- Who should consider this Program?
The MAP has been created for the following student types:
- Students from a wide variety of undergraduate programs who are
interested in graduate studies in psychology, but who are not sure
they are interested in the longer 60-credit programs that lead to
- Students from undergraduate criminal justice/criminology
programs who are interested in integrating graduate studies in
criminology and psychology to either pursue vocations in
correctional settings and probation, OR who are interested in
pursuing doctoral programs in Criminology in the near future.
- Students who wish to immediately pursue doctoral degrees in
psychology fields, but who either require a Master's degree to
apply to these desired doctoral programs or who would like to
enhance their GPA, research skills, or clinical experiences to
better enhance their applications to such programs in the near
- Who should NOT consider the
- Students who are dedicated to obtaining Master's-level degrees
that ultimately lead to licensure (most often, licensed
professional counselors (LPC) and licensed clinical social workers
- Students who know they want to do direct clinical work, but who
are confident that they are not interested in pursuing doctoral
education in psychology within the next 2-3 years.
- Students who are interested in pursuing doctoral education in
related fields, like Counselor Education and Supervision, which
require a master's degree in counseling.
- Students who have no interest in developing their research
capabilities in areas of their own choosing. A graduate
thesis is required for all students that are enrolled in the MAP
Program, and this should be considered before applying.
- What kinds of jobs will I be able to obtain with the
Obtaining a master's degree in psychology, without obtaining 60
credits for state licensure, creates some limitations to a
student's occupational pursuits. Still, MAP graduates could be
administers or directors of community programs in human services,
work in prevention, education, or health promotion fields, engage
in research-based positions in hospitals and non-profits, and work
in counseling/clinical positions that do not require licensure.
Additionally, the Carlow MAP Program with Forensic Psychology
concentration conforms to the standards set forth by the Academy of
Criminal Justice Sciences, so students interested in criminology
will be well supported by this degree.
- If I am admitted into the Master of Arts in Psychology,
am I automatically able to progress through to Carlow's Doctoral
No, these are separate admissions processes; however, the MAP is
designed with doctoral-bound students in mind. Through
academic advising, students will be supported in ways to enhance
their applications for both the Carlow PsyD Program, as well as
other doctoral psychology programs outside of the university.
Students may develop skills in clinical areas, in addition to
refining their abilities in independent research that are highly
valued by doctoral programs in the social sciences.
- I have already started Carlow's Master of Science in
Professional Counseling (MSPC) Program, how many credits could be
transferred over to the MAP?
The MAP is very versatile. Students that are currently enrolled
in the MSPC Program could "transfer" as many as 15 credits into the
Exploration concentration of the MAP.
- What if I decide that I would like to pursue the
60-credit MSPC Program so that I may obtain my LPC (licensed
professional counselor) designation after graduation?
Of the 36 credits required of the MAP, many courses would be
able to be "transferred" to the MSPC, so long as current grades are
strong and student goals align correctly with the design of that
program. As many as 15 credits could be in-house transferred
into the 60 credit MSPC Program. After the first two
semesters in the MAP, advisors will discuss progress in the program
and discuss if such a transition makes sense for inquiring