Master of Arts in Psychology

A varied graduate degree program designed to prepare psychology students for a broad range of work settings and career tracks.

ProGRAM Highlights

In addition to work in private practice or in the field of business, there is a growing demand for counselors, therapists, mediators, organizational consultants, among a host of other career paths. Golden Gate University's psychology program offers a fresh, applied curriculum designed by psychologists who are currently practicing in the field. We believe exposure to a broad range of psychological thought and practice is important in helping students fully understand the field in selecting the right career path within psychology.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Psychology with concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling will possess the skills and knowledge to:
  • Be able to assess and diagnose individuals suffering from emotional of life transition problems.
  • Have a command of fundamental counseling skills such as empathy, listening, reflection and boundaries.
  • Be able to formulate a treatment plan based on scientific theories of psychology.
  • Understand the legal, ethical and cultural issues involved in counseling.
  • Have the resources necessary to stay current in their discipline.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology will possess the skills and knowledge to demonstrate proficiency in:
  • Employee Selection: Effective matching of individual needs, preferences, knowledge, skills, and abilities to the needs and preferences of the organization.
  • Performance Appraisal: Utilize methods of measuring and evaluating individuals in organizations.
  • Training: Design, conduct, and evaluate instructional programs and conduct needs assessments, including organizational, job and task analyses as they relate to the development of training programs.
  • Organizational Development: Diagnose organizational units and facilitate planned change in individuals, groups, and organizations to improve their effectiveness, efficiency and/or health.
  • Job and Task Analysis: Techniques used to evaluate the requirements and context of a job or task and the attributes needed to perform that job.
  • Tests and Measurement: The ability to select, administer and interpret psychological instruments used in organizations.
  • Work Motivation: Understanding of the conditions that influence the directions, strength, and persistence of an individual within an organization.

TUITION

Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,610 per 3-unit course

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.

Locations

This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco .

Student Success rates

Fall 2007 Master of Arts in Psychology starters success over a 5 year period:
Graduation rate after 3 years
Graduation rate after 5 years
Continuing after 5 years
Stopped taking classes
78% 91% 0% 9%

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to the master of arts in psychology degree program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within the first nine units of the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201, Graduate Writing, with a grade of B or better.


Math Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to:

MATH 40
Statistics

The math proficiency requirement may be waived if the student has previously completed comparable courses at another accredited college or university, or passed the appropriate CLEP Exam or Math 40 Proficiency Exam with an acceptable score. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the writing and math proficiencies requirements, but must complete them both by the time that 12 units have been earned in the advanced program.

TOTAL UNITS -- 33 - 72

Degrees in the Department of Psychology require completion of between 33 and 72 semester units, depending on the student's concentration.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration -- 33 Units

A dynamic graduate degree concentration designed to prepare psychology students for work in organizational settings.

Individuals trained in industrial and organizational psychology work in corporate human resource departments, consulting firms, nonprofit and social service agencies, educational and health care institutions, and government agencies at the national, state, or  local levels. Many graduates also decide to work as private consultants.

Required Courses — 33 units

PSYCH 300
Introduction to Applied Psychology
PSYCH 304
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology
PSYCH 306
Group Dynamics and Social Processes
PSYCH 308
Applied Psychological Research
PSYCH 341
Organizational Behavior and Process
PSYCH 342
Organizational Development, Assessment and Intervention
PSYCH 343
Leadership and the Development of Managerial Excellence
PSYCH 344
Tests and Measurements
PSYCH 350
Applied Industrial Psychology

Two of the following:
MGT 300
Managerial Analysis and Team Dynamics
MGT 305
Managing People in International Settings
MGT 343
Labor-Management Relations
MGT 346
Human Resource Management
PSYCH 351
Career Counseling and Development
PSYCH 352
Structure, Theory and Ethics of Conflict Resolution
PSYCH 353
Conflict Resolution Skills and Techniques
PSYCH 395
Field Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSYCH 396A-ZZ
Selected Topics in Applied Psychology
PSYCH 398
Internship Applied Psychology
PSYCH 399
Directed Study in Applied Psychology (1-3 units)

Any other course approved by the program chair (3 units)

Counseling Concentration — 36 Units

A practical graduate degree concentration designed to train psychology students for counseling work not requiring a license in organizational settings.

This curriculum prepares you for professional counseling work not requiring a license in organizational settings such as employee assistance programs, social service agencies, and school or college counseling centers. It also prepares students for graduate study leading to the PhD or PsyD degree.

Required Courses — 36 units

PSYCH 300
Introduction to Applied Psychology
PSYCH 304
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology
PSYCH 306
Group Dynamics and Social Processes
PSYCH 308
Applied Psychological Research
PSYCH 320
Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills
PSYCH 321
Psychopathology
PSYCH 322
Psychological Assessment
PSYCH 323
Psychodynamic Models of Counseling
PSYCH 326
Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Counselors

Nine units of the following:
PSYCH 302
Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications for Therapists
PSYCH 324
Child/Adolescent Psychology, Assessment and Treatment
PSYCH 325
Principles of Couple and Family Counseling
PSYCH 329
The Neuroscience of Counseling and Psychopharmacology
PSYCH 331
Human Sexuality (1 unit)
PSYCH 333
Chemical Substance Dependency Assessment and Treatment (1 unit)
PSYCH 334
Relational Abuse Assessment, Treatment and Reporting (1 unit)
PSYCH 351
Career Counseling and Development
PSYCH 352
Structure, Theory and Ethics of Conflict Resolution
PSYCH 353
Conflict Resolution Skills and Techniques
PSYCH 396A-ZZ
Selected Topics in Applied Psychology
PSYCH 398
Internship Applied Psychology
PSYCH 399
Directed Study in Applied Psychology

Any other course approved by the program chair (3 units)

Combined Concentration in Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology -- 45 Units

A dual graduate degree concentration designed to train psychology students for a maximum level of career flexibility.

