Master’s in Psychology (MA) Degree: General-Experimental Specialization

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Why A Graduate Degree in Psychology – General-Experimental Specialization?

For those interested in exploring a broad range of careers in the field of psychology, the General-Experimental Program offers a flexible curriculum grounded in science. This program also offers an opportunity for students to prepare for doctoral-level training upon completion of their master’s degree.

Why Pursue a General-Experimental Specialization at Iona?

Learn from Experts in the Field

Iona’s psychology department is composed of experts in the field who combine distinguished empirical credentials with applied research and real-world experiences. The result is a comprehensive program that covers both applied and scientific psychology.

Learn Quantitative Research Methods

Students in this program learn quantitative research methods through a three-course sequence: statistics, research methods and a thesis project. In addition to traditional research methods, students also learn how to utilize large data sets based on national and world-wide samples such as General Social Survey data and World Value Survey.

For the thesis portion of the program, students learn how to:

  1. analyze data;
  2. find and select variables of interest;
  3. form a research hypothesis based on those variables;
  4. test the hypothesis.

For the duration of this process, students receive personalized supervision and guidance from dedicated faculty. This thesis also adds to the groundwork for career development and preparation for a pursuit of doctoral-level study.

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Finish in Four Semesters

This 36-credit degree can be completed in as little as four semesters.

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Application Requirements

Two letters of recommendation are required if your GPA is below 3.0. If your overall GPA is 3.0 or higher, you may submit one letter of recommendation, but it must be from an academic reference. At least nine credits of psychology courses in statistics, experimental research methods, and one other upper-level course with a B or higher.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of the General-Experimental Master's program at Iona University have found employment in a variety of fields, including research, counseling, and clinical research. Some of our graduates are currently pursuing doctoral degrees, while others have already completed their studies.

Job Titles

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Director of Counseling Services
  • Psychological Consultant
  • Lab Manager
  • Experimental Researcher

Our graduates have gone on to work or attend doctoral programs at the following locations:

Yale Center for Clinical Investigation logo.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Democracy Prep Public Schools
CAM Lab at Stony Brook University
Medical School at Ruhr University Bochum
University of Massachusetts, Boston UMASS

General-Experimental Specialization Program Highlights

A Flexible Degree Tailored to Your Interests

With only three required courses, this flexible degree can be tailored around each student’s needs and interests. Students select four core courses from a list of eight, and five elective courses from a list of twelve.

Finish in Four Semesters

This 36-credit program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Those opting to go full-time can finish in as little as four semesters. Full-time students are encouraged to take advantage of our wide variety of summer course offerings which can result in degree completion of 18 months.

Choose from an Array of Electives

We offer a wide array of electives suited to bolster our students’ clinical applied and experimental skills. Topics include understanding and treatment of addictive behaviors, counseling theory and practice, dynamics of groups processes, personnel psychology and more.

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