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2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Psychology

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Academic Director: Carla Marquez-Lewis, PhD
CUNY School of Professional Studies
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The Program

The MA in Psychology is the first and only degree of its kind offered at the City University of New York. This innovative degree will prepare students specializing in industrial/organizational psychology or developmental psychology to advance to new levels in their careers and learn from skilled faculty in a fully online environment.

The program is available in a fully online format and is ideal for students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, or closely related field, who are pursuing advanced credentials or application to a doctoral program, or those in the workforce who want to advance their careers and seek higher-level positions.

Students will:

  • Acquire knowledge of core concepts, theories and applications in three of the following five areas: learning and cognition, biological bases of behavior, social behavior, theories of personality, and psychopathology.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of at least one of the following specializations in psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology or Developmental Psychology.
  • Show mastery of all phases of the research process in psychology, including: locating, synthesizing and critically evaluating information related to a specific research question, generating testable research hypotheses and related research designs, engaging in data collection activities that reflect professional practices, standards and requirements, and analyzing data and displaying results using appropriate statistical procedures and software.
  • Identify and apply ethical standards in the conduct of human subject and animal research.
  • Articulate values and act in ways that are respectful of cultural differences and diversity at local, national and global levels.

Note: This program has two concentrations, Developmental Psychology and Industrial / Organizational Psychology, neither of which qualifies graduates to practice as a Clinical Psychologist, Counseling/Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, or as a School Psychologist nor does it qualify students for licensure by the State of New York, which requires a doctoral degree (in most cases) among other requirements. However, students may use this program as a bridge to a doctoral program if they so choose or as a terminal degree.

Admission Criteria

In addition to the admission criteria for graduate degree programs, students must have completed courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods with grades of B or better. Applicants without this coursework may be admitted to the program conditionally and required to take courses before matriculating.

Program Requirements

36 credits are required to complete the Master’s Degree in Psychology. 

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