Inform and Lead Change with a Master’s in Research Psychology and Data Analysis

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Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analysis program prepares you with the necessary experiences to be competitive for doctoral programs and pursue careers in psychological research. In this program, work one-on-one with faculty research advisors in a number of psychology-related areas, including substance abuse, social, clinical, cognitive, and more. Through faculty mentorship, relevant coursework, and the completion of a master’s thesis, you will acquire the research and statistical methods necessary to lead change in psychological research.

Choose to add an optional 9-unit concentration to further hone your expertise:

  • Counseling Psychology Concentration
    Combines an emphasis on evidence-based research with extensive clinical training, preparing students to work with children and adolescents using a wide scope of practice, and considering their development physically, psychologically, and socially.
  • Data Analytics Concentration
    Focus on statistical and data visualization techniques as you develop skills in statistical programming, including R and SAS, data visualization using Tableau, and data mining. This concentration helps prepare you for careers in business and data analytics.
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration
    Organizational psychology, often called industrial/organizational psychology, considers the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors of people in the workplace. At the intersection of business and psychology, courses in this concentration help you discover your ability to diagnose organizational health; develop and implement change initiatives; administer and create job satisfaction surveys; increase employee morale and expand retention strategies; advance performance management programs; hire, train, and develop talent; and advise, coach, and build successful teams.
  • Marketing Research Concentration
    Market research skills are in high demand. Prepare for applied psychology careers related to marketing as you learn conceptual and applied knowledge of marketing processes and the evaluation of products, services, and consumer behavior. Courses focus on marketing strategy and applying quantitative research methods and data analysis techniques within business and marketing contexts, using relevant marketing terminology and statistical software.

Graduates of the program are:

  • Scholars who bring together theory, research, statistics, and a concern for helping people.
  • Difference makers capable of communicating and implementing data-driven decisions that positively impact people’s lives.
  • Researchers competent in conducting advanced research projects that develop theoretical perspectives, address knowledge gaps, and further the field of psychology and related fields.
  • Ethical leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and a commitment to justice in their academic, organizational, business, and applied settings.
  • Deeply informed in regard to how to integrate the discipline of psychology with the Christian faith.

Growing Career Opportunities

Top companies are increasingly employing individuals with sophisticated skills in quantitative methods and data analytics, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting employment rates to increase by 12 percent for survey researchers and 19 percent for market research analysts from 2014 to 2024. listed “Statistical Analysis and Data Modeling” as Number 2 and “Data Presentation” as Number 8 among Top Skills of 2016.

What You Can Do With a Master’s Degree in Research Psychology

Research psychology may sound like a niche field, but gaining advanced skills in conducting psychological research and data analysis can open doors in many fields. Learn what you can do with a master’s degree in research psychology.

Program Highlights

  • Earn your master’s degree in as little as 11 months (18- and 24-month options available).
  • Learn to analyze data with confidence using popular statistical software, such as SPSS, R, and JMP.*
  • Receive hands-on, individual training with faculty research advisors.
  • Prepare for Ph.D. programs and the workforce by gaining research experience and collaborating on a publishable manuscript.
  • Optional JMP/SAS Joint Certificate in Research Methods.
  • Pursue your career and calling at a top Christian university.
APU Graduate Student Awarded $114,000 Science Grant

Research Psychology and Data Analysis student Leo Jimenez Chavez received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) totaling $114,000 to fund his studies and research over the next three years. Read his story

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.