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Learn About Behavior at Marist College

Marist College appears in our ranking of the Top 20 Online Master’s in Educational Psychology.

Marist College offers students several choices when it comes to the study of behavior as part of the field of psychology. Undergraduates, for example, can pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology. It is a 120-credit program, and 42 credits of those are psychology courses. Electives make up 41 credits, and the rest are core requirements. Interested students can also apply the tenets of the study of behavior as applied to special education.

Graduate students can go for the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, which is a 60-credit program that can be completed in either two or three years at the student’s preference. Classes include Psychopharmacology for Counselors, Multicultural Foundations in Counseling, and Counseling Techniques. Students must also participate in externships for their fieldwork.

There are two tracks for the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology: grades 1 – 6 and grades 7 – 12. Students in this optional hybrid program study the learning processes of children at the ages in the tracks and perform research. Each track comprises 36 credits. One of the courses in any graduate psychology course is Content Area Assessment and Portfolio Development, which teaches students how to create portfolios to present at future job interviews.

About Marist College

Marist College was founded by the Marist Brothers as a learning institution that taught young men how to learn and how to educate others. At the time of the college’s founding, the Marist Brothers had been in existence for more than 100 years. In 1946, the college became a four-year institution. Shortly thereafter, the college became nonsectarian. Prior to 1962, students did not live on campus. That year, the first dormitories were erected.

Today, Marist College is U.S. News and World Report‘s No. 8 school in the Northeast Region. It is also the No. 2 school when it comes to innovation and the No. 9 school for undergraduate teaching. Veterans are special to Marist College, and their efforts on veterans’ behalf resulted in a No. 2 ranking in that category.

The school has a student-to-teacher ratio of 16-to-1, and it accepts fewer than half of the students who apply. Students are generally satisfied with their time there. Fully nine in 10 of them report as much before they begin their sophomore years.

Marist College Accreditation Details

Marist College has had continuous regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1964. Several departments within the college have academic accreditation from other organizations. Some of those organizations include the:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.

Marist College Application Requirements

Marist College’s primary focus when assessing applicants is the high-school transcript. The average of accepted students is a GPA of 3.3. Marist College does not require the ACT or the SAT, but when students do take them, the scores they achieve are between 26 and 30 on the former and 1200 and 1340 on the latter. Students must have completed the following in high school to be considered:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of Science
  • Three years of Math
  • Three years of History or Social Studies
  • Two years of the same foreign language

Graduate students need a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university to be considered. Also, students must submit three letters of recommendation from former professors or work supervisors, a current resume, and a statement of purpose. Prospective graduate students should also have an overall GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate studies. Students must achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in certain select classes, such as Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, and Probability and Statistics.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition and fees for undergraduates come to $42.500. Room and board add an additional $15,920. Incidental costs and books total roughly $3,000. The total cost for annual undergraduate attendance is $61,545.

Graduate students pay different costs that depend on their selected courses of study. Most psychology graduate students pay $850 per credit hour. The on-campus costs and fee structure are the same as for undergraduates.

Need-based financial aid comes in three varieties: scholarships, grants, and loans. Students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to begin the process. The college and the government will then determine the student’s eligibility for the various awards and loans by assessing their financial situation. It is not unusual for students to receive multiple forms of aid. Grants and scholarships are given with no strings, but loans must be repaid. There are two kinds of loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. The government covers the interest for subsidized loans while the student is enrolled in classes. The student is responsible for not only the interest generated on the principle of any unsubsidized loan but also for the interest generated by the interest.

Work-study programs are a special kind of grant where students work up to 20 hours per week to pay off part of their tuition. They must apply both for the program itself and for the jobs they plan to do while enrolled. International students must secure work visas to apply for work study.

Students also have the option to apply for private financial aid, most of which is merit-based and not need-based. This aid is usually a loan from a local bank or credit union of any one of the different scholarships and grants offered by charitable organizations, foundations, and other private entities. Students must remember that any private aid received will correspondingly reduce the federal aid they receive.

Marist College is an educational force in the Hudson Valley. Its commitment to its roots and to further development of its curricula set it apart.