College of Education and Human Services

General Approach
The M.A. in Psychological Studies program is centered on a 36-credit curriculum in basic theory and methods in psychology. Students have the opportunity to select a concentration area of 4 elective courses (12 credits). Students may concentrate their studies in the following  areas:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mind, Body Spirituality
  • School Psychology
  • Sports Exercise Psychology

Students may also select an individualized concentration area with advisor approval and may undertake independent research or an independent study project.

Degree Requirements (24 credits minimum)

CPSY 6101
Personality Theory  
CPSY 6102
Psychology of Human Development  
CPSY 6103
Abnormal Psychology  
CPSY 7005
Statistical Theory and Computer Applications I  
CPSY 6001
Tests and Measurement
CPSY 6601
Couple and Family Dynamics: Systemic Perspectives
CPSY 8010
Seminar: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling and Psychology
CPSY 8011
Seminar in Ethical and Legal Issues: A Systemic Approach*
CPSY 8100
Multicultural Counseling and Psychology
CPSY 7615
Gender and Ethnicity in the Family**

* Students pursuing a Marriage & Family concentration will take this course in place of CPSY 8010.
** Students pursuing a Marriage & Family concentration will take this course in place of CPSY 8100.


Concentration Areas (12 credits)

School and Community Psychology


CPSY 6100
Introduction to School Psychology: History, Systems and Foundations 
CPSY 6105
Biological Bases of Behavior 
CPSY 6303
Counseling and Community Agencies 
CPSY 7101
Research Methods 

Marriage & Family Therapy

CPSY 6316
Group Counseling 
CPSY 7620
Seminar in Systemic Therapies 
CPSY 6003
Counseling Skills
CPSY 7101
Research Methods

CPSY 8007
Mind/Body Issues and Interventions 
CPSY 6105
Biological Bases of Behavior 

and a Choice of two of the following: 
CPSY 6103
Health Maintenance & Education  
NURS 6223
Health Promotion 
PTHO 6741
Spirituality and Psychology 

Psychology of Sport and Exercise *
CPSY 7105
Psychology of Sport & Exercise 
GMED 6014
Exercise Physiology (4 credits) 
CPSY 8007
Mind Body Issues and Interventions 
CPSY 8010
Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychology and Counseling 
CPSY 8541
Special Topics: Case Studies and Applications in Sport Psychology 
* Students taking the Sports Psychology concentration will enroll in four courses in consultation with their adviser.

Note: All classes are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Program Director:
Sandra Lee, Ph.D.

(973) 275-2734

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