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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 30-

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

*In certain circumstances, and only with the prior approval of the Program Head, CNSL 660 may be substituted for PSYN 644.

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 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 within a single year of full-time enrollment.

Advisement

Students in the psychology program must meet with the program director, or associate director to plan his/her courses and to review the plan of study prior to course registration. Students will choose their elective courses in consultation with the program director and in consideration of individual interest.

Course Load

Students must consult with the program director regarding required courses and electives for the psychology program. Full-time students may register for up to 12 credits per semester. Part-time students may register for either three or six credits per semester.

Transfer Credits

Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Permission to transfer credits must be requested in writing at the time of admission and official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to the school dean for evaluation. Transfer credit will be granted only for courses taken in the five-year period prior to acceptance in the Mercy College program and for courses in which the student earned a grade of B or above. Students may request transfer credit for up to six credits. 

Course with a grade of B- are not acceptable for transfer.

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation.

The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration. Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course registration will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.

Capstone Requirement

After completing 27 credits, including all of the program' s required courses, students may make arrangements to complete their capstone requirement. Students may elect either to conduct a thesis project or to take a comprehensive examination.

Students electing to conduct the thesis project must register for PSYN 709, Master's Thesis Supervision, and select a faculty member to serve as their thesis mentor. Students electing to take the comprehensive examination should notify the program director of their intention to take the comprehensive at the beginning of their final semester.

Capstone Advisement

It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program's culminating activity. After the student registers for all sections of their Capstone requirement, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work. 

The Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms.

A student's degree will not be released until all Maintenance of Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student's record.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0.

Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average for the semester falls below 3.0 the student will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

All students who have a term or cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a reasonable time , the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student may be subject to dismissal from the college.

For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student's program as well as the school dean. 

In all subsequent terms in which the students is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.

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.

Comprehensive Requirement

The psychology degree requires completion of a written comprehensive based upon course content in the program or the production of a six credit thesis. Please see the program director or the associate director for further details on either option.

Time Limit

Requirements for the Master in Psychology must be complete within five years from the date of the candidate's admission (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exceptions will be made only if a student requests an extension of time in writing and in advance and receives the approval of the director.

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.
Who can I contact with other questions?
Dr. Lisa Ecklund-Flores, Program Director at lecklundflores@mercy.edu.
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
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.
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.
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

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.
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

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. 

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation in the Graduate Admissions section of the course catalog.

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.

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. Two written letters 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.

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