Goddard College

M.A. in Psychology and Counseling (low residency)


123 Pitkin Rd

Plainfield, VT 05667

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Psychology and Counseling (low residency)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Graduate study in Psychology and Counseling at Goddard College consists of a unique combination of intensive campus residencies and directed, independent study in the student’s home community. It is based, foremost, on an extended relationship between students and academic advisors, other faculty mentors, and student colleagues. The course of study includes a carefully planned exploration of relevant psychological literature (including those areas of primary interest to each student), a supervised internship, and a final product that demonstrates the application of theory and research to practice. The Goddard program is approved by the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology (CAMPP). The Master of Arts degree requires a minimum of 48 credits, but most students earn 60 credits. In many cases, this is a result of licensure requirements in the students' home states. Time on campus is limited to eight days at the start of each semester, totaling just sixteen days a year. Students work from home the rest of the term, engaged in directed, independent learning designed to address their own chosen interests and objectives. Each student's curriculum is uniquely tailored to fulfill degree requirements while deepening expertise in self-chosen areas of focus. Students are respected as individuals, as learners, and as seekers of their own futures. Skills in practice, research, communication, personal and professional development, and ethics are developed through a holistic approach embracing theory, experience, reason, and self-knowledge. Cultural competency and an awareness of social contexts and issues of social justice are fostered so that students are better prepared to make a difference in their own communities. Experienced faculty members mentor and guide students throughout the program, helping them to attain their goals. An optional concentration in Sexual Orientation is offered, as is an Expressive Arts Therapy emphasis.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 48

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Rural Area

Size & Settings: 0-999

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