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The Master of Arts degree in Psychology at Calumet College of St. Joseph reflects a two-tiered approach that incorporates a combination of theoretical and clinical practices that embodies several distinguishing characteristics:

  • Classes are offered in a concentrated format over 7 or 14 week time periods. Students complete two courses over the 14-week time periods consistent with CCSJ's traditional spring and fall semesters. It is anticipated that students would also take at least one course each summer.
  • A core staff of Ph.D.-credentialed faculty, with extensive professional expertise provide instruction, and the classes are uniquely responsive to the rapidly evolving nature of the profession.

Ideal candidates for this program are professionals in education, human services, healthcare, business, and government sectors, among others. Consequently, graduates of the Master of Arts in Psychology program could aspire to a broad range of jobs in middle and upper-level practice in a number of related fields.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Objectives
  • Graduate Assistantship
  • Tuition
  • Faculty

To be admitted in the Master of Arts in Psychology program, students must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in psychology or have taken at least 18 undergraduate psychology hours to include introductory psychology, introductory statistics, psychological testing, and research methods from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  • Have 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. (exceptions may be made based on experience);
  • Submit a personal statement of purpose describing interest in the field; and future professional goals;
  • Submit two letters of recommendation; and
  • Complete a CCSJ graduate application and submit with statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation and a $25.00 non refundable application fee.

Required documentation should be submitted to the Office of Enrollment, Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Ave., Whiting, Indiana 46394. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact: Orlando Garcia at (219) 473-4218 or

The MAP program is designed to prepare the student to:

  • Articulate the role of human behavior, particularly at the individual, familial, organizational, and societal levels;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the biological and conceptual languages of the brain and their potential permutations and combinations, and the ablity to apply this knowledge to the creation of new frameworks of thought;
  • Articulate the connection between scientific inquiry and the creative and artistic dimensions in the field of psychology;
  • Engage in legal and ethical analysis of professional problems based on the Code of Professional Ethics outlined by the American Psychological Association;
  • Model and implement effective oral, written and technological communication strategies in conveying ideas, information, and asking questions; and
  • Demonstrate the skills techniques required for assessment, evaluation and diagnostic process.

Purpose and Rationale

The rationale of a Graduate Assistantship is to further the professional academic development of the graduate student. The assistantship is expected to serve as a meaningful learning experience and a way for the graduate student to work for an institution in his or her chosen field. It is expected that the student will contribute on a professional level to enhance the learning environment of undergraduate and other graduate students.

The responsibility of a Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant (GA) is responsible for working with various Faculty members across different Graduate Programs. Activities may include the following:

  • Support of teaching, which can include work as a Teaching Assistant (TA). This task may involve grading assignments and working directly with students under the tutelage of Graduate Faculty.
  • The Graduate Assistant may also conduct academically significant research related to his or her academic program under the guidance of a faculty member.
  • The student could also be involved in administrative duties and other professional activities, ideally related to his or her field.


To be eligible for the Assistantship, the student must first gain admission to graduate study. He/she must register and maintain at least 6 semester credits of graduate coursework. Full time Assistantships are awarded for each academic year but can be awarded for up to (2) years. Students must apply each academic year.

  • There is a limit of 2 GA’s per a Graduate Program (Certain conditions apply).
  • GA’s receive a full tuition waiver for up to 12 credits per semester (Fees not included).
  • GA’s work approximately 15 hours a week while school is in session during the academic year.
  • Only students in good academic standing with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection as GA’s.
  • The GPA of 3.0 must be maintained during the assistantship process.


Student must apply directly to Academic Affairs Office for each position of interest.

  • Student must submit a general application to the Academic Affairs Office.
  • A resume must accompany the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Applications are due at least two months before the start of the fall or spring semester.
  • Interview with the Graduate Program Director of the program in which the student is applying.

Download Graduate Assistantship Application

How are positions allocated and assigned?

Application forms are submitted to Graduate Program Directors for initial review. If the Graduate Program Director approves the application, he or she then forwards it for approval to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Following all three approvals both the Financial Aid Office and the Academic Affairs Office will issue a letter of appointment for the GA to sign. Each Graduate Assistant reports to the Supervising Faculty Member identified in the letter of appointment. Although most Graduate Assistants apply for work in their own department, other Graduate Program Directors may require the skills of a student from another department. This can be a great way for a Graduate Assistant to get varying types of experiences.


The supervisor will review the job description with the Graduate Assistant and determine a mutually agreeable schedule for the year. Graduate Assistants should have some significant responsibility/project assigned which may be included on their resumes for the future. A collaborative evaluation will be conducted at the end of each academic year to examine how the original job description matches the reality of day to day activities. In a rare instance where a Graduate Assistant is not performing his/her duties, at the written request of the Graduate Supervisor, the person may be removed by the Vice/President of Academic Affairs.

