College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology

  • The M.A. in Psychology is based on the existential-phenomenological-therapeutic approach. We offer a broad foundation in psychology, philosophy, and psychopathology rooted in the phenomenological and hermeneutical traditions within psychotherapy. Through exploring these in relation to psychotherapy and counseling, students come to appreciate the significance of therapeutic attitude and presence. An extensive practicum prepares students for success as psychotherapists in private practice, hospitals, and clinics

    • Cohort model limited to approximately 20 students/year
    • 9-month practicum in a community agency
    • Classes meet late afternoons, evenings, and weekends
    • Strong emphasis on the relational and ethical dimensions of psychotherapy.

    By drawing upon the insights of a number of disciplines and by laying the foundation for a therapeutic attitude, the program prepares students to enter the helping professions, obtain a license as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington, and/or pursue doctoral studies.

    The 72-credit program is completed in two years.


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  • James Norris, Master of Arts in Psychology '09, enlisted the aid of fellow alumni to establish the Matumaini Counseling and Community Center to meet the growing need for services in south Seattle.

    Learn more: Watch the video and read the article.