Putting Psychology to Work
Samantha Pell, class of 2013
The MAPP Program opened a lot of doors for me. Since graduating, I now feel more prepared and confident applying for higher level positions. The classes were taught by real-world corporate executives who offered valuable insight about business.
Shruti Verma, class of 2015
I always knew I liked [psychology] but now I can say I am passionate about it, and this is how I can help you It s nice to say, I have these unique skills that I can leverage in your business.
Joyce Roan, Class of 2012
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.
Dr. Leggett Discusses MS in Applied Psychology Program at USC
Program Director, Dr. Ellen Leggett, gives an overview of the M.S. in Applied Psychology program at the University of Southern California.
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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:
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.
USC Applied Psychology masters students speak about their internship experience:
Other program highlights include:
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.
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.
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.
Ellen L. Leggett, Ed.D.