The Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) program is unique. It has a broadly humanistic orientation, with phenomenological and existential roots, and transpersonal approaches. This leads to a holistic view on human subjectivity, interaction, and spiritual experiences.
The program is generalist and integrative, emphasizing both the historical and theoretical foundations as well as experiential dimensions and applications of psychology. The program thus integrates contemporary phenomenological, critical, depth, and community psychology perspectives.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.
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Our program offers courses on the nature and structure of consciousness, perception, psychological development throughout our lifespan, the body in its lived and physical dimensions, affective life and feeling, dreaming, loving, human gender and sex roles including feminist psychology and women's spirituality, our marital and family relationships, sporting relationships, social and cultural relations, spirituality, transpersonal and paranormal experiences, disaster and evil, the meanings and forms of psychological disorder, and the nature and transformative power of psychotherapeutic relationships.
Method of Delivery
Courses are primarily taught face to face. Some courses may be available partly or fully online, however, this is not an online program.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 33-45
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 9
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
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.)
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate 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 Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
The most important aspect of deciding to apply to this MA program is acquainting yourself thoroughly with these materials. We have tried to compile a comprehensive and accurate program description and hope that you find it helpful in assessing if this program is right for you.
- GPA of 2.5 on undergraduate degree
- Official GRE scores- minimum 140 Quantitative, 146 Verbal
- 3 letters of recommendation:
- The Department of Psychology requires that at least two of the three letters of recommendation be submitted by college-level faculty familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities. The third letter may be submitted by an employer and/or supervisor. Exceptions may be made in special cases with permission from the Chair of the Department of Psychology.
- Personal narrative statement
- A semi-autobiographical essay setting forth a self-aware and psychological perspective on “where you are in your life and how you got there”, Be sure to discuss your interests in psychology and related areas, as well as why the University of West Georgia’s Master’s program in Humanistic Psychology is of special interest to you. Average length: 4 pages.
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
Posted deadline includes Application, app fee, and all supplemental items/documents.
See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.
Admission Process Checklist
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.
Director of MA Program
Department of Psychology
- Understand Personal Growth and Transformation as it relates to self and others
- Understand humanistic/transpersonal approaches to psychology and their application to subdisciplines in psychology
- Understand and apply human science research methodologies
- Understand Humanistic Psychology's relationship to the helping professions