Psychology, MA

Central to Exploring Human Nature.

Prepare for a rewarding career in research or a variety of human services fields with a Central MA in Psychology. Work with your advisor to develop a personalized program of study that helps you pursue your interests in helping others.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August
  • 36- to 39-credit program
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Two Options for Research Experience
  • Access to experienced faculty invested in your success
  • Research labs including:
    • Applied Developmental Physiological Lab
    • Biofeedback Lab for Research and Teaching
    • Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab (SCAN-LAB)
  • Internship opportunities at nearby institutions and agencies including:
    • Prudence Crandall Center for Women
    • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
    • University of Connecticut Health Center
    • Whiting Forensic Institute
    • Mercy Halfway House
    • Biofeedback Practice at Central
  • Financial aid is available
  • No GMAT/GRE required

Program Options


Develop skills to conduct research or be an active practitioner in a variety of research and community organizations. Learn and practice community-based participatory, ecological, and mixed-method approaches through coursework and internships. Prepare for work that will increase empowerment and advance social justice among various communities.

Understand the biological, behavioral, and social factors of health and illness. Develop interventions to foster health (e.g., prep work for biofeedback technician certification). Prepare for work in human services, non-profit organizations, primary care and other medical settings, and/or go on to doctoral programs in Health Psychology.

Highly flexible program allows you to tailor your course selection to follow your individual interests in the field. Rigorous entry-level training prepares you to pursue your doctorate in Psychology or another field.

Enrolling in the Community Psychology graduate program at Central was one of the best decisions that I have made during my educational journey. In addition to the supportive faculty members and classmates that I have encountered at Central, I have been able to apply my educational knowledge from the graduate program into my professional work environment, which has opened many new doors for me.

Kevin Rodriguez
MA ’22

Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize and critically evaluate scholarly literature.
  2. Design, conduct, and analyze scientific empirical research.
  3. Communicate with professional-level skill in oral and written contexts.
  4. Critically analyze and integrate psychological theory in applied and /or real-life situations.
  5. Demonstrate expertise within an area of psychology (community psychology, health psychology, or other area of focus).