Requirements, Admissions & Careers

Requirements for the Master's Program in General Psychology

A student in the Masters Program in General Psychology has two choices for completing the degree:

1. Involves more coursework
2. Involves a research-intensive thesis experience

With either choice the program includes two mandatory courses:

V0100: Advanced Experimental Psychology I
Credits: 4
Hours: 2 lect., 4 lab hr./wk.

V0500: Statistical Methods in Psychology I
Credits: 3
Hours: 2 rec., 2 lab. hr./wk.

The student also must take one course from the following areas:

- Cognition
- Sleep
- Seuroscience
- Psychometrics
- Psycholinguistics
- Psychopharmocology

Or else achieve a score in at least the 65th percentile on the advanced psychology section of the Graduate Record Examination.

If the student chooses to complete the program without a thesis, he or she must complete 40 credits (including the two mandatory courses). If a student chooses to complete the program with a thesis, 31 credits are required. In either case, the student must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0.

Students choosing the thesis option are required to enroll in B9900 for which they receive 3 credits with no grade until they complete their thesis. Most students will also enroll for B9800 for at least one semester prior to B9900 while they develop their thesis plans and complete the proposal.

Requirements for the Master's Program in Mental Health Counseling

The degree requires 60 credits to be completed in two years, four or five classes taken in each of four semesters.  Students are required to enroll in at least four classes in each of four semesters.  Classes are commonly scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 - 4:30 PM and 5:00 - 7:30 PM with one 10 AM - 12:30 PM course usually on Tuesdays.  To be accepted into the program, students must agree to commit to this schedule.  We are sorry that we are unable to accept part-time students into the program.


Two-Year Sequence
Semester 1    

V2000 - Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk.

V6532 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V5500 - Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6584 - Professional Orientation and Ethics
Credits: 2
Hours: 2 hr./wk

V6540 - Trauma and Resilience
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk


Semester 2

V6556 - Group Dynamics and Group Counseling
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6575 - Assessment & Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6587 - Clinical Instruction/EBT
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V7000 - Drug and Alcohol Abuse Diagnosis & Treatment
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6597 - Foundations of Mental Health    Counseling and Consultation
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk


Semester 3

V6560 - Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6563 - Research and Program Evaluation
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6582 - Counseling Adolescents
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6589 - Practicum in Counseling I
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6593 - Family and Couples Counseling I
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk


Semester 4   

V6564 - Psychoeducational and Community Interventions
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6590 - Practicum in Counseling II
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6591 - Lifestyle and Career Development
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk

V6594 - Family and Couples Counseling II
Credits: 3
Hours: 3 hr./wk


Plus one elective course to be taken as desired.


If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, please contact Dr. William King wking@ccny.cuny.edu or 212-650-7380

Admission Info

Students may enter the program with an undergraduate major either in Psychology or in another field. Acceptance is based on assessment of the student's overall record and promise. The Graduate Record Examination is required; however, admission is based on flexible criteria. Special attention is given to the student's performance in the undergraduate courses of statistics and experimental psychology (or research methods). Students who have earned less than a B in either of these courses, or who have not taken them, are advised to contact the Director of the Masters Program in General Psychology, Dr. Vivien Tartter at vtartter@ccny.cuny.edu before applying.

For information on how to apply, please visit the City College Admissions website, or read the FAQ section below for further inquiries.

Prospective students should note that it is not necessary to obtain a Masters degree before applying to a Ph.D. program, but is a way to improve your credentials if your psychology background, undergraduate transcript, or direction for graduate study needs buttressing. Students who do move to Ph.D. programs sometimes can transfer credits, but often cannot. Students may apply from the Masters in General Psychology to the Masters in Mental Health Counseling program. If accepted, the courses taken in the General program will transfer as elective credits.


Deadline

Spring  -   November 15th


Fall       -   April 15th


Application process

Please visit the CCNY’s Graduate Admissions official website to learn more about the application process.


Applications typically require the following:


- The complete application form
- Application Fee
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter should be academic)
- Resume/CV
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Test scores such as GRE & TOEFL

Careers

The American Psychological Association’s booklet, Psychology: Careers for the Twenty-first Century, reports that most professionals with a terminal master’s degree handle research and data collection and analysis in universities, government and private companies. Others find jobs in health, industry and education, the primary work settings for psychology professionals with master’s degrees.

Government and industry positions in personnel and in mental health are often filled by persons with master’s degrees in psychology. Workers with their Master’s degree usually work under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, especially in clinical, counseling, school and testing and measurement psychology.

Over the past forty years our program has had a national and international reputation for providing outstanding training in psychology. Other institutions’ graduate programs have come to rely on the fact that students who achieve in our program can do so in theirs because we maintain high standards.

The faculty members are full-time professors. Most are also faculty in one of the ten City University of New York doctoral programs. The faculty members are all experienced teachers, researchers and/or clinicians; some are community consultants and evaluation researchers. The Director of the Program is Dr. Vivien Tartter.

Masters students can become involved in activities on the City College campus such as peer counseling, teaching-assisting, drug-and-alcohol counseling, and research in many areas of psychology.