MA in Psychology

The Masters in Psychology degree provides foundational practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of psychology. Students completing this course of study do not meet criteria for licensure but are qualified for consideration in a variety of fields of psychology or for entry into doctoral programs.

The core of this degree includes:

  • Strong emphasis on theories of human development throughout the lifespan and within the social context,
  • Evidence based research
  • Counseling approaches outside of psychotherapy
  • A 60-unit program that includes a Practicum/Special Project sequence of 11 units

Job Statistic iconAn MA in Psychology degree may lead to careers in areas such as non-profit management or mental health services in Drug; Alcohol; Residential; Case Management; Victim and Child Advocacy; Elder Care/Health Care; Business Management/Consultation; Human Resources; Employee Training; Research; Career Counseling; Student Services; Gerontology; Community; Consumer Media; Organizational; Rehabilitation; Social and Sports Psychology.

 

MA in Psychology Plan of Study

*Courses offered online or on alternate cohort day.

Master's in Psychology (60 units)
Winter 2015 (10.5 units)
PSC 501ATheories of Psychotherapy in Context (3)

PSC 501A Theories of Psychotherapy in Context (3)

In this course, students critically examine some of the influential theories of counseling and psychotherapy by exploring the social, cultural and historical contexts that produced them. Theories are considered in terms of their evidence base and relevance in the contemporary social context. The course compares and contrasts theories in terms of key theoretical concepts such as personality development, health and illness, and therapeutic techniques. Students begin the process of developing their philosophy of treatment and therapeutic orientation.
PSC 504Human Development and Diversity (3)

PSC 504 Human Development and Diversity (3)

This course provides an overview of human development throughout the lifetime in the family, social and cultural context. The individual and family life cycles will be viewed as mutually interactive processes which are also affected by such factors as biology/ genetics, gender, race, ethnicity, acculturation, religion, etc. The development of the individual will be traced chronologically through a survey of a select number of major theoretical approaches. The family and other factors influencing and generated by the individual’s developmental tasks will be explored concurrently.
PSC 505A
Multicultural Awareness: Self, Culture, and Context (3)

PSC 505A Multicultural Awareness: Self, Culture, and Context (3)

Professionals in a multicultural society must be aware of psychological, social, economic and political issues associated with culture, race, class, ethnicity, age and gender. This course examines the experience of cultural difference, with particular emphasis on power, oppression and marginalization. The course promotes self-awareness and cross-cultural exploration of cultural heritage as well as students’ attitudes and biases.
PSC 532ACrisis, Disaster, and Emergency Response (1.5) *

PSC 532A Crisis, Disaster, and Emergency Response (1.5) *

This course examines the role of the mental health professional in natural disasters and community emergencies. Application of crisis theory and multidisciplinary responses ranging from short-term crisis intervention to long-term approaches designed to prevent the development of mental health problems and trauma responses are emphasized.
Spring 2015 (11 units)
PSC 503AResearch Methods (3)

PSC 503A Research Methods (3)

This course examines different approaches to the generation and evaluation of psychological theory and data. Strengths, weaknesses, and ethical practice of quantitative and qualitative methods are examined with attention to the descriptive and inferential statistical methods used in hypothesis testing and psychological assessment.
PSC 545ASubstance Related Disorders and Other Addictive Behaviors (3) *

PSC 545A Substance Related Disorders and Other Addictive Behaviors (3) *

This course addresses the major substance related disorders and other addictive processes. It includes a comparative study of different diagnostic, therapeutic, and theoretical approaches to the treatment of these disorders. Additional topics include a classification of the major substances of abuse and other objects of addiction, the impact on families, the impact on society, and cultural sensitivity when working with diverse populations.
PSC 561Social, Cultural, and Systemic Aspects of Aging (3)

PSC 561 Social, Cultural, and Systemic Aspects of Aging (3)

This course provides a broad perspective on the social effects of our increasing population of older adults. Social attitudes, cultural values and changes in society and the family are examined as they relate to resiliency in later life. Specific issues such as the economic effects on the family, living arrangements, multi-generation relationships, and the utilization of social service programs are examined in diverse families and communities.
PSC 563Loss and Bereavement (2) *

PSC 563 Loss and Bereavement (2) *

This professional counseling course focuses on issues related to the loss of physical and cognitive functions, dying, and death and other losses that naturally accompany the aging process. Theories of bereavement and loss, caregiver stress, and cultural differences are applied to clinical issues of grief and mourning and caregiver coping and burnout within the family context.
Summer 2015 (13 units)
PSC 504GLifespan Human Development: The Older Adult (1.5) *

PSC 504G Lifespan Human Development: The Older Adult (1.5) *

Individual and family lifecycle development perspectives are used to understand the psychological, social, and biological changes that are associated with aging with an emphasis on factors related to positive adjustment. Students will examine later life transitions in work, social roles and health as well as how aging processes vary by gender, race, and ethnicity.
PSC 506APsychopathology (3)

PSC 506A Psychopathology (3)

In this course students develop basic competency in formulating a psychological diagnosis using the most up-to-date DSM criteria. Using knowledge of the etiology and diagnostic criteria of psychological disorders, participants will learn to view symptoms of psychopathology from a biopsychosocial framework in order to assess, diagnose, and plan treatment.
PSC 551Community Mental Health (3)

PSC 551 Community Mental Health (3)

This course examines the theories, history, research, and practice of community mental health as a foundation for effective community based treatments for people with serious mental illness. The biopsychosocial factors that support this population’s ability to live as symptom free as possible, with the highest quality of life in the least restrictive environment will be examined. Additionally, evidence based methods and promising practices of rehabilitation, recovery, and empowerment for currently served and underserved people with serious mental illness will be explored.
PSC 555ADual Diagnosis: Substance Related and Co-Occurring Disorders (1.5) *

