Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Adelphi University

Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
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April 1
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Adelphi's Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Offers Master's and Doctoral Psychology Programs

The nation's first university-based professional school of psychology, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University provides a full spectrum of master's, doctoral and respecialization and postgraduate certificate programs.

Master's programs include an M.A. in General Psychology, an M.A. in School Psychology, and an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. Derner also offers concentrations in substance abuse counseling (in conjunction with the master's in psychology or the mental health counseling degrees) and industrial/organizational psychology. Doctoral programs include a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a respecialization in clinical psychology for Ph.D.s and post-doctoral psychology programs. Supported by a dedicated faculty, the Derner Institute's programs deftly integrate psychology research, theory, and practice.

Added Value

Established in 1896, Adelphi University is a fully accredited, private university with nearly 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and returning-adult students in the arts and sciences, business, allied health, clinical psychology, education, nursing, and social work. Academic experts have chosen Adelphi University as the gold standard for northeastern colleges. Noted for high academic standards and reasonable tuition costs, the private liberal arts university has also been recognized as a best buy in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for eight straight years. Adelphi was also selected as a Best College in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review" and a Top College by "Forbes". ranked Adelphi in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in return on investment.

Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is located on the beautifully landscaped main campus of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Adelphi students take advantage of the many cultural and experiential learning opportunities on Long Island and in Manhattan--just 23 miles away.

The Derner Institute is internationally recognized for its extensive range of psychology programs that reflect its commitment to scholarship, research, and practice. Through Adelphi's partnerships with leading mental health facilities across the country, students benefit from supervised clinical training and a unique involvement in their respective fields. In addition, scholars from around the world participate in Adelphi's annual lecture series, the Lindemann Lecture in Human Development.

M.A. in General Psychology

The 36-credit M.A. in General Psychology serves three broad groups: students who wish to acquire knowledge in psychology to advance an already established career path; students who have an interest in future doctoral-level training, but who need additional preparation to apply competitively for such a program; and students who have a general interest in learning more about psychology and human behavior.

For part- and full-time students, the curriculum includes five core courses in the foundations of human development psychology and seven elective courses in various areas of psychology or in specific areas such as industrial/organization, forensic psychology, or clinical studies.

M.A. in School Psychology

The master's in school psychology is a 72-credit program that can be completed in three years of full-time study, or four years of part-time study, with some attendance during summer sessions. The majority of courses are in either assessment or school practice preparation.

The master's in general psychology requires students to take 12 courses (3 credits each). Five of the 12 are required core courses in the foundations of psychology. The remaining seven courses are electives.

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling Program

The M.A. in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to be entry-level mental health counselors in a variety of settings, including schools, community agencies, hospitals and clinics. The program is full time and has a strong clinical focus. It adheres to the standards for state and national accrediting groups. Students complete a 100-hour practicum and 900-hour internship, allowing them to develop clinical skill sets while applying what they learned in academic courses. Students must also pass an exit exam (CPCE). After graduating from this program, students are required by New York State to complete 3,000 postgraduate supervised hours and pass a state licensing exam to be granted a New York State license in mental health counseling.

Ph.D. in Psychology Program

Adelphi's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology is 120 credits and prepares students for community and clinical practice or may be combined with an academic or research career. To accomplish these several purposes, a basic core of psychology is required of all clinical doctoral students, covering cognition and affect, clinical theory, developmental psychology, social psychology, statistics, research methods, psychometrics, physiological psychology and professional ethics. Clinical theory courses and intensively supervised clinical practice are required of clinical psychology students.

Adelphi's clinical psychology program uses the Vail training model. Extensive clinical field experience accompanies the academic core courses. Students are placed in externships or in the Derner Institute's Psychological Services Center. Students who complete the doctoral psychology program are eligible to apply for a New York State psychology license.

Respecialization in Clinical Psychology for Ph.D.s

The 54-credit respecialization diploma program is available to enable doctoral-level psychologists trained in other areas to make a career shift into clinical psychology. Through academic work and intensive clinical training, the three-year respecialization program teaches psychologists the skills to become practicing clinicians. Two years in clinical courses and clerkships plus a one-year internship are required.

Postgraduate Psychology Programs

The postgraduate programs are for professionals who have doctorates or master's degrees in a mental health profession and are licensed for independent practice. The programs provide certificates and advanced training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis including: adult, child, and adolescent therapy; marriage and family therapy; group psychotherapy; psychoanalytic supervision; and psychodynamic school psychology.

Five Convenient Locations in NYC Metropolitan Area

Adelphi University has five locations in the New York metropolitan area: the Garden City campus, the Sayville Downtown Center and the Hauppauge Center, all on Long Island; the Manhattan Center in the historic SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan; and the Hudson Valley Center north of New York City in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Location & Contact

Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

Adelphi University

One South Avenue PO Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
United States

Dr. Jacques Barber


Phone: 516-877-4803

Ms. Christine Murphy

Director of Admissions

Phone: 516-877-3050
Fax: 516-877-3039

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Clinical Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • General Psychology Master of Arts (MA)
    • School Psychology Master of Arts (MA)
    • Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 73
    • Doctoral Degrees 29
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 2
    • * 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? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees


43% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 418
    • Accepted 180
    • Acceptance Rate 43
    • Enrolled 87
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees3 letters of recommendation, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, interview; resume; undergraduate course work in psychology, experimental psychology, statistics, and developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesdoctoral degree in psychology, 2 interviews
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

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 awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students283
    • Female Percentage82%
    • Male Percentage18%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students283
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino15%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty75
    • Full-time Percentage32%
    • Part-time Percentage68%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPsychoanalytic processes, trauma and resilience, personality disorders, program evaluation, psychotherapy process
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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