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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Psychology at Marywood

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.

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

Haley Pachucy

International Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2486

About me:
I'm originally from the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. I graduated with a degree in Sociology from Susquehanna University in 2015, and had the opportunity to study in Sorrento, Italy for a semester. Since then, I've taught English in both Incheon, South Korea and back in Sorrento, Italy. I have also worked as the International Student Program Coordinator at SUNY Cortland. I am passionate about the opportunities that higher education can provide, and I continuously support international initiatives by Marywood University. 

My interests: I love to travel. I always say the best stories can be found between the pages of my passport. Whether it's a trip on my own, with friends, for business, or for pleasure, my favorite thing to do is immerse myself in the culture of a new place. I attempt (not always successfully) to learn the native language, get to know a local, eat an authentic dish at a non-touristy location, and discover the area by walking around. 

My favorite thing about Marywood: The people here are so friendly, and the campus is beautiful. I love when I go for a walk around campus and people hold the door open, and say hello as they pass. The environment is welcoming and safe. 

My favorite place at Marywood: I know everyone says this, but the Rotunda is definitely my favorite place. The dome reminds me of the ceilings throughout Italy, and it gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it. I feel so lucky that I get to walk through it every day to get to the Admissions Office. 

You'd never guess: I'm a big Harry Potter fan! I've re-read the series multiple times, and cried when I saw Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios for the first time. I toured the Warner Bros. Studio where they filmed the movies, and I was freaking out the entire time. 

Best advice: Get involved! Whether you join a club sponsored by the university or attend events in the community, being a part of a group can make a new place feel like home. I think it's equally important to surround yourself with those who share your interests, and also to try new things with people who are different than you. When you step outside of your comfort zone, you can learn more about yourself and others.