Masters Program Details
The University of West Georgia Psychology Department is unique in that our theoretical roots are in the humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology traditions. Our courses move from the expression of such classically humanistic concerns as the centrality of human, subjective experience in psychology, a wholistic approach toward psychological life toward human growth and development and the extension of human potential all the way to its transpersonal and spiritual horizons, toward the meaning of genuine community and sociality, the coming to know and the acceptance of one's own authentic individuality, and the myriad ways through which growth, development, and self-actualization are shown, are limited, and are transformed.
You will find courses in the nature and structure of consciousness, of perception, of psychological development throughout our life span, of the body in its lived and physical dimensions, of affective life and feeling, of dreaming, of loving, of human gender and sex roles including feminist psychology and women's spirituality, of our marital and family relationships, of sporting relationships, of our social and cultural relations, of spirituality, of transpersonal and paranormal experiences, of disaster and evil, the meanings and forms of psychological disorder, and of the nature and transformative power of psychotherapeutic relationships.
Method of Delivery
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 33/45
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 9
Tuition & Fees
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.
There are two required gateway courses in the Master's Program. All students are required to take Foundations of Humanistic Psychology (PSYC 6000) and Human Growth and Potential (PSYC 6010). There are two options to complete requirements toward graduation. Under option I, students must complete a minimum of 33 hours of course work and an acceptable original thesis. Up to 9 hours of course work can be taken in graduate courses in departments other than psychology without special permission. Under option II, students must complete a total of 45 hours of course work. Up to 12 hours can be taken in graduate courses in departments other than psychology without special permission. However, you should check with the department Chair for course appropriateness. (There is no thesis option for students pursuing the emphasis in organizational development.)
Description: An intensive exploration of the major theoretical themes in psychology in historical and contemporary contexts.
Description: An exploration of the content analysis of dreams as a vehicle for personal growth. Classical theories (e.g., Freudian, Jungian, Gestalt) will be covered, as well as contemporary physiological, phenomenological and cognitive theories. Emphasis will be placed on personal understanding of one's dreams as they relate to everyday life.
Description: A study of myths and symbols in human expression.
Description: A special series of topical seminars meant to explore subjects at the leading edge of contemporary psychology, which are special interest to students and faculty. May be repeated for credit.
Description: An introduction to factors affecting the formation, evolution and development of groups and group process. Examines factors affecting groups and group process in a variety of settings. Includes discussion of leadership styles and their impact on group functioning and group process.
Description: Introduction to spiritual experience and its understanding in Hinduism, Buddhism, and transpersonal psychologies.
Description: Gender-related perspectives on human psychology. Emphasis on helping men and women to re-examine their self-images in the light of contemporary gender-based movements.
Description: An exploration of the dynamics involved in building an intimate relationship that is fulfilling to all parties. By way of definition the important aspects of a love relation are discussed.
Description: An examination of the ways scientists and psychologists investigate unusual experiences such as telepathy, pre- cognition, psycho-kinesis, remote viewing and clairvoyance. Parapsychology's impact on consciousness studies, research design, and medicine and healing is discussed.
Description: A study of the foundations, method and applications of phenomenology in psychology with special attention to the nature of the self and the scientific attitude.
Description: A psychological study of the pre-adult world, emphasizing psychological growth from the prenatal period through adolescence. Developmental issues will be examined from psychoanalytic, psychosocial, phenomenological, and transpersonal perspectives.
Description: A psychological study of the adult world, emphasizing psychological growth from the end of adolescence through old age. Developmental issues will be examined from psycho- analytic. psychosocial, phenomenological and transpersonal perspectives.
Description: Explores the cross-cultural structure and psychological dimensions of the moral self, and its evolving relationship with the interdependent social world.
Description: An interdisciplinary study of a selected culture, involving history, politics, sociology, and economics, as well as literature, art, music and spiritual life. The course includes a trip to the area studied. Same as FORL 5300.
Description: An experiential exploration into the nature of creativeness. Relevant research will be related to students' attempts to discover their own creative potential.
Description: An in-depth examination of a topic within abnormal psychology. Subject matter will change from semester to semester.
Description: A study of the human need to structure living around sets of meanings and values and a consideration of the spiritual nature and implications of this need.
Description: An examination of the paradigm of psychology as a specific- ally humanistic discipline. Its focus is on the historical origins and philosophical foundations of the approach. Required for M.A. students.
Description: Self-disciplinary inquiry to facilitate greater awareness of where one is coming from so as to attain greater freedom in relation to where one is going. Required for M.A. students.
Description: An introduction to research methodology and development of research projects. Potential benefits and limitations of quantitative approaches and ethical considerations will provide a ground for theoretical and applied exploration of research methods particular to the human sciences.
