Academic Programs of Study


Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

  • General/theoretical and clinical tracks
  • State-of-the-art facilities for clinical training
  • Hands-on experience and research opportunties 

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Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology at Marywood

Be In Demand with a Psychology Masters Degree

Marywood's master's degree in psychology provides students with an in-depth view of the scientific foundations and professional applications of the discipline. The curriculum serves the needs of students who wish to apply psychological principles and techniques in varied professional settings. The master's level program is also appropriate preparation for those who wish to pursue further study at the doctoral level in a more specialized area.

Psychology Graduate Degree Description

Two tracks are available. The general/theoretical track is intended for those students who wish to develop a broad-based understanding of psychology for varied purposes (not necessarily involving clinical applications). The clinical track is designed for students who wish to work in a mental health agency or other human services setting where they will provide a range of consultative, assessment, and therapeutic functions.

More About This Degree

Stuart Badner, Psy.D., CSP
Associate Professor of Practice
Program Director, School Psychology

Faculty research interests include: adult survivors of abuse, aggression, auditory perception, brain trauma, child and adolescent disruptive behavioral disorders, cognitive and behavioral therapies, cognitive assessment, conflict resolution and mediation, cross-cultural variations in masculinity, dementia, effects of technological innovation in higher education, ethics and clinical practice, friendship relations, gender differences, health promotion in schools, improvement in student reading, instructional effectiveness, media violence, medical aspects of sexual dysfunction, multimedia effects on learning, music cognition, neuropsychology, organization of auditory events, outcomes assessment, pastoral counseling, personality assessment practicum and supervision, psychology and marketing, psychology and religion, psychotherapist burnout, self-esteem assessment and change, social-cognitive development, state dependent learning, stress and coping, training practices in school psychology, web sites in mental health, word recognition.

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms, a shared research laboratory, a stress and coping laboratory, a neuropsychology laboratory, and a curriculum library that includes books and journals related to psychology.

In addition to these features, the McGowan Center also houses the Psychological Services Center, an outpatient mental health clinic that serves the local community and is an important training ground for psychology and counseling students.


At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.

I currently work as an undergraduate adviser at The Catholic University of America.  In my position, I hope I have a positive impact on students, similar to how I was influenced by my former Marywood professors.  I also enjoy research and would like to transfer those skills to academic advising.

Marywood has prepared me for a career in academic advising on the college level in several ways. At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.  I also built strong mentor/student relationships, especially with Dr. Janet Muse-Burke, with whom I still maintain a friendship.

Marywood’s core values created such a great environment on campus.  I remember visiting as a high school student and feeling welcomed the moment I stepped on campus.  As I began my job search, I was hoping to find the same personal kindness and sense of community I felt at Marywood, so it was not a surprise that I ended up working at another Catholic university.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Find Your Counselor

Jim McAndrew

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 4529

About me: I was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently reside in Throop, PA. I graduated from Marywood University in 2017 and joined the admissions team in September 2020. Not only am I an admission’s counselor here at Marywood, but I am also the assistant coach for the Men’s Basketball team.

My interests: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, watching movies, Yankees baseball, Steelers and Penn State football, Sixers and Syracuse basketball. I also love animals, especially cats and dogs!

My favorite thing about Marywood: My favorite thing about Marywood is how close-knit the environment on campus is. I love that all of our professors and faculty build a close connection with the students and have that 1-on-1 relationship.

My favorite place at Marywood: I would have to say my favorite place at Marywood is the Learning Commons. It is a good place to get a balance of quite study time, but also meet with friends to hang out and get something to eat.

You’d never guess: You’d never guess I’m a big Marvel fan. As much as I enjoy watching sports, I can watch any Marvel movie at any time of the day.

Best advice: Be yourself! Going to college may seem intimidating at first, but once you get on campus, it will start to feel like home. If you just be yourself, you will find plenty of opportunities around campus to meet new people and get involved with some great activities.