Master of Arts in General Psychology

Learning Objectives

The core curriculum clinical emphasis of the General Psychology Master of Arts program is designed to provide entry-level graduate students with a solid grounding in the basic foundations of psychology. Upon successful completion of the core curriculum, the student fulfills the remaining degree requirements by taking courses in substantive areas in psychology, including clinical psychology. The clinical psychology emphasis is designed to prepare students for the Institute’s Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. If an integral emphasis is desired, the course program follows a more interdisciplinary track with an emphasis on general psychology, integral psychology, Comparative Religion and Philosophy, and/or Life Physics.

Degree Requirements

Fifty-six (56) graduate quarter units are required to complete the Master of Arts degree in Psychology. Twenty-eight (28) graduate quarter units are earned in seven (7) core courses designed to establish a basic foundation in the philosophy, science, and practice of psychology based on the Institute’s mission.  Elective coursework toward the 56 degree units necessary for graduation may be selected from any of other Master’s programs: Life Physics or Comparative Religion and Philosophy. Doctorate-level courses in Psychology, Life Physics, or Comparative Religion and Philosophy may be taken with the approval of the Psychology Program Director.

For Master’s level students, graduate transfer credits may be granted for a total of 8-quarter units of relevant graduate courses previously completed at an approved or accredited institution for non-licensure students.

Challenge exams (2 exams or 8 units) may be taken for equivalent coursework. This would provide additional credit toward the degree, at the discretion of the Program Director.

If the Master of Arts student is completing his/her degree with no intention of continuing in the PhD program, the completion of a thesis (psychology) or special project (Integral/Energy Psychology) must be completed as a degree requirement.

If the student is planning to immediately enroll upon degree conferment into the Institute’s Ph.D. program, a course may be taken in lieu of the Master’s thesis or senior project.

Master of Arts in Psychology (General, Integral, & Clinical Psychology)


CIHS CORE CURRICULUM (core courses for all programs)

PSY 500    Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences     (4 units)

PSY 501       Foundations in Integral studies   (4 units)

PSY 502       Consciousness Studies    (4 units)

PSY 503**   Counseling & Communications Skills (4 units)

PSY 504***  Spiritual Education     (4 units)



PSY 505         Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research    (4 units)

PSY 690         Thesis or Special Project*    (4 units)

*Those students who desire to enter the doctorate program upon degree completion may take an additional course elective in place of the thesis or special project.

**Or Integral Spiritual Coaching

***Additional units may be taken as electives



Students on a non-licensure track following may also choose appropriate interdisciplinary electives from any of the other programs. Courses relevant to the field are below, but the electives are not limited to these course options, at the discretion of the Program Director.

PSY 506    Statistics  (4 units)

PSY 622       Mind-Body and Energy in Psychology   (4 units)

PSY 624       Psychobiology     (4 units)

PSY 625       Sociocultural Influences and Intervention Strategies     (4 units)

PSY 633       Introduction to Energy Psychology    (4 units)

PSY 634       Pranic Healing      (4 units)

PSY 636       Psychology of the Chakras      (4 units)

PSY 644       Dynamic Group Therapy: Theory and Practice     (4 units)

PSY 651       Psychoacoustics   (4 units)

PSY 680       Topics of Special Interest          (4-8 units)

PSY 699       Independent Study               (2-12 units)





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