Master's Studies

Current Students

Required Coursework and Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 48 units, or credits, of coursework in the department. There are two options for the coursework, depending on whether a student completes the research option, which results in a master's thesis.

Option 1: Students who complete the Praxis Exam for the graduation requirement

Coursework 

  1. Required Normal Process and Research Courses (4 units)
  2. Required Clinical and Disorders Courses (29 units)
  3. Required Clinical Practicums (8 units)
  4. Departmental and Certification Courses (0 units)
  5. Elective Courses (7 units)

Graduation Requirement

Students who select Option 1 must take the Praxis exam and earn a minimum score of 600. Students are encouraged to take the exam during their last semester of coursework to allow time to retake the exam if necessary. If selecting Option 1, students must send an official copy of the Praxis score to the department prior to clearance for graduation. Students will receive a letter from the department indicating receipt of their scores. Students who are not native speakers of English and students with disabilities can petition for extra time on the exam and should contact the ETS Praxis administrative office.

Option 2: Students who select the research option and complete a master's thesis

Coursework

  1. Required Normal Process and Research Courses (4 units)
  2. Required Clinical and Disorders Courses (29 units)
  3. Required Clinical Practicums (8 units)
  4. Departmental and Certification Courses (0 units)
  5. Elective Courses (7 units)
  6. Independent study with the faculty mentor (1 unit)
  7. Research Colloquium (1 unit)
  8. CSCD-GE-2424 Honors Research: I and II (0 units)

Masters Thesis

Students who select the research option will complete a master's thesis under the direction of a faculty mentor. The student and the mentor will determine the scope of the thesis.  Learn more about this option by reviewing the CSD Masters Thesis Guidelines. Use the CSD Masters Thesis Application to apply.

Graduation Requirement

Students who select the research option and who would like to be clinically certified must also complete the Praxis exam.

Honors Funding

Students who complete a master's thesis are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $1,000 through Steinhardt to conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member. Find out more about this award and learn about application requirements.  

Graduation Forms and Deadlines

Students may officially graduate from NYU in September, January, or May but the commencement ceremony is only held in May. Students should apply to graduate through Albert.

In order to graduate in a particular semester, students must apply for graduation within the application deadline period. It is recommended that students apply for graduation no later than the beginning of the semester in which they plan to complete all program requirements. Waiting to receive end of term comprehensive exams, thesis, or final project results before applying for graduation will result in a delay in the graduation date. If students do not successfully complete all academic requirements by the end of the semester, they must reapply for graduation the following semester. Please refer to the specific deadlines for the completion of requirements for each graduation available on the Graduation Deadlines Calendar.

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