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The Master of Arts in Psychology 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, students fulfill the remaining degree requirements by taking courses in substantive areas in psychology in order to meet requirements and also satisfy their specific needs and desires. The general psychology program, as well as the integral track, prepare the student to enter the doctoral programs at CIHS, including the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. The M.A. program prepares students for practitioner roles or for doctoral study through an interdisciplinary track that emphasizes general psychology, integral psychology, Integral Noetic Sciences, and/or Life Physics.

Psychology Masters PLOs.  Graduates of CIHS Psychology Master’s program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Understand people as ever evolving, multidimensional beings on a developmental journey toward wholeness, which encompasses the domains of mind, body, and spirit.

  • PLO 2: Apply transdisciplinary research, theory and praxis for effective counseling and communication in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

  • PLO 3: Explain and use holistic thought, that includes consciousness and spirituality.

  • PLO 4: Describe the theory and application of a broad spectrum of healing modalities, to include both traditional and non-traditional approaches.

  • PLO 5: Apply personal or community development using body-mind-spirit principles.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field. 

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 the other Master’s programs: Integral Health and Integral Noetic Sciences. 

If the Master of Arts student is completing his/her degree with no intention of continuing in the Ph.D. program, the completion of a thesis (psychology) or special project 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. 


Core courses                             28 units

Electives                                     28 units

TOTAL                                        56 units


  • 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 (several possible courses) (4 units)   

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

  • PSY 690 Thesis or Special Project (4 units)                               

Students 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.

Sample Elective Courses

  • 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 632 Somatic Psychology (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 637 Group and Community Relationships (4 units)

  • PSY 651 Psychoacoustics (4 units)

  • PSY 657 Lifespan Development (4 units)

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