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Critical and Community Psychology

Master's Degree

Why this program?

At Prescott College, we do psychology a little differently. Critical psychology incorporates critical theory, psychology, and social justice and seeks to examine both how societal factors—including issues of power and oppression—interact with wellbeing and how the larger field of psychology relates and responds to these issues. Community psychology examines the relationship between the individual and the broader communities/societies in which we live and focuses on community-level action to support individual and collective wellbeing. Blending theory with critical research methodologies and professional skills, the MA Critical and Community Psychology (CCP) program prepares students to work with and contribute to these emerging psychological approaches emphasizing social justice, liberation, and equity in support of individual, community, and societal flourishing.

What can you do with this degree?

In addition to preparing students for further work in doctoral programs, a master’s degree in critical and community psychology equips students to work in a variety of settings (community organizations, universities, government agencies, etc.) and in a number of occupations and professional pathways, including but not limited to consulting, human services, conflict resolution and program development.

What will this program look like?

In the Masters of Critical and Community Psychology we examine critical theory, psychology, and social justice, as well as the historical, political, economic, and cultural underpinnings of mainstream psychology and its role in issues such as power, privilege, and oppression. We also examine the impacts that systemic pressures place on the individual and entire society alike.

Key courses include:

  • Critical Theoretical and Historical Foundations of Psychology
  • Concepts in Critical Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Liberation Psychology
  • Psychology of Culture and Diversity
  • Equitable Program Evaluation and Development
  • Capstone: Applied Critical and Community Psychology

We are proud of our partnership with the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS). All Critical and Community Psychology students receive a one year student membership in NOHS when they enroll in the program.

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Completed Fall 2024 Application Deadline:
Friday, August 9, 2024

Saturday, August 17, 2024

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Careers & Opportunities

Career Pathways

Our graduates go on to fulfilling careers of leadership in their communities and beyond, where they can lead the way to lasting change. Some careers include:

  • Program Director
  • Program Development and Evaluation Consultant
  • Non-Profit Consultant
  • Public Policy Consultant/Developer
  • Human/Social/Family Services Worker/Director
  • Case Manager
  • Advocacy Counselor/Coordinator
  • Educator (Instructor/Lecturer in Psychology, etc.)
  • Public Administrator
  • Conflict Resolution Mediator
  • Community Development Manager
  • Community Outreach Specialist
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Trauma/Disaster Relief Worker/Director
  • Researcher/Data Analyst

Career Planning

Our Career Services team works with you to map out a plan that works for your goals and your life. There are many ways to get where you’re going, and we’ve seen it all!

Are you interested in being part of our community?

One thing we all have in common is our passion – passion for helping others, passion for the environment, passion for social justice and a passion for a different kind of learning experience.