M.A.P. Program Objectives and Emphasis

M.A.P. Program Objectives and Emphasis

The Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology prepares students for jobs that require the application of psychological knowledge to the workplace or to community settings. This involves training in theory, research, and practice. Although some students continue study for a Ph.D. degree, many accept challenging jobs in public, private, or non-profit field settings upon graduation.

The program currently has a singular focus: Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This emphasis is based on a scientist-practitioner model. Thus, graduates from the Applied Psychology program learn how to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by researchers working in the field, by participating in the design, conduct, communication, and application of results of research while working with practitioners and lay persons in applied settings. One key component of training in applied psychology at UA Little Rock is a supervised internship involving the application of classroom learning and acquisition of new skills in a field setting. Students collaborate directly with psychologists and others working in the field.

The Master’s program in Applied Psychology at UA Little Rock provides advanced training both for recent graduates and for individuals who have been in the workforce for a number of years. The program is designed to take two to three years to complete. It is a full-time program, and therefore serious commitment to graduate training is expected. Funding in the form of assistantships and private scholarships is available so that students can give their full attention to their graduate studies.

M.A.P. Program Post-Graduate Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared to enter rewarding professional careers. Graduates from the I/O Program may work for corporations or consulting firms in positions involving the development, delivery, and evaluation of human resources interventions. Examples include personnel selection, training, motivation, job design, quality of work-life interventions, satisfaction/climate surveys or larger-scale organizational change and development efforts. These jobs tend to be intellectually exciting, and the rewards include having an impact on people’s lives. Students may also choose to pursue doctoral-level training in related areas of psychology after completing their degree.