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

Every day, companies and organizations make decisions that profoundly affect people’s lives. For this reason, a crucial need exists within higher education, the private-sector industry, health care, nonprofit organizations, government, and society at large for people who are capable of making decisions informed by psychological theory, research, and knowledge. Academic and applied research can inform these decisions based upon a systematic understanding of social, behavioral, and psychological processes.

Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analytics program prepares students with the skills to adapt research across multiple occupations and industries. Additionally, by providing a foundation in research and statistics, graduates interested in pursing a doctoral degree will have a competitive edge in applying for programs in various psychology and allied health disciplines.

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. LinkedIn.com listed “Statistical Analysis and Data Modeling” as Number 2 and “Data Presentation” as Number 8 among Top Skills of 2016.

This master’s in research psychology program is a one-year, 36-unit graduate program equips students with advanced training and experience in research and data analytics, with a built-in SAS Joint Certificate in Research Methods. Candidates learn the skills needed for pursuing careers in business, health care, and academia, or for pursuing a doctorate in psychology or related fields.

Azusa Pacific Research Psychology and Data Analytics student Leo Jimenez Chavez received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) totaling $114,000 to fund his studies and research on “Restoration and Natural Environments” over the next three years. Read his story.

This data analytics master's program prepares students as:

  • 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.

Program Highlights

  • Complete the program in as little as one year, quickly developing skills that will elevate your earning potential, career opportunities, and competitiveness for doctoral programs.
  • Perform hands-on research under the direct mentoring of expert faculty with years of practical experience and excellent academic credentials.
  • Enhance your résumé with the widely recognized certification in Research Methods from the SAS Institute, conference presentations, professional career networking events, and opportunities for publishing in scholarly journals.
  • Become a trained scholar in psychological research and data analytics, rooted in a Christian perspective.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

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 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.