Community Psychology

This 42 credit Master of Arts in Community Psychology focuses on the systems, practices and tools needed to effectively address mental health and community welfare issues.

The goals of the program are to :

  • Reorient the student's thinking from individually-focused to more community-focused and systems-oriented models
  • Train the student in a variety of prevention and intervention strategies to facilitate behavior change in community settings
  • Train the student to evaluate the progress of social service, educational, and other helping programs
  • Provide the student with evaluation, assessment, and consultation skills.

A Certificate program in Gerontology is available to Community Psychology students through the Sage Department of Nursing and requires a separate application.

Course schedules are flexible and include evening and weekend options to meet the needs of working students.

Note: Admission to the New York State psychologist licensure examination requires a Ph.D. in psychology. The Community Psychology degree does not meet the educational requirements for licensure as a MHC in New York State.

Program Design

The program consists of a community psychology core, a research methods sequence, general psychology electives, a required Health Services Administration elective, and the capstone experience.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the community psychology program must meet the general admission requirements:

  1. Official transcripts of ALL previous undergraduate/graduate study.
  2. Two letters of reference (academic or professional).
  3. Undergraduate courses in statistics, history and systems of psychology (not required for undergraduate psychology majors), and at least three other courses in behavioral sciences.
  4. Satisfactory "Personal Prospectus" statement regarding rationale for interest in the program.
  5. Current Resume

Applicants who meet all admission requirements will be admitted as regular graduate students. Those who do not fully meet the requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis if they show high promise for success in the program.

Students are accepted for the Summer and Fall semesters. Priority deadline for Summer or Fall admission is April 1. Final deadline for summer admission is May 1;  final deadline for fall admission is June 1. 

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of all required and elective courses.
  2. Completion of externship in community settings.
  3. Completion of a thesis (3 -6 credit hours) or research seminar (3 credit hours).

Accreditation

The M.A. in Counseling and Community Psychology and the M.A. in Community Psychology programs are accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period August 2010 through August 2020.