How Fellowship Award is Applied

The Graduate Assistant Grant is to be applied to the student’s financial aid package for the current semester that he or she is serving. This grant will be applied for graduate coursework only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other form of outside scholarships, tuition reimbursement, or veteran’s benefits. Students must comply with the following:

  • Must file a FAFSA for the award year
  • Must be registered for at least 6 graduate credit hours
  • Must work 10-15 hours per week during the semester for which the grant is to be applied
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA while receiving the grant

Tuition charges will not change for the duration of the program.

For the current tuition and fees, see the tuition and fee schedule.

Program Director

Joseph Kovach, Psy.D.


Charles Bright, Ph.D.
Barbara Butcher, M.A.
Cheryl Cole, M.A.
Nicolas Constantine, Psy.D.
James Cortright, Ph.D.
Vyto Damusis, Ph.D.
Margaret Dust, Ph.D.
Patrick Ellis, M.A.
Tony Franco, Ph.D.
Timothy Gobek, M.S.W.
Terry Harman, Ph.D.
Joseph Kovach, Psy.D.
Jacqueline LaFave, Ed.S.
James Moore, Psy.D.
Martha O’Danovich, Psy.D.
Ambrose Resa, Jr., M.A.
Mary Severa, M.A.
Bridget Stafford, Ph.D.
James P. Sullivan, Ed.D.
Michael Stasik, Psy.D.
Shaun Wehle, Psy.D.
Robert Zagar, Ph.D.
Stephanie Zoltowski, Psy.D.

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Program Details

  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Courses

The following are required for a masters degree

The curriculum is based on two intellectual foundations: (1) the general body of knowledge and practice associated with graduate education; and (2) an emerging body of knowledge and practice drawn more specifically from the profession.

  • Professional Development Domain
    PSYC 500 Orientation to Graduate Learning in Psychology
    PSYC 503 Graduate Writing and Communication
    PSYC 510 Graduate Research and Writing Statistical Analysis and Methods of Research Domains
    PSYC 520 Graduate Statistics
    PSYC 525 Graduate Research and Reading Theoretical Domain
    PSYC 533 Clinical Methods in Psychology
    SYC 535 Cultural Diversity
    PSYC 537 Life Span Development
    PSYC 540 Crisis Intervention
    PSYC 543 Biological Bases of Behavior
    PSYC 545 Psychopathology

  • Applied Domain (any two of the following assessment courses)
    PSYC 550 Psychological Assessment
    PSYC 553 Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
    PSYC 555 Personality Assessment
    PSYC 570 Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
    PSYC 573 Brief Therapeutic Approaches
    PSYC 575 Group Therapy
    PSYC 577 Marital and Family Therapies

  • Terminal Projects
    PSYC 595 Practicum
    PSYC 599 Thesis

  • Electives
    PSYC 591 Independent Study
    PSYC 593 Topics in Psychology
    PSYC 597 Thesis Maintenance

PSY 500 Vocational and Career Development
3 hours
In this course, students improve their ability to navigate the virtual campus and become familiar with library, career center, and writing center resources. This course requires the articulation of a professional identity based on master’s-level training in psychology. Students will examine professional roles, organizations, specializations requirements, and codes of ethics in psychology. Learners choose a focused area of study within the field of psychology and identify the educational steps necessary to successfully complete the master’s degree in their chosen specialization. In addition, cognitive psychology issues along with vocational and career options are considered.

PSY 503 Graduate Writing and Communication
2 hours
Student will be exposed to APA writing style as the usual and customary writing in psychology. In addition, the student will learn the various practices and procedure of grant writing. Finally, the student will be exposed to various consultative practices to include documentation, presentation strategies and peer consultations. Terminal projects will also be discussed.

PSY 506 Introduction to Statistics
3 hours
Provides an introduction to statistics. The rationale and methods used to numerically manipulate information. This course focuses on analysis of data most often collected by individuals in the social sciences.

PSY 508 Research Design
3 hours
An introduction to the use of scientific methods in the study of behavior. Considerations of experimental design and methodology are integrated with the treatment of data analysis, and the interpretation of results.

PSY 512 Tests & Measurements
3 hours
Theory and principles of psychological measurement, test construction, use, evaluation and interpretation; problems in assessment and prediction are discussed.

PSY 510 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
3 hours
This course emphasizes legal and ethical dilemmas that confront psychologists in professional practice as well as the issues facing the profession. Students obtain knowledge of the APA code of ethics and standards regarding professional practice and demonstrate skill with the laws that establish the qualifications, rights, and duties of psychologists in their local jurisdiction.

PSY 520 Graduate Statistics
3 hours
This course covers descriptive and inferential statistical methods, including univariate and multivariate techniques. This course will require class participation, SPSS work in the computer lab and the completion of a data analysis project.

