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Psychology: Master of Arts (MA) in Behavioral Neuroscience


Recent technologies such as brain imaging are providing new insights into the mechanisms of behavior. With a Queens College master’s degree in this specialized field of psychology and biology, you’ll gain the knowledge base and research experience that’s in demand for jobs in industry and academia. You’ll also be prepared to go on for further study in highly competitive doctoral programs.

  • Your master’s thesis will comprise your original research, so you’ll be well-qualified as a researcher when it’s time to go on the job market
  • All faculty members have a specialized area of research, and are making exciting advances in the field

As a graduate student, you’ll work side by side with Queens College faculty, making valuable discoveries in behavioral neuroscience. Our faculty’s areas of interest include adult neurogenesis, sensory motor integration, cognitive neuroscience, emotion, addiction, cognitive factors of aging, visual perception, and the mechanisms of ADHD.

Why pursue Behavioral Neuroscience at Queens College?

  • Gain high-quality research experience that will prepare you for a career while training you to be an experimental psychologist who can analyze and solve problems
  • Present your research at international conferences and contribute to new publications
  • Become credentialed in a first-rate, affordable program, one of the few of its kind in the tri-state area

Learn More:

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Requirements for Matriculation 

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
1. Fifteen credits in undergraduate psychology is considered the minimum requirement for admission to the MA program, which should include an undergraduate laboratory course in experimental psychology and a course in psychological statistical methods or their equivalents. A student who has not had at least a one-semester laboratory course in experimental psychology and a one-semester course in statistical methods or their equivalents, but whose record of achievement is otherwise high, will be asked to make up the deficiency through taking a comparable course without credit in an undergraduate college.
2. A minimum grade average index of B (3.0) in undergraduate courses.
3. A minimum grade average index of B (3.0) or the equivalent in the undergraduate field of concentration or, with permission of the department, in related fields.
4. Two letters of recommendation. 
5. In some cases a personal interview with the Graduate Advisor or with some other members of the department may be required
6. Submit the results of the aptitude test Graduate Record Examination. Students are advised to take the Graduate Record Examination no later than February for August admission. No final consideration may be given to any application unless the Admissions Office receives the results of the examination by the date applications are due.
Note that possession of the requirements listed above does not automatically insure admission to the programs. Each record, including grades, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination scores, and information from present and former instructors and employers, will be carefully examined by a Graduate Committee on Admissions. Specific requirements may be waived by the Graduate Committee on Admissions for students of special promise. 


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Deadline April 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineFall only 
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference2
Essay  500 Words
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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