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August 21, 2017

Two-Year Psychology Masters Degree Now Offered

New Bridge Degree Offers Strong Foundation in Research and Experience

Following up on the success of the 5 year Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Applied Behavioral Psychology, St. Francis College is now accepting students into a stand-alone two year graduate program for a Master's Degree in General Psychology.

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"We see this program as a valuable tool for behavior management specialists who want to work human service agencies, government programs, or health programs," said Psychology Professor Karen Wilson, the director of the program. "It will greatly benefit people looking for career advancement in fields like human resources and marketing and provides a valuable foundation for those working at mental health and social service agencies including child protective services."

The curriculum includes 36 credits of course work in areas like:

  • Psychological Aspects of Disabilities,
  • Professional Issues and Ethics,
  • and Behavioral Assessment and Intervention,
  • as well as two semesters of work on a Master's Thesis.

"This masters degree also serves as a bridge for students who want to sharpen their research skills or gain valuable experience before moving on to a doctoral program," said Chair of Psychology Department Kristy Biolsi. "Our Master's level curriculum is a valuable asset and gives our graduates an advantage if they choose to continue their education at a higher level."

Professor Biolsi adds that every graduate of the five year program who applied for an advanced degree was accepted to a Ph.D., Psy.D. or pre-med program.

The degree does not qualify someone to sit for a state license in psychology or allow them to practice as a therapist or psychologist but the rigorous masters level coursework will benefit students in providing a solid foundation of knowledge and experience that can be applied to fields as diverse as business, law, and, education.

"The graduate program in Psychology is really strong and these new students will enrich our current courses with their perspectives. They'll also benefit from the curriculum and experience of professors at St. Francs," added Dr. Biolsi. "We started the program, in part, as a response to demand from non-St. Francis students who wanted to continue their psychology education but were not eligible for the five-year program."

Candidates must have a BA or BS in Psychology or a related field to apply. Applications are being accepted now at

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.


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