Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Arts in Applied Social Psychology


Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts 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


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

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test. GRE subject test in psychology preferred but not required. Loyola's code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Submission of research paper in addition to the other supporting materials noted in the Step-by-Step Application Process Guidelines. Special Application Instructions: Applicants must submit a writing sample (thesis, term paper, etc.) as part of the application materials. Prerequisite Requirements: None

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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