MA in Psychological Studies

AULA’s Master of Arts in Psychological Studies is perfect for students who want to learn and apply skills in psychological research and gain hands-on experience that they can use to further their career in psychology. This non-licensure degree is designed for those who wish to engage in the in-depth study of psychological principles and techniques that can be applied in business, non-profit, non-clinical mental health and other settings. It will provide students with introductory knowledge, attitudes, and skills in psychological research.

The program provides students with the opportunity to design an individualized program, reflecting personal interests, ideals, values, and career paths. Students gain a post-baccalaureate foundation in psychology prior to their doctoral study. The MA in Psychological Studies fosters creativity, social justice, and innovation in psychological research.

The MA in Psychological Studies program is a strong fit for students who are:

  • Interested in non-clinical training in applied psychology (e.g., research, program evaluation) at the master’s level.
  • Want a non-applied, doctoral program in psychology (e.g., developmental, experimental) but need preliminary coursework to make their application more competitive.
  • Interested in applied psychology at the master’s level (e.g., clinical psychology, counseling psychology) who wish to pursue licensure at the doctoral level and therefore do not plan to pursue clinical training opportunities at the master’s level (in part because hours accrued at the master’s level will not count toward hours needed for doctoral level licensure unless supervised by a doctoral level psychologist).
  • Want to start individualized research programs reflecting their personal interests, ideals, values, and career paths. The Psychological Studies program provide opportunities to design, implement, and evaluate original, introductory-level research projects with feedback from instructors and colleagues.


  • 48 units of coursework and a 4-quarter full time residency.
  • 48 units, approximately 12 units per quarter for those who wish to complete the degree in one year and transfer to a doctoral program (longer residencies and more quarters of enrollment are possible) .

Students can choose to delve more deeply into topics of interest by completing a master’s level project by writing a thesis, implementing a project, or a non-clinical practicum. Past topics have included:

  • Designing a workshop on somatic responses to grief
  • Understanding relationships between juvenile delinquency and childhood abuse
  • The Psychology of Taste: Cooking, Psychology, and Umami
  • Suicidality: Understanding the needs of suicide hotline workers
  • Autism and the Family

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