Program in Community Psychology College of Arts and Sciences University of New Haven

Program in Community Psychology College of Arts and Sciences University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
student ratio
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average amount to complete degree
fall application deadline
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5 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Private East Coast University with Burgeoning Enrollment

The University of New Haven (UNH) is located on 80 acres in suburban West Haven, Connecticut, between New York and Boston. Its total enrollment is over 5,700 students, including approximately 1,700 graduate students. The university has had a recent surge in enrollment, increasing its total student numbers by 29 percent in the last 5 years.

The 5 academic colleges of the University of New Haven offer more than 80 undergraduate and 25 graduate degrees in a variety of areas, including community and social psychology, sports management, forensic science, music and sound recording, criminal justice, nutrition, and computer science.

Master's Degree in Community Psychology

The UNH 45-credit Master of Arts Program in Community Psychology , one of the oldest free-standing community psychology programs in the United States, focuses on preventing and treating problems by applying interventions within organizations, groups, and social institutions. Trimester courses are linked to supervised internships with community service organizations in the greater New Haven area.

Students can work full- or part-time while studying. Full-time students can complete the program in less than 2 years. Evening classes are available to accommodate working students. All students get practical experience from the varied internships integrated with their coursework.

The university's location near New Haven (the 6th-largest municipality in New England) provides many options for fieldwork. Internships are chosen from one of 3 areas: consultation, individual intervention, and systems intervention. Students write a final comprehensive project report to integrate their fieldwork with relevant coursework and research.

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Program Graduates Pursue Varied Career Opportunities

Graduates of the community psychology program are prepared for private, non-profit, and government careers in mental health treatment/prevention programs, youth and family services, community centers, child development programs, health care systems, advocacy organizations, substance abuse treatment programs, and the administration of various city and state agencies. Many also pursue doctoral degrees in community or clinical psychology and related fields.

Flexible Program with 3 Concentrations

Community psychology students can choose from 3 different concentrations , depending on individual needs and professional goals. Concentrations are in community-clinical services, program development, and forensic psychology. All concentrations require 24 core course credits, 12 concentration course credits, and 3 electives. Students may choose to write a thesis as part of their study, which is strongly recommended for future doctoral candidates.

Core courses include a survey of community psychology, psychometrics and statistics, research methods, program evaluation, consultation, and individual or systems intervention, in a combination of traditional classes, seminars, and internship fieldwork. For students who already have a year or more of human service experience in an appropriate area, it is possible to substitute an elective for that internship.

Professional Counseling Preparation Program

The UNH Professional Counseling Preparation (CP) program, when joined with 15 additional credits, helps prepare students for professional licensure by fulfilling the 60-credit requirement for a counseling license. Although there are additional requirements for full professional counseling licensure, courses cover many of the relevant topics.

Community-Clinical Services

The community-clinical services concentration educates students for careers in clinical, mental health, and other human-service settings. Consultation, social problem analysis, and prevention strategies are stressed, along with direct work with individuals. Students selecting this concentration choose 4 out of 5 offered concentration courses (12 credits) on developmental psychology, interviewing, psychotherapy, group/family therapy, and abnormal psychology.

Program Development

A concentration in program development prepares graduates to develop and administer programs and services. Study topics include the planning, development, and evaluation of programs to prevent and treat psychological problems in private and public organizations, businesses, and industry. Course choices include 12 credits (4 courses) in interviewing, organizational behavior, social change, public policy, and health care institutions.

Forensic Psychology

The forensic psychology concentration, offered jointly with the Criminal Justice Department, provides training for working with offenders in the criminal justice system in community settings. It also serves to update and enhance skills for professionals already working in law enforcement or treatment/prevention programs. Specific coursework includes mental health law, forensic abnormal psychology, forensic treatment, and assessment and outcome evaluation.

A Working and Accomplished Faculty

The UNH community psychology faculty has varied experience as practicing community and clinical psychologists in public and private sectors, as well as a broad range of teaching and research interests. For example, Michael Morris, Ph.D., director of the community psychology program, also consults part-time with several human-service, non-profit, and public-sector organizations, specializing in organizational development and the enhancement of collaborative relationships among organizations.

Financial Assistance Available

The campus Center for Graduate and Adult Student Services offers assistance for admissions, course registration, and financial aid for University of New Haven students. In addition, the center helps students secure placement in graduate assistantship positions, which pay 50 percent tuition plus an hourly stipend for up to 20 hours per week.

Convenient Suburban Location Close to New Haven

The university is situated on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound, within minutes -- less than 2 miles -- of Atlantic Ocean beaches. UNH offers shuttle service to downtown New Haven with its many cultural, recreational, shopping, and entertainment opportunities, as well as transportation to bus and train stations for easy access to Boston and New York.

Location & Contact

Program in Community Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences
University of New Haven

300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516-1916
United States

Dr. Michael Morris


Phone: 203-932-7289

Ms. Eloise Gormley

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 203-932-7440

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Applications Of Psychology Certificate
    • Program Development Master of Arts (MA)
    • Forensic Psychology Master of Arts (MA)
    • Community Clinical Services Master of Arts (MA)
    • Community Psychology Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 12
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


70% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 58
    • Accepted 41
    • Acceptance Rate 70
    • Enrolled 16
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 31st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline October 15th Not Reported
    • Spring deadline January 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMay 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students44
    • Female Percentage80%
    • Male Percentage20%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students44
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Full-time Percentage77%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American17%
    • White / Caucasian71%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown2%




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