Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA

About the Social Psychology Degree at Loyola

Research specialists explore the world of social psychology and apply their skills and knowledge to real-world problems. Through the Loyola University Chicago MA in Applied Social Psychology, you will develop social psychological expertise in a variety of research areas, including education, law, criminal justice, and health.

Loyola's social psychology degree will give you training in both social psychological theory and methods and also teach you how to apply that knowledge to help solve today's most pressing social problems.

Program Structure

The MA in Applied Social Psychology can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, on Chicago's North Side.

This two-year program includes an empirical thesis, a research project through which you will develop your skills and contribute to the social psychology field.

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This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for a social psychology master's degree?

Loyola's MA in Applied Social Psychology is a rewarding and challenging program that will help you achieve your academic goals and prepare you for jobs with a social psychology degree.

Relevant coursework

Your courses for the social psychology degree will be in both basic and applied research areas with an emphasis on methods and statistics.

You will learn how to conduct, evaluate, and communicate high-quality research that can address important social programs and promote positive social change.

You will learn from faculty who are experts in their fields and who are also highly committed to mentoring you and supporting your academic and professional goals.

You will be part of a supportive community of scholars who value diversity and share your passion for social psychology. Like you, they desire to address important social problems and promote positive social change.

You will earn your degree from an applied social psychology program that is one of the oldest and most respected of its kind in the nation. Loyola has been offering MA and PhD degrees in social psychology since 1965.

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The Department of Psychology offers rigorous, empirically-grounded training designed to help students launch a productive and fulfilling career. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA totals $34950.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: January 1st

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Psychology: Applied Social Psychology MA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Writing Sample

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals. Please note there is a writing sample requirement that needs to be completed in addition to this section.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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