Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

Program Format and Delivery Models

The Master of Arts in Educational Psychology degree program is designed with three delivery models: fully on campus, hybrid (on campus and online), and 5-year BA/MA.

On-campus model: takes place on the Poughkeepsie campus, and coursework may be completed either through full-time or part-time study. Candidates are accepted in the fall. A limited number of courses are offered in the summers. The program is designed so that it can be completed by a full-time student in three to four semesters, completing 9 or 12 credits each semester. A full-time student usually attends evening classes and takes 9 credits per semester. Each course is worth three credits and meets one evening per week, and some online course opportunities. Part-time students must complete the program within five years from first matriculation in the program. Study plans can be customized for individual student needs. Some courses are offered both fall and spring, other courses are offered only fall or only spring. The study plans will reflect the order of course offerings. Study plans are customized according to individual needs and availability of courses. Due to course availability and course planning, candidates in collaboration with the Director of Graduate Programs will design a study plan for each student upon their acceptance into the program. Candidates should follow the study plan and consult with the director for any changes.

Hybrid model: is a cohort-based program model. Students start the hybrid model only in summers. This unique 36-credit program is designed to be completed in two years, with two courses completed each semester: summer, fall, and spring. In recognition of the busy and tightly scheduled lives of professional educators today, the program takes advantage of the superior online resources of Marist to provide one-week summer sessions each of your two consecutive summer semesters on the beautiful campus in Poughkeepsie with online work during the remaining five weeks of the summer semester completed online. The  summer sessions will take place on campus for two weeks and continue online for other three weeks. All fall and spring semester courses are delivered online. Marist has a long history of collaborative research and development, including Marist/IBM collaboration, to build outstanding online learning environments. As a result Marist now has cutting-edge technology platforms and includes the traditional services of email, chat, discussion groups, web servers, as well as iLearn, a dynamic and flexible system for offering online coursework. This graduate program takes full advantage of these resources. Because this is a cohort-based model, courses are offered in a specified sequence and candidates follow the already set cohort program. Since this is a very intensive program in a hybrid model, students must have good self-management and organization skills.

5-year BA/MA in Educational Psychology model: This model is an extension of the Marist undergraduate Dual Certificate Program in Childhood grades 1-6/Students with Disabilities grades 1-6. Outstanding, academically successful (minimum of 3.2 GPA), and highly motivated Marist undergraduate students in Psychology and the Dual-Certificate education program may consider applying to the five-year program which combines the Psychology in Childhood 1-6/Students with Disabilities 1-6 undergraduate program with the M.A. in Educational Psychology program. Marist students in the five-year program will receive a B.A. in Psychology, earn a New York State Initial Teaching Certificate in Childhood Education 1-6/Students with Disabilities grades 1-6, as well as an M.A. in Educational Psychology. The five-year program is a 36-credit graduate program. In this program candidates complete 12 credits of graduate courses starting in the spring semester of their junior year, prior to the completion of the B.A. degree program. Student teaching will be completed in the Spring semester of their senior year as part of the B.A. degree requirement. The remaining 24 credits are completed in the fifth year, with graduate student status. Admission to this program is granted to qualified applicants in the fall semester of their junior year. The program is a cohort-based program and fits only for undergraduate students who graduate with their Bachelor's in spring. Application should be submitted in the junior year in the fall semester.

Application Deadlines:

Graduate Program:

  • Hybrid Summer start application due April 1
  • Fall start application due April 15

Five-Year Program:

  • Junior year Fall semester application due September 15
  • If you are abroad in the Fall semester of your Junior year, please apply in the Spring semester of your Sophomore year by April 15

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