M.S. in Psychology: Program Requirements

program information

  • 33 Credit Hours
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • 100% Online
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Non-licensure Program
  • 5 Terms/Approx. 2 years
  • Jan/May/Aug Start dates

Program Goals and Outcomes

The University has identified nine core program outcomes embodying the competencies that are the foundation of the M.S. in Psychology Program curriculum. Graduates of the MSP program will achieve the following outcomes in pursuance of the program goals.

Goal 1: Knowledge base in psychology: The master’s graduate in psychology demonstrates a broad knowledge of psychology’s core domains, knowledge of psychology as a science, and advanced knowledge in an area of concentration.  Graduates will be able to

  • Outcome 1:  Analyze and deepen knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methodologies in psychology for science and applied practice
  • Outcome 2: Develop a holistic, Catholic-Christian understanding of the flourishing person that permeates all aspects of psychological study. 
  • Outcome 3: Synthesize the Catholic Christian vision with contemporary philosophical, theological, and psychological  theories, research, and interventions.

Goal 2: Scientific mindedness: Graduates apply appropriate techniques to identify and answer research questions and to make informed decisions as knowledgeable consumers of the research literature.  Graduates will be able to

  • Outcome 4: Utilize psychological literacy and scientific methodology and mindedness to formulate plausible psychological explanations for behavior and to solve problems as transformational leaders employing culturally appropriate, innovative approaches in diverse settings

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: Graduates of the MSP recognize and embrace the ethical standards of the discipline.Graduates will be able to

  • Outcome 5:   Evaluate critically their own biases, assumptions, attitudes, etc., and their effect on decision-making, planning, interpersonal communication, and working in teams. 
  • Outcome 6: Engage in behavior that is  in accordance with the ethical standards of the discipline and the dignity of the person in order to bring about  flourishing  

Goal 4: Communication: Graduates demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills in multiple formats and contexts. They express psychological concepts clearly and with culturally appropriate adaptations for different audiences. Graduates will be able to

  • Outcome 7: Develop human interpersonal skills for working with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds either in person or through the use of technology
  • Outcome 8: Articulate insights effectively and empathically to individuals and groups  

Goal 5: Personal and Professional Development: Individuals with a master’s degree in psychology are able to apply their knowledge and skills to achieve personal growth and professional success. Graduates will be able to

  • Outcome 9: Exhibit continuous self-reflection and improvement of professional knowledge, skills, and abilities for authentic development and growth in personal and professional identity

Outcome 10: Evaluate the attitudes, skill sets, and strategies for being a transformational leader in a variety of applied settings