Master of Arts
in Applied Psychology

Personalized Attention.
Professional Growth.
Community Impact.

GROW PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY BY GAINING INSIGHT INTO HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE WORKPLACE

Enhance your professional skill set and marketability with a fully online master’s degree in Applied Psychology. Students will gain knowledge of how to address issues in workplaces, including human performance, productivity, and well-being through the lens of psychological functioning. Students will additionally focus on personal development through the examination of ethics, interpersonal interactions, and managing and coping with stressful situations. Students gain a real-world understanding of cultural differences, social justice, and how to create positive change in organizations.

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BENEFITS
Professional success is often less about technical skills and more about skills involving people, such as communication, group collaboration, and leadership. In our Applied Psychology program, you will learn to analyze human behavior in order to design innovative ways to solve problems and work with others in your professional field of interest. Your courses will focus on fundamentals of motivation, adult development, social dynamics, and professional growth. Psychology faculty with a variety of expertise will meet weekly with you to discuss topics more deeply and facilitate networking with other students. You will also get the chance to create a capstone project tailored to your current occupational focus or aspiration. Earning a master’s degree has the potential to enhance any career. Choosing a master’s degree in Psychology will improve your skills in the areas most valued by potential employers.

FLEXIBLE & CONVENIENT
Graduate students are often juggling work and family life at the same time. This fully online program is set up with your hectic schedule in mind. Students take one live virtual class at a time and can begin the program in either the Spring or Fall terms. Each class is held just one night per week for approximately two hours, and starts at 4pm or later, which allows students to continue working while going to school. Most students finish the degree in just two years.

REPUTATION OF EXCELLENCE
Loras College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Applied Psychology program is taught by experienced faculty who also teach in our well-established and respected Master of Arts in Counseling program.

GRAD CHAT
Loras is pleased to offer an opportunity for prospective graduate Applied Psychology students to enjoy a casual, personalized Zoom conversation with the Applied Psychology Program Director and the Director of Graduate Admission to learn more about the classes, outcomes, enrollment process, and much more. Get a true sense of what grad school is like from a faculty member you will be working closely with.

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Straight Talk from a Duhawk

“Our Applied Psychology program is designed to help students develop the skill of understanding people, along with giving them the opportunity to grow personally. A greater insight into yourself plus into what motivates others will benefit you in any career.”

Dr. Julia Omarzu
Applied Psychology Program Director

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"One of the most valuable skills anyone can bring to their profession is the ability to understand people."

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Straight Talk from a Duhawk

“I had a very lengthy absence away from college when I initially decided to finish my degree. I recall my return to school was challenging, at least at first, for many reasons. I was raising three children and working full-time, although any trepidation I held regarding continuing my education soon passed due to the support and encouragement of the Loras faculty. I always felt supported and valued as a student. Loras professors regularly use active listening, are open-minded and have a true passion for teaching.”

Diane Herbst

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"I always felt supported and valued as a student. Loras professors regularly use active listening, are open-minded and have a true passion for teaching."

Meet Diane

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

“I was able to incorporate what I learned in the classroom into my every day work within my first semester of classes. My advice to someone considering Loras College for graduate school is to take the opportunity. The programs are outstanding because of the dedication and experience of the professors.”

Kelsey Callahan

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"I chose Loras because the faculty are passionate about what they do, the College reputation is fantastic, and it gave me the flexibility to continue working full-time while taking classes."

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Admission Criteria & Application Checklist

    Admission Criteria & Eligibility Information:

    • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (or 2.9 in the last 60 credits) is required for admission.
    • Completion of at least 9 credits in the social/behavioral sciences is required for admission.
    Application Checklist- Domestic Student Application Checklist- International Student
      Course Requirements & Schedule

      All courses are 7 weeks in length and are held in a live, virtual format. Students take one 7-week course at a time, and will therefore be in the live class one night per week. Class will typically last about two hours, and will be held on the same night for both 7-week courses within the same semester.

