Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

The IPS doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202)-336-5979 / Email: / Web:

ASPPB/National Register Designated Program

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program meets the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology.’” Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing. However, in each jurisdiction there are additional requirements that must be satisfied. For exact information, please contact the state, provincial, or licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply.

Once licensed, graduates are eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. Graduation from a designated program ensures that the program you completed meets the educational requirements for credentialing by the National Register. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. For further information, consult the National Register’s website:

The Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the School of Counseling at Divine Mercy University. The accreditation cycle for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty area started on July 6, 2023 and runs through October 31, 2031.

Degrees Offered

The University offers graduate degrees:
Master of Science in Psychology (CIP Code 42.0101)
Master of Science in Counseling (CIP Code 51.1508)
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (CIP Code 42.2801)

Degree-Granting Authority

Divine Mercy University was formed, chartered, and established in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1998, is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency, and is therefore exempt from the requirements of certification or approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The exemption entitles the University to conduct academic affairs or business without seeking or obtaining SCHEV approval. The resulting scope of the institutional autonomy includes

  • offering courses or programs for degree credit;
  • enrolling students in courses or programs;
  • conferring or awarding degrees;
  • initiating other programs for degree credit at a new or additional level; and
  • offering instruction at additional or new locations.

Divine Mercy University is an approved institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
As an approved SARA participant, Divine Mercy University complies with established standards for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs among SARA member states, districts, and territories. SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.
Divine Mercy University is authorized to operate in all SARA member states (, and is registered, authorized, or otherwise not subject to approval in all states not currently participating in SARA that require such authorization.