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Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)

About the Master of Arts in Psychology, Mental Health Track

The Master of Arts in Psychology, Mental Health track at Fisher College is designed to provide students with a graduate level foundation in psychology and mental health which will prepare them for employment in a variety of helping professions, government work, advocacy, or doctoral preparation.

The uniqueness of this one year program is that it is designed for those who have minimal experience in psychology or human services and those who have achieved a degree in those areas. The Master of Arts in Psychology, Mental Health track offers graduate students the opportunity to learn about the mental health field all while working directly with faculty to clarify their individual interest in psychology.

Learning Objectives
At the completion of this program students will be able to:
  • Understand qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research studies.
    Critically analyze peer-reviewed literature.
    Examine the most appropriate methods and understand different types of research designs, including survey, experimental, and quasi-experimental.
  • Students will design, conduct, write, and present new psychological research.
  • Analyze several different aspects of human development, including, but not limited to:cognitive development, social development, and emotional development.
  • Evaluate the impact of mental health issues on society at micro and macro levels.
  • Explore various types of trauma (physical, sexual, emotional), and how they affect individuals, couples, families, and groups differently.
    Analyze literature on mental health diagnoses, psychopharmacology, trauma, and resiliency.
  • Evaluate the psychological, sociological, and biological concerns related to aging.
  • Analyze attitudes, reactions, values, and beliefs about death, dying and grief across cultures in the United States

Program Requirements, Delivery, and Courses

Additional Information

Program Requirements 

The Master of Arts in Psychology program consists of 10 3-credit courses for a total of 30 credits. 

Delivery Format

Courses will be offered online in three 12-week terms. Students with continuous enrollment may complete the program in as little as 5 terms.


PS501 Counseling Theory
PS502 Psychopathology
PS505 Advanced Human Development
PS508 Crisis Intervention and Disaster Mental Health
PS511 Research and Evaluation
PS515 Social and Cultural Foundations
PS620 Psychopharmacology 
PS621 Death and Dying
PS623 Social Gerontology
PS633 Psychological Trauma Across the Lifespan