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General Psychology M.A.

Master's in Psychology

A master's degree in psychology can open a virtually limitless number of doors to career opportunity.

Students who obtain advanced degrees in psychology work in business, education, and law, as well as in the diverse field of human services. We expect our graduates to be prepared for mid-level management careers as behavior management specialists and to work within human service agencies, human resources, government programs, health programs, to name but a few potential career tracks.

About the Program

This psychology graduate degree will prepare students for careers in the human services field, in the traditions of St. Francis College, or for further advanced study in psychology. The program includes foundation courses such as assessment and intervention, professional and ethical procedures, experimental design, diversity and cognitive neuroscience. During the second year, students will be provided the opportunity to gain valuable research experience through the completion of a master’s thesis.

In addition, students who graduate from our MA program are automatically accepted into Alfred University’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling program. Completion of this certificate allows students to be eligible for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor.

Learn more about the Alfred University Partnership with St. Francs College BA/MA & MA programs in Psychology.

Note: This program is meant to serve as a bridge to a doctoral program or as a terminal degree. It is not intended to qualify students to practice as psychologists or therapists, or to use the title psychologist, psychology, psychological or any derivative, and does not qualify students to sit for licensing exams.

Admissions Criteria and Applying

The following are the minimum requirements for admission:

  • B.A./B.S. in Psychology or related field
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated English proficiency or satisfactory TOEFL score

The Psychology Department’s graduate admissions committee reserves the right to make admissions decisions on a case-by-case basis, which may include consideration of the applicant pool and institutional needs.

What do I do next?
Complete the online application to apply and submit all required materials which include the following:

  • Admissions Application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing sample, preferably written in APA format
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts

All materials should be mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Required Courses

  • Adv. Experimental Methods & Statistics
  • Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Foundations of Counseling
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Group Theory and Counseling
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Psychological Aspects of Disabilities
  • Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Psychology of Diversity
  • Supervised Thesis I
  • Supervised Thesis II
Meet the Faculty
Professor and Chair of Psychology; Director of the Center for the Study of Pinniped Ecology & Cognition(C-SPEC)

Kristy Biolsi

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-5415 

Steven Anolik

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5286 
Assistant Professor

Laura Egan

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-5452 
Director, Institute for International & Cross Cultural Psychology / Professor Emeritus

Uwe Gielen

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5386 
Assistant Professor / Director of Forum on Migration

Daniel Kaplin

Associate Professor

SungHun Kim

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-5475 

Jennifer Lancaster

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Office: 718.489.5323 
Associate Professor

Karen Wilson

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-5477 

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