PSY 525 Graduate Research and Readings
3 hours
This course develops the student's ability to understand and utilize applied research techniques in psychology settings. Topics covered include developing research and null hypotheses, quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs, sampling techniques, data collection strategies, reliability and validity and the concept of hypothesis testing. Students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to develop their own research proposals as well as apply this knowledge to the demands of their professional responsibilities.

PSY 533 Clinical Methods in Psychology
3 hours
The course is a survey of clinical methods in psychology including a review of psychopathology, introduction to basic principles of assessment and treatment, and current issues.

PSY 535 Cultural Diversity
3 hours
The purpose of this course is for students to gain competence using a multi-cultural perspective in the clinical practice of psychology. The course addresses the implications of a multi-cultural perspective for developing current approaches to managing individual and social problems.

PSY 537 Lifespan Development
3 hours
This course provides an inclusive survey of contemporary and classical psychological theory and research related to human physical, cognitive, psychological, and social development throughout the lifespan.

PSY 540 Crisis Intervention
3 hours
Students will be introduced to the various crisis intervention theories and models and the application toward various crises such as, but not limited to, natural disasters, substance abuse, homicide, suicide, domestic violence, mental health, and terrorism.

PSY 543 Biological Bases of Behavior
3 hours
This course examines the structural and functional relationship between the central nervous system, physiology, sensory processes, and human behavior. This course is divided into two components: 1) physiological psychology; and 2) evolution, genetics, and behavior. Students will become familiar with the biological bases of memory and the biological/genetic characteristics of psychiatric disorders.

PSY 545 Psychopathology
3 hours
This course examines the characteristics of psychological disorders presently found in the DSM-IV-TR. Historical, sociopolitical, medical, behavioral, and epidemiological implications of the current nosological system are addressed. Additional topics include differential diagnosis within diagnostic categories, etiology, and alternatives to the existing system. Research in this field is also discussed.

PSY 547 Substance
3 hours
The course presents a biopsychosocial view of contemporary substance abuse treatment, types and classes of addictive substances.

PSY 549 Foundational and Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling
3 hours
The primary content of the course meets the educational requirements for two of the eleven content areas for being licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. The two content areas examined in this course are the foundational and contextual dimensions of mental health counseling.

PSY 550 Psychological Assessment
3 hours
This course examines current state-of-the-art procedures in applied behavioral analysis. Students will undertake the implementation of state-of-the-art psychological testing instruments.

PSY 553 Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
3 hours
The course provides a review of state-of-the-art intellectual and cognitive assessment tools. Training in intellectual assessment across the lifespan will be provided with particular emphasis placed on the Wechsler tests. The course will also survey other individual and group intelligence tests and examine controversial issues and current theoretical models of intelligence. Laboratory course; materials fee.

PSY 555 Personality Assessment
3 hours
This is a course on the objective methods of personality evaluation. Instruction is provided for the use and interpretation of specific instruments that assess adult psychopathology, such as the MMPI-2 and MCMI-III. The course also provides an introduction to nonclinical personality evaluation and selected trait measures. Students will write clinical reports and review research in personality assessment. Laboratory course; materials fee.

PSY 570 Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
3 hours Students examine the manner in which human behavior is shaped and altered by cognition, affect, and the interrelationship between the two. Research from the fields of perception, motivation, language, memory, and learning is reviewed.

PSY 573 Brief Therapeutic Approaches
3 hours
This course provides a practical overview of the evidence-based brief therapies designed for counselors, teachers, probation and human services professionals who work with complex school, home and community problems such as multi-problem families, substance abuse, and repeated crises at home and work.

PSY 575 Group Therapy
3 hours
Along with the exploration of various theories and development of groups, students will explore group dynamics and various roles members play within the group. Therapeutic processes will also be discussed.

PSY 577 Marital and Family Therapies
3 hours
The course examines the historical and cross-cultural views of the multifaceted and changing forms and structures of the family. Contemporary theories and current issues in marriage and family therapy are addressed.

PSY 591 Independent Study
1-3 hours
At times a student finds a subject area within psychology of particular interest. This class under the guidance of a faculty member will allow the student to research and explore such domain interests.

PSY 593 Topics in Psychology
3 hours
In order to foster students' growth and development, this course will offer topics not specifically listed in the graduate program. These offerings will allow the student to gain additional depth and breadth in their field. Emphasis will be place on scholarly discernment of data. A sequence of prescribed class could lead to a certificate in specific areas of psychology.

PSY 595 Internship
6 hours
The internship is an organized field experience that provides supervised, face to face training with clients/patients using both psychological assessment and clinical intervention. The minimum practicum experience is 1000 hours.

PSY 597 Thesis Maintenance
3 hours
Individuals who have not completed their Master's thesis work will need to register for this course.

PSY 599 Thesis
3 hours
Under the direction of a thesis committee, the student will plan, research and write the master's thesis. The thesis option is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to pursue doctoral study.

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