Program Benefits

The Master of Arts in Psychology program prepares learners to work in today’s increasingly diverse society by introducing them to a wide range of theories and techniques. In addition, learners are challenged to look inward and to arrive at new psychological insights that will help them develop greater depth as psychotherapists and socially-engaged citizens of the world. Inside the classroom, learners are encouraged to explore multiple perspectives and approaches, and to engage instructors and peers in mutually-beneficial learning experiences. Beyond the classroom walls, they have the opportunity to implement their learning by practicing therapy under professional supervision at one of over 100 affiliated mental health services agencies.

You are encouraged to visit us, sit in on a class, talk to current students and faculty, and experience what makes Antioch University’s graduate psychology programs so unique and exciting. Some of the notable program benefits are:

Five distinct areas of study

Antioch University has developed five Specializations to equip students with expert knowledge and provide them with unique skills, tools, and wisdom:

Flexible schedules for working adults

Many of our students work full time and have family obligations. Our programs are designed to help adult learners obtain an exceptional education without compromising their other responsibilities. Students have the following options:

  • Alternating weekend-only programs
  • One day a week programs (including weekends)
  • Evening and/or weekend courses
  • Part-time schedules
  • Multiple locations (Culver City or  Santa Clarita)

Opportunities for hands-on training

Students do their clinical training in settings that relate to their particular areas of interest. AULA has partnered with over 100 mental health service agencies, including nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving under-resourced populations, hospitals, schools, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, eating disorder programs, and more.

Experienced and engaged faculty

Our experienced faculty members are encouraged to engage in professional endeavors outside of Antioch University. Their teaching is informed by a wealth of experience in a variety of settings and specialty areas. Many are in private practice; others publish widely; many consider themselves activists; some work for mental health agencies; and others engage directly with community members through programs designed to increase community resources and empowerment.

Specialized Advising

Advisors are committed to helping you plan your course of study, providing specialized guidance on when and how to embark on clinical training. Your advisor also provides personalized counsel on which classes to take and how many, and how to pace your workload. In addition, each specialization (Spiritual and Depth Psychology, Psychological Trauma, Applied Community Psychology, LGBT, and Child Studies) has its own staff of core faculty and affiliates who are experts in the field. They work closely with you to fashion a rich immersion experience to deepen your theoretical and applied knowledge.