Program in Psychology

The 39-hour M.S. in Psychology provides training in psychological theories and research, leaving room for students to choose from a variety of electives tailored to their unique career goals. The program is designed for students to develop their identity as a psychologist so that they can be better prepared applicants to doctoral programs in psychology.  

The M.S. in Psychology also provides a solid foundation in the complex understanding of human nature and relationships, making it a suitable degree for those wishing to enhance career opportunities in fields such as education, ministry, social work, health care and business, or become more effective in their chosen profession.

The degree requires 30 hours of core coursework that would provide basic training in psychology. The remaining 9 hours may be taken from a variety of courses in the psychology & counseling graduate programs or in another academic area (e.g., ministry, conflict resolution, etc.).  

The courses are listed below. For descriptions of each of these courses, click here.
If you'd like to download a copy of the graduate catalog, click here.  

Core Courses (30 Hours):

  • Theories of Counseling and Personality
  • Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
  • Lifespan Development
  • Research Methods and Statistics 
  • Statistics I
  • Statistics II
  • Integration of Psychology and Christianity Seminar
  • Biological Psychology
  • Thesis I (should be started no later than 1 year prior to graduation)
  • Thesis II

Elective Courses (select 9 Hours):

  • Marriage and Family Counseling 
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling 
  • Grief and Crisis Counseling 
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Multicultural Issues in Counseling 
  • Group Dynamics and Group Counseling 
  • Career Counseling 
  • Addictive Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 
  • Psychological Topics
  • Electives from other departments