The master of arts in mental health research and leadership (MA-MHRL) is a 48-credit degree prepares those wishing to engage in applied research and serve in leadership roles within mental health systems. This degree option is also ideal for students wishing to move on to doctoral programs in psychology or mental health fields, without having a yearlong fieldwork requirement. Through a program of study focused on critical theories, research, and leadership with an emphasis on the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts, students will gain independent research and program review experience and develop the critical skills needed to meet the demand for leaders who can assess and address institutional and systemic needs.

This program adheres to the scientist-practitioner-advocate training model (Fassinger and O'Brien, 2000) in preparing you for employment in direct mental health, research and a variety of allied health service delivery settings.