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.


Our program does offer merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students based on prior academic excellence. All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships and are competitive based on applications. To be eligible, submit completed graduate application and all supplemental documents to the Office of Graduate Admission by the March 30 deadline to be considered. All incoming full time graduate students are considered for the merit awards and made on a competitive basis until programs are full. Awards after March 30 will be made on a competitive basis until programs are full. Some awards become available in late summer or for January start-dates. 

Average Merit Scholarships

  • $20,000 awarded over the 48-60 hour programs:  $10,000 each year for two years split evenly between fall and spring semesters. This award is typical for the 48-60 hour programs in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology: 

  • $9,000 awarded for the 36 hour program: $3,000 for each semester for three semesters. This award is typical for the 36-hour program in General Psychology.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships (GA) provide another form of financial support. GA's typically spend 10-hours a week in a combination of research, service, teaching, or work in ACU's Psychology Clinic. 

  • GA’s are assigned to a specific faculty mentor for assistance with research or assistance with particular courses. GA’s may be required to attend classes for the course, teach and/or manage lab sections, give students written or oral feedback on their work, and/or hold office hours to assist undergraduate students. 

  • A number of our GA’s work as staff in the ACU Psychology Clinic where they gain valuable professional skills similar to what are needed to manage a private practice.

  • The award is $1,650 per semester and is paid bi-weekly during the academic year. It is generally available for up to four semesters.

  • All incoming full time graduate students are considered for graduate assistantships. The application is used to help match students with potential faculty and specific roles within the department that are more teaching or research focused, depending upon the career goals of the student.

Research Funding

Many of our graduate students work with their faculty mentors towards the goal of presenting research at professional conferences. Most recently our graduate students have presented scholarly projects at the American Psychological Association, the Southwest Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, Texas Association of School Psychologists, and the International Christian Association of Psychological Studies. Funding is often awarded for travel through departmental and college resources. Additional travel funding is available through our Graduate Student Association.

Additional Resources

If you have specific questions about loans and financial aid, we encourage you to reach out to Jamie Bearden, our Director of Admissions & Student Services for on-campus graduate students. You can contact Jamie at or (325)674-6911. 

We also invite you to visit ACU Graduate Financial Aid to learn more about your options. 

Degree Details

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years

Credit hours: 48

2020/2021 tuition per credit hour: $1,291

Example Coursework


Clinical Research Methods

Ethics and Issues in Professional Psychology

Clinical Assessment



Application Deadlines

Fall Standard Review: August 10

Fall International Students: February 15

Fall Priority Review: March 30