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, including a thesis requirement, 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.).  

You will have the opportunity to advance your research in this program by creating a thesis on a topic of your choice. The following are some of the thesis topics that students have chosen:

  • Exploring the Relationships between Life Satisfaction, Spiritual Well-being, and Social Connection.
  • The Influence of Relationships on Drug Use in Methadone Treatment.
  • Effects of Using Guided Imagery for Nightmare Transformation in Integrative Therapy.
  • Posttraumatic Growth and Protective Factors of Immigrants.
  • Bullying and Psychosocial Factors of Depression among Adolescents.
  • Interparental Conflict and Offspring's Marital Attitudes.
  • Perfectionism and Somatic Symptomology: An Analysis of the Relationship between Maladaptive Perfectionism, Physical Health, and Perceived Stress.
  • My Sister's Keeper: An Investigation of the Impact of a Nashville, TN Mentoring Program for Youth and Adolescent Girls.
  • The Longitudinal Effects of Pediatric Psychotropic Polypharmacy.
  • The Influence of Parenting Style on Self-Efficacy and Procrastination.
  • Acculturation, Gender Roles, and Willingness to Seek Counseling.
  • The Relationship between English Proficiency, Anxiety, Stress, and Academic Confidence: A Study of Practical Solutions for Struggling International Students.

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