Gaining acceptance into Marist's highly competitive Master of Arts in Educational Psychology program depends on a variety of factors, including undergraduate academic performance, professional work experience, personal interview, and an application essay. Please note, students interested in the Leadership in the Professions program should visit the Professional Development Certificate page for enrollment instructions.
New classes begin every August and January for the on campus format and every July for the online format. Applications are accepted year round with a fall deadline of April 15 and a spring deadline of December 1 for the on campus format and a summer deadline of April 1.
Admissions Requirements for the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology graduate program are:
- A completed Graduate Admission Application (available online)
- A $50 application fee (you may pay this online if you are completing the online application or you may send a check or money order payable to Marist College)
- an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited university;
- minimum grade-point average of 3.0;
- copy of initial teacher certificate (required for those seeking NYS Professional Teacher Certification)
- a current résumé;
- submission of a written personal essay describing the applicant's background, experiences, and goals, and how these factors relate to the person's work in education;
- two letters of recommendation and where applicable, letter of recommendation from a school principal or from former professors;
- interview with the Director of the Graduate Education programs, which includes a short written task.
NOTE: Cooperating teachers who take graduate education courses as an exchange of a teaching voucher need only to complete an application form, to provide a statement that the course they intend to take is a voucher exchange, submit the original voucher, and receive permission from the Program Director who will advise on the appropriate course. There is no limit to the number of graduate courses a cooperating teacher with a valid voucher may take; however; if the person later decides to become a degree candidate, he/she must then satisfy the requirements for matriculation. It is important to note that a maximum of nine (9) credits may be applied toward the degree using courses taken with a voucher.
Acceptance of credits will be determined on an individual basis:
- No more than six (6) graduate credits will be accepted from another institution.
- A grade of B or better is required for acceptance of any transfer credits.
A limited number of assistantships for full-time students are available in research and student activities, as well as tutoring, and require ten hours of experience each week during the fall and spring semesters. Up to $4,500 per year for a graduate assistantship may be awarded, in the form of tuition waiver or stipend, to full-time students in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Candidates may apply for assistantships at the time of application to be accepted in the program. Selection for assistantships is highly competitive and candidates must maintain full time status and a 3.0 GPA.
Send all application materials to:
The Office of Graduate Admission
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387
The Professional Education Unit at Marist College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Marist College located in Poughkeepsie, New York. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.