MA in in Psychological Studies

MA in Psychological Studies

Earn your master’s degree in one-year.

The 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 48 unit degree is the appropriate choice for a student seeking a master’s degree in psychology for personal and professional development, en route to a different career goal, and/or academic preparation for doctoral study.

Our MA in Psychological Studies fosters creativity, social justice, and innovation in psychological research. Students can design an individualized program, reflecting personal interests, ideals, values, and career paths. Students demonstrate their learning not with exams and quizzes, but with reflective essays, reading journals, collaborative projects, research papers and oral presentations, and even works of art.

Our expert faculty, who are both clinical practitioners and scholars, are at the cutting edge of their field. Instructors serve as mentors and advisors who make themselves available to students throughout the program. Our curriculum incorporates an introspective approach that helps students develop awareness and insight, while our advising model helps students find their direction and fulfill their goals.

This degree does not fulfill educational requirements for licensure in California, but does provide students with the introductory knowledge, attitudes, and skills in social science research that can be applied in business, non-profit, non-clinical mental health, and other settings. Students delve more deeply into topics of interest through the completion of a master’s level project, such as writing a thesis, conducting original research, and or implementing a community-based project.

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Program Benefits:

Flexible schedules for working adults
Our programs offer flexible scheduling options that make it easier to pursue your degree while you are working, so you can prepare for the future without sacrificing the present.

Experienced and engaged faculty
Our instructors have a wealth of experience in a variety of settings and discipline specific areas. Faculty are in private practice, publish widely, and work for mental health agencies. Many consider themselves activists and work to increase community resources and empowerment.

Individualized Advising
Advisors are committed to helping students plan their course of study and clinical training. In addition, each specialization has its own faculty who are experts in the field. They work closely with students to fashion a rich immersion experience that deepens their theoretical and applied knowledge.


  • 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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Application Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for the following term(s):

QuarterInternational Application*Priority Application**Final Application***Classes Begin
Winter 2017October 24, 2016October 24, 2016ClosedJanuary 3, 2017
Summer 2017April 24, 2017April 24, 2017May 19, 2017July 5, 2017

Admissions Process

Three easy steps to apply:
1. Complete an online application.
2. Submit official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university to AULA Admissions.
3. Learn more about the specific application requirements for this program.

Please submit all materials to: Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230.

The Admissions Interview

After we receive your application materials, we will contact you to make an appointment for a group interview. This interview is an opportunity for you to present your goals and qualifications and to ask questions about Antioch University’s program.

Program Costs 2015/2016 academic year

Number of Units taken in a Quarter Cost per Quarter
17+ units $755 per unit for each unit over 16
8-16 units $7,542
7 units $5,285
4-6 units $4,530
1-3 units $755 per unit
Please note: Additional fees for all Antioch University Los Angeles programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks. For a complete list of applicable fees, please visit the AULA Catalog.

For further information, contact Student Accounts at (310) 578-1080 ext. 405, or 413.


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Antioch University Los Angeles is located on three floors of an unassuming office building at 400 Corporate Pointe in Culver City. But don’t let our address or building fool you.

Our intimate campus crackles with life, as students explore eye-opening, sometimes radical new ways to look at the world. Inside our comfortable classrooms, they engage in heady dialogue with each other and with their instructors, who encourage out-of-the box thinking and novel approaches to longstanding problems. The lively conversations spill over into our courtyard, where you can find students collaborating on projects, socializing over a meal at the café, or enjoying some solitude in the California sunshine.

It may not look like a traditional university campus, but then, there’s nothing traditional about AULA. We have no sprawling green quads, no Ultimate Frisbee games, no music pumped out of dorm room windows. What we offer instead is a place that nurtures and develops your academic interests and professional goals, providing unique, customizable degree programs and unparalleled faculty support.

If you want to be part of a passionate community of learners, to take part in eye-opening conversations on issues that matter and experience the occasional mind-blowing revelation, we invite you to visit us. We think you’ll like what you see.


Why Antioch University Los Angeles?

As a student...
  • Be recognized as an individual in small, intimate classes that emphasize writing and creativity over testing.
  • Experience a diverse student body with different cultural backgrounds and life experiences.
  • Balance work, personal life, and your studies with our flexible schedule designed for working adults.
  • Study with our internationally-recognized faculty members who bring their unmatched knowledge, passion, and commitment into every course.
 As a graduate...
  • Utilize your new research skills and gain hands-on experience to further your career in psychology.
  • Provide mental health support to Southern California’s diverse communities
  • You’ll be prepared to move on to a doctoral study program.
  • Stay connected through our growing Alumni Community.