      Please see the “Course Listings/Schedule” section of the Registrar’s Office webpage for specific course dates and times: https://www.loras.edu/academics/registrar/

      Sample Two Year Program Completion Plan (Fall start, even year):

      FALL
      MAP 510- Adult Development: 7 weeks, 3 credits
      MAP 520- Learning & Motivation: 7 weeks, 3 credits

      SPRING
      MAP 530- Intra-professional Competency: 7 weeks, 3 credits
      MAP 540- Inter-professional Competency: 7 weeks, 3 credits

      SUMMER
      MAP 590- Health & Wellbeing: 7 weeks, 3 credits

      FALL
      MAP 550- Group Dynamics: 7 weeks, 3 credits
      MAP 560- Leadership & Organizational Development: 7 weeks, 3 credits

      SPRING
      MAP 570- Community Psychology: 7 weeks, 3 credits
      MAP 580- Evaluation & Assessment: 7 weeks, 3 credits

      SUMMER
      MAP 600- Applied Psychology Capstone: 7 weeks, 3 credits

      Course Descriptions

      Individuals who would like to take some graduate courses for professional development, continuing education credits, or just personal enrichment may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree special student. Learn more

      MAP 510- Adult Development: Overview of physical, emotional, social and cognitive milestones in adulthood. Development will be examined within context and will be appropriate to issues arising in workplaces, personnel, and career planning. 3 credits.

      MAP 520- Learning & Motivation: Introduction to principles of cognition and motivation involved in human performance, productivity, and well-being. Students will discuss research and potential applications related to these basic principles. Your coursework will also include analyzing specific ways to apply motivational principles in a professional setting of your choice. 3 credits.

      MAP 530- Intra-professional Competency: This course will explore aspects of personal development such as career planning, individual ethics and values, and problem-solving skills. Students will also examine principles of emotional intelligence, emphasizing its impact on their field of study. 3 credits.

      MAP 540- Inter-professional Competency: This course will build on the self-skills emphasized in Intra-Professional Competency and moves to a focus on professional skills in the workplace environment when working with others. Students will focus on professional skills such as interpersonal interactions, giving performance feedback, presentation skills, grant-writing. 3 credits.

      MAP 550- Group Dynamics: Principles of social psychology related to understanding, motivating, and shaping group behavior. 3 credits.

      MAP 560- Leadership & Organizational Development: Expands group dynamics to the organizational level, with emphasis on exercising leadership and creating positive change in organizations. 3 credits.

      MAP 570- Community Psychology: This course examines how to build community through reflection of cross-cultural differences, equity, and social justice. Students will investigate issues related to community psychology within societal institutions and their field of study. 3 credits.

      MAP 580- Evaluation & Assessment: Research methods for working professionals, designed to increase practical understanding of work with data, evaluation methods, and assessments. 3 credits.

      MAP 590- Health & Wellbeing: This course will introduce students to theories and principles related to the sources and effects of stress, and how varied factors affect performance and wellbeing. Students will learn about techniques for coping with stress and maintaining healthy wellbeing that they can apply in their fields of interest. 3 credits.

      MAP 600- Applied Psychology Capstone: Completed independently with supervision by program director. Requires submission of reflective portfolio and applied thesis project. Thesis project to be approved by committee before graduation from program. 3 credits.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Application and Admission

      What are the academic requirements for admission into the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program?

      • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (or 2.9 in last 60 credits)
      • Completion of at least 9 credits in the social/behavioral sciences.

      How do I apply for admission?
      Please see the Admission Criteria & Application Checklist section of this webpage.

      What are the application deadlines?
      Spring enrollment – all materials due by December 1
      Fall enrollment – all materials due by July 1

      Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered on an individual basis.

      What if I’m still finishing up my Bachelor’s degree?
      Applicants who are undergraduate students in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree may be awarded a provisional acceptance to Loras’s graduate program based on receipt of their in-progress, unofficial transcript and all other application materials; with full acceptance contingent upon receipt of the final, official transcript(s) and the conferred undergraduate degree. If a program has a minimum GPA requirement, the student must meet the minimum GPA at the time the undergraduate degree is conferred for full acceptance.

      Does the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program require an undergraduate degree in Psychology? What are preferred undergraduate majors for admission into the program?
      The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program does not require an undergraduate degree in Psychology, nor is any specific undergraduate degree identified. Applicants must have completed at least 9 credits of coursework in the social/behavioral sciences. The applicability of this master’s degree is designed to support personal and professional development across a diverse array of majors and professions.

