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MA in Psychology and Counseling

MA in Psychology and Counseling

MA in Psychology and Counseling

The low-residency MA in Psychology & Counseling program helps you develop skills in practical applications of psychology. Such competencies are grounded in theory and research, personal experience, and self-knowledge, and are influenced by current social complexities and the state of psychology. These skills can be used in clinical, research, and community settings.

There are two degrees offered within the low-residency Master of Arts in Psychology and Counseling program:

  • MA in Psychology and the
  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • You may pursue one degree or the other depending on your personal and professional goals; you will work with your Academic Adviser to create the study plan best for you.
  • You develop your own unique plan of study within the PSYC program based on your individual interests and goals.
  • To prepare for state or province licensure as a therapist, you will work with your academic adviser to understand the requirements relevant to such preparation and reflect those needs in your study plan.
  • Students who are not interested in licensure can develop a non-clinical plan of study and internship, such as a community-based project. In addition, any student can choose the Sexual Orientation Concentration.

WORK OF THE PROGRAM

Graduate study in Psychology and Counseling consists of a unique combination of intensive campus residencies and directed, independent study in the student’s home community. It is based, foremost, on an extended relationship between students and academic advisors, other faculty mentors, and student colleagues. The course of study includes a carefully planned exploration of relevant psychological literature (including those areas of primary interest to each student), a supervised internship, and a final product that demonstrates the application of theory and research to practice. The Goddard program is approved by the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology (CAMPP).

  • The program in Psychology & Counseling may involve 48 credits (four semesters) or 60 credits (five semesters or four semesters with two summer sessions). Credit is awarded per course completed.
  • Up to 12 relevant graduate semester credits may be transferred upon approval of the program director.
  • Students without adequate and timely undergraduate preparation (in areas such as the history of psychology, human development, social psychology, abnormal behavior, and research methods) and at least several months experience working in the field will be required to work a Pre-G semester, for undergraduate credit, in preparation for entry into the graduate program.
  • Students seeking state licensure or other certification are responsible for gathering information about the current requirements and for bringing this information with them to their first residency.
  • Faculty advisors work to help students design study plans that enable them to prepare for those requirements while also meeting the general college requirements and those arising from their individual interests.

LICENSURE

Students seeking state licensure or other certification are responsible for gathering information about the current requirements and for bringing this information with them to their first residency. Meeting licensure or certification requirements is solely the responsibility of the students. Faculty advisors work to help students design study plans that enable them to prepare for those requirements, while also meeting the general college requirements and those arising from their individual interests. It is of particular importance for students to know the state requirements around supervised internship hours and to be proactive in setting up an internship that will meet their academic and licensure needs. The licensure coordinator will support students in this process.

Non-degree students needing extra credits to meet external requirements may enroll for one or two semesters.

DEGREE CRITERIA

Students graduating with an MA in Psychology & Counseling will have:

  • Successfully accomplished the required core courses;

  • Completed a supervised internship of at least 600 clinical hours. Students may elect to earn credit for their practica and internship hours;

  • Satisfactorily completed the program competencies;

  • Produced an acceptable final product or thesis, or capstone project.

CORE COURSES

There are seven required courses for both the MA in Psychology degree track and the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree track:

  • Ethics and Professional Orientation

  • Human Lifespan Development 

  • Social and Cultural Foundations

  • Biological Bases of Behavior

  • Psychopathology

  • Assessment and Evaluation

  • Research Methodology

The MA in Psychology degree track requires additional courses in: 

  • Cognition and Learning

  • Cultural Competency

The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires additional courses in:

  • Group Work 

  • Counseling Theory and Helping Relationships

  • Career Development

 

More course information can be found here. 
Note: In the process of negotiating each course syllabus with their faculty mentors, students may title courses differently from those listed above, as long as the faculty mentor and the academic advisor agree that the titles are all accurate and honest representations of the work completed. 

Elective Courses

To complete the low-residency MA in Psychology and Counseling Program, students work with their academic advisor and course mentors to create elective courses that serve their personal interests and professional goals.   Contact the Admissions Office to learn more about elective course design in the MA in Psychology and Counseling Program.

Sexual Orientation Concentration Core Courses

Students who pursue the Organizational Development concentration are required to take four core courses, in addition to required program courses, as well as five related area courses. View Core Courses

“As a faculty, we believe that students are adults who have chosen an intensive residency program because of their need to balance graduate study with other responsibilities, or who feel their needs are not met by traditional approaches. We work to create a challenging, flexible, and non-competitive environment where this will be possible. We encourage students to set their own goals and to stretch their own boundaries as psychologists by experimenting with different genres and styles. We respect and value individual differences, and we are committed to working together to create an open and welcoming program.” -- The Psychology and Counseling Faculty