M.A. at The School of Health Sciences

This Master of Arts in Community Psychology at the School of Health Sciences at the Sage Colleges 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.

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

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

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:

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

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

Mission Statement

The graduate programs in psychology in the School of Health Sciences at The Sage Colleges prepare students for work as mental health counselors and community psychologists. The programs have been designed for students who have made a commitment to advance social justice, to promote the well-being of individuals, families and groups with varying cultural traditions, and to develop change strategies to address social issues in diverse communities through the application of psychological principles, research and methods.

Accreditation

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