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Psychology

Masters in Mental Health Counseling Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How many students apply for the program and what percentage are accepted.

 

In recent years we have received between 100 and 120 applications and we have accepted about 25 students of whom about 22 opt to attend. 

 

Question: What academic requirements must be met to be eligible for admission?

 

The minimum requirements are classes in introductory psychology, child development, abnormal psychology, psychological statistics, experimental psychology or their equivalents.  However, most applicants have completed a bachelor’s degree majoring in psychology.

 

Question: What is the minimum grade point average to be considered for admission?

 

In general, we expect applicants to have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and a GPA in psychology of at least 3.5.  Moreover, we expect students to earn at least b’s in their undergraduate psycholgical statistics and experimental psychology classes.

 

Question: Do students who do not meet these academic criteria have any chance of being considered for admission.

 

We  try to be flexible in our evaluations and examine each transcript in detail taking into account the nature of the courses completed and whether the student shows improvement towards the end of their undergraduate training.

 

Question: Aside from academics are there other requirements?

 

Applicants are expected to have supervised work or volunteer experience helping others and be able to substantiate that experience in a letter or letters of reference.   Applicants are required to take part in an interview with faculty before they can be evaluated for admission. Students who meet other requirements are invited for interviews.

 

Question: Are letters of reference required?

 

Yes, at least two letters (three are requested) with at least one from a supervisor and one from an academic source.

 

Question: What are you looking for in a personal statement?

Personal information that is relevant to your professional goals but not easily gleaned from the other materials presented.  We expect personal statements to be one or two pages long.

 

Question: Do you require GRE scores?

 

No.

 

 

Question: Will classes taken years ago be accepted?

 

We have no set policy but expect most classes to be of recent (last five years) origin.

 

Question: Do you take part time students?

 

No. We require students to be able to take a minimum of four classes for three consecutive semesters and five classes in the fourth semester. 

 

Realistically, students can work part time during the first two semesters, and even less or not at all in the third semester when one of the four required courses incudes a 20 hour practicum commitment.  During the last semester students are required to take 5 classes as well as complete  20 hours ofpracticum  per week.   Obviously this is possible only if students  do not have other responsibilities that prevent them from completing their work.  Studensts need to keep in mind that they will need three additional electives in addition to 51 required classes.  These may be taken during summers, in interssessions.  It is also possible for students to defer the practicum classes and possibly some or all of the electives if they take three years to complete the program. 

 

Question: When are your classes given?

 

Classes are scheduled on tuesday and thursday beginning from 2 to 4:30pm and 5pm to 7:30pm.  There are no exepctions to this except that during the fourth semester a fifth class is scheduled- usually on tuesday morning.

 

Question: Can we find our own placements for  the required practicums?

 

The program must approve all placements and will find them for you.  However, students are free to suggest placement opportunities.

 

Question: Can I transfer in classes from another institution?

 

We generally permit 9 credits of transferred credits for the 9 credits of elective classes, however, approval is not automatic and a transcript and syllabus for each class must be submitted for examination.  In general, we accept most classes offered by graduate psychology departments in accredited institutions.  We do not pre-approve courses and do not consider transfer credits until the first semester has been successfully completed.

 

We require all classes with a clinical focus to be taken at CCNY especially practicum classes.

 

Question: I have a masters degree but am missing a few classes to be able to qualify for licensure, can I take these classes at CCNY?

 

As a general rule we do not permit students who are not matriculated in our program to take classes. 

 

Question: How much is tuition?

 

For New York state residents, full time is $3,680 per semester  .

For non residents it is $575 per credit or $6900 for 12 or more credits.

 

Question: If I am accepted and discover that I cannot attend may I defer admission?

Students who have been accepted may defer beginning the program for one year, after which time they must submit a new application.

Question: How many students apply for the program and what percentage are accepted.

In recent years we have received between 100 and 120 applications and we have accepted about 25 students of whom about 22 opt to attend.

Question: What academic requirements must be met to be eligible for admission?

The minimum requirements are classes in introductory psychology, child development, abnormal psychology, psychological statistics, experimental psychology or their equivalents. However, most applicants have completed a bachelor's degree majoring in psychology.

Question: What is the minimum grade point average to be considered for admission?

In general, we expect applicants to have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and a GPA in psychology of at least 3.5. Moreover, we expect students to earn at least b's in their undergraduate psycholgical statistics and experimental psychology classes.

Question: Do students who do not meet these academic criteria have any chance of being considered for admission.

We try to be flexible in our evaluations and examine each transcript in detail taking into account the nature of the courses completed and whether the student shows improvement towards the end of their undergraduate training.

Question: Aside from academics are there other requirements?

Applicants are expected to have supervised work or volunteer experience helping others and be able to substantiate that experience in a letter or letters of reference. Applicants are required to take part in an interview with faculty before they can be evaluated for admission. Students who meet other requirements are invited for interviews.

Question: Are letters of reference required?

Yes, at least two letters (three are requested) with at least one from a supervisor and one from an academic source.

Question: What are you looking for in a personal statement?

Personal information that is relevant to your professional goals but not easily gleaned from the other materials presented. We expect personal statements to be one or two pages long.

Question: Do you require GRE scores?

No.

Question: Will classes taken years ago be accepted?

We have no set policy but expect most classes to be of recent (last five years) origin.

Question: Do you take part time students?

No. We require students to be able to take a minimum of four classes for three consecutive semesters and five classes in the fourth semester.

Realistically, students can work part time during the first two semesters, and even less or not at all in the third semester when one of the four required courses incudes a 20 hour practicum commitment. During the last semester students are required to take 5 classes as well as complete 20 hours ofpracticum per week. Obviously this is possible only if students do not have other responsibilities that prevent them from completing their work. Studensts need to keep in mind that they will need three additional electives in addition to 51 required classes. These may be taken during summers, in interssessions. It is also possible for students to defer the practicum classes and possibly some or all of the electives if they take three years to complete the program.

Question: When are your classes given?

Classes are scheduled on tuesday and thursday beginning from 2 to 4:30pm and 5pm to 7:30pm. There are no exepctions to this except that during the fourth semester a fifth class is scheduled- usually on tuesday morning.

Question: Can we find our own placements for the required practicums?

The program must approve all placements and will find them for you. However, students are free to suggest placement opportunities.

Question: Can I transfer in classes from another institution?

We generally permit 9 credits of transferred credits for the 9 credits of elective classes, however, approval is not automatic and a transcript and syllabus for each class must be submitted for examination. In general, we accept most classes offered by graduate psychology departments in accredited institutions. We do not pre-approve courses and do not consider transfer credits until the first semester has been successfully completed.

We require all classes with a clinical focus to be taken at CCNY especially practicum classes.

Question: I have a masters degree but am missing a few classes to be able to qualify for licensure, can I take these classes at CCNY?

As a general rule we do not permit students who are not matriculated in our program to take classes.

Question: How much is tuition?

For New York state residents, full time is $3,680 per semester .

For non residents it is $575 per credit or $6900 for 12 or more credits.

 

Question: If I am accepted and discover that I cannot attend may I defer admission?

Students who have been accepted may defer beginning the program for one year, after which time they must submit a new application.