Master of Science in Psychology

ACU's Master of Science in psychology degree was created 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.

Ready to earn your M.S. in Psychology? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

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Develop your knowledge of the human experience.

This program combines scientific scholarship, relevant clinical training and a Christian worldview to prepare you for professional work in education, research or ministry, or for further study in a Ph.D. program.

What outcomes can you expect?

  • Psychologist
  • Behavioral Interventionist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Assessment Developer
  • Forensic Therapist
  • Behavioral Analyst
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Admission Requirements

  • Complete an 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 courses. 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 admissions requirements here.

Degree Details

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years

Credit hours: 36

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

Example Coursework

Clinical Research Methods

Ethics and Issues in Professional Psychology

Multivariate Statistics

Human Learning and Cognition



Application Deadlines

Fall Standard Review: August 10

Fall International Students: February 15

Fall Priority Review: March 30