Develop Skills to Improve the Well-Being of Individuals, Families and Communities
Through the unique, humanistic-focused master's degree program in clinical-community psychology at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh, you'll develop the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of individuals, families and various communities with specific needs.
Different from other psychology master's programs in the Pittsburgh region, Point Park's program teaches students a holistic, humanistic and phenomenological approach that seeks to better understand human experience and behavior.
Point Park's 48-credit Master of Arts program focuses on the following two important subfields of psychology:
- Clinical psychology — Primarily concerned with promoting mental health and well-being
- Community psychology — Studies social and cultural influences on personal well-being, including research and assistance at the community level
Choose a Track
Students in this graduate program can choose from one of the following two tracks:
- Clinical-Community Psychology (includes master's thesis and option of clinical and/or community practicum)
- Marriage and Family Therapy (includes one year practicum with scholarly component)
For their thesis, students in the clinical-community psychology track will work within a community to help address specific needs that have been identified by community members and organizations. Based on research review and assessment, students will then design a plan to help empower and improve the mental health and well-being of members of the community.
Some of the courses offered in this master's in clinical-community psychology program include:
- Foundations of Community Psychology
- Mental Health & Well-Being: Individual and Collective
- Brain, Body and Experience
- MFT I: Theoretical Approaches to Psychotherapy in a Family and Social Systems Context
- Psychology of Human Diversity
- Child Development
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Critical Theory in Social Sciences
Point Park also students have the opportunity to present their research work at national psychology conferences.
Undergraduate QPA of 3.0 is required for full admission.
A letter of intent is required that addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study, with a length of approximately 500 words.
The overall goal of the program is to enable graduate psychology students to enhance the well-being of individuals, groups and communities through research, community assistance and clinical practices. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of social and cultural influences on mental health and well-being including prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
Another goal of this program is to teach empathic understanding and recognition of diverse ways of living in the world. This sets the foundation for an ethically-informed approach to psychology that respects and values the fundamental dignity and human rights of all persons.
Psychology Careers at the Master's Degree Level
With an M.A. in psychology, you'll have the option to pursue a doctoral degree and/or various career opportunities, such as:
- Administer or director of community programs in human services, mental health, prevention community, education, health promotion and community development
- Social and community service manager
- Marriage and family therapist (with additional courses training in MFT work)
Point Park's psychology department is affiliated with the American Psychological Association's Divisions 32 and 27. Click on the links below to learn more.
- APA, Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology
- APA, Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action