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Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies 

Program Description

The two-year master’s degree program is designed with flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to both their previous experience and to the program requirements. Students take courses in theories of early development, history of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theory, research, and pre-clinical studies.

The program provides an understanding of how people develop and function, how they are motivated, and how they interact. Students from backgrounds as varied as art, business, medicine, law, education, as well as those already in the mental health field, have found their careers enhanced by an understanding of psychoanalysis.

Curriculum

Maturation: In the maturational sequence, courses examine normal and pathological development and theories of regression and fixation. Students learn how repetition of various developmental phases is enacted in the transference. Neurophysiological sequences are related to emotional development.

Theory: Courses in the theory sequence provide a sound foundation in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic concepts.

History: This sequence traces the origins of psychoanalysis, its language, growth, and development. The courses consider the widening scope of psychoanalysis from Freud and his contemporaries through the present day psychoanalytic thinkers.

Research: The research curriculum introduces students to methodological issues and guides them through the formulation of questions of study, one of which become the basis for the Master's thesis paper.

The two-year program allows for flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to both their previous experience and to the program requirements.

Course Descriptions

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Sample Program

First Semester (Credits: 10)
PTNY 141 Human Development: How the Mind Unfolds, Part 1 (2)

PTNY 151a Basic Psychoanalytic Theory (2)

PTNY 161 History of Libido Theory in Freud (2)

PTNY 171 Systematic Investigations in the Human Sciences (2)

PTNY 184 Primitive Mental States (2)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Second Semester (Credits: 13)
PTNY 142 Human Development: How the Mind Unfolds, Part 2 (2)

PTNY 172 Psychoanalytic Research (2)

One elective course chosen from list below (2)

PTNY 181 Somatic Factors: The Biology of Mind and Behavior(2)

PTNY PT 187a Critical Observation and Psychoanalytic Listening, Part 1(3)

PTNY 155 Dream, Fantasy, and Symbol (2)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Third Semester (Credits: 11)
PT 154b Comparative Psychoanalytic Theory, Part 2(2)

PT 187b Critical Observation and Psychoanalytic Listening, Part 2(3)

PTNY 162 History of Drive Theory in Freud (2)

PTNY 525a Directed Research (1)(Master’s thesis: research question and methodology)

PTNY 525b Directed Research (1)(Master’s thesis: literature review)

One elective course chosen from list below (2)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Fourth Semester (Credits: 8)

PT 139 Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society(2)

One elective course chosen from list below (2)

One elective course chosen from list below (2)

PTNY 525c Directed Research (1)(Master’s thesis: conducting the research)

PTNY 525d Directed Research (1)(Master’s thesis: findings and discussion)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Electives:

PTNY 140 Sociocultural Influences on Maturation and Psychopathology (3)

PTNY 143 Latency (2)

PTNY 144 Adolescence (2)

PTNY 147 Adulthood (2)

PTNY 150 Concepts of Group Analysis (2)

PTNY 151b Basic Psychoanalytic Theory II (2)

PTNY 152 Character Studies in Literature (2)

PTNY 157 Transference (2)

PTNY 158 Countertransference (2)

PTNY 159 Unconscious Fantasy (2)

PTNY 160 Narcissism and Aggression (2)

PTNY 186 Beyond Psychosis: Typology of Conflict and Defense (2)

Individual Psychoanalysis

Students in the Master's Program engage in an individual psychoanalysis with an approved training analyst on a weekly basis. Students are required to continue in the individual psychoanalysis while completing the program.

The Program

The two-year program is designed with flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to both their previous experience and to the program requirements.

Fall 2020 Schedule of course offerings, registration information, and calendar