Master of Arts In Community Psychology

"The opportunities the University of New Haven presented to me allowed me to build my professional identity as a practitioner and a researcher," said Victoria Benson ‘17 M.A., who interned at the Yale School of Medicine and is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.

Help Solve Complex Human Challenges

Community psychology focuses on the solutions to human problems in a wide variety of settings, by developing theory, research, and practice to enhance the functioning of individuals, families, groups, institutions, and entire communities. Community Psychology advocates for social justice by empowering marginalized communities and seeks to strengthen health and well-being through community partnership and prevention programs. For 50 years, the University of New Haven's Master's Program in Community Psychology has successfully prepared graduates for professional careers in mental health and related human services.

We provide a distinctive applied psychology education. We offer four program concentrations – community mental health, community research and evaluation, program development, and forensic psychology – that enable our students to tailor the curriculum to meet their individual needs and professional goals.

You’ll learn to apply different psychological and social sciences theories and approaches to understand and impact the complex forces that influence individual and community behavior and well-being.

The program allows students to simultaneously complete their degree, obtain practical experience, work full-time or part-time, and meet financial obligations. Full-time students can complete the program in two years, and classes are offered during evening hours to accommodate working students.


Our alumni have held leadership positions in youth services bureaus, community centers, child development programs, municipal services, state agencies, healthcare systems community action programs, and advocacy organizations.

You’ll prepare for the future by:
  • Learning and training to prevent and treat psychological problems, with an emphasis on interventions within social institutions, organizations and groups, as well as directly with individuals
  • Focusing on community analysis, consultation, program development, administration and evaluation
  • Gaining internship experience at a human service organization or in a community setting
  • Learning to apply your knowledge to enhance and enrich individuals, families, groups, institutions and entire communities
  • Developing knowledge in counseling, psychotherapy, group, and family treatment; personality assessment; case management and client advocacy; crisis intervention, primary and secondary prevention; organizational consultation, program planning and development, agency and program administration, networking and interagency collaboration; research and evaluation; community development and social change

Graduates of our program are well-prepared to pursue doctoral work in community psychology, clinical psychology, and related fields. Students planning on pursuing a doctoral program may elect to write a thesis as part of their program of study.

"The Community Psychology program's small size made me feel that my professors and peers really knew me, which made me feel I was an integral part of the classroom. "
- Kathryn Thamsen '18

Envision Your Future

In our annual Alumni Survey, most respondents stated that they are earning a salary between $60,000 - $70,000, with some earning over $100,000.

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Personal Services Managers

7% Growth 2021-2030



12% Growth 2021-2030


Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

12% Growth 2021-2030


A love for Community-Clinical services leads to plans for a future mentorship program for current students and alumni.

Job Success By the Numbers

We want you to have a good idea of your job potential, so we keep tabs — on how many recent graduates are employed in the field and how, in their estimation, our program positioned them for success. The survey results below give you the inside story.


of 2021 graduates surveyed are currently employed in the field of community psychology, with 55% working within their concentration


of 2021 graduates surveyed are satisfied with their current employment, with 80% reporting satisfaction with their current salary


of 2021 graduates surveyed said that the University of New Haven’s Community Psychology program prepared them well to meet the challenges they encounter in their professional work

Alumni Achievement
    • Education (teaching K-12, college, & university)
    • Consultation
    • Behavioral Health/Mental Health Clinics
    • Research Centers
    • Community-Based Non-Profits
    • Correctional Institution
    • Government
    • Research Associate
    • CPS Coordinator
    • Program Coordinator/Director
    • Executive Director
    • Evaluation Associate
    • Reentry Case Manager
    • Senior Substance Abuse Counselor
    • Data Engagement Specialist
    • Family Advocate
    • Director, Juvenile Review Board
    • Coordinator of Community Education
    • Ph.D.’s or Psy.D.’s
      • Clinical-Community Psychology
      • Community Psychology
      • Clinical Psychology
      • School Psychology
      • Education
    • Dr.PH in Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Selected Courses and Programs

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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Upcoming Events
Community Psychology Scene

The latest issue of "CP Scene," the official newsletter of the University’s master’s degree programs in community psychology and clinical mental health counseling, features spotlights on current students, profiles on alumni and faculty, and an overview of a course on family therapy that was taught by Melissa Whitson, Ph.D. at the University's campus in Prato, Italy.

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All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Next Steps
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  • The University of New Haven Graduate School is an excellent value with reasonable tuition. Of course, you will still have bills to pay and the Financial Aid office can help.

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