Master of Science in Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology at ACU combines scientific scholarship, relevant clinical training, and a Christian world view to prepare students for professional work and further graduate study. The program combines the study of psychology and a distinctive Christian perspective in integrating faith, learning, and practice.  

The M.S. of Psychology is designed for students who desire a general knowledge of psychology and prepares students for further graduate study in a variety of areas in psychology. Students who pursue this degree have the potential to continue with further graduate study or obtain a career as a college professor, researcher or missionary. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree in psychology is a 36-hour program for students desiring to obtain a graduate level degree that provides a knowledge of psychology rather than one that emphasizes the practitioner orientation of clinical, counseling or school psychology.

Requirements for the MS in psychology are:

1. Psychology core, 9 hours:

PSYC 612 Clinical Research Methods (3) 

PSYC 650 Ethics and Issues in Professional Psychology (3) 

PSYC 657 Mulitivariate Statistics (3) 

2. Electives, 21 hours, thesis option; 27 hours, non-thesis option. A maximum of 12 hours may be completed outside of the department. Consult with advisor.

3. Thesis option, 6 hours; or comprehensive exam.

4. No more than 3 hours of practicum may count towards the degree.  

Application Deadline:
Fall 2016
  • Aug. 12, 2016

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Medical Care Mission
Medical Care Mission

Students in the graduate psychology programs participate in various practicum opportunities. One of these practicum partnerships is with Medical Care Mission, a non-profit clinic located in Abilene, TX.

Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds

Each month, students and faculty in Abilene Christian University's graduate psychology programs participate in grand rounds, a time for them to discuss cases and gain various perspectives.