Psychology Programs

Demand is on the rise for organizational consultants, therapists, mediators, and a host of other careers in psychology. Explore our recently expanded program which now offers two Master of Arts degree programs. The MA in Counseling Psychology or the MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology will help prepare students for the rapidly evolving field by exposing students to a broad range of practices.


"My GGU professors, practicing professionals themselves, brought firsthand experiences directly to the classroom to debate and discuss. The real-life insight I gained is continually useful in my own work."

-- Sunee Zrno (MA Psychology 08)
Marriage and Family Therapist


MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

The Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology prepares students to enter or advance in the field industrial-organizational psychology and allied disciplines. Students receive thorough grounding in the field’s major theoretical frameworks, consulting and other professional practice models, and individual, team, and organizational research methods. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume leadership roles in industrial-organizational psychology in small, medium, and large organizations in a variety of fields -- technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, entertainment -- or for work in global consulting firms.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the main theoretical frameworks of industrial-organizational psychology with emphasis on organizational behavior, team and individual functioning, and leadership in a global context.
  • Examine the dynamic and evolving nature of professional practice with focus on careers in industrial-organizational psychology, as well as human resources, executive coaching, and management consulting.
  • Learn assessment tools to measure and diagnose individual, team, and organizational performance.
  • Explore contemporary challenges such as diversity in organizations, managing generational differences, and the growing role of human resources technology.

MA in Counseling Psychology

The Master Arts in Counseling Psychology prepares students to practice relationally-informed psychotherapy in settings ranging from community mental health to hospitals to private practice. Students learn a wide range of theoretical concepts that are grounded in clinical practice. The degree satisfies the requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive and integrative knowledge of the field of counseling psychology relevant to mental health professionals, including human development, psychopathology, and group, family, couple, and individual dynamics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and best practice standards that exist for professionals in their field.
  • Demonstrate the capacity and willingness to practice psychotherapy from a stance of cultural humility.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to practice individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy from a relational and systemic lens.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research designs and parameters of psychological research, particularly within the field of counseling psychology, and the capacity to critically assess psychological research.

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