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Psychology, Master of Arts

42 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The Master of Arts degree in Psychology provides students with a broad background of psychological knowledge and tools as preparation for more advanced work in psychology. The program is academically oriented with a heavy research component. The required courses can also serve as a solid foundation for students desiring a psychological background as support for other fields of study. The faculty is revising the program and the changes require the approval of the New York State Education Department. For information about the revised program, please contact the program director.

Most classes are offered after 5 p.m. Part-time attendance is permitted. Students can take courses in the program on a non-matriculated bases, in accord with the regulations set forth by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Such students could gain admission into the M.A. program upon the completion of four graduate courses, with a minimum grade of B in each course.

Students can apply for assistantships throughout the university. Assistantship covers tuition and pays a small stipend. Assistantship requires that 15 hours be devoted per week to the conduct of research in all aspects. The appointment is for one year, and it is renewable, depending upon performance and continued funding. More information can be obtained from the Dean's Office or Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships. In addition, some faculty support students through their grants.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Psychology faculty.

Department Contact

Kate Walton, Ph.D., Director
Barbara Passudetti, Staff
Marillac Hall, Room SB-36


Applicants must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit transcripts of undergraduate and prior graduate work.
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credits in psychology including Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an individual who will address the matter of the applicant's research potential.
  • Submit two papers from psychology courses, one a laboratory paper and the second a term paper.
  • Provide a clearly written statement of educational or professional goals.
  • Submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


Students should make up any undergraduate deficiencies prior to starting the program. Students can make up certain deficiencies within the first year of graduate work. Credit toward the degree will not be awarded for any courses used to satisfy undergraduate deficiencies.

Although full-time attendance is preferred, students can attend on a part-time basis with a minimum of six credits per semester. 

For fall admission, preference is given to applications received by May 1. For spring admission, preference is given to applications received by November 1.

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Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission


Career Outcomes

The program stresses the relationship between theory and research and graduates individuals who can function as independent researchers in laboratory settings, hospitals, and industry. The program will prepare graduates to:

Plan and carry out empirical research

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of literatures in psychological science.
  • Critically evaluate research literature in terms of conceptual and methodological adequacy.
  • Recognize a research problem as meaningful and justify a methodology, based on a constructively critical, integrative evaluation of literature.
  • Operationalize the problem through a research design.
  • Prepare concise, clear research proposals for academic and for institutional review board submission.
  • Collect data.
  • Analyze data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a broad range of statistical methods.
  • Demonstrate the application of statistical software (e.g. SPSS).
  • Appropriately interpret the statistical outcomes of research.

Report research

  • Write a report that clearly states the rationale for the problem selected, for the hypotheses being examined, and for the methods used.
  • Acknowledge fully all source(s) of the ideas and information used and cite sources in accordance with APA guidelines
  • Acknowledge the limitations of the work being reported, including potential alternate interpretations of the outcomes, and the proposal, where possible, of potentially useful future directions.

Prepare for further study in psychology or in allied disciplines such as Marketing Research and Program Evaluation.