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Master’s Program in Psychology

Why Choose an MA 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.

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.

Admission Criteria

The following are the minimum requirements for admission:

  • BA/BS 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.

January 31, 2020 is the deadline for early applications

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

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Meet the Faculty

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Jason Alicea

Adjunct Professor
Steven Anolik

Steven Anolik

Kristy Biolsi

Kristy Biolsi

Department Chairperson

Sharon Bourgeois

Adjunct Professor
Laura Egan

Laura Egan

Assistant Professor
Uwe Gielen

Uwe Gielen

Director, Institute for International & Cross Cultural Psychology, Professor Emeritus
Renée Goodstein

Renée Goodstein

Michele Hirsch

Michele Hirsch

Faculty Director of General Education, Veteran Services POC, Professor
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Institute & Centers

St. Francis College hosts three cutting edge centers devoted to fields of Psychology:

All students are encouraged to get involved with the centers, helping to research and present at conferences.