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Department of Psychology, Counseling & Family Science

We provide our students with a variety of opportunities to excel not only inside but also outside the classroom.

Our department strives to be a student-focused environment with faculty who are known for excellence in teaching and advising. Students are regularly engaged in internship experiences, work alongside faculty members to conduct psychological research, attend and present research at local conferences, and participate in activities of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology or the Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society in Counseling.

Our department has undergraduate programs in Psychology (in both traditional and online formats) and Family Science as well as a graduate program offering a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S. in Psychology, and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Our Programs

Psychology (M.S.)

Build your identity as a psychological researcher. Mature as a professional while crafting a thesis project that deepens your knowledge and feeds your passions. Whether a prestigious Ph.D. program or a career in the mental health field is in your future, you will be prepared.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Learn how to touch lives in meaningful ways that only a trained counselor can. With curriculum built around licensure expectations and a 100 percent pass rate, you'll be prepared to excel.

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Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Your rigorous training to become a caring and compassionate therapist will prepare you to serve individuals overcoming their mental health challenges, help couples restore a thriving relationship, and lead families to create healthy and effective family processes.

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We know psychology has practical application in every facet of life. And, it provides a strong foundation for many career paths. In order to be fully equipped for your career goals, our broad curriculum allows you to explore your personal interests and take advantage of research and internship opportunities.

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Family Science

Obtain an education that ties seamlessly into your career goals by becoming an expert in one of our four concentrations. Be a part of serving, healing and preserving family systems as you study lifespan development and relational dynamics. Our Christian mission serves as the foundation for how we teach and serve.

Family Science

On-Campus Partnerships

We partner with the on-campus student Counseling Center as well as as our own Lipscomb Family Therapy Center nearby. Learn more below.


University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center is a service provided by professionals in our department. It provides free counseling and support services to students who want to discuss personal or psychological concerns with a professional counseling staff.

University Counseling Center
Group therapy session

Lipscomb Family Therapy Center

LFTC is a training facility for graduate students in our master of marriage and family therapy (MFT) program. LFTC therapist interns work under the supervision of Lipscomb University MFT faculty and other licensed marriage and family therapists, giving LFTC clients the advantage of working with a treatment team as opposed to an individual therapist. LFTC's mission is to serve the mental health and relationship care needs of individuals, couples, and families in the Nashville community.

Family Therapy Center