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Expenses and Financial Aid
Funding for students in the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is available in several forms: loans; on- and off-campus employment; and for graduate students, teaching, research, and clinical assistantships; and paid field placements.
Government loans are available through the University. Financial need must be demonstrated. Apply for state and federally funded low-interest loans through the Office of Financial Aid in Levermore Hall.
Scholarships and Fellowships
A limited amount of scholarship money is available to New York State residents through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid, Levermore Hall. All students should investigate the possibility of obtaining these funds. Further information regarding foundations, fellowships, and grants may be obtained from The Foundation Center.
Deferred Payment of Tuition
Tuition can be paid in installments by arranging in advance with the Office of Student Financial Services, Levermore Hall, and paying an additional fee. No student can graduate until all outstanding debts to the University are paid.
Some jobs, mostly outside the field, are available through the Career Center, Post Hall. Any job related to psychology must be approved by the dean, in regard to legality, professional ethics, and necessary supervision.
The Undergraduate Psychology Program expects a student wishing to pursue a psychology
major to achieve and demonstrate adequate levels of competencies in the following areas
before continuing the course of study beyond an introductory level:
- The use technology to critically explore psychological problems and issues
- Critical Thinking
- Beginning knowledge of psychological theories and the history of psychology
Students will be enrolled in the Competency Assessment Portfolio (CAP) course (0 Credits, P/F grade) when the Psychology Major is declared. CAP Key Assignments from the following six courses must be submitted to the electronic portfolio once each course is completed: PIA (0501) 1) 103, 2) 245, 3) 455, 4) 250, 272 or 292; 5) 262 or 284, and 114 or 115. Students’ CAP will be reviewed each semester by their advisers and those students who are not achieving an adequate level of competency will be offered remediation. The CAP is a requirement for students wishing to continue in the major and the estimated time of completion is 60 credits.
Comprehensive Assessment Portfolio:
When should I submit my portfolio?
It is best to submit your key assignments as soon as the assignment is completed. The
portfolios are due at the completion of the Sophomore year or 60 credits.
What should I include in the Comprehensive Assessment Portfolio?
Writing samples from the following courses must be included in the portfolio:
- Writing Portfolio from PIA 103 Writing in Psychology
- Literature Review and Research Proposal from PIA 245 Psychological Research.
- Key Assignments from the following domains of psychology:
- Biological and Cognitive Sciences (PIA (0501) 250 Neuropsychology, PIA (0501) 272 Psychology of Perception or PIA (0501) 292 Cognitive Psychology)
- Social and Personality Psychology (PIA (0501) 262 Social Psychology or PIA (0501) 284 Theories of Personality)
- PIA (0501) 115 Developmental Psychology (Child).
Where do I submit my portfolio?
Students who wish to continue in the psychology major must register for a zero credit Comprehensive Assessment Portfolio Course (0501-399, 0 credit) once their portfolio is completed. Students will be notified by email when the review process is complete. Students will also be notified of their status in the major.
How do I know if my portfolio is adequate to continue in the major?
Students must receive a passing grade on the assignment and an adequate level of
competency in the area the portfolio assesses.
What should I do if I do not achieve an adequate competency level in the area the assignment
Students who do not achieve an adequate level of competency in the area the assignment assesses can revise the assignment at any time before final submission to the course instructor. The revision of assignments after the course is completed will be at the discretion of the course instructor.
What happens if I do not submit my portfolio?
Successful completion of the portfolio is a pre-requisite for continuation in the major. Students who have completed more than 60 credits and have not submitted a portfolio will not be allowed to continue in the psychology major. In addition, successful portfolio submission is a pre-requisite for the department’s Advanced Topics Courses and Senior Experience Applied (SEA) Courses. These are required to complete the major.
What should I do if I decide to declare a major in psychology during my junior year?
Students wishing to declare a major in psychology after their sophomore year or completion
of 60, credits must complete the required foundation and introductory courses as well as
submit a successful portfolio.
What should I do if I am transferring into the department from another university?
