Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

ACU’s Master of Science in clinical psychology prepares students to begin a professional career in counseling or to continue their studies in a doctoral program in psychology. The program combines professional counseling training, research skills and experience, and a distinctive Christian perspective in integrating faith, learning and practice.

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Prepare for a career in counseling.

While earning your Clinical Psychology M.A. you will receive classroom and practicum training in individual and group counseling, clinical interviewing, psychological testing, and professional issues and ethics. As preparation for a career in research or doctoral study, the degree provides training in research design and analysis.

What outcomes can you expect?

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Health Psychologist
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Admissions Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $65 application fee; 
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent; 
  • Unconditional admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.5-4.0. If an applicant meets all other requirements and has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0-3.49, he/she may be admitted on probation. The condition of probation means that the applicant must make a final grade of B or above in each of the first 4 courses required in his/her program. Failure to do so will result in suspension from the program; 
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least two must be from psychology faculty or psychologists who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work;
  • Completion of at least 12 undergraduate semester hours in psychology including: statistics, experimental psychology, abnormal psychology and 3 additional hours that may be physiological, developmental psychology, cognition or principles of learning or an acceptable substitute. The applicant must have made a grade of B or higher in each of the prerequisite course. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in graduate program courses; they may not be taken concurrently; 
  • A written statement (600-800 words) describing professional goals, interests and reasons for choosing to enter the psychology program at ACU;
  • Because all professional psychology programs require students to provide services to clients in practicum sites, non-native speakers of English must pass an interview with two ACU psychology department faculty to establish that the applicant has sufficient skills in English and American culture to provide services to clients in practicum settings;
  • International applicants also must meet the university's English language test requirements;
  • The Department of Psychology does not consider the GRE or other test as part of its admission requirements.

See full ACU graduate admission requirements here.

Degree Details

Required Hours

Current tuition per credit hour: $1,242

Program length: 2 years

Credit hours: 48

Example Coursework


Clinical Research Methods

Ethics and Issues in Professional Psychology

Clinical Assessment



Application Deadlines

Fall Priority Review: March 30

Fall Standard Review: August 10

Fall International Students: February 15