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Master of Arts in Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology Courses

Foundation Courses

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 demonstrated by completing the equivalent course at an accredited institution within the preceding seven years, receiving a grade of "B" or better; completing a Pepperdine graduate level course or equivalent; or by passing a challenge exam administered by the division.
The following core courses may be taken in any sequence after prerequisites
have been satisfied, with the exception of PSY 690 and 691, which must be taken
in numerical sequence and only in consecutive Fall-Spring or Spring-Fall
sequences (not in the summer sessions).
Core Courses

Students who receive foundation level waivers and need additional courses to complete the minimum 36 units required for graduation may take a directed study in any area of faculty expertise. Occasionally, special courses are offered if there is sufficient student interest. Students may take various clinical psychology courses as electives with permission, as long as prerequisites are met. Students who wish to conduct a major research study may do so as a directed study.

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 671
Career Development Theory and Techniques
PSY 690
Community/Clinical Research and Service I
PSY 691
Community/Clinical Research and Service II