Master of Arts in Psychology

Format: Online

The MA in Psychology online degree program prepares students for employment opportunities and advanced studies that require a deeper understanding of behavior motivations, along with strong research, communication, and teamwork skills. The program’s fully online format makes it the first and only degree of its kind offered at the City University of New York (CUNY), allowing students to read course materials, participate in class discussions, and complete assignments on a more flexible schedule.

Students specialize in one of two areas:

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: The study of human behavior in organizations and in the workplace including recruitment, training, performance management, quality of work life, and organizational development.

Developmental Psychology: The study of human growth throughout the entire lifespan, from infancy through adulthood.

Students in this program:

  • Acquire knowledge of core concepts, theories, and applications in three of the following five areas: learning and cognition, biological bases of behavior, social behavior, theories of personality, and psychopathology.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of at least one of the following specializations in psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology or Developmental Psychology.
  • Show mastery of all phases of the research process in psychology, including: locating, synthesizing and critically evaluating information related to a specific research question, generating testable research hypotheses and related research designs, engaging in data collection activities that reflect professional practices, standards and requirements; students also analyze data and displaying results using appropriate statistical procedures and software.
  • Identify and apply ethical standards in the conduct of human subject and animal research.
  • Articulate values and act in ways that are respectful of cultural differences and diversity at local, national and global levels.

Career and Academic Prospects

Graduates of the Master’s Degree in Psychology are prepared for a range of careers and job opportunities in human and social services, personnel and training, human resources, marketing and market research, as well as research and data analysis, among others. The program also prepares students for further graduate study should they choose to apply to doctoral programs after completing the master’s degree. 

Note: This program has two concentrations, Developmental Psychology and Industrial / Organizational Psychology, neither of which qualifies graduates to practice as a Clinical Psychologist, Counseling/Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, or as a School Psychologist nor does it qualify students for licensure by the State of New York, which requires a doctoral degree (in most cases) among other requirements. However, students may use this program as a bridge to a doctoral program if they so choose or as a terminal degree. 

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.

Students are not required to have an undergraduate major in Psychology, but they must have completed courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods with grades of B or better. Applicants without this coursework may be admitted to the program conditionally and required to take courses before matriculating.

Transfer of Credit Policy

In general, we will consider up to six credits (2 classes) for transfer. 

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2018 are due by December 1, 2017

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Student/Alumni Profiles

Kendall Harford

MA in Psychology

"I look forward to asking questions and learning how to do the research to get them answered. I have so many ideas running around in my head, and knowing that I will one day have the educational background to be able to put them into practice is really exciting."

Greg DeLilllo

MA in Psychology

"I hope to synergize the master’s program with my undergraduate degree in order secure a job that allows me to help protect the United States from future attacks."

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