|Graduate Program Head||Holly Angelique|
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Integrated B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Applied Psychological Research
|The Graduate Faculty|
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 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.
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards.
Students will be admitted on a competitive basis and must submit the following:
- a completed online Graduate School application form with the application fee
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions 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 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.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research 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.
|Required Courses 1|
|PSYC 500||Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology and Counseling||3|
|PSYC 501||Cultural Competency in Psychology||3|
|PSYC 502||Applied Social Psychology||3|
|PSYC 520||Research Methods||4|
|PSYC 524||Biological Basis of Behavior||3|
|PSYC 594||Research Topics||6|
|Select 6 of the following credits: 2||6|
|Clinical Health Psychology|
|Child Health Psychology|
|PSYC 530||Research Paper||3|
Psychology Core Courses provide a foundation in professional ethics, individual differences and cultural diversity, the scientific bases of behavior, and scientific research skills.
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.
The following courses are offered through other Penn State Harrisburg graduate programs as electives for APSYR students.
|ABA 522||Behavioral Research Methods||3|
|ADTED 550||Qualitative Research in Adult Education||3|
|CMPSY 520||Research Methods II||3|
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.
|PHS 500||Research Ethics for Clinical Investigators||1|
|PHS 510||Grant Writing for Clinical Research||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 and Economic Evaluation||3|
|PHS 580||Clinical Trials: Design and Analysis||3|
|PHS 581||Clinical Trials: Case Studies||1|
|PHS 594||Research Topics||3|
Credits earned at other institutions but not used to earn a degree may be applied toward the requirements for a graduate degree, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit.
Integrated Undergrad-Grad Programs
Integrated B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Applied Psychological Research
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in GCAC-210 Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree Programs.
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:
- Grade point average of 3.5 or above cumulative.
- Completion of undergraduate statistics and an undergraduate research course with an A- or above in both.
- Completing 18 credits or more in psychology with a psychology GPA of 3.67 or above.
- 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.
- Complete interviews with graduate faculty members.
- Provide three professional letters of recommendation with at least two from academic references.
Students must apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet all the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the Applied Psychological Research graduate program for the Master of Arts degree, listed on the Degree Requirements tab. Students shall be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree, as specified in the proposed IUG plan of study.
In consultation with an adviser, students must prepare a plan of study appropriate to this integrated program, and must present their plan of study in person to the head of the graduate program or the appropriate committee overseeing the integrated program prior to being admitted to the program. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program.
Students must fulfill all degree requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Applied Psychological Research degree are listed on the Degree Requirements tab. Students must sequence their courses so all undergraduate degree requirements are fulfilled before taking courses to count solely towards the graduate degree. If students accepted into the IUG program are unable to complete the M.A. degree, they are still eligible to receive their undergraduate degree if all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfied.
Up to 12 credits may be double-counted towards the degree requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees; a minimum of 50% of the double-counted courses must be at the 500 or 800 level. Credits associated with the culminating experience for the graduate degree cannot be double-counted.
Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.
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.
- Know: Graduates will be able to state and distinguish among ethical principles, biological, social and cultural basis, and methodological strategies for applied psychological research.
- Think: Graduates will develop and construct solid background knowledge about a research topic and conceptualize and define research questions within the topic.
- Apply: Graduates will design and execute a research study, as well as analyze and interpret data in order to address a properly defined research question.
- Communicate: Graduates will be able to produce formal presentations and APA style written reports that effectively communicate the background, objective, method, and findings of a research project
- Professional Practice: Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to active citizenship in the discipline by applying research knowledge and skills in order to address questions and solve problems in the field of applied psychology. .
|Graduate Program Head||Holly L Angelique|
|Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC)||Gina Brelsford|
Rebecca K Altland