Master of Arts in APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

Required Courses for General Psychology
(39 credit hours total)

PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION
& ETHICAL PRACTICE:

  • Social & Cultural Diversity
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Career Development
  • Assessment
  • Research & Program Evaluation
  • Special Topics
  • Psychopathology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Addictions
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Helping Relationships
  • Group Work
  • Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Adulthood & Aging
    *any other non-clinical courses

REQUIRED COURSES
Criminal Justice Emphasis:
18 credit hours in Psychology
plus the following:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Risk Assessment
  • Theories of Crime

OPTIONAL COURSES
Criminal Justice Emphasis:

  • Psychology Elective
(General Psychology & Criminal Justice)

OUR PROGRAM
The Loras College General Psychology and Criminal Justice tracks are specially designed for individuals who want a master’s degree to enhance their knowledge and further their existing careers.

UNIQUE FEATURES
Our program provides unique features tailored to meet the needs of working professionals or new graduate students.
  • Our new Criminal Justice emphasis is designed to enhance skills and knowledge for those working in law enforcement, government positions, FBI, private investigations, bailiffs and other criminal justice and related fields.
  • Loras’ program offers a unique course in Correctional Risk Assessment, which focuses on theory, interpersonal skills and techniques involved in assessing propensity toward crime.
  • Students have opportunities to conduct in-depth study of chosen treatment programs and make recommendations for their improvement.
  • Loras offers online and hybrid courses scheduled at various points throughout the program.
BENEFITS
  • Students have access to internships and field instruction with various local and regional agencies such as the Dubuque Police Department, Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa and Illinois Juvenile Court Services, Four Oaks of Iowa, Dubuque and Jackson Counties Sheriff’s Offices and Dubuque Community Schools.
  • Students can connect with other professionals during networking opportunities at state and regional conferences/workshops.
  • Faculty are practicing professionals who bring real-world experiences to their teaching.
  • Class schedules are flexible allowing students to have full-time jobs while working toward their degree.
  • Classes start at 4 p.m. or later during the week.
MEETING YOUR NEEDS
The program is designed to meet graduate educational needs by:
  • Enhancing professional competencies of people already engaged in an applied field of psychology.
  • Providing educational and field experiences for those wishing to change their occupation to an area of applied psychology.
  • Providing a master’s level education for students wishing to pursue doctoral education.
  • Providing a general master’s level education for those individuals interested in teaching psychology in secondary schools.
FLEXIBLE & CONVENIENT
Our program is set up with your hectic schedule in mind. Students typically take two or three classes a semester; however, you can go at your own pace. Our First Course Option allows for quicker access to specifically designated courses. All classes start at 4 p.m. or later during the week.

REPUTATION OF EXCELLENCE
The Psychology graduate program at Loras has been in existence for 30 years. All of our programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Q. Will the program accept graduate transfer credit?
A. You can transfer a maximum of 12 credits into the program. The courses must be similar in content to coursework offered at Loras.

Q. What is criminal justice?
A. Criminal justice is the study of social control agencies, such as law enforcement, the court and corrections, designed to prevent and control crime and dealing justly with those accused of violating the law.

Q. What is the cost of the program?
A. For details visit Tuition and Fees page.

Q. How do I apply for the Masters in Applied Psychology at Loras College?
A. Apply online, or contact Michael Friend, Graduate/Transfer Recruitment Coordinator at michael.friend@loras.edu.


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