Psychology (B.S.)

My name is Dr. Christopher Masciocchi, and I’m the coordinator for the FSU psychology program at USMH. I also teach many of the psychology courses at USMH, and you can contact me with any questions you have about the program.

The best way to reach me is via e-mail at My office phone number is (240) 527-2746, but if you call me and I do not answer, please make sure you clearly leave your contact information so I can return your call. If you do not receive a reply within 24 hours, please try again. If I don’t respond, that usually means I did not receive or could not understand your e-mail or voice message.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Where is USMH located?

The USMH building is located at 32 West Washington Street, Hagerstown MD, 21740. Here is a link to the USMH website:

What requirements do I need to have completed to start the FSU psychology program at USMH?

You need approximately 30 college credits and you must have taken General Psychology or Introduction to Psychology or an equivalent course (or received AP credit for that course). Note: You do not need an associate’s degree or to have completed all of the general education requirements to be accepted to or start the psychology program at USMH.

Which courses should I take at Hagerstown/Frederick Community College to fulfill the general education requirements for when I transfer to the FSU psychology program at USMH?

I can help you select courses, as can the transfer advisors at HCC and FCC. Note that the articulation agreements the transfer advisors have are guides: I can help you figure out which courses on them you must take to fulfill a requirement and which are recommendations (i.e., if there are other options not listed on them for fulfilling a requirement). Please contact me with questions.

When are FSU psychology courses taught at USMH?

A class typically meets either:

  • Once a week in the evening (e.g., every Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:30 pm)
  • Once a week in the afternoon (e.g., every Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:30 pm)

There are usually 4 evening courses offered each semester, each of which meets once a week on a different day, plus an afternoon course. There are also online courses offered each semester. The fall semester goes from the end of August/beginning of September to mid-December.  The spring semester goes from the end of January to mid-May. Summer and Winter courses are also taught online.

Are online classes offered by Frostburg State University?

Yes, there are online courses offered through FSU, and because you are an FSU student you are eligible to take them.

Can I take classes at the main FSU campus? Do I have to take courses at the main FSU campus?

The FSU psychology program at USMH is designed so you do not have to take classes at the main campus unless you want to – the vast majority of students never do. However, if you chose to, you may take courses at the main FSU campus.

How long does it take for my application to be processed and for me to receive my acceptance letter?

It usually takes 1 to 3 weeks from the time that all of your application materials have been received by the FSU Admissions department (the application, all college transcripts and the application fee) for you to receive your acceptance letter. If it has been 3 or more weeks since you applied and you have not received a reply, contact me and I can check on the status of your application. 

Is there a deadline for applying?

The FSU recommended deadline for applying for the fall semester is June 1, and for the spring semester is December 1. However, I have had students apply 1 week before classes start and still be admitted for that semester. Note: The later you apply the less likely you are to receive full financial aid, and there is also a possibility that the courses you want to take may be full. 

How do I apply to the FSU psychology program at USMH?

The easiest way is to apply online by going to, clicking on ‘Apply Online,’ and following the steps. If you would rather use a paper application, contact me and I can provide you with one.  Regardless of whether you apply online or through a paper application, there will be a place on the application for you to indicate that you want to attend the Hagerstown campus and that your intended major is Psychology.

I received my acceptance letter. What should I do next?

Contact me right away (; 240-527-2746) and we can discuss the program and which courses you should take.

I received my acceptance letter and it says that I may still need to complete some general education requirements. Do I need to complete them before starting the FSU psychology program at USMH?

No, you can begin the psychology program even if you haven’t completed all of the general education requirements. Once you receive your acceptance letter contact me right away (; 240-527-2746) and we will discuss which courses you should take.

How long will it take me to complete the FSU psychology bachelor’s degree program?

That depends on two things: The number of credits you transfer in with and the number of credits you take each semester. You need a total of 120 credits to graduate from FSU. So for example, if you transfer in with 69 credits and you take 12 credits a semester plus one 3 credit summer course you can graduate in 2 years.

Do I have to attend full time?

No, you can attend FSU as a part-time or a full-time student. You must take a minimum of 12 credits to be considered a full-time student. Note that you can take courses at FSU and a community college simultaneously and have all courses count towards you being full-time FSU student. For example, a student who takes 9 credits at USMH and 3 credits at Hagerstown/Frederick Community College can be considered a full-time FSU student.

Note: Dual enrollment paperwork, which I can explain in more detail, will need to be filed.

What is the tuition?

Information about full time tuition and fees can be found at:

Information about part time tuition and fees can be found at:

Please note that FSU at USMH part time students generally don't have to pay all of the 'Mandatory Fees' listed in this section.

Are there any extracurricular activities available at USMH?

Yes, for example there is a Psychology Club, a student government association, etc. You can also do an internship as part of the requirements for the psychology degree.

What are the class sizes like?

Classes are generally between 12 and 25 students, with an average class size of about 17 students.

What courses will be offered next semester/year?

I’m often not entirely sure. However, if you contact me I can give you my best guess, or if you contact me about fall semester courses after March 1st or spring semester courses after October 15th I should be able to give you a definitive answer. Here is a list of FSU psychology courses that have been taught at USMH in the past and will likely be offered again (usually at least once every 2 years):

  • PSYC 155: Critical Thinking and Scientific Inquiry
  • PSYC 197: Introduction to the Profession of Psychology
  • PSYC 301: Statistical Methods in Psychology (Research Methods and Analysis 2)
  • PSYC 306: Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 340: Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 385: Group Processes
  • PSYC 386: Drugs and Human Behavior
  • PSYC 387: Addictions Treatment Delivery
  • PSYC 388: Treatment Issues and Theory in Addictions
  • PSYC 397: Career Planning in Psychology
  • PSYC 404: Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • PSYC 409: Human Learning and Cognition
  • PSYC 410: Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 481: History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSYC 485: Behavioral Approaches to Human Problems
  • PSYC 489: Abnormal Child Psychology
  • PSYC 492/495: Internship
  • PSYC 490/497: Evolutionary Psychology
  • Additional courses are taught 

What can I do with my bachelor’s degree in psychology? Do I need a master’s degree for my desired job?

We will discuss those questions in PSYC 397: Career Planning in Psychology. The short answers are plenty, and maybe. Note that the main FSU campus has a master’s degree program in Counseling Psychology, and several master's programs are offered at USM Hagerstown.

What changes have been made to the program because of COVID?

For the Fall 2020 semester, students have been given the option to attend class face-to-face of virtually. All students who come to USMH for classes must wear masks and social distance. I am also hosting virtual office hours. Basically, every attempt is being made to give those students who want the typical USMH experience, while accommodating those who prefer to stay virtual. While I can't be sure, I assume similar arrangements will be made for the Spring 2021 semester.