College of Arts and Sciences

MA in Psychology

The M.A. in Psychology at Seattle University is based in the existential-phenomenological traditions of humanistic psychology. We offer students a rich foundation for the practice of psychotherapy grounded in the disciplines of psychology and philosophy. Features of the program include:

  • 72 credits, can be completed within 2 years
  • Cohort model limited to approximately 20 students/year
  • Classes meet late afternoons, evenings, and weekends
  • Nine-month internship in a community agency with intensive supervision both on site and in the program
  • Strong emphasis on the relational and ethical dimensions of psychotherapy
  • Graduates prepared to seek licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. 

Instruction draws extensively on the study of qualitative research, first person narratives, phenomenological analysis, and the hermeneutical tradition of philosophy in seeking to understand the lived experiences of others. Students learn to work with common diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, but more than this, they learn how to be with others though suffering and distress, how to facilitate a process of meaning making, understanding, and healing, and how to work skillfully across social and cultural boundaries and differences. An extensive internship placement prepares students for success as psychotherapists in community settings, private practice, hospitals, and clinics. 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, whether as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington, or by pursuing further studies.


Map Lecture Series: Ethics for Psychotherapists

With Christie Lynk
April 23rd, 2016-- 9:00am to 3pm

More information can be found here

News and Events


In the News: Dr. Jerome Veith, current MAP student and philosophy lecturer publishes a new book on philosopher Hans Georg Gadamer.

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.




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