Critical Psychology and Human Services MA

Signature Courses
Concepts in Critical Psychology
Critical Theoretical and Historical Foundations of Psychology
Liberation Psychology
Peace Psychology


Critical Psychology is a rapidly growing field incorporating critical theory, psychology, and social justice. Critical Psychology aims to examine the historical, political, economic, and cultural underpinnings of mainstream psychology as well as its role in issues such as power and oppression. Critical lenses are also employed in understanding the relationships between social issues, such as inequalities, and wellbeing. Finally, Critical Psychology goes beyond critique to generate possibilities for progressive psychologies which emphasize social justice, liberation, and equality in the aim of facilitating the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and societies. 

The M.A. in Critical Psychology and Human Services is ideal for students interested in social justice, social issues, mental health, and social service/non-profit work and provides a pathway for compassionate and passionate individuals that have a desire to serve others in their communities and are prepared for deep critical inquiry. The program offers three tracks for students to choose from. The Professional Track focuses on providing theoretical knowledge and professional skills for students who wish to pursue work in human services (nonprofits, social service agencies, educational entities, psycho-educational consulting, advocacy work, etc.) and who do not seek a program for state-regulated therapy licensure. The Academic Track focuses on providing theoretical knowledge and research skills for students seeking to pursue careers in qualitative research and/or doctoral work in Critical Psychology, Community Psychology, and other related areas. The General Track offers a flexible path for you to self-design your course of study with an interdisciplinary approach. All tracks include a 6-credit Capstone.


All students in the MA in Critical Psychology and Human Services program receive a one-year membership to the National Organization for Human Services.






  • Assess the critical psychological approach to understanding human wellbeing and struggle and facilitating wellbeing and the differences between critical and mainstream psychological approaches.
  • Analyze human wellbeing (on individuals, community, and societal levels) based on the theory and practice of critical psychology.
  • Evaluate the impact of systemic and macro-level factors, including economic, political, and social factors, on individual, community, and societal wellbeing.
  • Implement processes to engage community stakeholders in analysis, research, evaluation, and action toward the facilitation of wellbeing and empowerment of community members.
  • Create action plans to facilitate wellbeing at the individual, community, and societal levels.
  • Apply professional skills relevant to work in human and social service fields.


  • Instructor/Lecturer in Psychology/Human Services
  • Non-Profit Program Director
  • Program Development Associate/Director
  • Human/Social/Family Services Worker/Director
  • Case Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Community Engagement Manager/Coordinator
  • Non-Profit Consultant


  • Autobiographical essay
  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • List of 2-4 academic and/or professional references
  • Official transcripts



Toward Psychologies of Liberation (Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences) by Watkins and Shulman

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fannon

The Sane Society by Erich Fromm

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere

The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease by Johnathan M. Metz

Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters



Society for Community Research and Action:
Well developed website run by APA Division 27 (Community Psychology) with resources for relevant journals/publications, events, etc. Also includes sub-sections on Critical Psych and Liberation Psych. 

Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology:
APA Div 24 (Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) website with links to journal, events, and more. This is the division most critical psychologists hang out in since there isn’t a Crit Psych division)

Critical Psychology/Critical Praxis:
Website with lots of resources, including texts, journals, events, etc. Our program is on their institutions list.

Mad in America:
Webzine/blog and great website with resources (focuses on critical psychiatry but very relevant to Critical Psychology in general).

Critical Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Critical Pedagogy: page with many resources.) 

Closely related fields to check into: Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Decolonial Psychology, Radical Psychology