The MA in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Social Psychology gives you knowledge of social psychology with a specific focus on its application to intervention and policy in the real world of health behavior and social issues.

The Applied Social Psychology curriculum explores contemporary research in the core areas of social psychology—influence and persuasion, attitudes and behavior, social and behavioral change, and group and intergroup processes. It integrates this research with applied research methods and evaluation science, focusing on the translational relevance of social psychology to health and social issues. Health behavior and other social issues are significant global social problems that are not only exploding foci of behavioral science research, but also an area where social psychological knowledge is applied to inform policy and intervention—for example, by institutions such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Program Highlights
  • Our terminal MA program trains you to apply social psychology theory and research methods to an understanding of health behavior and societal issues, preparing you to inform policy aimed at prosocial interventions and behavioral change.
  • Research is a core activity of our faculty and students; organized around 4 faculty labs and institutes (Health Psychology and Prevention Science Institute, Institute for Research on Social Issues, Social Identity Lab, Depression Lab), and faculty-led or -mentored research groups.
  • Our projects include health and adolescent substance abuse, leadership and social change, societal extremism, social conflict and discrimination, LGBT issues, and volunteerism.
Colloquia and Conference Series

The social psychology program hosts several colloquia and conference series, including:

Program At a Glance

UNITS
48 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DIVISION
Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Psychology

Featured Courses

PSYCH 318
Overview of Social Psychology

Offers broad introduction to the major themes that characterize the vibrant, active, and well-researched field of social psychology.

Applying Principles of Social and Behavioral Change

Examines how the social psychology of attitudes and behavior change, and social influence and persuasion, can inform attempts to create changes in socially important contexts such as health and social justice.

Applying Principles of Group Influence

Explores how the social psychology of group processes and intergroup relations can help us understand the dynamics of social issues such as health behavior, conflict and disadvantage, and thus intervene to solve such social problems.

Curriculum

 

16 units in Social Psychology: Health and Social Issues

Year 1: Foundations & Principles of Change

  • Overview of social psychology (4 units)
  • Applying principles of social and behavioral change (4 units)

Year 2: Group behavior & Intervention development

  • Applying principles of group influences (4 units)
  • Intervention development (4 units)

22 units in Applied Research Methods (12 units) and Evaluation (10 units)
All students take these existing courses which are also taken by other MA students:

  • Intermediate statistics (2 units)
  • Analysis of variance (2 units)
  • Applied multiple regression (2 units)
  • Categorical data analysis (2 units)
  • Research methods (4 units)
  • Foundations of evaluation (2 units)
  • Comparative evaluation theory (4 units)
  • Evaluation procedures (4 units)
10 units of electives
Students chose 10 units of electives from across the department’s offerings. Those focused on health might consider offerings from the School of Community & Global Health, and students more broadly interested in social change might consider offerings from the social sciences or religion. Since this is an applied MA the department may consider providing oversight for internship opportunities. Students who are considering subsequently applying for a PhD program, at Claremont Graduate University or elsewhere, will be encouraged to attend a relevant lab or enroll in a research practicum as an elective.

Faculty & Research
  • Eusebio Alvaro profile image

    Eusebio Alvaro

    Research Professor, Behavioral and Organizational Sciences

    Research Interests

    Social influence processes; Health promotion, disease prevention, and medicine; Minority relationship to health promotion; Mass media messages targeting health behavior change

  • William Crano profile image

    William Crano

    Oskamp Chair, Distinguished Professorship in Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social influence; Effects of persuasive information on drug addiction and HIV/AIDS; Minority and majority relationships to health information;
    Children and adolescent relationship to health information

  • Michael Hogg profile image

    Michael Hogg

    Professor of Social Psychology
    Chair, Social Psychology Programs

    Research Interests

    Self and social identity, group processes and intergroup relations, influence and leadership, identity-uncertainty and extremism, language and social identity

  • Allen M. Omoto profile image

    Allen M. Omoto

    Professor of Education & Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social psychology; Volunteerism and prosocial action; Environmental concerns; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; Civil engagement and civil society

  • Jason T. Siegel profile image

    Jason T. Siegel

    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Persuasion, Motivation, Research Methodology

Extended Faculty

Mark Costanzo

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Death penalty, expert testimony, non-verbal communication, social psychology


Shana Levin

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Social psychology


Debra Mashek

Harvey Mudd College

Research Interests

Team functioning, inter-institution collaboration, relationship processes in romantic partnerships


Adam Pearson

Pomona College

Research Interests

Social psychology, social cognition, social interaction, group processes, prejudice, self-regulation, nonconscious processes, social psychology of sustainability and climate change


Piercarlo Valdesolo

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Social psychology, moral judgment and behavior


Robin Vallacher

Florida Atlantic University

Research Interests

Dynamical social psychology, action identification, social judgment, self-concept, interpersonal dynamics, conflict and social justice

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Nicholas Lopez

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-7151
E: nick.lopez@cgu.edu