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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Emphasis in Coaching)


Applicants must possess a High School Diploma or have passed the GED exam, and otherwise show evidence that they can benefit from participation in this program–through submission of letters of recommendation and a pre-admission conversation or two. Those accepted may enroll any month of the year.

BA Program Details

This BA program in Psychology with a specialization in Coaching falls within the guidelines of WISR’s individualized BA degree programs. The program can be started any month, and ends any month. Students meeting the requirements below gain approval from their Graduation Review Board to graduate. Each student writes a narrative transcript summarizing their studies, with assistance and guidance from WISR’s President. WISR’s policies (which are available in hard copy and online at ) for admission, leaves of absence, withdrawal and re-enrollment, and for academic standards and graduation apply to this program as well, but have been summarized above for the convenience of those interested in this program.

  • If students wish, a large number of units may be obtained by pursuing ICA training courses and then completing  papers - reflective or practical written analyses - growing out of those classes. The WISR Faculty will provide students with an estimate of the credits that may be applied, based on a number of variable factors. At the end of each project the student writes the syllabus for that course or project that describes, or self-evaluatues what they accomplished.

  • 4 units: Readings in theories of social change, followed by a reflective paper on implications for the practice of relationship coaching

  • 4 units: Pursuit of readings chosen by the student and production of an annotated bibliography, highlighting several readings that are valued by the student in each of the following areas: multiculturality, adult and/or higher education, theories of social change, methods of action-research, and at least two topics of special interest to the student relevant to relationship coaching.

  • 4 units: Readings and paper on a topic of interest to the student that involves study in the Humanities (e.g., literature, art, philosophy, religion, history).

  • 4 units: Readings and paper on a topic of interest to the student that involves study in the Natural Sciences (e.g., evolutionary theory, physiological psychology, topics in physics and chemistry, genetics, history of the universe, mind and matter, ideas about quantum physics, environmental sciences, among others).

  • 16 units: Study of qualitative research methods and participatory action-research methods, and applied in doing a practically oriented senior thesis on a topic of strong interest to the student and of significance to others.

  • As many additional units as are needed: Independent Study Projects designed by the student in areas of special interest to him/her, each culminating in a critically reflective and/or creative paper.

Transfer of Credit

WISR will transfer previous undergraduate credit—up to a maximum of 90 semester units of work completed at a regionally or nationally accredited institution or California State approved institution.

Semester Units Required

124 semester units are required for graduation.

ICA Training Courses

All ICA live tele-class or in-person intensive training courses may be used as an important part of the student's BA studies. Each prospective student should discuss with WISR Faculty, the various scenarios by which this can happen.


1. WISR Tuition Cost and Discount

Students may transfer up to 90 of the required 124 units toward the BA (from other accredited or State licensed institutions). This and their own pace and intensity of study will determine the length of study (and therefore the costs).

If you are interested in learning more please contact John Bilorusky by phone (510-655-2830) to discuss your plans, circumstances, previous credits (if any)—and he will provide an ESTIMATED RANGE of time, and help you understand the variables that may increase or decrease the length of your studies at WISR.

Note: A very modest tuition increase may occur in May of a given year, to take effect in July. Such increases are in the range of $25/month to $50/month, which is significantly less than what many other institutions may charge as a tuition increase.

Students participating in the BA program through ICA will have the $600 WISR enrollment fee waived.

Students who take additional ICA training courses are entitled to a further discount of $625 for each additional ICA course, up to a mximum of two (2). This discount will be applied to the last one or two months (based on 1 or 2 ICA additional Courses taken).

Students must submit proof of their ICA tuition (ICA Course purchase receipt) to WISR.

2. ICA Tuition Cost and Discount

Students who participate in the WISR degree program and enroll in ICA's Life Coach or Niche Coach coach training courses at the regular listed tuition of $1797 will receive a 15% discount of $270, for a discounted course fee of $1527. Students may apply this 15% discount up to a maximum of three ICA courses.

Note: This offer may not be combined with any other special discounted tuition fees that ICA may offer from time to time. 

Students are required to provide confirmation from WISR that they will be participating in a degree program.

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