MA in Psychology

General

Program Description

Reimagining Professional Practice

The Master's in Psychology curriculum offers coursework in psychology drawing on spiritual traditions, somatic practices, creative arts, mythology, indigenous wisdom, literary and poetic imagination, deep ecology, mystical philosophy, cultural history, and social critique. This degree program provides students with the opportunity to activate core capacities and develop skills that are relevant for pursuing alternative paths in psychology.

The Master's in Psychology program takes a distinct approach to Transformative Learning, emphasizing the transformation of identity, as well as that of personal and professional life. The program emphasizes embodiment, meaning-making, and community-making as critical dimensions for creative participation in contemporary, postmodern society.

"It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings."

—Wendell Berry

Concentrations Available

  • Transformative Leadership
  • Developmental Coaching
  • Health Coaching
  • Transformative Learning
  • Social Artistry
  • Expressive and Movement Arts
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Depth Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Integral Psychology
  • Yoga and Psychology
  • Somatic Psychology
  • Organizational Development

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Educational Objectives

  • To develop leadership capacities that further professional engagement with the profession of psychology.
  • To develop creative inquiry practices and skills.
  • To identify one’s own culturally constituted, perceptual lenses.
  • To acquire the knowledge base of Imaginal Psychology and to differentiate it from the major orientations to Psychology.
  • To develop competencies for bringing principles and practices of transformative learning into cultural contexts.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students are required to complete 64 credits (640 hours).
  • Students are required to attend 3 residencies.
  • Students have a maximum of five years from their initial date of enrollment to complete their Master’s in Psychology degree.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree is required for admission to Meridian's graduate degree programs.
  • Students submit an online application form along with documents such as official transcripts, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and invites select applicants to proceed to an interview. More information is available on the Application Process page.
  • All students are expected to be proficient in the English language as all instruction at Meridian is offered in English.

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

Learning Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and onsite one-week residencies. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite residency connections, Meridian’s learning format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with the time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong residencies per academic year, until they complete their residency requirements. Residencies run Monday through Friday throughout the year, at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations. Students can select residency dates and locations based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Meridian University is dedicated to enabling human development through wise transformative impact across multiple domains of the public and private sectors with global reach and local value. Meridian’ ... Read More

Meridian University is dedicated to enabling human development through wise transformative impact across multiple domains of the public and private sectors with global reach and local value. Meridian’s graduate degree programs in Business, Psychology, Education, and Transformative Leadership enable students to combine passion with a profession in service to larger social, cultural, ecological, and developmental goals. Meridian is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and approved by the US Department of Education for participation in the Federal Student Aid program. WASC is the Department of Education recognized regional accreditor for such schools as the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford University. Meridian’s licensable degrees have been recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and Board of Psychology for over 25 years. Read less