Program Overview

  • UWG's Multicultural, Holistic and Integrative Degree Program

    The University of West Georgia’s Psychology Department is unique from other psychology programs. With a holistic approach, our program transfuses modern psychology with the wisdom of ancient traditions. 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 healing practices
  • Curriculum

    Courses in the Psychology master’s program range from the expression of classically humanistic concerns of subjective experience to the development of human potential via transpersonal and spiritual paths. The Psychology Department offers an environment where humanistic, transpersonal, critical, and traditional arenas of psychology are studied alongside each other as evidenced by our diverse and expansive course listing.

  • Master's Program Highlights
    • More than 40 years of excellence in education, research and clinical training
    • Less than 50 miles from metropolitan Atlanta
    • Beautiful scenic campus
    • Flexible schedule
    • Thesis or Non-thesis degree options
    • Integrative Health Certificate Available
    • Financial Aid and Assistance
  • Distinguished Faculty

    Our faculty is comprised of distinguished scholars across a diverse spectrum of psychological disciplines. Recent work of our professors includes experimental research into ESP and synesthesia, children’s spirituality, and discourse analysis. The department encourages experiential learning through participation in research and practice. For information about specific faculty members, please see the Department’s Faculty page and respective curriculum vitaes and instructor profiles.

  • Career Pathways for Master's Program Graduates

    Graduates with the master's degree in psychology at West Georgia find work in a broad variety of psychology and related areas. Additionally, West Georgia Psychology M.A. Graduates are well equipped to continue their graduate studies by attending a wide array of Ph.D or specialist programs. Two common career pathways are clinical practice and pursuing further education en route to a career in teaching / education.

 

Student Information

  • Program Information
  • Current Students
  • Prospective Students

    Application & Admissions

    FAQs

    Student Employment, Financial Aid & Housing Information

    The Psychology Department offers some aid to students. However, this financial aid is sought after competitively and will be awarded accordingly. To apply for an assistantship, please fill out a GRA application, and turn it in to the department the position is in. Other aid is available through the University in the form of student loans. The City of Carrollton community proudly makes work available for students, particularly part-time work, ideal for the university lifestyle. For more information please contact Career Services.

    The UWG Housing Office can provide information regarding living arrangements on and off-campus. Furthermore, many renting opportunities are available in Carrollton and nearby.It is important to note, living expenses (as of 2014) in the Carrollton area are between $500 and $1,000 per month on average.

    Commuter Student Information

    Some students in the program commute from Atlanta or other local areas, as well as continuing to work during their studies. While commuting can be done, it takes time and patience. The program is designed primarily as a full-time residential program, so evening and online course offerings are limited. Some commuter students work on weekends and take a weekday or two for classes. Many drive to classes in the morning and return home for night jobs. For those who work full or nearly full time, two or three days a week of classes seems ideal. This also seems to be a generally affordable course load for an employed person.

    Please see the University's parking page for more info.

     

 

Graduation Information

  • University/Registrar Requirements
    Registrar's Requirements for Graduation

    Step 1
    Submit the Online Graduate Application for Graduation* and $40.00 application fee (per degree) by the appropriate deadline listed on the Registrar’s website

    *To access the Online Graduation Application and Fee Payment, logon to MyUWG, click on the Banweb tab, select the "Student Services & Financial Aid" link, and then, click on the "Graduation Application" option.

    Step 2
    If you have selected a Thesis or Dissertation track, then you must follow the instructions in the Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Guidelines Handbook before submitting your document to the Format Reviewer for approval prior to printing and binding. You may also want to review the Thesis and Dissertation FAQ.

    After the defense and receipt of approval from the Format Reviewer, the student should pay binding fees at the UWG Cashier's Office in Aycock Hall. Print the required number of copies of your Thesis or Dissertation, plus additional copies if desired, and submit the printed copies of your Thesis or Dissertation to the Library for binding by the deadline listed on the Registrar’s Website (www.westga.edu/student-services/registrar/index.php)

    *If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then it is due to the Library on the following workday by 5:00 p.m.

    Step 3
    Meet with your Advisor or Program Coordinator to ensure that you have completed or will complete all of your program requirements.

    Step 4
    Visit the Registrar’s website to see a tentative list of graduation applicants for your anticipated semester of graduation. This list is not an indication that students are meeting all degree requirements. Final grades have not been submitted, and student graduation is contingent upon the grades recorded. The list is a representation of the students that have applied for graduation and are possible candidates. Any discrepancies in the information listed should be reported immediately to registrar@westga.edu.

    Step 5
    Pay all fees owed to the University. This includes parking tickets, obligations to the library, or any other departmental fees.

    Step 6
    Complete the Online Graduate Alumni Information Form

    *Note: If your graduation plans change or you need to be deferred, please contact the Registrar’s office at registrar@westga.edu .

  • Psychology Department Requirements - Thesis
    Psychology Department's Requirements for Graduation- Thesis

    The thesis tracks requires 33 hours of coursework (up to 9 hours can be from outside departments) plus 3 hours to be earned during directed thesis preparation.

    Step 1
    You must have a thesis advisor after entrance to the MA program. You may want to research the areas of interest among the faculty and try to find someone who will be a “good fit” for the work you are planning on doing. Keep in mind that faculty members may not always be available every semester. Get authorization from your professor to put them down as your advisor by filling out an Advisor Form.

    Step 2
    Propose your Thesis topic to your advisor. You should have regular meetings with your advisor for guidance and requirements. Your advisor will serve as your committee chair and will steer the committee.

    Step 3
    Locate the second member of your committee—Must be from within the Psychology Department

    Step 4
    Locate the third member of your committee—Must be from outside the Psychology Department

    Step 5
    Set the date and location of your thesis defense. Contact the Psychology office and let us know the date, time, location, and the names of your committee members.

    Step 6
    All forms must be completed and signed by all three of your committee members. These forms must be returned to the office by the specified deadline for that semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Psychology Office

  • Psychology Department Requirements - Non-Thesis Option
    Psychology Department's Requirements for Graduation- Non-Thesis

    Under this option 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 for course appropriateness.

    Step 1
    Select an advisor. Get authorization from your professor to put them down as your advisor by filling out an Advisor Form. You should have regular meetings with your advisor for guidance and requirements.

    Step 2
    Your advisor will serve as your committee chair and will steer the committee. Ask them for suggestions for your committee.

    Step 3
    Locate the second member of your committee—Must be from within the Psychology Department

    Step 4
    Locate the third member of your committee—Must be from outside the Psychology Department

    Step 5
    Set the date and location of your exit interview. Contact the Psychology office and let us know the date, time, and location.

    Step 6
    All forms must be completed and signed by all three of your committee members. These forms must be returned to the office by the specified deadline for that semester.