The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 38 units of graduate-level course work.  The required courses are designed to provide students with a thorough background in the major theories and findings in their chosen track (i.e., Quantitative Methods or Industrial/Organizational Psychology), including research methods and statistics in psychology.

Students should take advantage of their electives to effectively supplement the curriculum offered in the Applied Psychology program. Students in Industrial/Organizational Psychology may find courses in Business, Economics, Educational Technology, and Statistics particularly relevant for their elective. Students in the Quantitative Methods track have their choice of three electives, and are expected to use those electives to pursue a focused specialization. Relevant courses may be found in Social Work, Public Health, Education, and Public Administration. All students should consult with their major advisor to design a program of study that best matches their interests. The program of study must receive final approval from the Graduate Advisor.

Core Requirements:  (17 Units Total)
PSY 600 Research Orientation 2 Units (over two semesters)
PSY 630 Seminar in Program Evaluation 3 Units
PSY 670A-670B Advanced Statistics 6 Units
or 770A-770B Advanced Statistics 6 Units
PSY 675 Seminar in Psychological Measurement 3 Units
PSY 799A Thesis 3 Units


Required Courses for Industrial/Organizational Psychology track: (24 units total)
PSY 621 Seminar in Personnel Psychology 3 Units
PSY 622 Seminar in Organizational Psychology 3 Units
PSY 630 Seminar in Program Evaluation 3 Units
PSY 721 Advanced Seminar in Personnel Psychology 3 Units
PSY 722 Advanced Seminar in Organizational Psychology 3 Units
PSY 792 Internship in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 6 Units
Graduate Elective (with approval of program coordinator) 3 Units


Required Courses for Quantitative Methods track: (21 units total):
PSY 775 Multivariate Statistics 3 Units
PSY 776 Multilevel Modeling 3 Units
PSY 791 Internship 6 Units across two semesters
Two electives courses offered by the psychology department 6 Units across two courses
One elective outside the psychology department (to be approved by faculty mentor) 3 Units

Total Coursework Required for M.S. (Including Internship) = 38 Units


  1. Priority for registration in courses is given to students for whom the course is required on their Official Program.
  2. Keep in mind that some courses are only offered in the Fall, some only in the Spring, and some in alternate years.
  3. Students may take additional courses which are not part of their Official Program. These courses will appear on the students’ transcript.
  4. All graduate students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the departmental statistics placement exam prior to enrolling in PSY 670A. Before the beginning of the Fall semester, all students will be sent information for review purposes detailing the concepts and statistical content sampled by the exam.



An essential component of graduate training in Applied Psychology is an internship experience, which provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom training in an actual field setting and gain new skills. The Internship Coordinator (contact 594-5359) works with students throughout the internship process, initially by providing leads, position openings, and contacts in local organizations. The Internship Coordinator also helps put a site agreement in place with new internship sites. After the internship is over, students and supervisors send the Internship Coordinator performance and site review documentation. Parallel to this effort, students work on developing leads for possible internships. After companies have been identified, students work with the Internship Coordinator to take the steps necessary to secure an interview.

There are two criteria for an opportunity to meet the requirements of an internship: 1) it must be related to the student’s degree objectives, and 2) the site supervisor needs to be a specialist in program evaluation, organizational development, human resources, industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior or the application or development of quantitative methods.  Students who choose Quantitative Methods find employment in settings such as health care, education, community-based programs, mental health settings, government agencies or private sector companies (e.g., Facebook, Google). They perform functions such as: people analytics, data science, user experience research, survey design and administration, impact evaluations, formative evaluation and cost benefit analysis. They communicate and use quantitative methods to understand and effect change. Interns work with other psychologists and practitioners in the field, while working under the direct supervision of an internship site supervisor.

Students in both emphases are required to work a minimum of 300 hours in an approved internship site to earn 6 units of credit (usually two 3-unit 791 or 792 courses). The internship is typically completed during the summer months. For more details regarding the internship process refer to the Student Internship Guide.

Students in either emphasis may also choose to pursue doctoral-level training in related areas of psychology after completing their MS degree.  To learn more about opportunities in the field, visit the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology website (SIOP).



All Master’s students are required to complete and present a thesis, involving the design of an original empirical study, data collection, analysis, and a write-up of the study hypotheses and findings. The thesis must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate School, described in the Graduate Bulletin. Students work closely with a Thesis Committee Chair to develop an original empirical project, which is evaluated and approved by a committee chosen by the student and his/her advisor. Students work independently during all aspects of the thesis, including design, data collection, analysis, and write-up. A final report is written by the student, approved by the Thesis Committee, and submitted to the Graduate School for credit towards the Master’s degree.