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Careers in Applied Psychology

Careers in Applied Psychology


The Master's in Applied Psychology program is
no longer accepting new applications.


Advance Your Career with an Online MSAP

Use your understanding of human behavior to unlock and empower human potential as an applied psychology professional. The psychologist career outlook is favorably promising: employment for psychologists is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, with a median income of $75,230.1

Sacred Heart’s online Master’s degree in Applied Psychology (MSAP) can prepare you to take advantage of this job growth in a variety of areas, including:

  • Human resources
  • Labor relations
  • Performance appraisal
  • Organizational development
  • Leadership training
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Behavioral research science
  • Occupational therapy
  • Teaching in the education setting

MSAP graduates may go on to pursue careers in settings such as government agencies, social service agencies, and in the corporate world, or as a consultant. The educational setting is another option for those with an MSAP degree. You can work as a lecturer, adjunct professor, or career adviser in online universities and community colleges.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Careers

More organizations are recognizing the value of industrial-organizational psychologists to promote efficiency and productivity through changes in environment and culture. Read more on the types of I/O careers you can achieve with an MSAP degree.  

Community Psychology Careers

Community psychology offers a range of options, including working directly with the community, at non-profit agencies or specializing in mental health. Learn more details about Community Psychologist career paths.

Other potential areas where you can apply psychology principles include:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Sports psychology
  • Human factors psychology
  • Health psychology

If treating clients as a practicing, licensed psychologist is your goal, a doctoral degree in psychology is required. The online Masters of Applied Psychology from Sacred Heart University provides a strong foundation for a doctorate program. In addition, the MS in Applied Psychology curriculum has an optional thesis project that may lay the research foundation for a future doctoral dissertation.

Learn more about career possibilities with an online MSAP from Sacred Heart University. Click here or call 877-791-7181 to speak with an admissions adviser.

1*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Psychologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm (visited June 19, 2017).

2Ibid., http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/mental-health-counselors-and-marriage-and-family-therapists.htm#tab-1