Description: In-depth study of a specific theory of psychotherapy/ intervention with individuals, groups, or families, with focus on explanation, prevention, and treatment of struggle. The specific theoretical focus will vary by semester, and will be indicated following the colon in the course title and on the student transcript. May be repeated for credit.
Description: Techniques for understanding individual personality and behavior such as observation, interviewing, and tests of ability, achievement, interest, motivation, and social characteristics. Same as CEPD 6151.
Description: An overview of various counseling theories, the counselor as a person and skill building through the use of video tape feedback in developing personal strengths in counseling.
Description: Emphasizes the mastery of attending, responding, action and termination strategies necessary to assist client's progress through the stages of counseling. Focuses on the counseling skills which facilitate client self-understanding, client goal-setting and client actions. Same as CEPD 6161.
Theoretical Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy - PSYC-6200
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 4.0
Description: A comprehensive approach to the basic paradigms of the major systems of individual psychotherapy. The emphasis will be upon bringing light to the cardinal issues that are always at stake in any form of therapeutic praxis. The explanatory standpoint that emphasizes techniques and skills will yield to a foundational approach aimed at understanding the art/ science of therapy.
Description: A practical introduction to the methods of initiation, facilitation, and termination of the psychotherapeutic process. Therapeutic frame and contract, transference and counter transference issues are explored through lectures and role-playing exercises with volunteer clients.
Description: The history, philosophy, principles, and practice of group counseling and theory. Includes pertinent research in the dynamics of group interaction in group counseling settings. Same as CEPD 6160.
Description: An exploration of principles, basic concepts, theoretical assumptions and a variety of therapeutic techniques in the field of family therapy from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Major approaches such as intergenerational, structural, strategic, and constructionist are highlighted.
Description: This course combines lecture, demonstration, and supervised practice to develop skills in clinical hypnosis. Topics include: phenomena of hypnosis, methods, and techniques of induction, self-hypnosis, application to clinical practice along with professional and ethical issues. Students will be given the opportunity to practice in small group settings.
Description: A gateway course to our offerings in clinical psychology. Introduces the student to a phenomenologically-based approach and method toward gathering and writing up descriptive data derived from initial intake interviews. Also serves as a foundation for approaching psychological assessment in psychotherapy situations.
Description: An introduction to basic principles, concepts, theoretical assumptions, and various assessment approaches from both historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as factors influencing appraisal. Emphasis on validity, reliability, and analysis of psychometric data will be contrasted with more subjective, existential, and phenomenologically grounded approaches to understanding people. Students will learn to write reports based on information gathered from interviews, projective strategies and other data sources.
Description: This course is for students completing degree requirements who will be using staff time or University facilities and for whom no regular course is appropriate.
Description: A seminar designed to explore theoretical and practical issues of psychological difficulty and well-being.
Description: Structured supervised experience in counseling and psycho- therapy in agency settings. May be repeated for credit. Students will enroll concurrently in 1-credit hour tutorial- clinical supervision.
Description: An introduction to those milder forms of psychological disorders - including anxiety reactions, phobias, depression, dissociative and conversion hysteria, obsessive- compulsive disorders, and paranoid reactions. Nature, etiology, and dynamics explored through traditional and phenomenological approaches.
Description: An exploration of the nature, dynamics and etiology of those psychological disorders termed 'personality disorders. Overall description and subtype classification will be discussed from traditional and phenomenological approaches.
Description: An exploration of those serious psychological disorders termed the psychoses. Both affective and thinking disorders will be considered, with attention to their nature, dynamics and origins. Traditional and phenomenological approaches will be used.
Description: An intensive exploration of the effects of culture on psychological life that works with recent ideas on the interrelationship of history, culture, and the psychological. The course draws upon theory and research approaches derived from feminism, qualitative research paradigms, cultural studies, discursive analysis, psychoanalysis and critical theory.
Description: An introduction to the clinical field of Lacanian Psychoanalysis involving understanding the theoretical background and clinical foundations of the approach to the subject of the unconscious found in the work of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Course covers the implications of his reading of Freud and psychoanalysis.
Description: This seminar will provide either an in-depth focus on a particular phenomenological thinker (such as Husserl, etc.) or a theme of phenomenological study (such as perception, memory, imagination, etc.
Description: Experiential activities aimed at developing a capacity for empathy. Examples: cross-cultural experience where the student can live in a significantly different culture or sub-culture to enter the phenomenological framework of this group; survival experiments; other ventures decided on by the professor and student.
Description: Experiential activities aimed at developing a capacity for empathy. Examples: cross-cultural experience where the student can live in a significantly different culture or sub-culture to enter the phenomenological framework of this group; survival experiments: other ventures decided on by the professor and student.
