Psychology (MA) | Los Angeles Pacific University

Master of Arts

Psychology

36

Required Units

$600

Cost Per Unit

$21,600

Estimated Total Cost

Psychology Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Psychology program features 12 classes at 3 units each, totaling 36 units. Each course meets for eight weeks. The graduate student typically takes one course at a time, completing two classes each semester. The major core component is 15 units in length, while the second component consists of 21 units of a chosen emphasis area. To earn the M.A. in Psychology, students must complete all of the following coursework while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Preparation for the Degree
STAT 280 with a grade of C- or higher, or its equivalent is a requisite for the major, specifically a prerequisite for APSY 670.

Major Core Courses

18 Units

APSY

510

Tests and Assessment

3 Units

Overview of psychological tests and assessments. With a focus on the improvement of industrial and/or developmental settings, students examine multiple approaches and applications of assessment strategies and intervention.

APSY

520

Social and Cultural Psychology

3 Units

An introduction to what culture is and how it intersects with psychology in the area of cultural competence. The course encourages students to begin the process of garnering cultural competency by examining their own attitudes and biases, increasing their knowledge of multicultural competency topics, and developing skills to learn about unfamiliar cultural groups. Through experiential assignments, students examine the conceptual and theoretical foundations of cultural competence and reflect on their own readiness to engage in a process of developing this aptitude.

APSY

550

Professional and Ethical Issues

3 Units

Provides a critical examination of professional and ethical issues in research and practice. Ethical codes, such as the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics, and others relevant to the field will be assessed, including a focus on practical application, pertinent legal considerations, and moral and ethical reasoning.

APSY

670

Research and Evaluation Methods

3 Units

Fundamental principles of research design and methods in the social sciences. The primary outcome for the course is a research proposal, in APA format, using either a qualitative or quantitative method. The topics include such areas as how to formulate a research question; the differences between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods; basic data analysis; elements of a research paper in APA format; conducting a scholarly literature review; and evaluation of a research study for ethical principles. Concepts and skills developed in this course prepare the student for coursework in APSY 680. Prerequisite: STAT 280 with a grade of C- or better. Formerly: APSY 500.

APSY

680

Literature Review Advanced Topic

3 Units

A comprehensive, synthesized, and scholarly review of the literature on a topic area pertaining to the behavioral sciences. Expanding on previous coursework, this course deepens and narrows the student’s original research topic and inquiry into scholarly literature while developing skills in critical thinking, organization, synthesizing information, and evaluating different research methods. With an emphasis on these skills, students conduct an in-depth inquiry and examination of scholarly literature within a gap area of knowledge in a behavioral science topic area. Related diversity issues are considered throughout the course, as well as integrating a Christian worldview and ethical standards. Prerequisite: APSY 670.

APSY

690

Graduate Psychology Culminating Experience

3 Units

Opportunity for the graduate student to demonstrate applied and integrated knowledge of psychological concepts, theories, and practices. Students demonstrate proficiency of learning through experiences or research in psychology settings including business, government, education, or social organizations. Instructor permission to remain registered will be granted upon formal approval of the capstone proposal by the instructor. Prerequisites: STAT 280 with a grade of C- or better, APSY 510, APSY 550, APSY670, APSY 680, and all concentration courses; or Assistant Dean permission.

Concentration Options
(General Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology or Developmental Psychology)

18 Units

Master of Psychology students have the opportunity to select from the:

  • General Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology concentrations listed below.

18 Units

General Psychology

18 Units

APSY

540

Personality

3 Units

Provides understanding and applications of theories and research of personality and social development, with attention to processes of social learning, individual differences in personality development, and impact to performance; applications to educational, business, and other field settings. Explores the measurement, antecedents, and consequences of such differences and attributions along with predicting and changing attitudes, behavior and performance.

OR

APSY

560

Group Work

3 Units

Provides understanding and application of theories, development, and practices of groups. Practical approaches to group assessment, formation, process, dynamics, facilitation, group members’ roles and behaviors, transformation, and change including cultural, legal, and ethical issues related to group work will be evaluated.

APSY

640

Applied Lifespan Development

3 Units

Provides a comprehensive review of research, theory, and application of social, cultural, emotional, biological, cognitive, moral and spiritual development from birth to death with an emphasis on creating optimal functioning in all areas of development.

OR

APSY

650

Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues and Interventions

3 Units

Provides critical analysis and applications of research, theory, and interventions for child, adolescent, and family issues with an emphasis on empirically-supported practices.

APSY

600

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3 Units

Provides an understanding and application of research, principles, and practices in industrial and organizational psychology including leadership, motivation, task performance, impact of individual behaviors, cognitions, and perception; and organizational theories, structure and development with an emphasis on enhancing organizational functioning and employee well-being.

OR

APSY

610

Organizational Behavior and Development

3 Units

Provides a critical analysis of behavioral processes in organizations at the individual and group levels of analysis. Theoretical research and practical application of behavioral mechanisms relating to the understanding, analysis, and prediction of individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include foundations of behavior, work motivation, group dynamics, decision making, conflict and negotiation, leadership, power, and organizational culture.

APSY

530

Motivational Psychology in Organizations

3 Units

Psychological theories of motivation and their relevance to people, the workplace, and the discipline of psychology with a specific application in the field of organizational psychology. Students explore a variety of factors that motivate individuals in organizational settings and strategies to address motivational challenges from a psychological perspective.

OR

APSY

590

Personnel Selection, Training, and Development

3 Units

Provides understanding and application of research, theories, and strategies in personnel selection, training, and development. Topics include individual differences, performance recruitment, selection, placement, appraisal, feedback, and measurement; assessing bias in selection, training methods, learning, development, programs, and evaluation; employment legislation, regulation, and litigation; and design issues necessary for planning evaluation and improvement strategies.

OR

APSY

620

Behavioral Assessment, Modification, and Management

3 Units

Provides critical analysis and application of research, methods, and assessment of behavior including analysis of cause and intervention, behavioral data, surveys, tests, assessment, and approaches to modification, intervention, and management with an emphasis on empirically-supported practices applied to educational, clinical, legal and workplace settings.

OR

APSY

630

Cognitive Development, Issues, and Interventions

3 Units

Provides an understanding of research and assessment methods related to cognitive development including prevention, assessment, intervention, and treatment strategies, with emphasis on empirically-supported practices.

Electives: Select 6 units of graduate APSY courses.

6 Units

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

18 Units

APSY

530

Motivational Psychology in Organizations

3 Units

Provides understanding and applications of theories and practices in intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and their effects. Factors that predict, change, and motivate individuals and groups, both intrinsically and in organizations will be considered. Motivational challenges and problems are identified and addressed.

APSY

560

Group Work

3 Units

Provides understanding and application of theories, development, and practices of groups. Practical approaches to group assessment, formation, process, dynamics, facilitation, group members’ roles and behaviors, transformation, and change including cultural, legal, and ethical issues related to group work will be evaluated.

APSY

590

Personnel Selection, Training, and Development

3 Units

Provides understanding and application of research, theories, and strategies in personnel selection, training, and development. Topics include individual differences, performance recruitment, selection, placement, appraisal, feedback, and measurement; assessing bias in selection, training methods, learning, development, programs, and evaluation; employment legislation, regulation, and litigation; and design issues necessary for planning evaluation and improvement strategies.

APSY

600

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3 Units

Provides an understanding and application of research, principles, and practices in industrial and organizational psychology including leadership, motivation, task performance, impact of individual behaviors, cognitions, and perception; and organizational theories, structure, and development with an emphasis on enhancing organizational functioning and employee well-being.

APSY

610

Organizational Behavior and Development

3 Units

Provides a critical analysis of behavioral processes in organizations at the individual and group levels of analysis. Theoretical research and practical application of behavioral mechanisms relating to the understanding, analysis, and prediction of individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include foundations of behavior, work motivation, group dynamics, decision making, conflict and negotiation, leadership, power, and organizational culture.

Electives: Select 3 units of graduate APSY courses.

3 Units

Developmental Psychology

18 Units

APSY

530

Motivational Psychology in Organizations

3 Units

Psychological theories of motivation and their relevance to people, the workplace, and the discipline of psychology with a specific application in the field of organizational psychology. Students explore a variety of factors that motivate individuals in organizational settings and strategies to address motivational challenges from a psychological perspective.

OR

APSY

540

Personality

3 Units

Provides understanding and applications of theories and research of personality and social development, with attention to processes of social learning, individual differences in personality development, and impact to performance; applications to educational, business, and other field settings. Explores the measurement, antecedents, and consequences of such differences and attributions along with predicting and changing attitudes, behavior and performance.

APSY

620

Behavioral Assessment, Modification, and Management

3 Units

Provides critical analysis and application of research, methods, and assessment of behavior including analysis of cause and intervention, behavioral data, surveys, tests, assessment, and approaches to modification, intervention, and management with an emphasis on empirically-supported practices applied to educational, clinical, legal and workplace settings.

APSY

630

Cognitive Development, Issues, and Interventions

3 Units

Provides an understanding of research and assessment methods related to cognitive development including prevention, assessment, intervention, and treatment strategies, with emphasis on empirically-supported practices.

APSY

640

Applied Lifespan Development

3 Units

Provides a comprehensive review of research, theory, and application of social, cultural, emotional, biological, cognitive, moral and spiritual development from birth to death with an emphasis on creating optimal functioning in all areas of development.

APSY

650

Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues and Interventions

3 Units

Provides critical analysis and applications of research, theory, and interventions for child, adolescent, and family issues with emphasis on empirically-supported practices.

Electives: Select 3 units of graduate APSY courses.

3 Units

Total Units

36 Units

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

View Catalog

Next Steps

Request Info


Tell us a little more about yourself to receive additional information about LAPU.

Get in Touch


Having trouble navigating the website or need answers to a specific question? We’ve got you covered.