Master of Arts Program in Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary StudiesThe Master of Arts Program in Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies is open for application to all who hold a bachelor’s degree in any major or professional field from an accredited college or university. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. For international students whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is mandatory.
The Master of Arts program provides a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the clinical components of doing work concerned with trauma and violence. The transdisciplinary nature of the program creates a space for critical inquiry and research that gathers together all of the theoretical, critical, and clinical aspects of the analysis and treatment of trauma, violence, and their aftermath that have previously been dispersed across the disciplines.
The M.A. program requires a total of 32 points of course work. The core curriculum, comprising 14 points of course work, exposes students to the entire spectrum of clinical and theoretical work, with an eye toward integrating these different fields through collaborative seminars and colloquia. The following four courses comprise the core curriculum and are required: Trauma: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives, APSY-GE 2500, Philosophy and Literature, TRVI-GA 2912, Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies Research Colloquium, TRVI-GA 2001, and Clinical Case Seminar APSY-GE 2516.
In addition to these core courses, students take 18 points in elective courses in order to deepen their studies in preparation for writing the master’s thesis. Elective courses may be directly or obliquely related to trauma and violence, but must be graduate-level courses approved by the program’s associate director. The student must be able to provide a rationale for the elective courses if they are not directly about trauma and violence. For example, a student interested in domestic violence may elect to take a feminist theory course from the Department of English or a course in psychology of women from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. With special permission, independent study or a practicum may count for one or more of the electives. M.A. students must also complete a thesis or special project under faculty supervision in order to be awarded the degree.