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The M.A. Degree in Psychology

The Master's Program provides a core curriculum in general psychology and advanced study in clinical, developmental and social-cultural psychology.  The program is designed to prepare professionals for work in a variety of mental health or human service settings including mental health care facilities, child welfare and family counseling agencies, institutions for the aged, and other social and community organizations.  Graduates are also prepared for admission to programs of advanced study in psychology such as Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs.

Program Philosophy

The Master's Program in psychology is built on a strong core curriculum in general psychology and is designed to prepare professionals to meet the challenges involved in providing psychological services to individuals and/or groups, and to be effective facilitators of change and growth.  The core curriculum provides students with a broad perspective on the discipline of psychology, research skills, and professional ethics.  Advanced courses are designed to encourage students to consider current trends and challenges in fields providing psychological services.  By offering a strong core curriculum with elective courses in a variety of specialized areas, the program at the Brooklyn campus can serve as a comprehensive knowledge base that may be applied in theory and practice.

Program Description

The M.A. in Psychology requires 30 credit hours of course work and the completion of a thesis or 36 hours of course work and the completion of a comprehensive examination.  The specific requirements are:

    12 credit hours of core curriculum courses which include courses in Contemporary Psychological Theories, Research Design and Statistics, and Professional Ethics.

    18 to 24 credits of advanced courses in a variety of areas covering clinical, developmental and social/cultural psychology.

    Electives in courses that provide field experience.

    The thesis provides an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member in a selective area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree, preferably in psychology, from an accredited undergraduate program and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  Person's with a Bachelor's Degree in a field other than psychology are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they may be required to take selected courses as prerequisites to satisfy admission criteria or may be admitted as a non-matriculating student until the criteria have been met.  Transfer credit into the graduate program will be subjected to evaluation by the coordinator of the M.A. program and the Dean of Graduate Studies.  All transfer credit must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  A maximum of 9 credits can be accepted in transfer into the M.A. program.


Long Island University

Brooklyn Campus

Psychology Department