Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology

General Overview

PLEASE NOTE:  In order to focus on the quality education of our current students, we will not be admitting any new students into the Masters in Applied Psychology program in the 2017-18 academic year.

Program Tracks

The Master of Applied Psychology is currently offering only one area of concentration:  industrial/organizational psychology. Future tracks may include Occupational Health.

  • The industrial/organizational track (41 hours) focuses on the application of psychological methods and theories in business and organizational settings. This track stresses personnel selection, personnel program evaluation, training, and organizational development.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission: Each Fall, we will accept students into the Master’s program based on availability of space provided their ability to meet program admission requirements. To be considered for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate program;
  2. Maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or 3.0 in undergraduate degree;
  3. Completed at least 3 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework with an understanding of the broad field of psychology;
  4. Completed undergraduate course work (at least 6 hours) in statistics and research methods receiving at least a “B” in each of those courses;
  5. Received at least the following on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 151 GRE-Verbal and 146 GRE-Quantitative Reasoning with at least a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing.

Conditional Admission: Occasionally, otherwise qualified prospective students might not meet the criteria related to undergraduate coursework or GRE scores. Materials will be reviewed by the program faculty for individual merit. Students may be admitted conditionally with the provision that they take and pass with at least a B up to 6 hours specified by the program coordinator during their first semester (e.g., PSYC 7330 Advanced General Psychology, EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics, etc.). These courses could be considered electives towards the overall Master’s degree requirements. Students admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible for scholarships or other graduate assistance through the department until they are admitted regularly.

Application Procedures

**In order to focus on the quality education of our current students, we will not be admitting any new students into the program in the 2017-18 academic year.  **

The following materials should be submitted to the UALR Graduate School when applying to the Master’s in Applied Psychology program.

  • UALR Graduate School Application. This may be completed online at beginning May 15th
  • Undergraduate transcripts.
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores. Scores must be from within the last 5 years.
  • Letter of Intent. Applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the field or specialty within psychology for which they are seeking graduate preparation. Their letter should also include a description of how the proposed training relates to the applicant’s career goals.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Applicants should obtain three letters of recommendation from college or university faculty familiar with the applicant’s academic work. These letters should be on college or university letterhead and sent directly to the UALR Graduate School.

All materials may be mailed to UALR Graduate School, 2801. S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204 or emailed to

Applications for admission to the MAP program are evaluated on a competitive basis by the program faculty and acceptance is conferred to the most qualified applicants. Fulfilling admission prerequisites and requirements is necessary to be considered, but does not guarantee acceptance.