Where research and practice meet.

At Derner, we structure our programs to bridge the gap between research and practice. For graduate students, that means rigorous studies combined with professional service. As a psychology professional, you will be challenged to address the needs of a changing society. That requires both critical-reasoning skills and empathy. Our graduate programs answer this call, with an emphasis on professional practice that integrates research and theory from many different disciplines.

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Master of Arts (M.A.) in General Psychology

Based on a policy of rolling admissions, students are accepted into the program in the fall, spring or summer. Here are the basic requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal essay
  • Transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • A listing of grades in all undergraduate and graduate psychology courses, including general psychology and one additional psychology course
  • General GRE scores are recommended, but not required

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Mental Health Counseling

The application deadline for fall admission is August 15. Here are the basic requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.1
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) in general psychology, developmental psychology, research methods and psychopathology
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (General only)
  • An admissions review 

Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Psychology

All admissions are for the fall.

Here are the basic requirements: 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 15 credits in psychology, including:
    • General psychology
    • Developmental child or adolescence psychology
    • Abnormal personality or social psychology
    • Tests and measurements
    • Statistics

Students without the necessary coursework may be admitted to the program conditionally, but the missing undergraduate courses must be completed with a “B” or better. 

  • Three letters of recommendation from former teachers or employers
  • An essay or professional statement that addresses the following:
    • Why have you chosen to study at Adelphi University?
    • Why do you want to become a school psychologist?
    • What are your long-term professional goals?

For further information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
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