Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

MA and PhD in Applied Social Psychology


The Social Psychology PhD Track

Students admitted to the social psychology PhD training track are normally expected to carry at least three courses in both the fall and spring semesters. Those on assistantships are restricted to three courses per regular semester and normally register for one course during the summer term. The student must meet all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their degree:

  • Coursework—(60 semester hours, 39 required + 21 electives)
  • Master's thesis (including an oral presentation, if not already completed)
  • Internship—teaching or field research (4 courses teaching or 1000 hours research)
  • Doctoral Candidacy Exam (2 areas: Theory & Application, Methodology &, Statistics)
  • Dissertation proposal defense
  • Oral defense of the completed dissertation

Students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours and must maintain a GPA of not less than 3.0. Transfer credit (advanced standing) for graduate courses taken at other universities may be earned with the approval of the Program Director, Department Chairperson and Dean of the Graduate School. Transfer credits cannot exceed 30 semester hours. Approval of transfer credit must be obtained during the student's first semester at Loyola. Required course areas include:

  • Core Courses: Research Methods (with a B or better), Social Psychology Theory, Applied Social, Statistics 482 and 491 (with a B or better), one General Experimental course (with a B or better grade), and one Developmental/Individual Differences course (with a B or better grade)
  • Methodology Courses (at least six)
  • Basic Social Psychology Courses (at least two)
  • Applied Social Topics Courses (at least two)
  • Electives (Seven or fewer, as needed to reach the minimum of 60 hours required for the degree)
  • Independent Study: Readings or Research Course
  • Seminars in Social Psychology

For more information on the doctoral candidacy exam, the dissertation process, or internships, please see the handbook.

Terminal Masters Program

The terminal master's program is designed primarily to prepare people for careers as research specialist. Such individuals usually work under the direction of a PhD-level supervisor in government agencies, market research firms, research centers, personnel departments and so forth.

To obtain a terminal Master's Degree in Applied Social Psychology, the student must complete a Masters Thesis and 30 credit hours. Students in the terminal Master's program must take the following courses:

  • Core Courses: Research Methods (with a B or better), Social Psychology Theory, Applied Social, and Statistics 482 and 491 (with a B or better)
  • Advanced Methods Courses (at least two)
  • Applied Topics Courses (at least one)
  • Basic Social Psychology (at least one)
  • One Elective Course

For more information on the MA program, please download the handbook.