The Psychology Graduate Program offers general graduate training in psychology leading to a 36-credit Master of Arts in Psychology degree. It provides students with the opportunity to select courses in a variety of fields including social, cognitive, developmental, organizational, and experimental psychology. The degree may serve as preparation for those training for entry into a doctoral program or as additional training for those who plan to enter or are already involved in applied areas of psychology with an emphasis on research. For example, some of our alumnae and alumni now work as research analysts, research associates, teachers, and online course editors (see our alumnae/i's web page for more information on career opportunities).
Course work is complemented by numerous opportunities to engage in research under the supervision of a faculty member. Our students can work with faculty in a variety of fields, such as work psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, cognitive psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.
You can learn more about our faculty's research interests here.
Students in our program have the opportunity to work in one of our many research labs, present at conferences, and coauthor scholarly work for publication. This research experience is critical if a student plans to pursue graduate work at the doctoral level. Graduate students also work as teaching assistants for statistics and research methods classes (these positions are highly competitive and students need to apply for them). Click here for more information about teaching assistantships.
Our program has been very successful in preparing students for entering doctoral programs: the acceptance rate for students who graduated in the last five years (2008-2013) was 80%. Students were accepted into a variety of programs (cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, quantitative psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, biomedical anthropology) at University of California Riverside, University of Florida, University of Kansas, CUNY, University of Buffalo, Binghamton University, New Mexico State University, Suffolk University, Kansas State University, and Clark University.
Psychology Graduate Program
SUNY New Paltz
600 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2440