M.S. Applied Psychology

Do you want to help businesses and other organizations solve real-world problems?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers and Salary Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery On Campus

UW-Stout's Masters of Science degree in Applied Psychology will give you the applied research and data analysis skills to prepare you for a wide-range of careers in business, education, non-profits, and other areas.

Using psychological theories, principles, and research methods, you will help organizations make data-driven decisions and move towards evidence-based practice. We offer:

  • Applied experience beginning with your first semester
  • Faculty with practical experience
  • Projects with on-campus and external clients
  • Cohort model with small class sizes
  • Low cost: no added costs after tuition
  • 240-hour internship experience
  • Graduate Assistant opportunities
  • On-campus research centers (ARC, Discovery Center)
  • High employment rate in a wide variety of careers

Three Concentrations:

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology » Examine the behavior of people at work in group settings in the areas of employee motivation, personnel research, recruitment and selection, and job design methodology.
  • Evaluation Research » Use analytical methods and data-driven decision making to assist businesses, non-profits, and government organizations in assessing the effectiveness of programs/policies, determining organizational and client needs, and measuring the integrity of program implementation.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention » Apply psychological principles to understanding and remedying real-world health problems, through promoting health and preventing disease.

Employer Testimonial

“The MSAP program does a wonderful job in preparing students for careers in which experience in research, methodology, project management and critical thinking are essential.”

- John Barlow
President, Barlow Research Assoc

Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Eligibility

To be admitted with full status to the program, you must fulfill the following:

  • Earned a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Evidence of undergraduate preparation in psychology.
  • Minimum of 15 undergraduate psychology semester credits.
  • Minimum of 5 semester credits in research methods.
  • Minimum of 3 semester credits in statistics.
  • Demonstration of written communication skills required for success in graduate studies.
  • GRE scores are preferred, but not required.

Note: Deficiency in undergraduate course preparation does not preclude admission, but may require additional coursework to complete the degree program. Students who do not meet these requirements may be accepted on a provisional basis.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

  1. A current resume
  2. Writing sample which can be either:
    • Research paper 
      or
    • Professional document
  3. Statement of interest which should include:
    • Why you are interested in the MSAP program
    • How the MSAP aligns with your professional goals
  4. Three completed candidate recommendation forms:
    • Candidate Recommendation Form [PDF]
    • One must be from a faculty member
    • Additional letters of support from references are welcome but not required
  5. A completed MSAP candidate information form:

Please mail application materials to:

Program Director, M.S. in Applied Psychology
Psychology Department
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751

Application Deadline

  • Priority Deadline: February 1

Students will only be admitted in the fall semester. Applications received after the deadline will be accepted as space allows.

Career Opportunities

 MSAP Alumni Statistics

  • Mean starting annual salary for first MSAP-related job: $40,000
  • Mean starting annual salary for second MSAP-related job: $51,430
  • Average length of time spent at MSAP-related jobs: 24 months
  • Time spent searching for first MSAP-related job: 3.3 months on average
  • Time spent searching for second MSAP-related job: 2.2 months on average
Positions Employers
  • Business Risk Management Analyst
  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Institutional Planner
  • Organizational
  • Development Specialist
  • Planning and Evaluation Associate
  • Public Health Promotion Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Barlow Research Associates, Inc.
  • Boston Scientific
  • Cigna
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Delta Dental
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Manpower Group
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Target Corporation
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • United Healthcare
  • UW Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

    A Promising Job Outlook

    According to U.S. Department of Labor data, the job outlook for many fields relevant to the MSAP is bright. There is a growing demand for data-driven decision-making in the private sector, as well as in many settings within education and government fields. Numerous occupations, such as Health Educators and I/O Psychologists, are expected to grow at a rate much faster than the national average for other industries.

    MSAP Advisory Board

    2018 MSAP Advisory Board

    Elizabeth  Buchanan Ph.D., Interim Director of Research Services  
    Maureen Cochran MS, MSAP Alumna, Coordinator for Research Evaluation & Planning, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
    Kristina  Gorbatenko-Roth Ph. D., L.P., CEHHS, Psychology (Sabbatical 2013-14)  
    Kathryn  Hamilton Ph.D., Department Chair CEHHS/Psychology
    Brenda  Krueger MSAP Student, 2nd year, ER & I/O concentration  
    Abby  Laib MS, MSAP Alumni, Evaluator Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Denver, CO
    Jim  Lenio MS, MSAP Alumni, Executive Director Office of Institutional Research, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
    Chelsea  Lovejoy Ph.D. CEHHS, Psychology
    Mike  Mensink Ph.D. CEHHS/Psychology
    Joel  Mueller MS, MSAP Alumni, Research Analyst Barlow Research, Minneapolis, MN
    Jason  Nicholas M.S., MSAP Alumni, Director of Institutional Research Northern Michigan University
    Ann  Oberding M.A. CEHHS/School of Education
    Dan  Regnier MS, MSAP Alumni, Program Evaluator Walden University
    Andrea  Rice MS, MSAP Alumna, Associate Project Manager iCrossing, Los Angeles, CA
    Sharon Sackett Ph. D.; Vice President, Talent Management and Executive Coaching MDA, Leadership, Minneapolis, MN
    Deanna  Schultz Ph.D. CEHHS/School of Education
      Libby  Smith M.S., Interim Program Director  
    Tiffany  Smith Ph.D. UNC-Greensboro
    Alicia A.  Stachowski Ph.D. CEHHS, Psychology
    Jeff Sweat Ph.D. CAHHS/Applied Social Science
    Angela  Webb MS, MSAP, Alumna, Market Research Analyst Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Minneapolis, MN
    Meridith  Wentz Ph. D.; MSAP Alumna; Assistant Chancellor PARQ Director
    Sarah  Wood Ph. D. CEHHS/Psychology
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