PSC 555A Dual Diagnosis: Substance Related and Co-Occurring Disorders (1.5) *

This course examines the evaluation and treatment of individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance related disorders. Topics include diagnosing common co-occurring disorders, risk factors for development, and the interrelationship of these disorders. Students will learn about evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), and other specific approaches targeted to this population such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Referral resources for these disorders will also be identified and investigated.
PSC 653-APracticum / Special Project (3)

PSC 653-A Practicum / Special Project (3)

In this course students develop a project that focuses on an area of special interest in the field of Psychology. The project can be a thesis, project or supervised practicum relevant to the chosen area of specialization. The project is proposed by the student and approved by the Advisor assigned who oversees the project over three quarters and assigns appropriate readings and other learning resources. The student identifies a community site to be approved by the Advisor for a practicum internship that offers experiences and appropriate supervision which will enhance the specific knowledge, skill and competencies required (as pre-determined with the Advisor) for completion.
Fall 2015 (13.5 units)
PSC 522
Group Theories (1.5)

PSC 522 Group Theories (1.5)

This course serves as an introduction to the theories and concepts of group psychotherapy including stages of group development, membership and dynamic processes.

PSC 550BDomestic Violence: Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse (3)

PSC 550B Domestic Violence: Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse (3)

This course provides students with foundational learning in clinical skills and ethical competence in domestic violence inclusive of spousal, elder and child abuse. Students will learn to recognize and assess spousal, elder, and child abuse, to recognize risk factors and family dynamics, intervene from a variety of approaches and understand the psychological and traumatic consequences of abuse. Students will also gain knowledge in professional responsibility regarding mandated reporting laws and utilization of community resources for intervention and prevention.
PSC 537BHuman Sexuality and Counseling (2) *

PSC 537B Human Sexuality and Counseling (2) *

In this course students examine biological, psychological, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of sexuality in order to gain an appreciation for the diversity of human sexual response. The course also covers psychosexual disorders and their treatment. Students will have the opportunity to explore their values regarding sexual behavior as it relates to their work as therapists.
PSC 560Healthy Development Throughout the Aging Process (3)

PSC 560 Healthy Development Throughout the Aging Process (3)

Individual and family lifecycle development perspectives are used to understand the psychological, social and biological changes that are associated with aging with an emphasis on factors that contribute towards positive adjustment and healthy aging. Students will examine later life transitions in work, social roles and health, as well as how aging processes vary by gender, race, ethnicity and other variables.
PSC 653-BPracticum / Special Project (4)

PSC 653-B Practicum / Special Project (4)

In this course students develop a project that focuses on an area of special interest in the field of Psychology. The project can be a thesis, project or supervised practicum relevant to the chosen area of specialization. The project is proposed by the student and approved by the Advisor assigned who oversees the project over three quarters and assigns appropriate readings and other learning resources. The student identifies a community site to be approved by the Advisor for a practicum internship that offers experiences and appropriate supervision which will enhance the specific knowledge, skill and competencies required (as pre-determined with the Advisor) for completion.
Winter 2016 (13 units)
PSC 532Trauma Counseling (3)

PSC 532 Trauma Counseling (3)

This course examines the cognitive, behavioral and neurological effects associated with traumatic situations and experiences. Assessment strategies and intervention principles for individuals with trauma-related psychological disorders are addressed.

PSC 520The Process of Group Psychotherapy (3)

PSC 520 The Process of Group Psychotherapy (3)

The course integrates theories and concepts learned in the group theory course through an experiential group process oriented learning model. Students will learn the curative power of group therapy, leadership skills and treatment strategies through instructor facilitated groups that include group participation and group facilitation practice opportunities.
PSC 533Career and Lifestyle Planning (3)

PSC 533 Career and Lifestyle Planning (3)

This course provides theoretical foundation and the practical experience necessary to understand and foster the career/lifestyle development for clients both individually and in groups. The course addresses career/lifestyle development of diverse populations. Students learn to assess and attend to the unique career development needs of individuals within particular socio-economic and cultural groups in context from a systemic perspective. Students are prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to collect, evaluate, and use occupational and life development data to help clients and various client populations to make effective decisions and take appropriate actions in their career/life development.
PSC 653-CPracticum / Special Project (4)

PSC 653-C Practicum / Special Project (4)

In this course students develop a project that focuses on an area of special interest in the field of Psychology. The project can be a thesis, project or supervised practicum relevant to the chosen area of specialization. The project is proposed by the student and approved by the Advisor assigned who oversees the project over three quarters and assigns appropriate readings and other learning resources. The student identifies a community site to be approved by the Advisor for a practicum internship that offers experiences and appropriate supervision which will enhance the specific knowledge, skill and competencies required (as pre-determined with the Advisor) for completion.
PSC 653Practicum/Special Project (11 units over three quarters)

PSC 653 Practicum / Special Project (11 units over three quarters)

In this course students develop a project that focuses on an area of special interest in the field of Psychology. The project can be a thesis, project or supervised practicum relevant to the chosen area of specialization. The project is proposed by the student and approved by the Advisor assigned who oversees the project over three quarters and assigns appropriate readings and other learning resources. The student identifies a community site to be approved by the Advisor for a practicum internship that offers experiences and appropriate supervision which will enhance the specific knowledge, skill and competencies required (as pre-determined with the Advisor) for completion.
Total Units: 60