Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Overview

MA and PhD in Applied Social Psychology

The Applied Social Psychology Program at Loyola University Chicago has been offering MA and PhD degrees since 1965. Starting in 1974, the faculty decided to expand the program with an emphasis in applied social psychology in response to student and faculty interests, as well as the increased demand for applied researchers. Typically, over half of our students are interested in pursuing applied research in non-academic settings. However, the program still offers rigorous training for students wishing to pursue traditional academic careers. Most of our graduates who choose to do so have obtained faculty positions in academic institutions.

Part of our program’s foundation includes our commitment to an education that values human diversity. This commitment is reflected in the diversity of our faculty and students and their research, as well as the activities of the department’s Multicultural Affairs Committee.

Academic Knowledge

Our program seeks to train professionals who can identify significant problems, design and implement changes intended to alleviate those problems, and empirically evaluate these changes. This approach emphasizes the role of the researcher as both a knowledge builder and a knowledge user in the service of promoting human welfare.

Some of the areas that our program focuses on include:

  • Attitude and attitude change
  • Social judgment and perception
  • Social influence
  • Group decision-making and problem-solving
  • Inter-group relations
  • The self and close relationships

In addition to these special areas of focus, the program also offers unique classes that allow students to study the applications of social psychology to various social issues, such as health care, community affairs, education, profit and non-profit organizations, and criminal justice.

Practical Skills

The program also seeks to equip students with important technical skills required for research in both laboratory and field settings. Through coursework, research, and the field internship component, students acquire familiarity with an unusually wide range of research designs, evaluation skills, methodological techniques and materials, and statistical analyses that are highly valued by academic and non-academic employers.

Further, the program offers training and experience designed to develop a student’s oral and written communication skills to help prepare students for their role as applied social psychologists. Through the course of the program students will have ample opportunities to hone these skills through their research, internship, coursework, colloquia, and teaching opportunities through the Graduate School’s Teaching Fellow program and part-time instructorships.

Download the detailed program description here (PDF).

Social Psychology Training Track Learning Outcomes

PhD Outcomes:

  •  Explain how classic and contemporary social psychological theory and research applies to human behavior in social settings
  • Learn to conduct a literature review
  • Evaluate the scientific rigor of research presented in social psychological journals and books
  • Synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent, scholarly work
  • Understand how to derive novel, previously untested hypotheses.
  • Design and conduct basic and applied social psychology research
  • Understand how to statistically analyze and interpret data collected in social psychology research
  • Understand how to write up an academic research article
  • Understand how to give a high quality professional presentation
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Apply knowledge of social psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote positive social change
  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  • Gain experience teaching undergraduate psychology classes
  • Acquisition of research and publication skills that will allow students to pursue either an academic job or an applied job after completing the program

MA Outcomes:

  • Explain how classic and contemporary social psychological theory and research applies to human behavior in social settings
  • Learn to conduct a literature review
  • Evaluate the scientific rigor of research presented in social psychological journals and books
  • Synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent, scholarly work
  • Understand how to derive novel, previously untested hypotheses.
  • Design and conduct basic and applied social psychology research
  • Understand how to statistically analyze and interpret data collected in social psychology research
  • Understand how to write up an academic research article
  • Understand how to give a high quality professional presentation
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Apply knowledge of social psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote positive social change
  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  • Acquisition of research and publication skills that will allow students to pursue an applied job after completing the program

MA and PhD

Faculty and Research Interests