A Distinctive Approach to Transforming Communities.
Through Concordia University-Portland’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology: Community Psychology, students learn to analyze and evaluate the broad social factors that influence individual well-being, allowing community systems to better support social programs. Students will develop real-world skills dealing with challenges faced by today’s communities and will learn how best to come alongside existing programs and organizations to focus and build on strengths – leading to individual and community empowerment. Graduates will have the ability to be social change agents.
Why Community Psychology?
A degree in Community Psychology prepares students to advocate for a community’s well-being, building collaborative relationships between individuals, groups, government agencies and non-profits. Social justice, inclusiveness, and a respect for diversity are core values in this field, as is the belief that it is preferable and more effective to use the existing social resources of a community to prevent societal problems.
For more than 100 years, Concordia University has prepared leaders who make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve. With every student, we make a personal commitment to your success. Through small cohorts, you will be supported. You will be known. You will be part of a community of people who share a desire to make a difference.
Portland, Oregon is well known for a rich and vibrant culture, excellent public transportation, engaged citizens, and a full array of outdoor activities. The city also has a plethora of internship opportunities at innovative and diverse social organizations.
Your MA in Community Psychology Professional Toolkit
All MA in Psychology students receive a comprehensive professional toolkit. This includes:
- Apple iPad
- Course textbooks
- 2-year membership to APA Division 27, the Society for Community Research and Action
Community Psychology equips students with skills necessary to cope with the multifaceted issues facing communities in the 21st century and the techniques best suited to initiate positive social change.
Please note that the MA in Community Psychology degree is not a clinical or counseling psychology degree. It will not lead to practicing any type of psychotherapy in the state of Oregon or elsewhere.