Psychology Schools in NYC with Degree Program Overviews

Oct 20, 2021

NYC Schools with Psychology Programs

In NYC, there are two public colleges and one large private university that offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in psychology. Below are descriptions of the programs, a table of key school facts and a section about three other school options for aspiring psychologists in the NYC area.

  • Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY) offers an associate's degree program with a concentration in psychology and a bachelor's degree program in psychology. The smallest of the three schools profiled here, the college is located five miles from downtown Manhattan.
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, also part of the CUNY system, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs that include forensic psychology. This college is located 1.2 miles from downtown.
  • New York University (NYU) is a large private school that offers psychology degrees through its Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. At about 1.5 miles from downtown, the university offers psychology programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are interested in majoring in psychology can use this table to find out how much an undergraduate program might cost at the three featured schools. Important information about school size and selectivity can also be found in the table.

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York University
School Type 4-year (primarily associate's), public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2019) 5,798* 15,880* 52,885*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $7,352 in-state; $15,302 out-of-state* $7,470 for in-state; $15,420 out-of-state* $53,308*
% of First-time, Full-time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019) 89%* 85%* 52%*
Acceptance Rate (undergraduate, 2019) 90% 41%* 16%*
Retention Rate (2018-2019) 62% for full-time students; 60% for part-time students* 80% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students* 94% for full-time students; 71% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for undergraduates beginning in Fall 2013) 14%* 52%* 85%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

CUNY Medgar Evers College

This school is located in Brooklyn, one of New York City's five boroughs. While this is a 4-year school, it mostly grants associate's degrees. The School of Liberal Arts and Education, of which the Department of Psychology is a part, serves the greatest percentage of full-time enrolled students (45%). The psychology programs lay the academic and experiential groundwork necessary for continued study in diverse practice areas, such as clinical, counseling and industrial/organizational psychology, as well as forensic, school, sport and environmental psychology.

Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Psychology

In addition to general education classes, students complete some coursework in psychology. The college also has an internal articulation agreement for qualified students to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students gain a broad understanding of the field, including social psychology, experimental psychology, personality theories and human development. Studies in psychological testing and assessment methods, psychotherapy and counseling are also part of the program. Cultural perspectives like oppression, social change and the African Diaspora provide students with additional opportunities to explore psychology. Electives can be taken in abnormal psychology, learning theories, social change, sport psychology, behavior and perception. Students may also complete an independent study, a research practicum or a senior thesis.

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

At the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, students who would like to pursue psychology within the criminal justice field have options at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. These include a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology. Unique to the college is its Forensic Psychology Research Institute.

Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology

The forensic psychology program offers students introductory coursework in psychology as it relates to the criminal justice system. Students take a series of core courses in general, developmental, social and abnormal psychology, as well as research methods and statistics. They also complete core electives in behavior, personality, memory and learning psychology. Capstone seminars allow for studies in experimental psychology, criminal behavior and the criminal justice system.

An internship is optional, as is an honors thesis track. Students can also pursue a B.A./M.A. in Forensic Psychology.

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

In this program, graduate students complete a series of courses and an externship or a thesis to prepare for psychology careers in criminal justice settings or for continued study at the doctoral level. A combined externship/thesis option is also available. Required subjects include psychopathology, research methods and statistics and assessment methods. Elective areas of study include counseling and rehabilitation, family and domestic violence, social psychology and related evidence in the court system. Elective options also allow for studies in crime scene analysis or working with homicidal or juvenile offenders.

Ph.D. in Psychology

The Ph.D. program at John Jay offers two of the 13 doctoral programs in psychology available through the City University of New York. Students may enter either the clinical psychology or psychology and law training program. The clinical psychology training program requires 90 credits, a practicum, a dissertation and a year-long internship; it prepares students for a professional license to practice psychology. The psychology and law training program requires 60 credits and a dissertation; it does not prepare students for professional licensing and is intended for those who want academic or research-oriented careers.

Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology

Graduates of the clinical master's and doctoral degree programs in psychology, social work, counseling or a related field may apply to one of the six areas of specialization covered by this 18-credit, state-registered program. These 6-class tracks include family violence and victims, forensic counseling and psychotherapy or forensic psychological assessment and testimony. Students can also specialize in psychological assessment and forensic psychology, research in forensic psychology or selected topics in forensic psychology. The forensic psychological assessment and testimony track is only open to qualified, experienced licensed psychologists.

New York University

Established in 1831 with 158 enrollees, NYU is now one of the largest private, not-for-profit universities in the nation, with an annual enrollment surpassing 50,000 students. The school attracts students from all over the state and from more than 125 countries. Psychology students can find bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs at NYU.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology

Students who major in psychology study foundational psychology, research and statistics. They also apply their research and lectures in community-centered practicums. In addition, students can participate in the school's honors program or take advantage of its study abroad program.

Master of Arts in Psychology

Students working part-time or full-time towards this terminal degree in psychology can choose between the Master of Arts in General Psychology and the Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Students pursuing the general psychology degree may specialize in social and consumer psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, clinical neuroscience or cognition/perception and neuroscience.

The industrial and organizational program is typically more selective than the general psychology program. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores as part of their application package. A bachelor's degree in psychology isn't required, but students should have at least taken an introductory psychology class. Admission is competitive.

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology

Students explore psychological research and human development. Research embodies the development of infants, preschoolers, children and adolescents of different races, genders, health levels and social classes.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Students in this program will complete 79 credits after the bachelor's degree. The program covers counseling theory and processes, cross-cultural counseling, group counseling and abnormal psychology, among other areas of study.

Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Intervention

With a focus on psychological theory, principles and research, student scholars examine individual and group behavior. Topics include child development, human environments, social change and research methodologies.

Other School Options

Touro College, located within downtown Manhattan, is a private nonprofit school that grants master's degrees in psychology. The school's Brooklyn campus offers separate Jewish learning environments for male and female students. At Long Island University - Brooklyn, students can earn a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology; a PhD in Clinical Psychology is also available. The private, nonprofit St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights is affiliated with the Catholic Church and offers bachelor's and joint bachelor's/master's degree programs in psychology.

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