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Frequently Asked Questions

Chatham University Master of Arts in Psychology program

"What is unique about Chatham University's MA in Psychology program?"
Chatham’s MSCP program focuses on both the personal and professional growth of students, emphasizing human-centered values and approaches reflected in the development of empathic, compassionate, and thoughtful counselors. We also feel that students in the program develop relationships with one another and with faculty that they are able to maintain as they move ahead in their professional and personal lives.

"Who is the typical MA in Psychology student?"
Chatham’s MA in Psychology students have a strong interest in the study of human behavior, but are not focused on becoming masters level professional counselors. (Students interested in becoming counselors or psychologists enroll in Chatham’s MSCP). The MA in Psychology students are a diverse group in terms of race, gender (yes, Chatham’s graduate programs include men!), ethnicity, and income level. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, including athletic coaching, student affairs work, business, and pre-medical study.

"How long does it take to earn the MA in Psychology degree?"
Full-time students can earn the 36 credit hour degree in as few as 3 semesters if they follow the recommended course sequence. Part-time students’ completion times vary, depending upon individual needs.

"Does the Masters of Arts in Psychology degree prepare an individual to become a licensed professional counselor or a licensed psychologist?"
No. The MA in Psychology degree does not prepare students to become licensed professional counselors. Students interested in becoming counselors or psychologists apply to Chatham’s MSCP program.

"How large are the classes?"
Chatham’s classes are small, with ample opportunity for peer-peer and student-faculty interaction. Most classes involve both content and experiential work – these typically have around 18 students. A few content courses have around 25 students.

"Who teaches in the program?"
The MSCP program has ten core faculty members, all full-time at Chatham, and all of whom have had extensive experience in clinical, community, or research settings in addition to teaching. Some courses are taught by adjunct professors from the community who have unique expertise in particular content areas.

"What kind of work are Chatham students prepared to do after graduation?"
Graduates of the Chatham MA in Psychology program can use the knowledge and skills obtained in their studies to enrich their work in a variety of settings. Athletic coaches and trainers and health professionals will have cutting edge information and skills that they can use in their work. Graduates may also elect to pursue doctoral study in psychology or other health professions after completing the MA in Psychology degree.

"What opportunities are there for students to interact with one another?"
There are lots! Students are encouraged in all of their courses to work collaboratively and cooperatively. Students frequently gather to study for exams, to work on projects, or just to hang out. Alums report that these friendships and professional relationships continue beyond the time spent at Chatham. In addition, there are three formal associations that provide more opportunities to meet and interact with other graduate students. These include Psi Chi (the psychology honor society) and the campus-wide Graduate Student Association.