      How long will it take to receive a decision regarding my application?
      Immediately following receipt of all application materials, your file will be reviewed by the Program Director. You will then be notified of an admission decision in your online Applicant Status Portal within one week.

      How will I be notified of the admission decision?
      You will be contacted by email once a decision has been made.

      Can I take some courses as a non-degree student?
      Individuals who would like to take some graduate courses for professional development, continuing education credits, or just personal enrichment may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree (“Special”) student. Special students may not enroll in practicum, clinical, or internship courses without approval from the program director.

      In order to enroll in the course(s):

      1. Complete the free Loras College Special Course Application. Select “Graduate Course” as the Course Registration Type. You will need to upload copies of your unofficial transcript(s) from each college/university attended before submitting the application.
      2. The transcripts will be evaluated by the Program Director to ensure that any necessary pre-requisite course requirements have been met.
      3. After review of the transcript(s), the Registrar’s Office will be in touch with information about your next steps.
      • Please note that enrolled degree-seeking students have registration preference if a course is full.
      • After the completion of 9 non-degree credits, a student must then apply for formal admission into the graduate program in order to move forward and take additional courses.
      • Graduate courses completed by a “Special” student with a grade of B or better may be applied to a future graduate degree at Loras College with the approval of both the Program Director and the Academic Dean.
      • Financial aid is not available to non-degree “Special” students.
      • Students interested in any of Loras’ Professional and Continuing Education programs should refer to the individual program webpage for application and enrollment instructions.

      Is there an option for conditional admission?
      A program director may require specific conditions be completed to meet the program requirements prior to full admission into a graduate program. A student may be awarded a conditional admission if the program director recommends the student complete additional undergraduate coursework to achieve a minimum GPA requirement of the program. If a student has not met all program requirements at the time of application, a student may be awarded a conditional admission per the discretion of the program director. Refer to the individual program policies and program directors for specific conditional admission policies. Not all graduate programs have a conditional admission policy.

      How can I receive more information about the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program?
      For more information about the application and admission process, please contact Megan Henderson: Director of Admission for Graduate and Professional Education Programs, at megan.henderson@loras.edu or 563.588.7140. For more information about the Applied Psychology curriculum, please contact Dr. Julia Omarzu: Program Director, at julia.omarzu@loras.edu.

      Curriculum and Class Format

      How many credits are required in the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology degree?
      30 credits are needed to meet the course requirements for the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology.

      What is the format of the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology classes?
      All courses are 7 weeks in length and are held in a live, virtual format. Students take one 7-week course at a time, and will therefore be in the live class one night per week. Class will typically last about two hours, and will be held on the same night for both 7-week courses within the same semester.

      Is there a preferred entry point into the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program?
      There is no preferred entry point into the Applied Psychology program; students may be admitted into either the Spring or Fall terms. Students must begin with the first 7-week course of any given semester; they cannot enter the program beginning with the second 7-week course of a semester.

      Does the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology program accept transfer credits?
      Students can transfer a maximum of 9 graduate credits into the program from a previous institution. The courses must be similar in content to coursework offered at Loras and approved by the Program Director.

      How long does it take to complete the program?
      Students typically take two classes per semester, or at their own pace. Most students complete the program within 2 years. Please note: students have up to 7 years to complete the program.

      What is a maximum course load per semester?
      Only 6 credits are offered per semester in this program, with a 3-credit course in Summer.

      What is the time commitment outside of class?
      Time commitments vary depending on the course and individual’s specific skill set.  As a general rule, students will spend 4 – 6 hours per week outside of classroom instruction on class-related work for each class.

      Where are classes held?
      All classes are held online through Zoom, in conjunction with the online learning management system, eLearn.

      Will there be an orientation prior to the first class?
      Yes, students are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation prior to beginning coursework so they can become familiar with the faculty, campus services, and their peers.

      Is Loras College accredited?
      Yes, Loras College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

      If I’m interested in playing a sport at Loras while in graduate school, how many credits do I have to take?
      Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program to be eligible to participate in NCAA athletics at Loras.

