The Psychology Department at Towson
University offers a Master’s of
Arts degree in psychology. Students may
choose to pursue in-depth study within
one of four concentration areas offered:
Clinical, Counseling, Experimental, or
School. Students who complete the Master
of Arts in psychology are prepared for
a variety of jobs as well for post-master’s
and doctoral studies, depending on the
Clinical Concentration--Graduates are prepared to apply for admission to doctoral programs in clinical psychology (Psy.D. or Ph.D.), work as psychometricians or behavioral specialists, or serve as project directors on applied research studies, and also go on to become licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPCs).
Counseling Concentration--Graduates work toward licensure as professional counselors in settings such as community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, group homes, rehabilitation centers, university counseling or career centers and substance abuse programs. The program also prepares students for continued graduate education at the doctoral level (Ph.D. or Psy.D.), if so desired. Students choose from two degree tracks (practitioner and research) to meet their individual needs and goals.
Experimental Concentration--This program provides research training for those interested in any area of psychology. Graduates enroll in Ph.D. programs or move into research jobs in the public and private sectors including institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, and U.S. Army Research Labs. Graduates also have enrolled in nationally recognized Ph.D. programs in diverse areas of psychology and related fields.
School Psychology Concentration--Graduates provide consultation to teachers and families to support prevention of behavioral and academic difficulties in school settings, provide early intervention to address difficulties as they emerge, and conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations to assess student learning and social/emotional needs. Graduates are recognized as Nationally Certified School Psychologists upon successful completion of the national exam in school psychology.