General Masters

Mission of the General Masters Psychology Programs

The General MA Program in Psychology is a liberal arts program that has a mission intended to give broad training at a graduate level in a variety of areas of Psychology beyond that received in an undergraduate program. Many MA programs and perhaps all doctoral programs require students to limit their training to one or two primary areas of interest. The General MA program requires students to study a variety of areas.

The core of the program is three required courses: History of Psychology (Psychology 700), Statistics (Psychology 705), and Experimental Psychology (Psychology 701). Elective courses must include at least one course from 2 Topic Areas (described below). The remaining electives can include more courses from these lists or any 700 level Psychology course.

Capstone Experiences: Two methods are available to students to serve as capstone experiences. Each of these can demonstrate the success of the student in the program. The first method is passing a comprehensive multiple choice exam designed and approved by the MA Advisory Committee. This examination covers subject matter derived from the three required Master’s courses and is required of all students unless their GPA exceeds 3.7 in which case they can be exempt from the exam and instead complete the Master’s thesis as their capstone experience. The Master’s thesis is conducted in lieu of 6 course credits in an area of Psychology approved by the student’s MA Advisor and is evaluated by a three-person faculty committee.

The Psychology Department has implemented the following Learning Goals for General Master’s Degree Psychology Majors:

  1. Master several areas of Psychology at a graduate level
  2. Integrate and communicate information about Psychology at a graduate level through written papers and oral presentations in courses

This program is intended for students who:

  • Want to explore their interests further or expand their backgrounds in Psychology;
  • Want to learn more about the area of mental health (but without seeking the field placements and special course work offered in the CBA program); and/or
  • See themselves en route to Doctoral study, with the goal of pursuing careers as independent researchers, particularly in the areas of neuropsychology, learning processes, or experimentalpsychology.


    Patricia D’Ateno, M.A. Director, email or

    Concettina Pagano, M.A., Advisor, email



Applicants for admission to the Graduate Studies Division must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have completed an approved undergraduate program of study with a minimum grade-point average of B, as well as a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate courses in psychology, including psychological statistics and a laboratory course in experimental psychology. Neither the general aptitude Graduate Record Examination (GRE) nor the Psychology GRE is required for admissions. Either full-time or part-time attendance is possible. Students may be admitted in the fall or the spring.

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Non-Matriculated Studies

Some of our courses are open to qualified professionals and career specialists in psychology or other fields. These courses may fulfill a particular need for skills acquisition or credential maintenance for teachers, social workers, etc. If you believe that a course or course sequence is relevant for you, contact the head of the M.A. program regarding suitability for enrollment. (A lifetime cumulative limit of 12 credits may be taken on a non-matriculated basis)

Click here to apply online for the General Psychology MA degree (matriculant) or to apply to take courses as a non-matriculated student.

Deadlines for MA Admissions

Matriculated Students
April 1
November 1
Nonmatriculated Students
August 15
January 15
May 15

Please note that the deadline for foreign applicants is one month earlier.

Please address questions about the application process to

      Patricia D’Ateno, M.A. Director, email or

      Concettina Pagano, M.A., Advisor, email

Things you need to know when starting in this program


Requirements for a General Masters:

Required Courses:

Elective Courses:
A selection of courses that when added to the required course credits equals a total of 30 with thesis or 36 (without thesis) credits. Electives can be ANY graduate level course in psychology and must include at least one course from Group A and one from Group B below. The remaining electives can include more courses from either of these lists, or any of the graduate (700 level) psychology courses you see on CUNYfirst.

Group A:

Group B:

  • Behavioral Science and Business: 754
  • Developmental: 720, 720.1, 720.2, 721
  • Developmental Disabilities: 720.01, 720.02
  • Personality: 740, 741, 743, 743.1:
  • Psychometrics: 760, 761, 764, 774
  • Psychopathology: 755, 756
  • Sex and Gender: 753

How to Apply for Graduation

CUNY E-permit information

2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin