Academics & Programs

Graduate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts offers Master’s Degrees in areas that combine cutting-edge research with real-world applications.  The School Psychology Department also offers advanced certificates in School Psychology and in School Psychology and Deafness.  Learn more about our programs and feel free to contact our Admissions Liaison, Amy Lyman, at axlgla@rit.edu or (585)475-4137 with any questions!

Experimental Psychology (MS)

The program has two tracks: experimental psychology and engineering psychology.

The experimental psychology track embraces the application of the scientific method to the study of behavior, including areas such as addiction, attention, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, forensic psychology, perception, psychopathology, and social psychology, among others.

The engineering psychology track examines human capabilities to sense, perceive, store, and process information and how these human factors impact interactions with technology.  Students are trained in both research methods of experimental psychology and application of the results to contemporary problems in industry.

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Communication & Media Technologies (MS)

Communication and the technologies for message creation and dissemination are at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. The master of science degree in communication and media technologies is an interdisciplinary advanced program of study combining liberal arts courses in communication with course work in an applied or professional program. Graduates will be adept at the analysis of communication problems, the development of solutions, and the creation of messages as a result of their combined training in the social sciences, humanities, and applied technologies.

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Criminal Justice (MS)

The master of science degree in criminal justice emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to urban studies with a focus on public safety. The program stresses training in policy analysis and practice, particularly as it is relevant to community and urban issues.  The program builds on a foundation of locally relevant policy research by providing students with the critical skills to carry out such work and the experience to assure success in employment or in pursuit of further graduate studies.

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School Psychology (MS/ Certificate of Advanced Study)

The master of science degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the program develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation.

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Science, Technology & Public Policy (MS)

This innovative master of science degree emphasizes the creation and understanding of engineering, science, and technology policy.   The program is interdisciplinary and draws significantly from disciplines and courses of study in RIT’s colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science.

All students take a set of policy core courses that emphasize analysis, problem solving, and interdisciplinary approaches. Students work with an adviser to choose electives that focus their policy studies in a particular area, such as environmental policy, telecommunications policy, or energy policy.

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