Basic & Applied Social Psychology and Evaluation enhances your Master of Arts in Psychology with the knowledge and clinical experience to develop and assess social interventions and policy that pertain to real-world issues.

Our program starts with a comprehensive grounding in social psychology, surveying its theoretical foundations within interactive seminar-style classes. From there, curriculum explores contemporary research in the core areas of social psychology—attitudes and persuasion, group processes/intergroup relations, interpersonal processes, and motivation, affect, and cognition—integrating this research with evaluation scholarship and applied research methods, all within one of the preeminent evaluation programs in the country. On top of receiving a grounding in psychology, students hone methodological and statistical skills that position them to excel in an applied research setting, academia, and more.

Program Highlights
  • Program emphases include a focus on basic and applied research that has societal relevance, the ability to engage with important social issues, and the potential to inform or translate into social interventions and policy.
  • Research is a core activity of our faculty and students, much of it organized around faculty labs 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.
Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology

The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology brings together leading experts from around the world to discuss cutting edge topics in applied psychological science. Recent topics include Cultural Neuroscience in Translation, Sexual Orientation, Psychological Science and Social Policy, and Diversity Science: Emerging Perspectives for the 21st Century.

Program At a Glance

48 units

2 years

Fall | Spring

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

MA in Psychology

Featured Courses

Applied Multiple Regression

Explores bivariate and multivariate correlation and regression with an emphasis on applications of multiple regression to data analysis.

Comparative Evaluation Theory

Provides basic understanding of prevalent evaluation theories, systems for categorizing these theories, the process of theory development in evaluation, and more.

Group Processes & Intergroup Relations

Examines a broad range of topics in the social psychology of processes and phenomena that occur within and between social groups and categories.

Overview of Social Psychology

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

PSYCH 308a
Intermediate Statistics

Studies descriptive techniques, probability theory, basic statistical distributions (binomial, t, z, X2, F), measures of central tendency and variability, sampling distributions, selected nonparametric methods, and hypothesis testing.

PSYCH 302a
Research Methods

Surveys contemporary research methods in psychology, focusing on research conceptualization, design, and measurement and the logic of minimizing the number of viable alternative explanations for a set of findings.


Core Courses (8-12 units)
PSYCH 318: Overview of Social Psychology (4 units)
PSYCH 320: Attitudes & Social Influence (4 units)
PSYCH 322: Interpersonal Processes (4 units)
PSYCH 323: Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (4 units)

Social Psychology Core Courses (12 units)
PSYCH 318: Overview of Social Psychology (4 units)
Additional Social Psychology Courses (8 units)
PSYCH 320: Attitudes & Social Influence (4 units)
PSYCH 322: Interpersonal Processes (4 units)
PSYCH 323: Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (4 units)

Social Psychology & Related Electives (12 units)
Students are often encouraged to take elective courses in the School of Educational Studies, the Drucker School of Management, the Division of Politics & Economics, the Center for Information Systems & Technology, the School of Arts & Humanities, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Applied Research & Evaluation Methodology (24 units)
PSYCH 302a: Research Methods (4 units)
PSYCH 308a: Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
PSYCH 308b: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
PSYCH 308c: Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
PSYCH 308d: Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)
PSYCH 326: Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
PSYCH 315z: Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
PSYCH 315ee: Evaluation Procedures (4 units)
Evaluation Elective course (2 units)

In the Field Opportunities
Under the supervision of professionals with expertise in your particular areas of interest, you can participate in fieldwork, research, and paid internships at a range of corporations and organizations, including:

• Southern California Edison Company
• Kaiser Permanente
• Orange County Rapid Transit District
• Riverside County Department of Mental Health
• Claremont Evaluation Center
• Institute for Research on Social Issues

Faculty & Research

  • 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

    Interim Dean, School of Educational Studies
    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

  • 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

  • Jason T. Siegel profile image

    Jason T. Siegel

    Associate Professor of Social Psychology

    Research Interests

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

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