St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology at St. John's University provides you with a broad background of psychological knowledge and tools as preparation for more advanced work in the field. The program is heavily research-oriented providing you with a solid foundation to pursue many other fields of inquiry.
Courses for the M.A. are offered in the evening, allowing for part-time attendance toward completion of the degree with a minimum of six credits per semester. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis.
Students in this program may also qualify for a Behavioral Research Methods Digital Badge.
Please see a list of our Psychology faculty.
Wilson McDermut, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor and Program Director
Marillac Hall, Room SB15-9
In order to qualify for admission to this program, you must:
For fall admission, preference is given to applications received by May 1. For spring admission, preference is given to applications received by November 1.
Office of Graduate Admission
You may apply for administrative graduate assistantships throughout the University. These positions offer tuition remission and, typically, a stipend. You can find more information about graduate assistantships on the Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships page.
The M.A. program requires the satisfactory completion of 33 credits and offers the option to complete a thesis. Students in the thesis track register for PSY 900 for two semesters. Students in the non-thesis track take two additional electives in lieu of PSY 900 and register for the comprehensive exam, PSY 105, during their final semester. Students must also choose between two tracks of study: Social and Developmental Processes, and Cognitive and Behavioral Processes
The M.A. Psychology curriculum stresses the relationship between theory and research. The program will prepare you to plan and carry out empirical research, and to report your research findings. Because the flexible nature of the program encourages active collaboration among students and faculty, you’ll have access to relevant data to build your own research portfolio.
Some of our faculty members who invite master’s students to work in their labs are:
The M.A. will prepare you for further study in psychology or for related fields like marketing research and program evaluation. Our graduates function as independent researchers in laboratory settings, hospitals, and industry. After gaining valuable research experience through the M.A. program, you will become a competitive application for Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs if you wish to continue your graduate education at the doctoral level.