Fordham University was established in 1841 as the Northeast’s first Catholic college by Reverend John J. Hughes. Initially called St. John’s College, Fordham evolved into a private, non-profit research institution within the Jesuit tradition. Endowed for $665 million, Fordham enrolls approximately 8,400 undergraduates and 6,700 post-graduates annually. Based on an 85-acre urban campus in the Bronx, New York, Fordham University has satellite locations in Manhattan and Westchester. Divided into 10 constituent schools, Fordham is ranked America’s 66th best university and 55th top veterans college by the U.S. News. In particular, Fordham houses the 141st best graduate psychology programs nationwide.
Fordham University Accreditation Details
Recently reviewed in 2016, Fordham University holds 10-year regional accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). Fordham is an approved member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Other discipline-specific accreditations are:
• Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)
• American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA CoA)
• National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
• National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Fordham University Application Requirements
Getting into Fordham University is tricky with the selective acceptance rate at 48 percent. For the Psychology Major (B.S.), applicants must have completed a diploma from an accredited secondary school. Completing a NYS Regents curriculum or out-of-state equivalent with four years of English and math is expected. On average, admitted students have a high school GPA of 3.58. Freshmen typically score between 1840 and 2060 on the SAT (including writing). Transfers with 30+ accredited college credits and a minimum 2.5 GPA can also apply.
Master’s and doctoral programs require holding at least a B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution. Ph.D. degrees in psychology grant advanced standing for students who’ve already attained a master’s. Graduate admission mandates a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3. Master’s studies should be completed with a 3.5 GPA. Fordham University prefers candidates scoring in the 60th percentile on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students without a B.A. in Psychology should take the GRE subject test. Non-native English speakers must score 100 or higher on the TOEFL iBT.
Before the application deadlines from November 1st to February 1st, interested students should submit the following to Fordham University:
• Completed online application
• Payment for the $70 processing fee
• High school or college transcripts
• Standardized testing reports
• Three letters of recommendation
• Typed, double-spaced writing sample
• One to two-page statement of purpose
• Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduates at Fordham University pay $23,925 per semester or $47,850 each year for tuition. Part-time learners must afford $1,595 per undergraduate credit. Undergrads should budget for the $281 general fee and $138 technology fee every term. With room and board, total annual cost of attendance is approximately $67,457. Graduate Fordham students generally pay $1,435 per credit with $330 fees each semester. Programs in the Graduate School of Education are discounted to $1,340 per credit.
Statistics from the NCES show 91 percent of beginning, full-time students earn aid. More than $164 million in financial assistance is available. Institutional awards, including the Fordham Presidential Scholarship, Loyola Scholarship, Jogues Scholarship, and Dean’s Scholarship, are abundant. NYC residents may obtain the $7,000 Metro Grant. Federal financial aid includes the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Federal Work-Study (FWS) and graduate assistantships cover tuition with employment. New York State offers the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Honorably discharged veterans qualify for tuition benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Borrowing Federal Stafford, Perkins, and Grad PLUS loans is also possible.
Psychology and Counseling Degrees
Fordham University currently houses seven degrees in counseling and psychology through its School of Arts and Sciences or School of Education. PhD-level faculty educate budding mental health professionals at the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses with a 14:1 ratio. Fordham is renowned for several leading research institutes, including the Pediatric Emotion Regulation Lab and Memory and Aging Lab. Accredited available degrees include:
Psychology Major (B.S.)
The Psychology Major (B.S.) provides a structured, baccalaureate curriculum for Fordham undergraduates to develop the scientific thinking skills to analyze human behavior. Within the 120-credit program, students complete courses in biopsychology, memory, cognition, social psychology, child development, and abnormal psychology with 100+ service learning hours. Bachelor’s students with a 3.32 GPA or higher can join the Psi Chi chapter.
M.S. in Applied Psychological Methods
Offering tracks for Program Evaluation or Tests and Measures, the M.S. in Applied Psychological Methods at Fordham uniquely blends behavioral science into data analytics for applying psychological research. The 30-credit curriculum builds upon psychometric theory with advanced seminars and a semester-long internship. There’s also an Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. option available.
M.S.Ed. in Counseling
The Graduate School of Education houses a M.S.Ed. in Counseling program at Lincoln Center for full-time and part-time Fordham students to prepare for NYS counselor licensure. The 60-credit curriculum starts every Fall with tracks in Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. Following MPCAC standards, the program includes 600 hours of on-site fieldwork.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Employing the Boulder scientist-practitioner model, the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University equips graduates for ethical, real-world clinical practice in multicultural societies. With APA accreditation, the 89-credit, five-year program offers specializations in Child and Family, Forensic, Neuropsychology, and Health. Graduates are eligible for the NYS Licensing Examination in Psychology.
Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology
Fordham graduates in the Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology program study biopsychosocial development across the lifespan to promote effective community interventions. Over three years full-time, ADP majors research development in the context of race/ethnicity, school, family, and health/well-being. Year-long practicum placements are across NYC, such as Harlem Children’s Zone and Jewish Life Homecare.
Ph.D. in School Psychology
At the Lincoln Center campus, the Ph.D. in School Psychology is NASP-approved to produce licensed psychologists capable of applying psychological science to educational efforts in PreK-12 communities. The 96-credit curriculum covers five years full-time, including three 150-hour practica, dissertation research, and a predoctoral internship. Students could also choose the Professional Diploma in Bilingual School Psychology.
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Ranked seventh nationally for EPPP pass rates, the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program takes a scientist-practitioner approach to preparing psychologists for individual, couple, family, and group therapy. The APA-accredited, 96-credit program includes a research assistantship and counseling externship. Fordham University matches PhDs with leading sites like Johns Hopkins, Mount Sinai, and NYU Langone Medical Center.
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