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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.

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Program Requirements

36 credits: 30 credits of coursework and 6 credits of thesis work

Year One (Fall)
Psychological Assessment
Psychological Aspects of Disabilities
Foundations of Counseling

Year Two (Fall)
Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
Advanced Experimental Psychology & Statistics
Thesis Supervision I

Year One (Spring)
Learning and Motivation
Cognitive Neuroscience
Psychology of Diversity

Year Two (Spring)
Professional Issues and Ethics
Group Theory and Counseling
Graduate Seminar
Thesis Supervision I


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 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

Faculty

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Jason Alicea

Jason Alicea

Adjunct Professor
Steven Anolik

Steven Anolik

Professor
Kristy Biolsi

Kristy Biolsi

Chair
Sharon Bourgeois

Sharon Bourgeois

Adjunct Professor
Marisa Cohen

Marisa Cohen

Associate Professor
Danielle Difilippo

Danielle Difilippo

Adjunct Professor
Uwe Gielen

Uwe Gielen

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

Renée Goodstein

Professor
Michele Hirsch

Michele Hirsch

Faculty Director of General Education, Veteran Services POC, Professor
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Institutes & 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.

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