Graduate Studies in Humanistic Psychology
UWG's Multicultural, Holistic and Integrative Degree Program
The University of West Georgia Psychology Department is unique from other psychology programs. Our theoretical roots are in the humanistic, critical and transpersonal psychology traditions, with an emphasis on:
• consciousness studies,
• existential-phenomenological philosophy,
• counseling and psychotherapy,
• spirituality and transpersonal studies,
• human development and potential,
• critical disciplines, and
• integrative mind-body medicine.
Our innovative program fuses the wisdom of ancient traditions with classical foundations of modern psychology and recent developments in cognitive neuroscience.
Courses in the University of West Georgia Psychology master’s program range from the expression of classically humanistic concerns of subjective experience through a holistic lens toward psychological life, to the development of human potential via transpersonal and spiritual paths, and acceptance one’s authentic individuality. The myriad of ways growth, development, and self-actualization are experienced, limited, and ultimately transformed is the fabric of our department.
Master’s Program Highlights
• Beautiful campus less than 40 minutes from metropolitan Atlanta
• Flexible schedule to accommodate working professionals
• Three program options: clinical, thesis or comprehensive coursework
• Integrative Health Certificate program uniting psychology, health care and holistic mind-body medicine
• Residential program with various online course offerings
• More than 40 years of excellence in education, research and clinical training
• Scholarships and financial aid available
Our faculty is comprised of distinguished scholars across a diverse spectrum of psychological inquiry. Some of the recent work of our professors ranges from experimental research into ESP and synesthesia, publications on children’s spirituality, and critical film studies using discourse analysis. The department fosters a lively community of study in which students explore personal interests through independent study and original thesis research as a complement to traditional coursework. Its annual SPARC event showcases student research projects and allows for discussion and dissemination of topics and ideas. The department also encourages experiential learning through participation in faculty research and clinical practica.
Career Pathways for Master's Program Graduates
Graduates with the master's degree in psychology at West Georgia find work in a variety of psychology and psychology-related areas. Some of these employments do, some do not, require state licensing for practice. Those related to education - e.g., special education or school counseling - usually require certification which means graduates planning to work in such settings would be required to have taken a certain number and kind of courses and, perhaps, gain other background in order to meet this certification level. Much of this specialized preparation would have to be taken in the School of Education in addition to whatever requirements a student is expected to take in completing his or her psychology major. On the other hand, some private schools do not require certification of the persons they hire for teaching.
Many West Georgia psychology M.A. graduates continue their graduate studies by enrolling in the Specialist (Ed.S.) program in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department after completing the required prerequisites. Others continue right on to doctoral programs. Graduates interested in college teaching in psychology, or other areas not covered by APA accreditation, should look for the best university and program suiting their particular subject matter or orientation interests. If they wish to go into some professional area of psychology with the ultimate aim of practicing, they should choose programs (e.g., Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.), which accommodate that intention. Here, at this juncture, they may wish to see if the program they are considering is APA-approved. Still, in most states, doctoral students who have gone through any professional university program may find an internship site and stand for the licensing examination even if their program is not APA-accredited. These states usually give preferential treatment to those from APA-approved professionally-oriented doctoral programs, however.