In our globally connected world, psychology professionals must be prepared to work with a wide variety of cultural identities. With its focus on both Western and Eastern contributions to psychology, UWest’s Multicultural Counseling degree is uniquely positioned to fill this need.

The 42-unit Master of Arts in Psychology – Multicultural Counseling (MCC) is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mental health but whose baccalaureate degree is in an unrelated field as well as those who are returning to school after a long gap. This program is an excellent way for human services professionals to update and upgrade their training. The program is also suitable for international students desiring a solid introduction to mental health care.

Graduates of UWest’s MA Psychology – MCC program are:

  • Grounded in Recovery-Oriented Practice
  • Well-practiced at making ethical decisions from the overlapping lenses of multiculturalism and Buddhist psychology
  • Trained in the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • Experienced in conducting risk assessments and creating safety plans for suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, child abuse, and intimate partner violence


Program Requirements
Area Required Units
Core Curriculum 30
Foundation Courses 15
Core Courses 12
Advanced Level Courses 3
Elective Courses 9
Master’s Capstone Project or Thesis 3
Total 42


Note: The 42-unit MCC does not meet the requirements to sit for a license in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in any state. California State regulations state that students who complete and receive the 42-unit master’s degree cannot, post-graduation, transfer or apply those credits toward the completion of an MFT license program.