A love for Pinnipeds and their importance to our marine ecosystem led St. Francis College Psychology Professor Kristy Biolsi to forge a partnership with the Long Island Aquarium to study sea lions and harbor seals in captivity as well as in New York's waterways.
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.
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.
Year One (Fall)
Year Two (Fall)
Year One (Spring)
Year Two (Spring)
- BA/BS in Psychology or related field
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Demonstrated English proficiency or satisfactory TOEFLL 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?
Download the application to apply and be sure to complete all required materials which include the following:
- Admissions Application
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Official Transcripts
All materials should be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
Application Deadline: We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2018
St. Francis College hosts three cutting edge centers devoted to fields of Psychology:
- The Institute for International & Cross-Cultural Psychology (IICCP)
- Self-Awareness and Bonding Lab (SABL)
- The Center for the Study of Pinniped Ecology and Cognition (C-SPEC)
All students are encouraged to get involved with the centers, helping to research and present at conferences.
St. Francis College hosted a double celebration March 9 & 10, 2018; the 20th anniversary of the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology (IICCP) and the 30th anniversary of Meaningful World.
The idea of love at first sight is a common plot twist in fairytales and rom-coms, but does love at first sight exist? St. Francis College Psychology Professor Marisa T. Cohen explains in a Newsweek video that the phenomenon has more to do with infatuation than Cupid's arrow.
They come from New York City and around the world; St. Francis College students and faculty who work together for the common goal of improving themselves and the world around them.
In a deeply personal address with anecdotes about his family and an exploration of the mission of college education in the modern day, St. Francis College President Miguel Martinez-Saenz laid out an ambitious plan setting the College on a path of growth and transformation.
The Class of 2018 is honored at Winter Commencement.