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Psychology Overview

Our students gain experience in theory, research methods and practice of psychology. This qualifies students for employment requiring psychological skills, or to pursue eventual doctoral study leading to clinical, counseling or research roles. 

Students will be trained to critically evaluate psychological research, and to design and conduct their own research studies with faculty mentors. They’ll also have the opportunity to share their research at professional conferences. 

Professional concerns are emphasized throughout the program, and field experience is gained through a practicum course. 

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Career Opportunities

Most clinical, counseling and research psychologists need a doctoral degree. An M.S. in psychology is a stepping stone to a Ph.D. program. 

Psychologists work in a number of settings: 

  • In research settings or consulting with clients 
  • On a health care team, collaborating with physicians and social workers 
  • In mental health settings, research and human services 

14% Growth

Job Growth is almost three
times faster than the national
average for all professions (5%).*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$79,000+

The Median Annual Pay 
for psychologists nationally
is $79,010*

36 Credits 

to Earn Your Degree
with courses in Contemporary Theories in Psychology, Physiological Psychology and Group Experience

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

  • No GRE Required
  • Full or Part-Time Enrollment
    • Scheduling is designed to support professionals with multiple responsibilities
  • Majority of Courses Offered Online
     

Full-Time Faculty

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Michael Grunes Associate Professor
Psychology
MGrunes@mercy.edu
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Rossi Hassad Professor
Psychology
RHassad@mercy.edu
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Mary Knopp Kelly Associate Professor
Psychology

Chair, Psychology and Social Work
MKKelly@mercy.edu
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Kevin Kulic Assistant Professor
Psychology
KKulic@mercy.edu
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Alberto Manzi Associate Professor
Psychology
amanzi@mercy.edu
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Kimberly Rapoza Associate Professor
Psychology
KRapoza@mercy.edu
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Ori Shinar Associate Professor
Psychology

Director, Student Counseling Cente
OShinar@mercy.edu

Part-Time Faculty

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Hiram Allen Adjunct Instructor
Psychology
hallen6@mercy.edu
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Leigh Arruda Adjunct Instructor
Psychology
larruda@mercy.edu
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Vivian Bergamotto Adjunct Instructor
Psychology

STEM Tuto
vbergamotto@mercy.edu
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Andrea Bergman-Samaras Adjunct Instructor
Psychology
abergman@mercy.edu

Faculty Emeritae/i

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Stuart E. Cohen Professor Emeritus
Psychology
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Stephen A. Daniel Professor Emeritus
Psychology
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Lynn Tepper Professor Emerita
Psychology
LTepper@mercy.edu
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Joseph A. Trzasko Professor Emeritus
Psychology

Mentorship and Career Development

Faculty have expertise in a variety of fields including social psychology, developmental psychology and substance use. Students also benefit from our career development center.

Outside the Classroom

A practicum course allows graduates to gain field experience and hone their specialties. We have strong relationships with institutions, ensuring that when students graduate they are prepared with professional contacts.

 

Four-Plus-One Program

The Psychology Program's Four-Plus-One option offers a unique opportunity to qualified undergraduates in Psychology who wish to pursue their master's at an accelerated pace. If they meet the admissions criteria for the master's at an accelerated pace. If they meet the admissions criteria for the master's program in psychology, including a 3.0 GPA, a grade of B or better in statistics, and completion of 90 undergraduate credits. Students may apply in their junior year to the M.S. in Psychology at Mercy College. If accepted these students may then take  three graduate credits each semester of their senior year (a total of six credits), which will apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon completing their bachelor's in psychology, these students will be able to complete their master's in psychology within a single year of full-time enrollment.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Compare theoretical approaches in psychology

  • Identify brain/behavior relationships

  • Assess psychological profiles using standard diagnostic practices (DSM)

  • Exhibit knowledge of research design and methodology in an independent research project

  • Demonstrate clinical skills required in the counseling profession

  • Conduct group therapy sessions

  • Assess crucial issues in the ethics of research and clinical practice

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher.  Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional acceptance.  Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 12 credits in Psychology and a statistics course with a grade of “B” or higher. 
  • Two (2) detailed written letters of recommendation from instructors in the major area of study or professional contacts. One letter must be from a professor.
  • An up-to-date résumé
  • In a 2–3 page personal statement
    • Please address the following:
      • Describe your interest in studying Psychology as a discipline
      • Describe why you are pursuing a Masters in Psychology
      • Explain why you have chosen Mercy College to pursue this degree
      • Discuss how you plan to use your Master’s degree in Psychology to meet your personal career goals
    • Statement format
      • Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
      • 2 pages (minimum) to 3 pages (maximum)
      • Double-spaced

** Please note, your personal statement will be used as an indicator of your writing skills. Be sure to check for format, spelling and grammar.**

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main goal of this program?

To offer a broad understanding of prominent theories and practices of psychologists who seek to identify, understand, and explain behavior and events in the general and specific populations.

What can a student do with a M.S. Psychology degree?

Typically, students become providers of psychological services in the workplace, under supervision, in agencies, hospitals, and other therapeutic environments.

Are there research opportunities in the M.S. Psychology program at Mercy College?

Students in the M.S. Psychology program at Mercy College will be trained to critically evaluate psychological research, design and conduct their own research studies with faculty mentors, and have the opportunity to share their research at professional conferences. Many Mercy College faculty members have ongoing research programs and welcome student involvement.

Will this degree prepare me for doctoral study?

Yes. There are two main reasons why students choose the M.S. Psychology program at Mercy College. First is to prepare for admission into a Ph.D. program for Psychology. The second is for career advancement.

Who can I contact with other questions?

Dr. Rebecca Trenz, Program Director at rtrenz@mercy.edu.

Degree Requirements

A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required and successful completion of either 36 graduate credits including PSYN 709, Master’s Thesis Supervision or a written comprehensive examination.

Program Details & Curriculum