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Master of Arts (M.A.)

Psychological Studies

The M.A. in Psychological Studies provides students with a program grounded in basic theory and methods of psychology, and introduces students to the many diverse fields of psychology. The M.A. in Psychological Studies is a 36-credit program, with 24 degree requirement credits and 12 credits within one of the following concentration areas:

  • School Psychology
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Individualized (Student and adviser select courses to meet student's goals).
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

After completion of the degree, students may apply to advanced programs (Ed.S. or doctoral degree) at the specialist level to meet state licensure and certification requirements.

The M.A. in Psychological Studies program at Seton Hall University offers a flexible curriculum that allows students interested in psychological research to specialize in school psychology, ABA, or psychology of sport and exercise. This makes it an excellent program for students exploring their career options. The program has been accredited by the APA and is known for pioneering the integration of ethics into the psychology curriculum in 1980. Students get to engage in individualized independent research projects and benefit from the insights of visiting scholars who are internationally recognized for their contributions to the field of psychology. This brings a global perspective to current psychology research and makes the program a great choice for students who want to expand their knowledge and skills.


The M.A. in Psychological Studies program is centered on a 36-credit curriculum in basic theory and methods in psychology. Students have the opportunity to select a concentration area of 4 elective courses (12 credits).
For details, view the curriculum below:

- Psychology of Sport and Exercise
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Individualized Concentration

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including at least one from a professional colleague who can attest to the candidate’s ability to interact with others, fit with the counseling profession, and capacity for graduate study 
  • Personal statement, outlining a description of related work experience, qualifications, and academic and professional goals 
  • Resume or C.V. 
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee 

Application Deadlines 

  • The program accepts applications throughout the year and operates on a rolling admissions basis.  


The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

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Thomas Massarelli
Department Co-Chair, Professional Psychology & Family Therapy; Director, School Psychology Program Faculty Associate
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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.

Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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