Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Social Psychology


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in 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.

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

Students admitted to the social psychology PhD training track are normally expected to carry at least three courses in both the fall and spring semesters. Those on assistantships are restricted to three courses per regular semester and normally register for one course during the summer term.

The student must meet all of the requirements listed below in order to receive their degree:

  • Coursework—(60 semester hours, 39 required + 21 electives)
  • Master's thesis (including an oral presentation, if not already completed)
  • Internship—teaching or field research (4 courses teaching or 1000 hours research)
  • Doctoral Candidacy Exam (2 areas: Theory & Application, Methodology &, Statistics)
  • Dissertation proposal defense
  • Oral defense of the completed dissertation


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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