This curriculum prepares you for work in organizational settings and counseling work not requiring licensure.

The combined concentration is ideal for individuals interested in the broad spectrum of applied psychology and provides a maximum level of career flexibility in psychology. Graduates will find opportunities in business consulting, organizational psychology, school and career counseling, conflict resolution, coaching, teaching, interdisciplinary writing and research, and preparation for doctoral studies.

Required Courses -- 45 units

PSYCH 300
Introduction to Applied Psychology
PSYCH 304
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology
PSYCH 306
Group Dynamics and Social Processes
PSYCH 308
Applied Psychological Research
PSYCH 320
Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills
PSYCH 321
Psychopathology
PSYCH 326
Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Counselors
PSYCH 341
Organizational Behavior and Process
PSYCH 342
Organizational Development, Assessment and Intervention
PSYCH 343
Leadership and the Development of Managerial Excellence
PSYCH 350
Applied Industrial Psychology

One of the following:
PSYCH 322
Psychological Assessment
PSYCH 344
Tests and Measurements

Nine additional units with the PSYCH prefix from any psychology degree concentration.

Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration -- 60 Units

A focused graduate degree concentration designed to prepare psychology students for traineeships and post-graduate internships, and for the licensing exam.

This curriculum meets the MFT and LPCC licensure requirements as required by sections 4980.36 or 4980.37 and 4999.32 or 4999.33 of the Business and Professionals (B&P) code. The program satisfies all the educational requirements set by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and provides some hours of supervised experience fulfilling part of the practical experience requirements. Licensed marriage and family therapists and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors provide psychological services in community mental health agencies, private clinics, or in independent private practice.

Required Courses -- 60 units

PSYCH 300
Introduction to Applied Psychology
PSYCH 302
Lifespan Development: Theories & Applications for Therapists
PSYCH 304
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology
PSYCH 306
Group Dynamics and Social Processes
PSYCH 308
Applied Psychological Research
PSYCH 320
Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills
PSYCH 321
Psychopathology
PSYCH 322
Psychological Assessment
PSYCH 323
Psychodynamic Models of Counseling
PSYCH 324
Child/Adolescent Psychology, Assessment and Treatment
PSYCH 325
Principles of Couple and Family Counseling
PSYCH 326
Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Counselors
PSYCH 329
The Neuroscience of Counseling and Psychopharmacology
PSYCH 331
Human Sexuality (1 unit)
PSYCH 333
Chemical Substance Dependency Assessment and Treatment (1 unit)
PSYCH 334
Relational Abuse Assessment, Treatment and Reporting (1 unit)
PSYCH 335
Special Issues in the Treatment of Families (2 units)
PSYCH 336
Evidence-Based Practice Treatment (1 unit)
PSYCH 337
Community Mental Health
PSYCH 339
Cognitive-Behavioral and Short-Term Models of Counseling
PSYCH 351
Career Counseling and Development
PSYCH 394
Practicum in Counseling Psychology (6 units)

Combined Concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy and Industrial/Organizational Psychology -- 72 Units

A combined graduate degree concentration designed to train psychology students for work in organizational settings and private practice licensed or non-licensed counseling.

The combined concentration is ideal for individuals interested in the broad spectrum of applied psychology. It provides a maximum level of career flexibility in psychology. Graduates will find  opportunities in private practice counseling, business consulting, school and career counseling, conflict resolution, coaching, teaching, interdisciplinary writing and research, and preparation for doctoral studies.

This curriculum meets the MFT and LPCC licensure requirements as required by sections 4980.36 or 4980.37 and 4999.32 or 4999.33 of the Business and Professionals (B&P) code. The program satisfies all the educational requirements set by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and provides some hours of supervised experience fulfilling part of the practical experience requirements. Licensed marriage and family therapists and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors provide psychological services in community mental health agencies, private clinics, or in independent private practice.

Required Courses -- 72 units

PSYCH 300
Introduction to Applied Psychology
PSYCH 302
Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications for Therapists
PSYCH 304
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology
PSYCH 306
Group Dynamics and Social Processes
PSYCH 308
Applied Psychological Research
PSYCH 302
Individual and Family Lifespan Development Theories and Applications for Therapists
PSYCH 320
Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills
PSYCH 321
Psychopathology
PSYCH 322
Psychological Assessment
PSYCH 323
Psychodynamic Models of Counseling
PSYCH 324
Child/Adolescent Psychology, Assessment and Treatment
PSYCH 325
Principles of Couple and Family Counseling
PSYCH 326
Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Counselors
PSYCH 329
The Neuroscience of Counseling and Psychopharmacology
PSYCH 331
Human Sexuality (1 unit)
PSYCH 333
Substance Use, Co-occurring Disorders and Addictions (1 unit)
PSYCH 334
Relational Abuse: Assessment, Treatment and Reporting (1 unit)
PSYCH 335
Special Issues in the Treatment of Families (2 units)
PSYCH 336
Evidence-Based Practice Treatment (1 unit)
PSYCH 337
Community Mental Health
PSYCH 339
Cognitive-Behavioral and Short-Term Models of Counseling
PSYCH 341
Organizational Behavior and Process
PSYCH 342
Organizational Development, Assessment and Intervention
PSYCH 343
Leadership and the Development of Managerial Excellence
PSYCH 350
Applied Industrial Psychology
PSYCH 351
Career Counseling and Development
PSYCH 394
Practicum in Counseling Psychology (6 units)

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