Applied Psychology Frequently Asked Questions
What do graduates of this program go on to do?
Many of our Counseling Psychology Concentration graduates train and go on to work in mental health agencies in Baltimore and the surrounding region. As both trainees and professionals, they provide psychotherapy in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, crisis units and substance abuse treatment facilities and other settings where they are fully engaged in working with problems of the diverse urban community.
Our Industrial and Organizational Psychology Concentration graduates find jobs in private industry as management and personnel consultants, and with national and global consulting firms. Others work as human resources specialists, and as personnel specialists in state and federal government agencies.
Both tracks also prepare students for further graduate study, and a small but significant number of M.S. graduates go on each year to doctoral training programs.
Do your graduates generally have a high success rate in obtaining jobs?According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the need for professional counselors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, by 19% between 2014 and 2024. O*Net, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook, identifies industrial and organizational psychology (master’s and doctorate) as the most promising of all psychology careers, with a projected growth higher than 14%. Median wages (2015) were $37.19 hourly and $77,350 annually. Graduates from our program, almost without exception, secure jobs with both private and sector employers that are consistent with these figures.
What are the unconditional admittance standards versus the conditional admit standards?
For unconditional acceptance into one of the M.S. in Applied Psychology concentrations, applicants are expected to have:
a) a B.A. degree in psychology with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA from a
regionally accredited college or university
b) grades of B or better in statistics and research methods courses
c) GRE scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical tests that are no more
than five years old
Applicants that do not meet the above for unconditional admission may (with the approval of the program director) be accepted on a conditional basis. Conditional admission typically requires the completion of several undergraduate courses (e.g. research methods in psychology, statistics in psychology, theories in psychology) at either the University of Baltimore or another university with program director approval. Students will be notified of the requirements that they must meet to achieve unconditional status and continue in the program in their acceptance letter.
How much emphasis is put on the GRE and is there a specific score?
The application is looked at as a whole considering all aspects of the student’s application. There is currently no minimal score is required, however, there is much emphasis placed onto the quantitative portion.
What is needed to apply to the program?A graduate application, personal statement, all undergraduate transcripts (including any other graduate work), one letter of recommendation and GRE scores. Please visit the Graduate Admissions Office for more detailed information regarding deadlines, applications fees and for an online application.
What kind of financial aid is available for graduate students (e.g. scholarships, assistantships)?
Students are recommended to complete a FAFSA for federal aid (e.g. unsubsidized loans). There are a few assistantships available, as well as, on campus jobs. For more detailed information students should visit the Career and Internship Center.
Can you switch between the Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Counseling Psychology concentrations?
If you decide during your course at UB that one of the other concentrations is a better fit for you, then you must complete a change of program/specialization form. It would first be recommended that you speak with the program director for the new program to ensure that the switch is indeed the best fit for you and your career goals. The change of program form will need to be approved by the program director for the concentration that you will be switching to. Prior to official approval the program director will review the your qualifications and, when able to approve the change, sign that form, which must also be signed by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The program director may accept into the new program a maximum of 12 credits in which you have earned a B (3.0) or better grade. For those credits earned at the University of Baltimore and approved for credit in the new program, the program director must decide to either accept all such credits with grades or to accept all such credits without grades on a case-by-case basis.
What are the typical class time offerings for your courses?
Consistent with UB’s goal of serving nontraditional students, the Applied Psychology and Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies programs strive to offer most required coursework in evening class sessions. This is not always possible, however, given constraints on classroom space. Classes typically meet once per week for 2.5 hours. Course planning is done on a two-year basis, assuring that all core courses and recommended electives are offered with sufficient frequency that full-time M.S. students can complete their programs within two calendar years (two years and additional semester for counseling practitioner students), and Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies students can complete their studies in two additional semesters.
What is considered full-time vs. part-time?Approximately, half of our applied psychology students are full time while the other half is part time. It is not recommended to do the program full-time if a student is also working full-time. At the graduate level 9 credits (three classes) are considered full-time for fall and spring semesters, and 6 credits for summer.