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Joint Tamalpa/Meridian Programs in Psychology

The Tamalpa Institute and Meridian University offer joint programs that enable students to complete a graduate degree in Psychology at Meridian while concurrently completing a certificate program at Tamalpa Institute.

The degree programs which offer this concentration are:

• MA in Psychology
• PhD in Psychology
• Psy.D. in Psychology

Both the Psy.D and the Ph.D. meet the educational requirements for psychologist licensure in California.

Coursework Time/Academic Credits

The M.A. involves two years of coursework; the Psy.D. and Ph.D. involve four years of coursework. Depending on the year of the program (first, second, third, or fourth year for the doctorates; first or second year for the Master’s), students can substitute 90 or 100 of Tamalpa class hours for 9 or 10 quarter credits of Meridian coursework. In addition to taking the Tamalpa classes, earning the Meridian credits entails completing Meridian academic reading and writing assignments for each class.

Learning Format

The learning formats at Meridian University make graduate education in psychology accessible to non-traditional students with family and professional commitments. Students in the joint program can participate in either Meridian's Blended Learning format (consisting of online learning and a week-long session in the Winter and Summer) or the Monthly Format (primarily face-to-face coursework over three weekends in each of the fall and spring quarters, a week-long session in the Winter and Summer, and a small portion of online coursework).

Scholarship Program for Tamalpa/Meridian Students

Students admitted to both Meridian and Tamalpa are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship, established especially for this program. Click here for general information on Meridian Financial Aid.

MA in Counseling Psychology

Meridian's MA in Counseling Psychology also has scholarship opportunities for Tamalpa students. This program meets the educational requirements for California licensure as Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).


Meridian's in-person coursework (weekend and week-long sessions) are coordinated with Tamalpa's calendar.

To Apply

Application requires first being admitted to the Tamalpa training program. Apply for the training on the Tamalpa website at http://www.tamalpa.org/admissions/level_1.html. Upon acceptance into the Tamalpa training program, students are eligible to then apply for the degree programs at Meridian.


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