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  • M.S. in Psychology

    Expand your knowledge with clinical and research opportunities
    With an M.S. in Psychology become a member of a rewarding and growing field.
    Degree:
    M.S.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights & Online
    Credits:
    36

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Psychology M.S. Curriculum

The 36-credit Master of Science Degree in Psychology is organized as follows:
Core Courses 24 Credits
Electives 12 Credits
Total 36 Credits

Completion of at least 18 credits, including PSYN 644 Group Processes and Techniques, is required prior to registration in PSYN 630 Fieldwork in Psychology. The Fieldwork course must be applied for the semester prior to course registration. A 3.0 GPA is required to register in PSYN 630.

Core Course Requirements (24 Credits)

  • PSYN 603 Contemp Theories in Psych
  • PSYN 604 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYN 616 Statstcs & Rsrch Methdlgy I
  • PSYN 617 Statstcs & Rsrch Methdlgy II
  • PSYN 630 Practicum I
  • PSYN 644 Group Experience
  • PSYN 654 Psychopathology
  • PSYN 665 Professional Issues and Ethics

Elective Courses (6-12 Credits)

  • Determined by Capstone Option

Capstone

  • Option A: Written comprehensive + 12 elective credits = 36 credits
  • Option B: Completion of PSYN 709 + 6 elective credits = 36 credits
Are there research opportunities in the MS Psychology program at Mercy College?
Students in the MS 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.
Who can I contact with other questions?
Dr. Lisa Ecklund-Flores, Program Director at lecklundflores@mercy.edu.
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 MS Psychology degree?
Typically, students become providers of psychological services in the workplace, under supervision, in agencies, hospitals, and other therapeutic environments
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Will this degree prepare me for doctoral study?
Yes. Many students advance toward doctoral programs in psychology at other institutions. Mercy College does not currently offer doctoral level study in psychology.
Lisa Ecklund-Flores Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology

Psychology Overview

The Master of Science in Psychology program at Mercy College provides graduate education in psychology through coursework, research, supervised clinical internships, and professional colloquia. Your course of study is designed to extend your knowledge of psychology in general, as well as to provide specific experiences in psychology graduate education to fit your individual interests. Both clinical and research opportunities exist within the program. Required coursework surveys all aspect of advanced psychological study, including theory, history, ethics, methodology and clinical practice, and prepares the student both for employment requiring psychological study as well as eventual doctoral study.

Psychology FAQS

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.
Are there research opportunities in the MS Psychology program at Mercy College?
Students in the MS 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.

Psychology Fast Facts

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include psychology assistant, psychology technician, casework manager, industrial consultant, and psychotherapist.

Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Science in Psychology Program is to provide graduate education in psychology through a course of studies designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge of psychology, who desire to qualify for employment requiring psychological skills and/or plan to pursue eventual doctoral study. Professional concerns are emphasized throughout the program.

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 Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology, sociology, behavioral science, or education. Students are required to have completed an undergraduate statistics and 12 undergraduate credits in psychology with a grade of B or higher. In special cases other majors will be accepted.
  2. A written letter of recommendation from instructors in major area of study or professional letter from employers.
  3. Interview with the program director or the associate director.
  4. A three- to five-page essay of the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Master’s degree in psychology.
  5. A current résumé.

Psychology Objectives

Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the prominent theories and strata of practices of psychologists who seek to identify, understand, and explain behavior and events in the general and specific populations.
  • Become a provider of psychological services able to apply knowledge and preparation in the workplace, under supervision, in agencies, hospitals, and other therapeutic environments.
  • Be competent in the critical evaluation of psychological research and capable of designing and investigating studies to further the base of knowledge in the field.
  • Understand and abide by the accepted American Psychological Association Code of Ethics governing professional and personal behavior.
  • Be prepared to embark upon further professional studies.