The BA/MA in General Psychology is an accelerated, five year program. It is best suited for students who know they want to pursue either a doctorate in psychology or who want to obtain intensive training in research design and data analysis for entry-level positions in industries such as health, pharmaceutical, banking, insurance, advertising or consulting. The BA/MA in General Psychology provides opportunities for early graduate study, mentored research training in psychology beginning in the junior year, presentation at research conferences and publication in recognized research journals beginning in the junior year, on-point training and preparation in research design, data management, and data analysis for students who desire a master’s degree as a terminal degree.
Along with the Psychology (Combined BA/MA) degree, the psychology department also offers the following options for graduate study: Psychology (MA), Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MA), Family/Civil Forensic Psychology (Certificate), and Criminal Forensic Psychology (Certificate).
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
Check with your program advisor to see if you are eligible to apply for the accelerated BA/MA in General Psychology.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.
- Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Psychology (BA/MA) program:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions.
- What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
- In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
- Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
- Letters of Recommendation: Two
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
This program is 35 credits: Three courses for nine credits will be transferred from the UG program. For more information, please visit the Psychology (Combined BA/MA) program listing in the University Catalog.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: (973) 655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Psychology (BA/MA) Program Coordinator:
Program Coordinator: Dr. Deborah Ragin
Office: Dickson Hall 233