A: The early deadline is January 15. Applications received by this deadline are given full review and consideration for financial aid. The final deadline is April 15. Financial aid decisions for late deadline applications are based on available remaining funding.
A: We seek to admit students with a range of backgrounds, however a background in psychology and prior research experience are a strong benefit. Prior clinical training or experience is also regarded favorably, as well as a history of leadership, individual scholarship or relevant employment.
A: Not necessary. A clear understanding of the aims of the program, and your vision for how it will benefit your personal goals is sufficient.
A: No. This brief (36 credit) MA Program is not designed to prepare students for MA-level licensure in New York State. Most graduates are interested in ultimately studying for more advanced degrees.
A: The class size changes depending on whether it is an intimate seminar course or a large survey course. Class size can range from 8 to 50 people, but the average is between 20 and 30.
A: It is a 36-credit program. If you are a full-time student, you may be able to complete it in three semesters (including summer). If you are a part-time student, it is very likely to take longer. Many students find that spending more than one year is highly useful. It may permit them to become closer with faculty members, become more deeply involved in clinical and research activities, and generally prepare to become stronger applicants for doctoral admission or employment. Up to five years are allowed for degree completion.
A: During the 2020-2021 academic year, all courses are offered online. It is currently unclear when and which courses in which formats will be offered in-person, online, or hybrid as of Summer 2021.
A: Most likely. Many will have the opportunity to apply to work in a faculty member’s lab. However, each faculty member is unique with regard to their availability to meet with students individually or offer students work in their laboratories.
A: No. However, students are strongly encouraged to seek out fieldwork and research opportunities while in the program. You can meet with the Fieldwork Coordinator to explore possibilities, look out for any program emails informing about research opportunities and openings, or pursue opportunities independently.
A: Your diploma will reflect that you have graduated with a Master of Arts from Columbia University. Your transcript will say “Degree Awarded: Master of Arts; Major: Psychology in Education.” The Concentration will not be reflected on your Diploma or Certificate. Those are curricular distinctions, which you may note on your CV. For additional questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
A: This program best serves students making career changes into the field of psychology, those who wish to integrate psychological principles into their current expertise, and especially for those who aim to pursue advanced degrees such as a Ph.D or Psy.D. Graduated students have been known to work in research institutions and to strengthen their doctoral applications by clarifying their long-term goals. Graduates typically find employment in research centers, clinics, hospitals, social service agencies, non-profits, and community colleges.
A: Our own Ph.D. program is small – on average 6-8 students per cohort. TC receives hundreds of applications to the doctoral program each year. Nevertheless, as many as 2-4 MA students may be successful applicants to our program in a single year. Most students apply to several programs for more advanced degrees, and nearly all are successful in ultimately gaining admission.