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Gender and Sexual
Fluidity Specialization

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NO Residency

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NO Group Work

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100% Online Learning


Gender and sexual fluidity is an ever-important topic of study in the area of emotional health. NU’s Department of Psychology recognizes how crucial it is for today’s mental health providers and educators to possess knowledge and sensitivity to a myriad issue, challenges, and changes to our current understanding of mental health, gender, and healthy sexuality. The master’s in this specialization examines social, cultural and biological foundations that influence gender diversity. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you will also gain expertise in theory and research skills, and develop ways to apply your learning about gender diversity in your own community. Recent revisions to this program have resulted in a streamlined 30-credit program, resulting in a lower total cost than a 36-credit program.

Note on Licensure: The Master of Arts in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.


Unmatched Flexibility

NU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty

No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement

You won’t have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NU, you’ll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Course Details

Credit Hours : 30

Courses: 10

Estimated Time to Complete: 18 months

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

In this course, students will examine, compare and contrast key personality theories. Drawing on classic and contemporary sources, students will consider Freudian, post-Freudian, behaviorism, and social learning theories. Students will also examine more contemporary theories on personality, such as those put forth by cognitive, humanistic, and positive psychology.

In this course, you will examine dimensions of human sexuality from physiological, psychological, social, and cultural points of view. You will examine these dimensions via recent empirical research. You will also spend time reflecting upon, and in some cases, debunking preexisting ideas and bias, as personal reflection and growth are critical components of multicultural competence. Topics include an overview of stages of sexual identity development, cultural and individual variations, and stigma and discrimination.

In this course, you will explore the way in which gender is understood and how it is informed by socialization, physiology, biology, and stereotyping. Gender differences are often overemphasized; in actuality, there are fewer differences than often assumed. Issues of transgender and intersex variations will be discussed minimally, as these topics are the focus of another course. Central to this course will be an opportunity to rethink and reintegrate ideas about gender differences and gender similarities across cultures. Further, the course will conceptualize gender on a spectrum instead of as a binary construct and explore historical milestones in the gender equality movement.

In this course you will be introduced to factors that influence and impact individuals who identify as transgender. Terms such as gender queer, gender variant, intersex, cisgender, and transitioning, among others, will be discussed. Stages of male to female and female to male transitioning and how to offer support at each stage will be explored. Stigma and barriers to care will be examined as well as strengths-based, affirming model of care for assessment, support, treatment, and advocacy. You will learn to conceptualize cases from a holistic, multicultural perspective and acknowledge that all people regardless of group or identity are informed by their larger context and culture.

In this course you will review the full spectrum of human sexuality and the individual’s development of sexual identity and orientation. The full range of identities will be explored including asexuality, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and others. Stigma and discrimination as they relate to these groups will be explored in addition to your own bias related to these groups. Historical milestones in the LGBTQ+ movement will be explored. You will examine a strengths-based, holistic, affirming model for treating this community. Your learning will culminate in learning how to educate others on the topics and to advocate for the populations described in this course.

The Capstone course in Gender and Sexual Fluidity is an opportunity to demonstrate a range of professional competencies and communication skills, reflecting the knowledge, critical thinking, sensitivity to ethics and diversity, and appreciation of research that has been acquired during the MA program. The Capstone course culminates in a review of the evidence based practices related to a specific issue in the field of Gender and Sexual Fluidity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Model clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public
  • Examine diversity issues in professional contexts
  • Relate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional issues
  • Apply psychological principles and research in personal, social, and organizational issues
  • Examine research methods and data analysis in psychology
  • Analyze theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts
Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

National University degrees do not guarantee employment or salary of any kind. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review desired job positions to review degrees, education, and/or training required to apply for desired positions. Prospective students should monitor these positions as requirements, salary, and other relevant factors can change over time.