MA | Master of Arts in Psychology

MA in Psychology Outcomes

The program learning outcomes for the Master of Arts in Psychology degree program with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy are to provide learners with the knowledge and ability to be proficient in the following areas:


Articulate increasingly complex psychological ideas through interaction with others, with the capacity to creatively organize and illustrate these materials.

Critical Thinking

Analyze evidence from more advanced psychological theory and research, including the marriage and family therapy, and interpret this information employing more complex applications of validity, reliability, and logical argumentation.

Cultural and Social Understanding

Apply and differentiate the critical impact that cultural and social institutions have on personal ethical systems, values, and worldview assumptions, including as these come to bear on the practice of marriage and family therapy.

Information Literacy

Appraise and integrate psychological information, and its sources, critically and in professionally acceptable language.

Personal Development

Synthesize increasingly complex principles and findings from the marriage and family therapy literature, and apply them to personal experiences so that the information is meaningful and organically applied to humanistic, grounded professional goals.

Quantitative Reasoning

Evaluate statistically based reasoning processes and apply to increasingly complex psychological research and marriage and family therapeutic questions.

Scientific Reasoning

Formulate a system of inquiry that is dependent on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and therapeutically intervene with marriages and families.

Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues

Analyze and apply ethical behavior as it relates to professional standards of practice in marriage and family therapy.

Additional Content Specific Competencies

Apply psychometric theory and assessment methods in marriage and family therapy, including diagnosis with established classification systems.


Administer various, evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques to improve, restore, or maintain healthy marriage and family relationships.

Growth and Lifespan Development

Contrast normal vs. abnormal patterns of development across the lifespan, and distinguish the protective vs. risk factors that influence developmental outcomes for individuals, marriages, and families.

Career Development

Analyze the theories and techniques associated with work, family, and other life roles and how they are developmentally interrelated.

Domestic Violence

A person who is competent in the knowledge of Domestic Violence will understand cycles of violence and how to safely treat individuals and family’s associated with domestic violence. MA degree psychology graduates will be able to assess individuals and family’s associated with domestic violence, understand the cycle of violence and the underlying personality disorders while safely treating those involved.

Chemical Dependency

Articulate a comprehensive explanation of research, theories, and techniques for the treatment of chemical dependency.

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