Master of Science in Psychology (Online)


Program Description

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology is a 36- credit hour, 100% online graduate program that is designed to be completed in two years of enrolled study. The online masters in psychology program provide professional competency in psychology while developing an integrative understanding of the human person in application to service delivery. This online master in psychology program seeks to exhibit advanced professional skills such as communication, interpersonal, leadership skills, budgeting, program evaluation, and cultural awareness in order to enable growth as a transformational leader in a service-delivery setting. Through DMU’s unique curriculum, you will become a transformational leader, strengthened by Catholic-Christian teachings on human dignity and informed by foundations in modern psychology. DMU specializes in a Psychology curriculum that roots every course in a Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person. How will this online master in psychology program impact your career or vocation? By understanding the whole person and not just their behaviors, you will be prepared to - Help people to flourish in their personal vocations and daily life. - Build and maintain relationships with clients, manage cases, and facilitate groups. - Act effectively in situations where de-escalation, negotiation, and crisis intervention are needed. - Examine in-depth theory and research associated with the diagnosis and treatment of common psychological problems. - Recognize the integrity and dignity of each person you encounter. - Recruit and lead a volunteer team. - Integrate research and program evaluation data to improve your practice and the delivery of services.

Degree Requirements

36 credit hours as outlined in the curriculum, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.


5 Terms per year/approximately 2 years. Start dates in January, May, and August. Full-time and Part-time enrollment available.


Fully online coursework

Licensure Eligibility

This program does not lead to licensure.

Program Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives

The University has identified nine core program outcomes embodying the competencies that are the foundation of the M.S. in Psychology Program curriculum. 1. Analyze the major concepts, theories, and methodologies in psychology. 2. Develop a thorough understanding of the Catholic/Christian vision of the person. 3. Synthesize the Catholic/Christian vision with contemporary psychological theories, research, and interventions. 4. Synthesize findings from research to develop relevant interventions and direct services in a variety of workplace settings. 5. Appraise the impact of diversity factors on the administration of teams and the delivery of services to various populations. 6. Evaluate ethical, legal, and administrative decisions and practices in the design and delivery of services. 7. Evaluate critically one’s own biases, assumptions, attitudes, etc., and their effect on decision-making, planning, interpersonal communication, and working in teams. 8. Exhibit effective communication and other interpersonal skills, necessary for client relationships and workplace leadership. 9. Evaluate the attitudes, skill sets, and strategies for being a transformational leader in a service-delivery setting.


DMU’s Unique Model – which roots every course in a Catholic understanding of the human person — is forming students to meet the growing demand in today’s culture for professionals who recognize the dignity and uniqueness of each man, woman, and child. DMU students learn to look beyond demonstrated behaviors and see the whole person, helping them to grow spiritually, emotionally, and biologically. A DMU education not only provides a firm foundation in psychology, but also the knowledge and skills necessary to help people develop virtues and flourish as human beings. The Institute for the Psychological Sciences’ M.S. in Psychology is an online program prepared specifically to help students to grow in their careers, both after the degree’s completion as well as throughout the coursework. Students will be able to apply acquired practical skills to their workplace or ministry as they learn them. A non-therapeutic degree, this M.S. in Psychology enables students to increase their competencies as professionals in psychology-related fields, while, at the same time, to make an impact on those they serve, strengthened by the knowledge of a rich body of Catholic teachings on the human person. - PSY 550 Helping People Flourish: A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology - PSY 555 Relationship and Intervention Skills Theory and Application - PHT 507 The Catholic-Christian Vision of the Person - PSY 560 Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan - PSY 565 Common Psychological Problems and Their Treatment - PHT 508 The Catholic-Christian Vision of Flourishing: Vocations & Virtues - PSY 570 Statistical Analysis for Psychology and the Social Sciences - PSY 575 Social Psychology, Groups, and Diversity - PSY 580 Personality, Individual Differences, and Intelligence - PSY 585 Evidence-based Practice and Program Evaluation - PSY 590 Leading People and Programs - PSY 595 Capstone: The Transformational Leader in the Helping Professions

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Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate school of psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The University is dedicated to the scientific ... Read More

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate school of psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The University is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family. Read less