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 graduate classes for professional development, continuing education credits, or personal enrichment may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree (Special) student. Special students may not enroll in practicum, clinical, internship courses or other courses without approval from the program director.
In order to enroll in the course(s), students must complete the standard online application (select “Graduate: professional education program” as the Student Type, and “Other Non-Degree Coursework” as the Academic Program), and email unofficial copies of transcripts from each institution attended to the Director of Admission for Graduate and Professional Education Programs. The transcripts will then be evaluated by the program director to ensure that any necessary pre-requisite course requirements have been met. Please note that degree-seeking students have registration preference.
After the completion of 9 non-degree credits, a student must then apply for formal admission into the program in order to move forward and take additional courses.
Financial aid is not available to non-degree special students.
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 email@example.com or 563.588.7140. For more information about the Applied Psychology curriculum, please contact Dr. Julia Omarzu: Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (except for the Foundations course, which is a 1-credit asynchronous introductory course to be taken before beginning the program).
Students take one course at a time and will therefore be in 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. New students complete a 1-credit asynchronous introductory course before beginning their first 7-week class. Students must begin with the 7-week first course of any given semester; they cannot enter the program beginning with the second 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. For the Applied Psychology program, there is an additional asynchronous 1-credit introductory course students complete before beginning their main coursework.
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.
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?
Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and take at least 3 credits per term. Please contact our Financial Planning Office at 563.588.7136 or email@example.com for more information.
Loras College does not offer institutional scholarships for graduate students at this time.