All transfer students will be required to submit a portfolio when wishing to declare their
major in Psychology. Since all transfer students will be required to take three of the six
Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment Courses (Writing in Psychology, Psychological
Research and History of Psychology) at Adelphi, students are required to submit their
writing portfolio (Writing in Psychology course); writing samples refl ecting the use
technology to critically explore psychological problems and issues and critical thinking
skills (Psychological Research course); and writing samples refl ecting knowledge about
the history of psychology (History of Psychology) to their portfolio for assessment. In
addition, key assignments from any foundation and introductory courses taken at Adelphi
must be included in the portfolio. Students must complete their portfolio successfully
in order to take the Advanced Topics capstone courses and Senior Experience Applied
Transfer students must take the following courses at Adelphi (16-20 credits):
- PIA (0501) 103 Writing in Psychology, (3 credits), CAP requirement
- PIA (0501) 137 Psychological Statistics, (4 credits); (Statistics courses accompanied by a lab are reviewed for acceptance on a case by case basis)
- PIA (0501) 245 Psychological Research, (4 credits), CAP requirement
- PIA (0501) 455 History of Psychology, (3 credits), CAP requirement)
- Advanced Topics Capstone Courses (6 credits)
- Senior Experience Applied Courses (3 credits)
Transfer students' portfolio must include, at a minimum, key assignments from the following
- PIA (0501) 103 Writing in Psychology, (3 credits)
- PIA (0501) 245 Psychological Research, (4 credits)
- PIA (0501) 455 History of Psychology, (3 credits)
- Key assignments from any domain introductory courses taken at Adelphi.
The Psychology Internship Program
Emerging Scholars Program
Qualified psychology majors participate in a year-long program, the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), which offers an opportunity to participate in advanced, original research. The program offers intellectually curious students an intensive experience of mentorship and collaboration with a Derner Institute faculty member
Honors in Psychology
Undergraduate Psychology Majors may graduate with Departmental Honors at the conclusion of their academic studies in the university. Honors are awarded at the discretion of the Psychology Department faculty. To be eligible to graduate with this distinction, an undergraduate must have completed at least twenty-four credits of their psychology major in the psychology department at Adelphi University. The top 30% of each graduating class may be considered for graduation with "Honors" and the top 10 % of each class may be considered for graduation with "High Honors."
Credits for Physical Education Courses
Each college of the University establishes the maximum number of physical education skills credits that can be counted toward the B.A. degree. Psychology majors are permitted to apply a maximum of four such credits in Physical Education Skill courses (PES) courses to the 120 credits needed for graduation.
See Bulletin Admissions section for general undergraduate admission information.
Expenses and Financial Aid
See Expenses and Financial Aid section of the Bulletin for general information on Financial
Aid, Scholarships, and Work Study opportunities.
Derner Institute Graduate
Students (Master's and Doctoral Students Only)
Transfer Credits for M.A.
Program Students who have taken master’s level psychology courses may apply for written permission by the dean and program director to transfer up to a maximum of six credits. Transfers are considered only for those courses in which the student received a minimum grade of “B”. Under no circumstances will more than six credits be transferred.
Transfer Credits for Doctoral Program
Students in the doctoral program may request transfer credit only for non-clinical courses that they have already taken at the graduate level, provided they have received a minimum grade of B. Approval for transfer credit must be approved by the dean, and students requesting transfer credit must provide both a transcript and a syllabus. Transfer credits do not shorten the length of the program.
Students are required to earn grades of “B” or better in all courses in order to remain in the program. If a grade less than “B” is earned in any given course, the student must meet with the program director, and will be placed on academic probation. Grades of below “B” will not count toward graduation. If it is a core course, the course must be retaken. If it is an elective, another elective may be substituted.
Sholarships, Fellowships, Assistantships
Get info on Psychology Clinics...
Get info on Psychology Clinics...
In addition to classes at the main campus in Garden City, the Derner Institute offers some
classes for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in general psychology, the Master of Arts (M.A.) in
mental health counseling, and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in school psychology at Adelphi's
Hauppauge Center. The Center is located at 55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge, New York.
Leave of Absence Guidelines
The continuity of training and education is an important aspect of the program; the faculty generally will not permit extension of leaves of absence beyond a single year. Under special circumstances, a student may petition for an extension of a leave for an additional year; such a petition must be presented no later than the preceding spring. The petition must present a compelling reason for such an extension, and should also include provision for approved professional activities during the leave period. The decision will be based on the specifics of the case, including the student’s previous performance in the program, and the professional use that will be made of the leave period. If leave is not granted, the student will be expected to return to full-time status; or will have to reapply and be considered as a new student.
Commitment to Recruiting Racial/Ethnic Minority Students
Special care is taken to recruit and to provide financial assistance for qualified racial/ethnic minority students. A Derner Institute supported minority student organization participates in recruitment of faculty and students, selection of students, planning of special programs, and minority student orientation and advisement.