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Courses and Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Applied Psychological Methods (MAPM)

The Applied Psychological Methods Master’s Program currently requires 30 semester hours for the MS degree. The department trains students to apply psychological research and statistical methods in work settings ranging from profit and non-profit business to education, health, government, media, community organizations, and research institutes. Students learn core quantitative concepts, theories, methods, and related considerations, including psychometric theory, statistical methods such as regression and multivariate analyses, survey research methods, and ethical issues related to research in applied settings.

After no more than one semester, students specialize in one of two concentrations:

  • Program Evaluation, focusing on the evaluation of programs and program delivery, social policy, organizational change, and specific content areas such as education, development, or cognition.
  • Tests and Measurement, focusing on item response theory, structural equation modeling, and hierarchical linear modeling.

Students will complete a total of four core courses (12 credits), and five specialization courses (15 credits), and a one-semester internship (3 credits). Full time students are expected to take three or four 3-credit courses a semester, part-time students one or two. Internships may be arranged following one semester of completed work. Any substitutions must be reviewed and approved by the Director of the MS Program. Additional course work completed over the summer or transferred from a prior institution may reduce the number of courses per semester.

Some interdisciplinary collaboration between Political Science, Computer and Information Science and Graduate School of Education faculty and students will be accomplished through this program.

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • PSYC 6010 Research Ethics & Health Disparities
  • PSYC 6802 Introduction to Psychological Statistics
  • PSYC 6830 Research Methodology

Approved Internship Training (3 credit hours)

  • PSYC 8001 Internship in Applied Psychological Methods

Program Evaluation Specialization Courses (9 total credit hours)

Required (9 credit hours)

  • PSYC 5251 Political Survey Research
  • PSYC 6850 Evaluation of Psychological and Social Programs
  • PSYC 7890 Qualitative Methods

Electives – Select three courses (9 credit hours)

  • PSYC 5710 Issues in Social Psychology
  • PSYC 6225 Personality Research & Theory
  • PSYC 6290 Health Disparities
  • PSYC 6300 Developmental Psychology: Foundations
  • PSYC 6330 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 6340 Personality Development
  • PSYC 6360 Social Policy & Applied Psychology
  • PSYC 6510 Social Influences on Behavior
  • PSYC 7122 Developmental & Prevention Science

Test and Measurement Track Courses (9 total credit hours)

Required (9 credit hours)

  • PSGE 7711 Psychometric Theory
  • PSYC 7804 Regression OR PSYC 7816 Multivariate Analysis
  • PSYC 7920 Item Response Theory OR PSYC 7960 Equating Test Scores

Electives – Select three courses (9 credit hours)

  • PSYC 7812 Factor Analysis
  • PSYC 7820 Nonparametric Statistics
  • PSYC 7830 Structural Equation Modeling
  • PSYC 7850 Hierarchical Linear Models
  • PSYC 7940 Bayesian Statistics
  • PSYC 7950 Correspondence Analysis
  • PSYC 7965 Experimental Design
  • PSGE 7418 Issues in Non-Biased Assessment
  • CISC 5500 Knowledge & Information Management
  • CISC 5700 Cognitive Computing
  • CISC 5900 Information Fusion
  • CISC 6930 Data Mining OR CISC 6950 Algorithms & Data Analysis

For descriptions of recent courses please visit Fordham's Online Course Catalog.