College of Arts and Sciences

MA in Psychology

The M.A. in Psychology at Seattle University is based in the existential-phenomenological traditions of humanistic psychology. We offer students a rich foundation for the practice of psychotherapy grounded in the disciplines of psychology and philosophy. Features of the program include:

  • 72 credits, can be completed within 2 years
  • Cohort model limited to approximately 20 students/year
  • Classes meet late afternoons, evenings, and weekends
  • Nine-month internship in a community agency with intensive supervision both on site and in the program
  • Strong emphasis on the relational and ethical dimensions of psychotherapy
  • Graduates prepared to seek licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington.

Instruction draws extensively on the study of qualitative research, first person narratives, phenomenological analysis, and the hermeneutical tradition of philosophy in seeking to understand the lived experiences of others. Students learn to work with common diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, but more than this, they learn how to be with others though suffering and distress, how to facilitate a process of meaning making, understanding, and healing, and how to work skillfully across social and cultural boundaries and differences. An extensive internship placement prepares students for success as psychotherapists in community settings, private practice, hospitals, and clinics. By drawing upon the insights of a number of disciplines and by laying the foundation for a therapeutic attitude, the program prepares students to enter the helping professions, whether as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington, or by pursuing further studies.


headshotThe MAP program is proud to announce that a recent graduate, Neshia Alaovae, has been bestowed with the 2016 Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award as given by The Arts and Sciences Graduate Council and Dean Powers of the College of Arts and Sciences.

This award is given to one outstanding graduating student in the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs. Selection is based upon exceptional graduate work in the classroom. Qualification is evidenced by paper/article submission, conference presentations, fellowship or scholarship awards, and interdisciplinary scholarship work. The award honors the impact that Dr. Wallace Loh had upon graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Loh served as Dean of the college from 1999-2008. Under his leadership, four of the seven Arts and Sciences graduate programs were created.

Each graduate program may nominate one student and Neshia was selected among several qualified nominations. Her award was announced at the SU Graduate Commencement Ceremony on June 12, included in the commencement program.

Congratulations Neshia!

News and Events


In the News: Dr. Jerome Veith, current MAP student and philosophy lecturer publishes a new book on philosopher Hans Georg Gadamer.

James Norris, Master of Arts in Psychology '09, enlisted the aid of fellow alumni to establish the Matumaini Counseling and Community Center to meet the growing need for services in south Seattle.




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