Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (M.A.)
This program is delivered online.
The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology is to provide students foundational training in the study of psychology with the goal of glorifying God by understanding and optimizing human functioning.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Analyze literature within the discipline of psychological science, including major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings.
- Critique social scientific research.
- Apply psychological research to practical problems of behavior and mental processes.
- Evaluate psychological research in the context of biblical thought.
Developmental Psychology Concentration
- The student will be able to use empirical research to evaluate developmental issues across the lifespan.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration
- The student will be able to apply knowledge of psychology to understand human thinking and behavior in organizations.
Public Mental Health Concentration
- The student will be able to develop, implement, and evaluate mental health programs.
Program Specific Admission Procedures
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (M.A.) must have:
- An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale).
- Official transcripts must be provided before admission. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy).
Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer up to 18 hours of coursework into the M.A. in Applied Psychology program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:
- The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
- The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
- The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
- The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.
Courses related to psychology and counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: PSYC 520 Psychology and Christianity (3 c.h.).
Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits. Liberty University course work that is more than 10 years old must be repeated.