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Program Overview

Program Overview

Hone your research skills with a Lipscomb M.S. in psychology. Build your identity as a psychological researcher. Grow in a community where you'll receive personalized attention from faculty with diverse research backgrounds.

You'll have opportunities for competitive internships that will boost your career. Mature as a researcher while crafting a thesis project that deepens your knowledge and feeds your passions. 

Most of our graduates receive acceptances into prestigious Ph.D. programs. Others apply what they've learned in the mental health field—or their dream jobs. Gain the foundation you want and need to advance in your field.

Are you a current Lipscomb undergraduate psychology major interested in pursuing your M.S.? Learn how you can get ahead with our bridge program

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Please submit:

  • Lipscomb University's online application
  • An essay of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • GRE scores (waived if you already hold a master's degree)
  • Interview

Deadline to apply for fall 2019 is June 15, 2019. Deadline to apply for spring 2020 is Nov. 15, 2019. Interviews are on a rolling basis. 

Courses

Courses

The 39-hour M.S. in psychology is for degree-seeking students who will not seek licensure as a counselor. If attending full-time, this degree could be completed in four semesters. 

Core Courses (30 Hours, 3 hours each)

  • PSG 5103 - Theories of Counseling and Personality
  • PSG 5203 - Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
  • PSG 5303 - Lifespan Development
  • PSG 5603 - Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSG 5803 - Integration of Psychology and Christianity Seminar
  • PSG 6713 - Biological Psychology
  • PSG 6613 - Statistics I
  • PSG 6623 - Statistics II
  • PSG 6933 - Thesis I
  • PSG 6943 - Thesis II


Elective Courses (select 9 Hours)

  • PSG 6603 - Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSG 6653 - Assessment Techniques
  • PSG 6403 - Psychopharmacology
  • PSG 6503 - Human Sexuality
  • PSG 675V - Psychological /Counseling Topics
  • COUN 5903 - Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • COUN 6003 - Grief and Crisis Counseling
  • COUN 6053 - Multicultural Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 6253 - Career Counseling
  • COUN 6303 - Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Other courses, as approved by the Psychology program director

 

Suggested course sequence for Full-time M.S. in Psychology (39-hour program) students entering in Fall

Note: Some of the classes listed below are only offered once per year. If a student deviates from this plan, it may delay graduation. Students should consult with their advisor about any deviation from this course sequence.

Fall 1:
Theories of Counseling & Personality
Research Methods & Statistics
Introduction to Psychopathology & Adaptive Behavior

Spring:
Lifespan Development
Thesis I
Elective 1

Summer:
Statistics I
Elective 2 
Integration of Psychology and Christianity Seminar

Fall 2:
Statistics II
Biological Psychology
Thesis II
Elective 3


Suggested course sequence for full-time M.S. in Psychology (39-hour program) students entering in Spring

Spring 1:
Theories of Counseling & Personality
Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
Research Methods and Statistics

Summer:
Statistics I
Thesis I
Integration of Psychology & Christianity Seminar

Fall:
Statistics II
Biological Psychology
Elective 1
Elective 2

Spring 2:
Thesis II
Elective 3
Lifespan Development

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is currently $962 per credit hour.

Types of Aid

Networking

Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Higher Education

Many individuals pursue a Master of Science in Psychology with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D. We have implemented a rigorous program to ensure that any student who graduates from our program is a competitive candidate for any APA accredited doctoral program. Many of our students are successfully pursuing a Ph.D. or other post graduate program at institutions including Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Mississippi State and Notre Dame.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Our Faculty

  • Shanna Ray

    Shanna Ray

    Chair, Psychology

    Shanna Ray has a B.S. in Psychology from Lipscomb University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D./M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Ray joined...

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  • Dale Alden

    Dale Alden

    Assistant Professor

    Alden is a longstanding faculty member in the department of psychology and counseling. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, and Biological Psychology for the graduate program. Alden is...

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  • Paul Turner

    Paul Turner

    Professor

    Turner is a longstanding professor at Lipscomb University and has been awarded three "Outstanding Teacher" awards and one "Outstanding Advisor" award. Turner teaches Research Methods & Statistics and Integration...

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Career Paths

Social science research assistants

Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.

Psychologist

Our program prepares you to move into a Ph.D. psychology program where you will prepare to teach or work on research in psychology.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.