MA Specializations

Students who wish to specialize in industrial or organizational psychology (or a balanced combination of the two) should apply for the MA in I/O program. Students in the General program who decide later to specialize in I/O can request a transfer to the I/O program, but due to the current high demand for our I/O program we cannot guarantee that such requests will be accommodated. If a General student is allowed to transfer to I/O, and has taken no more than five courses outside of the I/O requirements, he/she will be able to complete the I/O program without taking more than the required 36 credits.

Students in the MA General program may choose to specialize in a particular area of psychology, though this is not required. Our wide range of courses, coupled with the research opportunities available through our doctoral programs, provides many possibilities for specialization. Note that the specializations listed below are just suggestions, and are not meant to be exhaustive. Students, in collaboration with an advisor, may devise their own specialization. However, all students in the general psychology program, regardless of specialization, must meet the core program requirements as described in the curriculum.

The six most common specializations are listed below, along with the courses most central to each specialization. The first specialization listed, Social and Consumer Psychology is our newest. The second one, Forensic Psychology, is our fastest growing specialization. We have recently added new forensic courses and we are in the process of creating a formal (New York State registered) concentration in Forensic Psychology.


G89.2043- Consumer Behavior

G89.2059- Psychology of Decision Making

G89.2014- Psychology of Social Behavior

G89.2053- Gender Roles

G89.2083- Group Dynamics



G89.2038- Forensic Psychology

G89.2039- Advanced Forensic Psychology

G89.2040- Forensic Assessment

G89.2043- Advanced Forensic Assessment

G89.2036- Psychology of Violence

G89.2057- Traumatic Stress Reactions



G89.2012- Physiological Basis of Behavior

G89.2030- Physiological Basis of Abnormal Behavior

G89.2031- Neuropsychology

G89.2040- Cognitive Neuroscience

G89.2041- Affective Neuroscience

G89.2051- Health Psychology


G89.2025- Cognitive Psychology
G89.2031- Neuropsychology
G89.2040- Cognitive Neuroscience


G89.2020- Child Development
G89.2054- Developmental Psychopathology
G89.2082- Psychology of Adolescence


G89.2034- Foundations of Psychopathology
G89.2062- Theories of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
G89.2060- Introduction to Psychological Testing
G89.2075- Counseling Psychology
G89.2121- Theories of Psychotherapy