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Teachers College, Columbia University
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M.A. Introduction

MA in Psychology in Education

The Gateway to the Mental Health Professions

The Master of Arts degree is intended for students interested in the field of Clinical Psychology and the mental health professions at large. This introductory-level graduate program provides foundational knowledge of psychopathology, treatment theories, and research methods. It is ideally suited for applicants who are looking to strengthen their background prior to applying to doctoral psychology programs. In addition, it is well matched for candidates who do not hold undergraduate degrees in psychology and who wish to gain exposure to the field.

Why the MA Program?

The Department of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College is a world-renowned training ground for researchers and clinicians, particularly known for innovation in pedagogy and clinical practice. Students within the MA Program are given an unprecedented opportunity to experience the demands of a graduate-level education in Clinical Psychology while also exploring the multiple avenues available in the ever-growing mental health field beyond. Our mission is to provide students with a platform to clarify their interests and then direct themselves toward their next professional goals. The field of applied psychology is vast. The MA Program exposes students to diverse perspectives and populations, and supports them with intensive academic advisement, so that they may discover the best fit for their unique abilities. Graduates of the MA Program leave prepared to confidently pursue higher education or gainful employment.

How does the MA Program work?

During their tenure, students are closely guided by MA Program Advisors, which include current Ph.D. students from the Clinical Psychology department. Advisors help to clarify students' academic goals, to gauge progress, and to assist with their professional development. MA Program Ambassadors, which include current 2nd year MA Students, also assist with community-building and information-sharing so that student needs are heard and creatively addressed. Through the innovative MA Program curriculum, which includes a combination of didactic instruction and experiential learning, students develop the critical thinking skills needed to interpret scientific knowledge, review traditional and contemporary treatment models, engage in innovative research, and contribute to fieldwork sites throughout New York City. By the end, students are intimately familiar with the depth and breadth of the Clinical Psychology orientation as a result of their tailored educational experience.

What is the MA degree for?

The MA Program is intended to awaken a student's passion and to give him/her the knowledge-base and skill-set to pursue it in earnest. Whether a student has a set path (e.g., to pursue a Ph.D. Program) or a vague hunch (e.g., to work with children), the MA Program offerings will allow for a range of opportunities. Regardless of background, students may unilaterally pursue a doctoral degree (Applied Track), immerse in a specialized area of Psychology (Spirituality Concentration), weave an interdisciplinary programs of study (Psychology and Nutrition), or pursue several of these approaches at once. The MA degree is not intended to prepare students for the independent practice of professional psychology and will not lead to licensure. It is instead designed with the notion that there is more than one road to achieving a fulfilling career in Psychology. Many of our graduates have applied their degree to pursue prestigious doctoral programs, to engage in compatible disciplines (Social Work, Neuroscience, Anthropology, Public Health), or to become more gainfully employed (Research Laboratories, Non-profit Organizations, Undergraduate Colleges, Human Resource Departments) with the understanding that their degree can be effective in many settings.

Where are MA students from?

The MA Program student body is represented by individuals from various ages, cultures, geographies, and training backgrounds. International professionals, mid-life career changers, and psychology majors are only a few examples of the diversity that enriches our community. The program leading to the MA degree is appropriate for students who have obtained undergraduate degrees in Psychology as well as for those with a limited exposure to the field. Some students use the program to enhance their current work (elementary education, international policy), while others use it to distill their interests within psychology (global mental health, addictions). Yet others use it as a first step toward a doctoral education. The MA Program celebrates that our students are not of one voice. This chorus of perspectives is considered necessary to solve the very real-world problems they will encounter upon graduation. Each student has a unique contribution to make.

How can I find out more about the Spirituality Mind Body Summer Intensive MA Degree?
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When is the MA Admissions Application due?

January 15th or April 15th (see Office of Admissions)