Seattle University

College of Arts & Sciences

Existential-Phenomenological Psychology


901 12th Avenue

P.O. Box 222000

Seattle, WA 98122

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Existential-Phenomenological Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Existential-Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology Program looks at how people live their lives and create meaning out of their experiences. Drawing upon the insights of a number of disciplines and by laying the foundations for a therapeutic attitude, the program prepares students to enter the helping professions and/or pursue doctoral studies. The program was founded in 1980 and has a strong reputation established in the community. It is generally completed as a two-year full-time course of study. The program offers a broad foundation in philosophy/psychology, psychopathology and therapeutic motivations, attitudes and presence. The program entails the study of texts as well as personal reflection, with an emphasis on class discussion. We believe that learning occurs from each other as well as from faculty and one's self. To facilitate this exchange, we accept into the program approximately 20 students once a year. During the first year the classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening, allowing students to be employed while pursuing this area of study. A full-time study involves three classes per quarter. The second year consists of a practicum-internship experience that includes supervision at the particular site as well as small group supervision within the program. The practicum grounds academic knowledge and reflection in practical experience. In addition, the second year student takes one elective course per quarter and completes an integration paper.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

International Student Requirements:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam — Applicants who received most or all of their education in non-English speaking countries may be required by an admissions officer to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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