General Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements

To obtain a BA in Psychology:

Students must take at least 32 credits in Psychology and 3 credits in Speech as outlined below:

Common Requirements (14 credits):
All undergraduates must take the following courses, beginning with PSY 10200.

  1. PSY 10200 - Psychology in the Modern World (a prerequisite for all others)
    Credits: 3
    Hours: 3 hr./wk.
  2. PSY 21500 - Applied Statistics (ECO 20150, SOC 23100, and MATH 17300 are acceptable substitutes)
    Credits: 4
    Hours: 5 hr./wk.
  3. PSY 32100 - Experimental Psychology
    Credits: 4
    Hours: 2 lect., 4 lab hr./wk.
  4. SPCH 11100 or SPCH 11101 (see the following note)
    Credits: 3
    Hours: 3 hr./wk.

NOTE: If you declared your major in Psychology before the fall 2019 semester, then you are NOT required to complete the Speech course and you only need 11 Common Requirements credits.

Gateway Requirements (9 credits):
Undergraduates must take at least one course in THREE of the FOUR Major Concentration Areas of psychology listed below. Each course is 3-credits. Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum number of 200-level courses as they provide distinct and valuable education in different aspects of the field.

  1. Developmental
    PSY 22600 - Developmental Psychology OR
    PSY 24600 - Infancy and Childhood
  2. Social/Personality
    PSY 24700 - Social Psychology OR
    PSY 24900 - Psychology of Personality
  3. Cognitive
    PSY 25300 - Thinking, Knowing, and Remembering
  4. Biological
    PSY 25400 - Brain, Mind, and Behavior

Advanced Courses (12 credits):

Students must take four 300-level courses; any 300-level or 400-level courses offered will satisfy this requirement. 300-level courses use the required 200-level gateway courses as prerequisites.

NOTE: PSY 321 is a required Prerequisite or Co-requisite for all 300-level courses


** A total of 35 credits (or 32 if you are not required to take the Speech course) **

To obtain a BS in Psychology:

  1. All of the above requirements for the BA must be satisfied (35 credits) (or 32 if you are not required to take the Speech course).
  2. Four lab science courses (16 credits).
  3. Two calculus courses (8 credits).
  4. Writing for the Sciences course (3 credits) (ENG 21003).


** A total of 62 credits (or 59 if you are not required to take the Speech course) **



  • The particular science courses that can be taken are listed on degree works once you are declared a BS Psychology major.
  • Most, but not all, students take CHEM 10300 and CHEM 10400 and BIO 10100 and BIO 10200.
  • Typically, BS Psychology students, who are planning on careers in the medical field, take the MATH 20500 and MATH 20900 calculus courses.
  • MATH 20100 and MATH 20500 are both considered entry-level courses, and together do not satisfy the calculus requirement.
  • 21 CREDITS in psychology are required to be taken at CCNY if you chose the Psychology major in the fall of 2019 or later. Otherwise 19 CREDITS are required to be taken at CCNY.

IMPORTANT: Remember that there are other school requirements that must be satisfied to reach a total of 120 credits to graduate. Also, those requirements are not the same for the BA and BS Psychology majors. You need to check DegreeWorks for the exact school requirements that apply to you.


Departmental Objectives of the Undergraduate Curriculum

To promote critical thinking and to enable students to acquire and apply critical thinking to the content of a discipline and to practical problems they confront in other settings. We understand critical thinking to include at least these components:

  • Evaluating fact-based evidence
  • Engaging in both inductive and deductive logical reasoning
  • Identifying and considering multiple points of view

Applying the above processes to problem-solving:


  • To enable students to understand basic and more advanced psychological theories, principles, and concepts in a variety of areas such as, human development, social interaction, psychopathology, cognitive processes, and the biological bases of behavior.
  • To enable students to explore connections between published research findings and their applications. This will prepare students to apply psychological concepts to their own lives and experiences.
  • To enable students to evaluate hypotheses, research designs, research findings, and theories.
  • To enable students to formulate questions and hypotheses, design research protocols, and analyze research findings.
  • To enable students to develop competence in quantitative reasoning and applying statistical procedures on a conceptual level and through the use of statistical software packages.
  • To enable students to understand the difference between pseudo-science and science and apply such understanding to media reports about psychology.
  • To enable students to apply psychological concepts and principles to understanding social, political, and cultural phenomena (including, for example, issues of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability).
  • To enable students to act ethically, both in the conduct of research and in their everyday interactions.
  • To enable students to develop effective communication skills in oral, written, and numerical formats.


Last Update: 04/07/2020

Masters in Mental Health Counseling Degree Requirements

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 or 212-650-7380

General Masters Program Degree Requirements

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.

Ph.D. Requirements

Course requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a minimum of 90 academic credits (up to 15 credits can be transferred in from other accredited Master's Programs in Psychology at the discretion of the Program Director) completed within the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 500 hours of face to face clinical work at the Psychological Center, a year-long internship requirement, and defense of a dissertation thesis. The curriculum has broad and general courses as well as treatment-oriented and specialized courses. We offer sequences in research methods, assessment, clinical practica, theory, psychopathology, evidence-based treatments, and diversity & difference.

Dissertations in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology may consist of a broad range of topics and methods. Typically, our students are on internship after their fourth or fifth year, having completed the dissertation proposal prior to applying for internship. Required course work can be completed within three years, in-residence clinical training in four years.

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