M.A. in Community Psychology

Master of Arts in Community Psychology

Master of Arts in Community Psychology

Program Overview

The M.A. in Community Psychology program (MACD) prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas related to designing, developing and delivering the supports needed to sustain healthy communities and individuals. A primary focus is building competencies to effectively research and assess community concerns and issues, and to plan, develop, implement and evaluate the social services and programs provided by the government and the non-profit sector.

Community psychology examines a wide variety of forces and structures in the community that affect the positive growth, development and functioning of its members. The practice of community psychology is directed towards interventions that facilitate psychological competence and empowerment, and promotes constructive social change. The MACD degree offers a curriculum that includes an integration of theory, community-based research, applied skills and community service, within the disciplines of community psychology and community development, as well as counselling theory and practice.

Knowledge and skills developed in the program will enable graduates to enhance their professional practice as consultants and/or leaders in government and community agency sectors toward building inclusive, equitable, and healthy communities. The MACD degree requires students to complete two practicums: a 150-hour Community Service practicum and a 350-hour Community Development practicum completed in community or social service settings.

The program also requires students to complete a comprehensive research project that demonstrates the requisite understanding of community-based research and the critical analysis process, and that the student is fully prepared to undertake leadership in building healthy communities or further academic pursuits.

Course Curriculum

  • Professional Development Seminar I (1 credit)
  • Professional Development Seminar II (1 credit)
  • Professional Development Seminar III (1 credit)
  • Community Service Practicum I (1 credit)
  • Community Service Practicum II (1 credit)
  • Principles of Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • Basic Intervention & Assessment Skills (3 credits)
  • M.A. Practicum in Community Development (1 credit)
  • M.A. Practicum Seminar (2 credits)
  • Foundations of Community Development (3 credits)
  • Non-profit Organizational Structure & Practice (3 credits)
  • Program Assessment & Evaluation (3 credits)
  • Strategic Planning & Facilitation (3 credits)
  • Research Methods in Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • Preparation for Applied Thesis (1 credit)
  • Applied Thesis Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • Theories of Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility for Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • Public Policy, Advocacy & Social Change (3 credits)



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