1. 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 professional licensure.
  • 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 future.


  1. Who should NOT consider the Program?
  • 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 (LCSW).
  • 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.


  1. What kinds of jobs will I be able to obtain with the MAP?

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.


  1. If I am admitted into the Master of Arts in Psychology, am I automatically able to progress through to Carlow's Doctoral PsyD Program?

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.


  1. 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.  

  1. 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 students.