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University of the West

University of the West

 

M.A. in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

University of the West
1409 N. Walnut Grove Avenue
Rosemead, California 91770

(626) 571-8811

University of the West M.A. in Psychology Program Page


Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot

Accreditation

WASC

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

Buddhist Psychology, Multicultural Generalist

Length of Program

3 years

Schedule/Format

Primarily evening classes, sometimes afternoons.

Program Start 

Fall

Estimated Total Program Tuition

$31,260

Religious orientation

Unique to UWest is a Multicultural Generalist focus, as well as a one-of-a-kind Buddhist Psychology track.

In such a globally connected world, it has become imperative to train psychology professionals who are proficient in working with a wide variety of cultural identities. For this reason, the M.A. Psychology at UWest focuses on exploring both the Western and Eastern contributions to psychology.

What does it mean to attend a Buddhist University?

It means we take education of the whole person very seriously. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom to your real life and be part of a pioneering blend of Eastern and Western cultures. You’ll learn new ways of thinking, studying, playing and relaxing. And you’ll definitely see Buddhist monks and nuns in your classes.

Entering Class Size

Capped at 16 students. 

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Minimum requirement is 500-600 hours (225 hours face-to-face), though because it is a 3-year program, some students are able to log the maximum number of hours allowed during a graduate program by the BBS.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Highly encouraged but not required.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

All students are required to pass a comprehensive exam in their final semester. Upon recommendation of the department chair, students who would like to pursue a PhD upon completion of the MA may be permitted to complete a thesis rather than the comprehensive exam. 

Application Process

Application Deadline

Priority deadline: March 15

Rolling admissions until beginning of the year

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.5 GPA

GRE Requirement

None

Prerequisite Courses

None

Application highlights

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the references in a sealed envelope or from an e-mail with a professional domain. Academic letters of recommendation are highly encouraged. References may not be a relative of the applicant.

Statement of Purpose*
The typed, double-spaced statement of purpose should be 500-600 words, describing interest in a specific area at University of the West and goals beyond achieving an advanced degree. The statement should also include why the applicant chose to study at University of the West, interest and/or research, and personals goals or aspirations.

Resume/CV
Submit most recent resume or curriculum vitae.

*Application essay requirements may be changing soon.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Yes

 
The goal of UWest’s Psychology Department is to reduce suffering and increase happiness in the world through the application of mental health practices...The program focuses on the intersection between Buddhist psychology and Western multicultural and recovery-oriented evidence-based practice in helping individuals, couples, families, and groups.
— University of the West

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The M.A. Psychology Program at UWest prepares students for careers in a wide variety of applied counseling and consultation settings. Furthermore, the psychology program is designed to meet the prerequirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license.

The Multicultural Counseling M.A. program is based on regulations provided by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and on guidelines suggested by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Coursework is designed to prepare the student for the California MFT license examinations. More information about the MFT license can be found at http://www.bbs.ca.gov.

Unique to UWest is a Multicultural Generalist focus, as well as a one-of-a-kind Buddhist Psychology track.

In such a globally connected world, it has become imperative to train psychology professionals who are proficient in working with a wide variety of cultural identities. For this reason, the M.A. Psychology at UWest focuses on exploring both the Western and Eastern contributions to psychology.

The Buddhist Psychology track holds the same multicultural emphasis as the Multicultural Generalist track, but with the additional inclusion of Buddhist perspectives. Buddhist concepts and practices have been successfully used in Western counseling settings, and many are central to current best practices in psychotherapy. For example, the concept of mindfulness and meditation has been empirically supported and widely integrated into contemporary Western psychology practices. Students following this track will gain additional expertise in these areas.

Both the Multicultural Generalist and the Buddhist Psychology specialty track require a minimum of 60 semester units. Units are divided into 3 introductory units, 15 foundational course units, 21 core level course units, 3 advanced level units, 6 units of practicum at an approved practicum site, and a minimum of 12 units to be taken from a list of electives. Specialty tracks (i.e. Buddhist Psychology) require 12 units of coursework in the area of specialty which are taken in lieu of electives. Furthermore, all students are required to pass a comprehensive exam in their final semester.