Description: Experiential activities aimed at developing a capacity for empathy. Examples: cross-cultural activities, live-in experience where the student can live in a significantly different culture or sub-culture to enter the phenomenological framework of this group; survival experiments; other ventures decided on by the professor and students.
Description: Discipline-related long term project, initiated, planned, and cooperatively carried out, culminating in tangible, original, professional level production, or recognized contribution to the field. Examples: educational film, new research avenues, book, journal, newsletter, new field applications.
Description: Continuation of Group Project I (PSYC 6750) into following semester.
Description: A special series of topical seminars meant to explore subjects at the leading edge of contemporary psychology which are of special interest to students and faculty.
Description: Examines the effects of psychological experiences on bio- physiological processes. Topics discussed include: psychoneuroimmunology, state-dependent learning, mind/body therapies (e.g., bio-feedback, meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery, etc.), and mind/body disciplines (e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.).
Description: Preparation of an independent project under the direction of the professor. May be repeated for credit.
Description: Concentrated readings and review of research studies and literature relative to areas of significance in psychology. May be repeated for credit.
Description: Individually-designed program of supervised experience in the field of human services aimed at providing opportunities for field-related practice and development of sensitivity, awareness and skills relevant to provision of human services. May be repeated for credit.
Description: Independent study and investigation exploring a definite topic related to the field of psychology. Required for completion of M.A. degree under the thesis option. May be repeated for credit.
Description: Provides a systematic, precise, and rational perspective based on probability theory. Learning involve descriptive and inferential statistics and computer application of statistics and computer application of statistical packages.
Description: An overview of the farther reaches of human development, including consideration of consciousness studies, altered states, spiritual growth, and ways of knowing.
Description: Provides a working understanding of organizational development (OD) and change including the process of change, the forces (internal and external) which impact organizations, and the role of OD and intervention strategies. Students will also gain an understanding of the impact that personally and consulting style may have in an organizational environment.
Description: Examines selected topics in consciousness studies, such as the history of consciousness, the phenomenology of consciousness and society, etc. May be repeated for credit.
Description: Study of human growth and development from birth through aging and death. The course focuses on areas of physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the biological being interacting with the environment. It will study factors affecting these changes within historical, multicultural, and special needs contexts of development.
Description: An introduction to Gestalt therapy as a conceptual theory and a psychotherapeutic practice. This course will cover the historical development of Gestalt therapy as well as specific therapeutic strategies. Same as CEPD 7132.
Description: An overview of transactional analysis with emphasis on application for personal and professional development. This course will cover the historical and theoretical development of transactional analysis as well as specific strategies for personal and professional development. Same as CEPD 7133.
Description: Addresses fundamental concepts in psychoanalysis through a rerun to Freud's texts and exploration of the basic schools psychoanalysis after Freud. The emphasis is on clinical practice and the relationship between psychoanalysis and psychology. Course will require clinical and/or research applications.
Description: This course is a combination of on-campus experiences, travel to foreign countries, and other appropriate experiences specifically designed to thematically explore cultural and ethnic dimensions in order to deepen psychological understanding. Three hours may be used to satisfy the Psychology Department's foreign language requirement. May be repeated for credit up to 12 hours.
Description: An analysis of the processes for organizational development and renewal with emphasis on individual and organizational health. Special attention will be given to effective processes for change agent in the organizational context.
Description: An exploration of the phenomenology of intersubjectivity as a horizon of human existence.
Description: An inquiry into the influences of selected existential themes-such as anxiety, being-in-the-world, being-for- others-with an emphasis on their appearance in psychology.
Description: Survey of theories of personality and motivational factors from a sampling of psychological, spiritual, and philosophical traditions.
Description: An introduction to the teachings and psychospiritual methods of the major schools of Buddhism.
Description: An inquiry into the relationship between sound and the mind, including music and therapy.
Description: Students meet in small groups with instructor once a week to discuss a research topic. Subject matter varies each semester. Variable credit up to 4 hours.
Description: This course is offered over three consecutive weekends, 4.25 hours each weekend. Subject matter varies each semester. Variable Credit-may be repeated up to twelve times.
Description: Invited lectures by a visiting professor. Subject matter varies each semester. Variable Credit-may be repeated up to twelve times.
This describes the general information about faculty for this program.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php
Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php
Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: Graduate Program Checklist for Psychology_2012.pdf
One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
Department of Psychology
University of West Georgia
Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines:
- Understand Personal Growth and Transformation as it relates to self and others
- Understand humanistic/transpersonal approaches to psychology and their application to sub-disciplines in psychology
- Understand and apply Human Science research methodologies
- Understand Humanistic Psychology's relationship to the helping professions