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Master of Arts in Psychology (Emphasis in Coaching)


Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree, 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.

MA Program Details

This MA program in Psychology with a specialization in Coaching falls within the guidelines of WISR’s individualized MA degree programs. The program can be started any month, and ends any month, and can be completed in 24 months by motivated students.  Students meeting the requirements below, totaling at least 36 semester units, 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

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

  • 4 units: Students are required to produce an annotated bibliography of significant readings in three WISR core areas (multiculturality, social change, and action research) and in two or three areas of their own self-defined specializations/interests. 

ICA Training Courses

Up to 2/3 of the MA can be primarily based on Impact Coaching Training (with appropriate reflection/inquiry and writing as part of that), if the student so wishes. Up to six semester units can be transferred from previous graduate study.

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

Semester Units Required

36 semester units are required for graduation.


1. WISR Tuition Cost* and Discount

WISR’s tuition is $7,500/year payable monthly at $625/month.

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.

There is also a $600 enrollment fee. However, students participating in this program through ICA will have this 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). Currently the last 2 months of the WISR program tuition equals $1,250, ($625 each month), which means the fees for the last one or two months would be waived. This means that a student taking *20 months* (a good, ballpark average) to complete the MA program will pay* $11,250* total tuition instead of $13,100. Those students who pay 6 or 12 months in advance can get additional discounts of $200/6 months or $600/year. Tuition may be paid by check or via paypal by check or credit card.

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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