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NOTE: Spring 2018 was the final cohort for this program. Beginning in Fall 2018, we will offer an MS in Psychological Science.

The Psychology Graduate Program offers general graduate training in psychology leading to a 36-credit Master of Arts 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.

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

The Psychology Graduate Programs’ Admissions Committee reviews applications. Please prepare the following items for inclusion in the online application process:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate work or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods in Psychology.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test), preferably a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300.
  • One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.
  • International students must meet these additional requirements for admission:  http://www.newpaltz.edu/graduate/students/international/ 
  • Please send OFFICIAL transcripts and GRE score reports to:

    The Office of Graduate & Extended Learning, OM 127
    SUNY New Paltz
    800 Hawk Drive
    New Paltz, New York 12561-2442 

Application Deadline

The MA in Psychology program will admit its final cohort in Spring 2018. Applications must be received by November 15, 2017.

Curriculum Requirements

Master’s degree candidates for the MA in Psychology must complete a minimum of 36 credits. Students must maintain an average grade of B in graduate-level courses. The department may accept up to nine credits of graduate work taken elsewhere in which a grade of B or better was obtained. Curricular requirements are as follows:

Methodology (9 Credits)
PSY501Analysis of Variance3
PSY503Correlation & Multiple Regress3
PSY507Research Methods in Psychology3
Content Core (9 Credits)
Select one of the following:3
Infancy and Early Childhood
Middle Childhood & Adolescence
PSY560Cognitive Processes 3
or PSY570 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY516Organizational Psychology 3
or PSY556 Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology
Experimental Specialization (12 Credits)
PSY558Seminar in Contemporary Research 3
PSY500Research Practicum 11
PSY500Research Practicum1
PSY500Research Practicum1
Select one of the folloiwng:6
6-credit empirical thesis
3-credit literature review thesis plus 3-credit empirical independent study
Elective (2 Credits)
Select 2 elective credits2

All degree requirements must be completed within five years after admission to degree candidacy. Candidates must receive the recommendation for the degree from the Director of the Psychology Graduate Program, Department Chair, and Thesis Committee.


Teaching assistantships are available to selected students each year. Current stipends are $5,000 per year plus a six-credit tuition scholarship per semester. Assistantship duties involve assisting in faculty teaching. Inquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Psychology Graduate Program. Other financial support is available to selected students each year in positions such as: Assistant in the Office of Psychology and Counseling Graduate Programs, and Academic Advisor to undergraduate psychology students. Other offices on campus, such as Institutional Research, also have a history of employing graduate students in the Psychology Graduate program. For further information, contact the Office for Psychology and Counseling Graduate Programs.