APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS (3)
PHS 522. MULTIVARIATE BIOSTATISTICS (3)
PHS 536. HEALTH SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS (3)
PHS 550. PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)
PHS 551. ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHODS (3)
PHS 552. MOLECULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CHRONIC DISEASE (3)
PHS 570. HEALTH ECONOMICS & ECONOMIC EVALUATION (3)
PHS 580. CLINICAL TRIALS: DESIGN & ANALYSIS (3)
PHS 581. CLINICAL TRIALS: CASE STUDIES (1)
PHS 594. RESEARCH TOPICS (3)

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC) course list

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-04-109

Review Date: 01/13/2015

Faculty linked: 8/14/14