MA in Psychology

Students in the MA in Psychology program explore their personal and professional interests within the field of psychology.

The program is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Prepare students for doctoral studies or for specialized teaching, consulting, and writing in the student’s area of interest
  • Provide clinical degrees for individualized purposes outside the State of California
  • Offer a personalized, flexible course of study that encourages creativity and innovation in the area of psychology and society

Students who wish to earn an MA in Psychology work with a faculty advisor to design an individualized program using coursework from the diverse Specializations offered. The Individualized Concentration degree does not fulfill educational requirements for licensure in California. However, some students design programs with a clinical or counseling emphasis if they wish to acquire limited clinical experience en route to a different career goal. It is the appropriate choice for a student seeking an MA in Psychology for personal and professional development and/or academic preparation for doctoral study.

Students can choose to delve even more deeply into topics of interest through the completion of a thesis project. Past thesis topics have included:

  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Death and Dying
  • Parenting Education
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Autism/Spectrum Disorders
  • Child and Family Psychology

The nonclinical MA in Psychology degree is not designed to meet Marriage and Family Therapist licensure requirements in California.