      Student athletes enrolled in one of our degree-seeking master’s programs need to have full-time status (taking at least 6 credits per term) during the semester(s) they’re practicing or competing in the sport. Students also need to be making satisfactory progress towards their degree (as determined by Loras). If a student wants to participate in athletics while being enrolled less than full-time, they will need to work with their coaches to determine if they are eligible for a waiver.

      Please note that while 6 credits per term is considered full-time for graduate students at Loras, students only need to take at least 3 credits per term in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

      Financial

      What are current tuition rates for the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology?
      Visit the Graduate section of our Tuition & Fees page for detailed cost information.

      Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.

      Is financial aid available?
      Degree-seeking graduate students (enrolled in a master’s program) are eligible to receive $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds for each academic year. Students may choose to accept all or just part of the $20,500 amount. To obtain a loan, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year at: https://studentaid.gov/ and take at least 3 credits per term. Loras’ school code is 001873.

      The loan will disburse directly to Loras to cover the cost of the term(s). For financial aid purposes, Loras’ academic year runs from summer-spring (ie: summer 2022 through spring 2023). Please be sure to complete the correct FAFSA for the term(s) you wish to receive loans. For example, students beginning a graduate program in summer 2022 would complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA.

      Loras College does not offer institutional scholarships or federal grants for graduate and professional education students at this time.

      Information about private loans can be found at: https://choice.fastproducts.org/FastChoice/home/187300/1

      Students who have outstanding loans from their undergraduate education may be able to defer payment on those loans while enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program. Deferment options are generally available to students who are enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program (3 credits or more per semester). If deferment is a requirement for you to be able to afford to enroll in a graduate program, we advise you to connect with our Financial Planning Office or your loan service providers to make sure you know exactly how deferment applies to your previous loans.

      Program Cost and Financial Aid

      Master of Arts in Applied Psychology Program Cost
      Visit the Graduate section of our Tuition & Fees page for detailed cost information.

      Employer Reimbursement
      Students who wish to utilize tuition reimbursement from their employer must complete Loras’ Employer Tuition Reimbursement Form before the first day of their first class. Students will still be issued regular billing statements from Loras, but will be exempt from any service charges and will be exempt from having to make full payment until after the end of each class (or until after program completion for CFP Certification or Cybersecurity Bootcamp students). Students or employers are welcome to make payments directly to Loras along the way if they would like, but it is not required. If the employer reimbursement criteria are not met and/or reimbursement is denied, the student must bring their account current immediately before any future registration will be permitted. Student’s balance must be paid in full within 30 days of the last day of each term (or within 30 days of program completion for CFP Certification Education and Cybersecurity Bootcamp students), and prior to Loras issuing the student a degree and/or final transcript.

      Financial Aid
      Degree-seeking graduate students (enrolled in a master’s program) are eligible to receive $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds for each academic year. Students may choose to accept all or just part of the $20,500 amount. To obtain a loan, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year at: https://studentaid.gov/ and take at least 3 credits per term. Loras’ school code is 001873.

      The loan will disburse directly to Loras to cover the cost of the term(s). For financial aid purposes, Loras’ academic year runs from summer-spring (ie: summer 2022 through spring 2023). Please be sure to complete the correct FAFSA for the term(s) you wish to receive loans. For example, students beginning a graduate program in summer 2022 would complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA.

      Loras College does not offer institutional scholarships or federal grants for graduate and professional education students at this time.

      Information about private loans can be found at: https://choice.fastproducts.org/FastChoice/home/187300/1

      Students who have outstanding loans from their undergraduate education may be able to defer payment on those loans while enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program. Deferment options are generally available to students who are enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program (3 credits or more per semester). If deferment is a requirement for you to be able to afford to enroll in a graduate program, we advise you to connect with our Financial Planning Office or your loan service providers to make sure you know exactly how deferment applies to your previous loans.

      Contact us if you have additional financial aid or billing questions
      Financial Planning Office
      Financial.planning@loras.edu
      563.588.7136

      Carrie Jones, Director of Student Accounts
      Carrie.jones@loras.edu
      563.588.7232

      Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.

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