MA in Psychology

Goddard College

Program Description

MA in Psychology

Goddard College

MA in Psychology

The Master of Arts in Psychology is designed to prepare graduates to enter into their area of psychology with the professional skills necessary to advance their career goals, their personal development, and to make a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work. We have the goal of meeting each student where they are in their development as scholar, psychologist, and advocate for social justice.

We will work with students to provide them with appropriate opportunities to overcome whatever challenges they face in their development in these areas, as our resources permit, and to identify those for whom our program is not appropriate as soon as we are reasonably able to do so. We also work with students to create expectations for their work that reflect not only their passions and interests, but also the demands for proper training that the ethical principles of our profession demand of us as faculty members.

In our work together, we will create a learning experience that meets students’ unique needs, within the limitations under which the field and we, as practitioners and teachers, exist.


Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits (and to 60 credits) to earn the MA in Psychology. Students making satisfactory progress toward the Master of Arts in Psychology will, in the course of their studies, complete eight required courses, an internship for credit, elective courses, and either capstone or thesis (called a final product). The number of elective courses is determined by the number of semesters required to fulfill requirements for a concentration or the specific licensure criteria in a student’s intended state/province of employment.

Core Course Requirements for MA in Psychology

The following 24 credits are required of all students pursuing the MA in Psychology.

  • PSY 510 Ethics and Professional Orientation
  • PSY 600 Human Lifespan Development
  • PSY 610 Social and Cultural Foundations
  • PSY 621 Cognition and Learning
  • PSY 630 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PSY 700 Psychopathology
  • PSY 720 Assessment and Evaluation
  • PSY 730 Research Methods


Because students seek licensure throughout the U.S. and in Canadian provinces, they may use elective credits to design courses that meet the credentialing requirements in their home state or provinces. In addition to the courses listed below, students may also use their elective credits to pursue the Sexual Orientation Concentration or Expressive Arts Therapy Emphasis .

Students generally complete a minimum of 12 elective credits.

  • PSY 800-809 Student-Initiated Elective
  • PSY 810-812 Supervised Internship for Credit

Thesis or Capstone

(12 credits)

In addition to successfully completing the required course work and an internship, all students complete a culminating project. Students have two options:

  • Thesis: A culmination of a student’s studies that documents both their ability to do work within the field and communicate it in an appropriate format and style.
  • Capstone Process: During the final semester, students may work with their academic advisor on two designated courses (6 credits).

There are 12 credit hours devoted to the final product, the equivalent of one semester. Students who complete the Capstone Process generally require two additional elective credits, most often Student-Initiated Elective courses or Supervised Internship for Credit.

  • PSY 852 Thesis I
  • PSY 853 Thesis II
  • PSY 807 Capstone Personal Process Course
  • PSY 808 Capstone Professional Process Course
This school offers programs in:
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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USA - Plainfield, Vermont
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