The 36-credit hour Master of Arts (MA) program in Psychology, offered on Pace University’s New York City campus, is designed for students who want to further explore the field of psychology and who intend to advance their careers by expanding their knowledge about contemporary psychological theories and perspectives.
The educational goals of program, based on theoretical and research knowledge and consistent with ethical guidelines and sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues, are to:
- Further develop student conceptual and analytical skills,
- Provide students with further knowledge in a variety of areas in psychology, and
- Assist students in developing knowledge of interpersonal dynamics.
The program includes 18 credits of required courses and 18 credits of elective courses. Starting fall 2017, students may enroll in one of the three new research tracks. Students will take the same required core courses (18 credits), and will choose electives (18 credits) limited to the specific set of courses in their chosen track.
Track 1: Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Students focus on learning research methods and obtain research experience in the behavioral and social sciences. Potential career paths for graduates of this track include project management of large-scale research studies in psychology, and medical and allied fields that need research expertise. Research skills can also be applied in other fields/job settings, such as law firms that require research expertise, non-governmental organizations, and governmental positions such as in the Department of Health. This track will also benefit students who wish to pursue a PhD as research scholars within the field of psychology or related fields such as sociology.
Track 2: Global Psychology Research
Students focus on application of research skills to international/global settings including non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and other settings that focus on international and cross-cultural research. These skills will qualify them for project jobs, focusing on both research and its applications. In addition, students will learn mainstream as well as alternative theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches that are relevant to the study and practice of international psychology. Students gain a broad and deep understanding of this field, specifically, an appreciation of psychology’s relevance to the understanding and solution of global problems, as well as of how psychology itself is affected by worldwide events and forces. This track is especially relevant for students who wish to pursue a PhD in International, Global and Cross-cultural Psychology, or who wish to apply their knowledge in Psychology through work in international organizations.
Track 3: Industrial and Organizational Psychology Research
Students gain a comprehensive and macroscopic view of industrial and organizational psychology, and acquire knowledge and develop skills associated with the effective management of individuals and groups. The coursework focuses on how individual and group behaviors are impacted by organizations, and includes a psychology-specific view of management questions, such as change management, creativity and innovation management, negotiation and strategy. Other topics covered include recruitment, leadership, performance appraisal, feedback and training, occupational health, employee selection, etc. This track is especially relevant for students who intend to pursue a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, or to apply their knowledge by working in corporate environments ( human resources management, personnel selection, occupational health, etc.).
Students who pursue one of these tracks are strongly encouraged to discuss their intentions with the MA coordinator before enrolling in classes in order to ensure that they will to meet the track requirements necessary to graduate.
Students have a maximum of five years to complete the program. All program academic standing requirements are defined in the 2020-21 Psychology Department Graduate Program Catalog.
For more information about the MA in Psychology Program, contact the Psychology Department at 212-346-1506
What Can I Do With This Degree?
- Emerge well prepared for dynamic careers in human service organizations and related fields in national and international settings.
- Advance a current career, or launch a new career in the growing number of fields requiring skilled, professional researchers.
- Continue study at the doctoral level.
Our graduates go on to pursue doctoral degrees as well as secure careers in positions including:
- Mental Health Practitioner
- Registered Nurse
- Social Worker
- Case Manager
- Program Manager/Director
- Care Coordinator
- Medical Writer/Researcher
- Grant Writer
- Special Education Teacher
- Human Resources Manager
- Academic Adviser
Alumni have progressed to APA-approved doctoral degree programs at institutions such as:
- City University of New York
- Monmouth University
- Pace University
- St. John's University
- The New School
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- University of La Verne
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Vanderbilt University
- Wesleyan University