Graduate Programs
in Humanistic-Transpersonal Psychology
in North America 
Web Edition

Div. 32, Humanistic Psychology,
American Psychological Association
& Association for Humanistic Psychology

Artwork by Jack Stuhrman © 1981, 5th Ed. 1996
Original Editions Published and Distributed by
Psychology Department, State University West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118
Reformatted from original published booklet, 5th Ed., for Old Saybrook 2 Learning Community
Note: Please be advised that several programs have changed their names or no longer exist, that some programs may no longer be humanistic-transpersonal oriented, and that some programs may have not been included at this juncture. We are taking measures to solicit and update information concerning all listed and unlisted programs, making changes as expeditiously as possible. Information is appreciated and may be sent to OS2 for review and inclusion. Known program changes are listed with the "Regional Locations of Programs" index.
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Division 32, Humanistic Psychology, American Psychological Association 
and Association for Humanistic Psychology
Copyright 1981 By Division 32
American Psychological Association
Second Edition, June 1985
Third Edition, June 1988
Fourth Edition, July 1992
Fifth Edition May 1996 
Published and Distributed by
Psychology Department
West Georgia College
Carrollton, Georgia 30118
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Organization of Directory
Accreditation Abbreviations Key
Regional Locations
School Information Chart
Student Enrollment Chart
Individual Descriptions of Schools
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The first edition of this directory was published in 1981. It was then sponsored by Division #32 (Humanistic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. The second, third, fourth and fifth editions have been co-sponsored by Division #32 and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Both organizations have received thousands of inquiries for information concerning degree granting graduate programs oriented towards existential, phenomenological, humanistic or transpersonal psychology. This directory reflects the effort of identifying such programs in the interest of offering to interested prospective students, faculty or other individuals some factual and philosophical material they can use as a starting point for more specific inquiry, those using the directory might be reminded that factual information, e.g. tuition, requirements, faculty figures are soon outdated. Even philosophical positions can change with time, So it is wise to consider this directory as a rough guide -- accurate at the date of printing -- but one which leads to more specific follow-through for the latest information. 


Not everybody means the same thing by humanistic psychology (which was formerly characterized as "Third Force" psychology by Abraham Maslow). There is very little, if any, kinship between humanistic psychology and the secular humanism if by this latter is intended, justifiably or not, value-free or lacking in spiritual concern. While insisting on personal responsibility and the possibility of freedom beyond reductionism and determinism, humanistic psychologies have emerged specifically with the stress on values, meaning and human potential which open up rather than foreclose on spiritual questions. There is an historical kinship between humanistic psychology and phenomenological and existential psychology and Eastern and transpersonal psychologies (the latter sometimes characterized as "Fourth Force" psychology). While humanistic psychologists tend to take a definite position on the kinds of scientific approaches best suiting study of the whole person, these psychologists, reflecting a variety of religious backgrounds personally, or none, seek human understanding which is not necessarily incompatible with any religious faith. It is only the dogmatism or authority sometimes associated with varieties of science or religion -- which can block the fuller search of what it means to be human -- that poses a problem for humanistic inquiry. In recognition of the great variety of understandings of humanistic psychology, we asked the schools themselves to determine if their orientations fit within the sense of humanistic psychology which they understand, even if that term is not used by them. We asked if this sense of humanistic psychology was their central orientation rather than a peripheral or partial one. This directory concentrated only on programs centered around a humanistic orientation. We, ourselves, incorporated into the sense of humanistic those programs centrally focused on areas related to existentialism, phenomenology or transpersonal psychology. Finally, we also included in this fifth edition some programs whose emphases and degrees arc centered on education and where approaches and atmosphere are quite expressive of humanistic psychology. It should be noted that there are many programs not listed in the directory which have on their faculties individuals who are themselves interested in questions raised by humanistic psychology or who take a humanistic approach to instruction and research. 


No work, no Directory! I want to give special thanks to all of those, particularly here at West Georgia, who have devoted their efforts to this directory. This Fifth edition owes greatly to Martha Bennett, who took over the work from Johanna Nilsson, Shawn Skalin and Andrew Glas. They, in their turn, picked up the work from Anthony Jones and Phil Friesen and Debbie Powell who completed the third and second edition. The original first edition was created and finalized by Howard Whitehouse.

Special thanks to our secretary, Rose Davis, as well as to our former secretaries Jeanne Shell, Nancy Gillespie and Joyce Tuttle. Also thanks to Mary Geyer and Rosemary Gainor for their past work with the Directory.

Finally, there would be no Directory without the support of the Executive Boards of Division #32 and the Association for Humanistic Psychology and the Administration of the College. 
Mike Arons, Editor 5th Ed.
Carrollton, Georgia
Robert S Walker III, Web Edition
Palo Alto, CA
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