MA | Master of Arts in Psychology

Psychology master's courses in the Master of Arts in Psychology program

The following master's level courses comprise CalSouthern’s Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology degree program. In order to fulfill educational requirements for licensure at the master’s level in California – MFT and/or LPCC – all required courses must be completed. Elective options are not available for this program. For licensure requirements in other states, please contact your applicable state board.

Required Core Courses

PSY 86517 Psychology of Aging

Credits : 3

This course will examine the aging population from a psychological perspective, concentrating on theory, research, and developmental effects associated with the various stages of aging, especially older adulthood. The focus will be on the biological, psychological, cognitive, perceptual, sociological, and personality issues that the older population encounters. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and describing the optimization of the latter stages of the human lifespan.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Compare and contrast current research on alternative stage theories of adulthood and personality development
  • Distinguish the factors that contribute to accelerated sensory decline as individuals age
  • Speculate changes in cognitive functioning and creative performance associated with aging
  • Formulate legal, ethical and cultural-related factors that occur with aging
  • Discriminate the physical and socioemotional needs of the elderly
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology

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