Community Psychology Overview
Community psychology studies the wide variety of forces and structures in communities that affect the positive growth, development, and functioning of its members. The practice is directed toward interventions that facilitate psychological competence and empowerment and promote constructive social change. In the Master of Arts in Community Psychology (MACD) program, you’ll prepare to be part of this change as you learn to design, develop, and deliver the supports needed to sustain healthy communities and individuals.
The program integrates theory, community-based research, applied skills, and community service within the disciplines of community psychology, community development, counselling theory, and practice. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to serve as consultants or leaders in government and community agency sectors.
To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- At least a baccalaureate degree earned from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from a foreign university
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Completion of the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in baccalaureate-level psychology or community development with grades of "C" or better
- Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited to submit an in-person writing sample and an individual interview with faculty
- Satisfactory completion of 48 credit hours, including all required courses (exceptions include courses accepted for transfer credit in accordance with the School’s official Transfer Credit policy)
- 350 minimum clock hours of a Community Development Practicum
- 150 hours of a Community Service Practicum
- Successful completion of the M.A. Research Project
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than two "C" grades (or 6 credit hours)
- Completion of graduation application and full payment of any outstanding tuition or other fees
- Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Arts in Community Psychology