M.A. in General Psychology

Advance your career with our master’s in general psychology.

Graduate training at Adelphi’s Derner Institute is designed to advance your understanding of psychology as a science of human behavior and as a profession that evaluates, prevents and treats psychological problems. Derner graduates become compassionate, innovative leaders and problem-solvers for their organizations and their clients. 

Students in our M.A. in General Psychology benefit from small classes and seminars led by knowledgeable and dedicated professors who are respected researchers and clinicians. Our diverse courses address pressing topics and recent advances in the field, and students have ample opportunities to pursue new research with faculty mentors.

A 36-credit program that can be completed on a part- or full-time basis, the Master of Arts in General Psychology serves three broad groups:

  • Students who want to gain knowledge in psychology to advance their already established career path
  • Students interested in future doctoral-level training who need additional preparation to apply competitively
  • Students with a general interest in learning more about psychology and human behavior

Graduates of our Master’s degree program in General Psychology open the door to a wide range of employment possibilities, including research laboratories, mental health clinics, social work agencies, law enforcement agencies and private industry. 

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The following graduation requirements apply:

Interested in private practice?

The Derner M.A. positions you well to pursue a doctorate, which is the degree required for licensure as a clinical psychologist in New York State.  


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