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The department houses the following two graduate programs:

Psychology Graduate Program

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Counseling Graduate Program

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MAIN OFFICE, PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELING GRAD. PROGRAMS 

Location: JFT 316
Hours: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Days: Mondays, Thursdays, and alternate Wednesdays
Phone: (845) 257-3467

GRADUATE PROGRAMS: OVERVIEW

The Psychology Graduate Program offers a 36-credit Master of Arts in Psychology degree, which focuses on training students in research and theory in the discipline of psychology. The purpose of the degree is to give students a broad base of knowledge in psychology and offers students exposure to a variety of fields--including developmental, cognitive, social, experimental, counseling, and industrial/organizational psychology. The degree prepares students for entry into doctoral programs or employment in a variety of settings where psychology can be applied (human services, industry, education, and government).

The Counseling Graduate Program offers two 60-credit degrees, a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Science in School Counseling.

The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling serves both students looking to become licensed as mental health counselors and those seeking to eventually proceed into doctoral programs. The curriculum covers mental health counseling practice and research, in addition to necessary coursework in human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program development, and professional orientation. Practicum and internship experiences provide unique, varied, and intense hands-on mental health counseling training experiences under supervision of licensed professionals. The degree can be completed full-time in two years, including summer classes. It is registered with the State Education Department as meeting the educational requirements necessary for mental health counseling licensure in New York. Detailed information on the Licensure and Practice of the Mental Health Professions in New York is available from the Office of the Professions (OP) at http://www.op.nysed.gov/mhclic.htm. NOTE: Students completing the old 48-credit requirements have until December 2009 to graduate; at that time, the 48-credit program will be discontinued.

The M.S. in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. The degree includes a core curriculum and specialization courses. The curriculum covers school counseling practice and research, in addition to necessary coursework in human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program development, and professional orientation. Practicum and internship experiences provide unique, varied, and intense hands-on school counseling training experiences that meet state certification requirements. The degree meets New York State requirements for certification in school counseling. It can be completed full time in two years, including summer classes. Detailed information on the certification of school counselors in New York is available from the State Education Department (SED) at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert.