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Master of Arts in Psychology Courses

Foundation Courses

Course Requirements Knowledge of certain fundamental areas in psychology is necessary as preparation for advanced courses. These areas are covered in the following foundation courses:

PSY 626 Research and Evaluation Methods for Mental Health Professionals (3)
PSY 656 Physiological Psychology (3)
PSY 657 Psychopathology (3)
PSY 658 Individual, Couple, and Family Development: A Life Cycle Approach (3)
PSY 659 Behavioral Principles and Theories of Learning (3)

Students who have taken undergraduate- or graduate-level courses judged to be equivalent in content to foundation level courses may petition to waive such courses. This requirement may be met by completing the equivalent course at an accredited institution within the last seven years, receiving a grade of "B" or better; completing a Pepperdine graduate-level course or equivalent.

Core Courses

The following core courses may be taken in any sequence after the prerequisites have been satisfied: 

PSY 600
Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
PSY 601
Assessment of Intelligence
PSY 602
Personality Assessment
PSY 606
Interpersonal Skills and Group Therapy
PSY 607
Social Psychology
PSY 612
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSY 622
Multicultural Counseling
PSY 637
Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSY 667
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 692
Scientific Writing in Psychology
Elective Courses (select one of the following courses):

PSY 670
Introduction to Positive Psychology
PSY 671
Career Development Theory and Techniques
Students who receive foundation-level waivers and need additional courses to complete the minimum 36 units required for graduation may take any of the following courses:

PSY 624
Individual and Family Treatment of Substance Abuse
PSY 627
Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals
PSY 668
Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents
PSY 669
Trauma in Diverse Populations