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College of Arts and Sciences

MA in Psychology

Based in Existential and Phenomenological traditions of psychology, the MAP program offers students solid clinical training and a rich foundation for successful practice as a psychotherapist

Instruction draws extensively on the study of qualitative research, first person narratives, and phenomenological analysis in seeking to understand the lived experiences of others. Students learn to work with common diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, but more than this, they learn how to be with others through suffering and distress, how to facilitate a process of meaning making, understanding, and healing, and how to work skillfully across social and cultural boundaries and differences. An extensive internship placement prepares students for success as psychotherapists in community settings, private practice, hospitals, and clinics. By drawing upon the insights of a number of disciplines and by laying the foundation for a therapeutic attitude, the program prepares students to enter the helping professions, whether as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington, or by pursuing further studies.

Features of the program include:

  • Graduates are prepared to seek licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington.
  • 72 credits, can be completed within 2 years
  • Cohort model limited to approximately 20 students/year
  • Classes meet on weekdays in late afternoon & evenings
  • Nine-month clinical internship in a community agency, clinic, or group practice
  • Intensive program-based supervision and support
  • Strong emphasis on the relational and ethical dimensions of psychotherapy


Learn more about the M.A. in Psychology:


Information about the MAP program is available by contacting the program directly at:


Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP)


(206) 296-5400

 Online information sessions and open houses will take place throughout the fall and winter of the year.  A schedule of sessions will be posted here.



Psychotherapy for the Other: Levinas and the Face-to-Face Relationship, Duquesne University Press 2015, edited by MAP professor Kevin C Krycka, professor emeritus George Kunz, & Seattle VA health sciences researcher George Sayre, has been nominated for the 2016 Gradiva Award for Best Edited Book by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP).

The 14 essays in the text mount a challenge to the accepted natural scientific worldview, a worldview embraced by contemporary psychology and much of the field of mental health. Each essay is a study of a human experience analyzed through the lens of the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas in which ethics and our responsibility for the Other are central. In this way, the book moves the conversation amongst mental healthcare professionals and society deeper, getting us beyond skills acquisition, desired outcomes, or behavioral modification. What constitutes ‘good psychotherapy’ is recast as one founded in our fundamental position of care and responsibility for the Other.

Dr. Krycka will be traveling to New York City for the awards banquet to be held on November 12, 2016. He will speak about the book as part of the ceremony.

Congratulations to all the authors who made this such an important text.

Alumna Achievement  

headshotThe MAP program is proud to announce that a recent graduate, Neshia Alaovae, has been bestowed with the 2016 Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award as given by The Arts and Sciences Graduate Council and Dean Powers of the College of Arts and Sciences.

This award is given to one outstanding graduating student in the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs. Selection is based upon exceptional graduate work in the classroom. Qualification is evidenced by paper/article submission, conference presentations, fellowship or scholarship awards, and interdisciplinary scholarship work. The award honors the impact that Dr. Wallace Loh had upon graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Loh served as Dean of the college from 1999-2008. Under his leadership, four of the seven Arts and Sciences graduate programs were created.

Each graduate program may nominate one student and Neshia was selected among several qualified nominations. Her award was announced at the SU Graduate Commencement Ceremony on June 12, included in the commencement program.

Congratulations Neshia!

News and Events


In the News: Dr. Jerome Veith, current MAP student and philosophy lecturer publishes a new book on philosopher Hans Georg Gadamer.

James Norris, Master of Arts in Psychology '09, enlisted the aid of fellow alumni to establish the Matumaini Counseling and Community Center to meet the growing need for services in south Seattle.




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