Graduate Psychology Programs
Chatham University offers three unique graduate degrees in psychology — a Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) for students who are seeking education about human behavior either to enrich their work lives or to apply for doctoral study in psychology; a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) for students who would like to practice as licensed professional counselors; and a Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) for students interested in becoming licensed psychologists.
Chatham’s graduate programs in psychology are built upon the university’s rich history of commitment to diversity and global awareness, sustainability and the environment, and women’s health and well-being. These themes are woven into coursework and practical experiences.
Individuals applying for graduate study in psychology at Chatham have many choices. The Office of Admissions, program directors, and faculty are devoted to working with individual applicants to help them discover which of the graduate psychology programs might best move them toward their chosen career.
The MSCP program began in 1998. Its graduates have become an integral part of health care communities, practicing in a wide variety of settings both locally and across the country. MSCP graduates also serve as resources for current students and new graduates. In addition to the core required courses, MSCP students may choose to pursue study of Sport and Exercise Psychology or Infant Mental Health, or to deepen knowledge about how to help individuals seeking recovery from specific life stressors or traumas, to work with diverse socio-cultural groups, or to facilitate and promote health from a holistic perspective. Learn more.
The PsyD in Counseling Psychology program grew from the success of Chatham’s MSCP program. The new program, with its unique focus on sustainable health and well-being, enrolled its first cohort in 2009, providing students with the education and training needed to become competent and ethical psychologists. Students learn to attend to and support the strengths of clients, and to facilitate their long-term positive healthy functioning. Discovering how engagement with community and the larger natural world can foster health and well-being of individuals and families is also an important part of the program. The PsyD program has been developed to meet or exceed APA guidelines in anticipation of accreditation, and will apply for APA accreditation at the earliest possible date (during the 2012-2013 year). Learn more.
The MAP program, also a new program, offers a third degree with flexibility and many options. Unlike the MSCP and PsyD programs, the MAP does not prepare students for licensure as professional counselors or psychologists. It does provide core courses in psychology and the study of human behavior, as well as the opportunity to pursue tracks in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Health Psychology, or an individualized area of study. Finally, MAP students may also focus on the Science and Theories of Psychology in preparation for application for doctoral study—often these MAP graduates are considered for Chatham’s PsyD program, if they choose to apply. Learn more.