Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Applied Social Psychology, MA & PhD


Philip H. Corboy Law Center

Lewis Towers Suite 630

Chicago, IL 60626

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Applied Social Psychology, M.A. - Applied Social Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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:

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


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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