Make a Difference through Research

Every day, decisions are made that profoundly affect people’s lives, decisions based on ideas and notions about people. A significant need exists for people in academia, private-sector industry, health care, nonprofit organizations, government, and society at large who are capable of making decisions informed by psychological theory, research, and knowledge. The emerging field of research and data analytics, known as “big data,” represents a crucial opportunity for a systematic understanding of social, behavioral, and psychological processes that can inform these decisions.

Top companies such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft are increasingly employing individuals with sophisticated skills in research and analytics, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment rate in this field to increase by 25 percent over the next five years. Among the job skills that lead to higher pay in today’s marketplace, ranks SAS fluency No. 1 and data modeling No. 5.

Azusa Pacific Research Psychology and Data Analytics student Leo Jimenez Chavez received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) totaling $114,00 to fund his studies and research on “Restoration and Natural Environments” over the next three years. Read his story.

Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analytics program addresses this expanding field. This one-year, 36-unit graduate program equips students with advanced training and experience in research and data analytics, with a built-in joint certification in JMP/SAS 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. Either way, graduates get a unique opportunity to be difference makers by using research to bring about change in communities.

Program Highlights

  • Complete the program in one year, quickly developing skills that will elevate your earning potential and career opportunities.
  • Perform hands-on research under the direct mentoring of expert faculty with years of practical experience and excellent academic credentials.
  • Develop your résumé with a widely recognized certification from the SAS Institute, conference presentations, professional career networking events, and opportunities for publishing in scholarly journals.
  • Become a trained scholar in applied 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 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.