The graduate programs in psychology at The Sage Colleges prepare students for work as mental health counselors and community psychologists. The programs have been designed for students who have made a commitment to advance social justice, to promote the well-being of individuals, families and groups with varying cultural traditions, and to develop change strategies to address social issues in diverse communities through the application of psychological principles, research and methods.
The 42 credit Master of Arts in Community Psychology focuses on the systems, practices and tools needed to effectively address mental health and community welfare issues.The goals of the program are to :
- Reorient the student’s thinking from individually-focused to more community-focused and systems-oriented models.
- Educate the student in a variety of prevention and intervention strategies to facilitate alteration of behavior change in community settings.
- Provide the student with evaluation, assessment, and consultation skills.
A Certificate program in Forensic Mental Health is available to Community Psychology students. In addition, a Certificate program in Gerontology is available through the Sage Department of Nursing. Course schedules are flexible and include evening and weekend options to meet the needs of working students. Note: Admission to the New York State psychologist licensure examination requires a Ph.D. in psychology. This degree does not meet the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State.
The program consists of a community psychology core, a research methods sequence, general psychology electives, a required Health Services Administration elective, and a capstone experience. A field experience in Community Psychology is required for all students.
Applicants for admission to the community psychology program must meet the general admission requirements:
- An minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
- Official transcripts of ALL previous undergraduate/graduate study. Two letters of professional reference (at least one of which should be from an academic source). Undergraduate courses in statistics, history and systems of psychology (not required for undergraduate psychology majors), and at least three other courses in behavioral sciences. Satisfactory “Personal Prospectus” statement regarding rationale for interest in the program.
- Current Resume
Applicants who meet all admission requirements will be admitted as regular graduate students. Those who do not fully meet the requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis if they show high promise for success in the program.
- Completion of all required and elective courses.
- Completion of externship in community settings.
- Completion of a thesis (3 -6 credit hours) or research seminar (3 credit hours).