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Program Description

The 42-credit Master of Applied Psychology (MAP) offers instruction in foundation knowledge of the scientific basis of psychology and education and training in applied areas of psychology.  The program embraces the mission of the school by offering instruction that has an emphasis on civic and global citizenship, social justice and cultural diversity. This course of study provides students with knowledge needed to understand individual and collective behaviors; develop quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis and research design needed to analyze the corresponding physical and environmental contributors to human behavior; and a beginning understanding of the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders.

The MAP degree will prepare students with the requisite theoretical knowledge; critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to successfully participate in employment or scholastic activities. Students will have opportunities to pursue scholarly activities that prepares them to successfully compete for admissions into doctoral level psychology and related academic programs, and pursue Master’s level career pathways through available concentration and certificate programs (see examples of concentration areas listed below).  In addition to completing the required coursework (36 credits), completion of the MAP degree will be marked by a culminating academic experience—Capstone project (either a research project/presentation (3 credits) and experiential learning activity (6-credit practicum training).  In general, students will acquire a knowledge base grounded in psychological theory and experiential learning (research or practicum) designed to further advance their personal and professional career development. 

Students who enter our program will receive a 42-credit Master of Applied Psychology (MAP) degree that includes instruction in foundation knowledge of the scientific basis of psychology and education and training in applied areas of psychology.

The foundation is based on knowledge of the scientific basis of psychology (taught through our three foundation courses: Biological Bases of Human Behavior; Psychopathology; and Statistical and Research Methods) and the values our school embrace--civic and global citizenship; social justice and helping the underserved; and cultural diversity (explored through our Special Topics courses).   It is our expectation that these values will become the lens through which students view human interactions and will be emphasized in their supervision groups and reflected in their portfolios.

The applied emphasis of the program include opportunities for students to receive training in applied areas of psychology, participate in practicum, and have opportunities to integrate their didactic and applied learning experiences.

In terms of training, students will have opportunities to be trained through concentrations and certificate programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Alcohol Studies and Addictions.  Students will participate in practicum experiences related to research or service provision in these concentration/certificate areas, and other applied areas of psychology.

Students will have an opportunity to integrate their learning through participation in supervision groups that focus on their practicum experiences, writing about their experiences in their portfolio and in the development of a culminating capstone project/paper.

In sum, the MAP program prepares students for two career paths: (1) Entry into doctoral-level graduate programs in psychology and related fields (2) Employment in entry level jobs for addictions, autism, and in multiple market sectors that values competence in psychological knowledge and statistical and analytical skills (marketing, healthcare, human relations, industry and government organizations etc.)

Note: The degree offers students opportunities to complete coursework that may allow them to pursue master’s level state certification (for example- Behavioral Analyst and Addictions Counselor). The Master of Applied Psychology program is not an accredited clinical psychology training program that leads to state-regulated licensure for psychologists following completion of the MAP degree.  Students seeking licensure for clinical practice in psychology must apply to appropriate doctoral programs.

Program Objectives:

  1. To provide students with a quality education that equips them with the critical thinking and communication skills appropriate for applied psychology professionals, master’s level graduate and students with an interest in pursuing doctoral level studies in psychology or related fields.
  2. To give students foundational knowledge in psychology and exposure to diverse areas of applied psychology (ex. Autism, Addictions).
  3. Depending on career interests, students will have opportunities to pursue coursework that will lead to concentrations in selected applied fields (e.g., Alcohol and Addictions, Applied Behavior Analysis, and other course of studies affiliated with the program).  However, additional field work accompanying course work may be required in certificate programs that lead to state and professional licensure (e.g., Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor or Applied Behavior Analysis).

Admissions Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in Undergraduate or Associate degree transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A professional statement
  • Transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Prerequisite courses: General Psychology, Statistics and one additional psychology elective (for example: Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology or Developmental Psychology)
  • General GRE scores are required with minimum standards ranging from average to approximately one standard deviation above average.

Applications will be accepted in the portal beginning Jan 29th until April 1st.
Although the submission date is April 1, we will be accepting students until the class is filled.

For information on MAP, contact Rachel Diaz at r.diaz@rutgers.edu.