Psychology, Master of Arts
The M.A. in Psychology at St. John's University provides students 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.
Wilson McDermut, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor and Program Director
Marillac Hall, Room SB15-9
- Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and previous graduate coursework
- Have completed an Introduction to Psychology course and a course in statistics
- Submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an individual who will address the applicant’s research potential
- Submit a laboratory/research paper or a term paper
- Provide a clearly written statement of educational and professional goals
For fall admission, preference is given to applications received by May 1. For spring admission, preference is given to applications received by November 1.
Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
Tuition and Financial Aid
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. 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:
- Elizabeth Brondolo, Ph.D.: Symptom reporting and help seeking; psychological factors in cardiovascular disease; minority mental health.
- Elissa Brown, Ph.D.: Assessment and treatment of children exposed to trauma and physical and sexual abuse.
- William Chaplin, Ph.D.: Personality; psychometrics; data analysis.
- Dana Chesney, Ph.D.: Numerical literacy.
- Wilson McDermut, Ph.D.: The diagnosis and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders; behavior therapy.
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’ll become a competitive application for Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs if you wish to continue your graduate education at the doctoral level.