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
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.
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.
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Psychology & Counseling Department Chair
Francis J. DeMatteo, Ed.D., NCSP
Coordinator, School Psychology Program
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
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
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Tony RomaGraduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 4529
About Me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff in December 2012. I attended Marywood for both my undergraduate and graduate programs. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in 2010, and my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2012. I am originally from Endicott, New York, but currently reside in Scranton, Pa.
My Interests: I’m a sports junkie! I love playing sports and watching sports, especially soccer, which I played and coached at Marywood. I also love basketball and football. I spend my free time with my wife, family, and friends. I enjoy running at Lake Scranton and working out at Marywood's Center for Athletics and Wellness.
My Favorite Thing about Marywood: I love the sense of community at Marywood – it feels like one big family! We have so many great events all throughout the year and it is wonderful to see the students, faculty, and staff all come together. Marywood also has many beautiful, new facilities.
My Favorite Place on Campus: I love the Center for Athletics and Wellness because of the modern weight room, indoor track, and basketball arena. I also enjoy spending time in the Nazareth Student Center. Starbucks coffee, the bookstore, and the newly renovated dining hall make Naz a great place to be!
You’d Never Guess: I am the first generation in my family to be born in the United States. Both of my parents were born in Italy, and my maternal grandparents still live in Pofi, Italy with my great grandmother!
My Best Advice: My advice to prospective graduate students is to have an open communication flow with the admissions staff and faculty members. Be aware of program deadlines, per-requisite courses you must complete, and exactly what materials you are required to submit. Graduate admissions can get tricky because each department is looking for something a little bit different!