Institute for the Psychological Sciences - Divine Mercy University

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Who We Are

In 1999, a group of psychologists and academicians saw the immense need for an institution of higher education that incorporates the Catholic-Christian vision of the human person with the science of psychology. We believe in the dignity of the human person and a calling to alleviate suffering. The Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) at Divine Mercy University offers doctoral and master’s graduate degree programs rooted in the integration of academic psychology with theological and philosophical teaching.

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree program (Psy.D.) trains students within a Catholic-Christian framework of the best empirical, scientific, and clinical methods of psychology and the Catholic-Christian understanding of the person, marriage, and family. This training prepares students to apply for licensure as a clinical psychologist.

The M.S. in Psychology degree program enables students to increase their competencies as professionals within the helping professions, while making an impact on those they serve. This impact is demonstrated by providing the human and scientific psychological formation that is integrated with the Catholic-Christian vision of the human person..

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited*)

We prepare our students to apply for licensure as clinical psychologists with the best empirical, scientific and clinical methodology.

  • Low student/faculty ratio
  • Integrative curriculum
  • Competitive internship placement
  • APA-accredited program*
  • Experienced, accomplished, & dedicated faculty

Our students have been placed at some of the following training sites for externships and internships:

  • St Elizabeth’s Hospital
  • Psychiatric Hospital, Washington
  • American University Counseling Center
  • Psychiatric Institute of Washington
  • University of North Dakota Counseling Center (APA)
  • Sterling Behavioral Health
  • Catholic Charities in Arlington and Nebraska
  • Frostburg State University
  • Montana VA (APA)
  • VA Medical Center Martinsburg
  • Friends Hospital Philadelphia (APA)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin

In the 2017/18 training year, 85% of our students matched with APA-accredited or APPIC-member for their pre-doctoral internship training year.

* 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 / E-mail:; Web:

Master’s in Psychology (Online)

Our program provides our students in the helping professions with a foundation in psychology.

  • 100% Online
  • Integrative curriculum
  • Experienced, accomplished, & dedicated faculty
  • Low student/faculty ratio
  • Adaptable learning platform to address every learning style