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Benefits of getting your Master’s in Psychology at DMU

  • Gain a Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person
  • Learn how to diagnose common psychological problems
  • Advance your professional skills such as communication, budgeting, negotiation and crisis management
  • Get skills to become an effective community leader or social justice advocate

 Our Program Includes:

  • 100% Online classes
  • Concentrations in Marriage and Family Studies, Leadership Psychology, Pre-PhD, Human Services Counseling, and Self-designed (free choice of electives).
  • Fast-Track Option – Complete in 16-26 months
  • Integrative curriculum
  • Experienced, accomplished, & dedicated faculty
  • Low student/faculty ratio
  • Adaptable learning platform to address every learning style

Master’s in Psychology Program

The Master of Science in Psychology at Divine Mercy University is a unique 33-credit hour, 100% online program that allows students to explore the richness of understanding behaviors, emotions, and thoughts through the study of psychology to aid self and others in flourishing. Students learn to integrate a Catholic-Christian vision of the person with best practices in psychological theory, research, and intervention.  It provides competency in the study of modern scientific psychology that helps you understand the human mind and behaviors for the application of service delivery. Finally, you can customize the program to fit your career needs by selecting one of several concentrations in:

  • Marriage and Family Studies
  • Leadership
  • Pre-PhD
  • Human Services Counseling
  • Self-designed (free choice of electives)

Start your application now or speak with our M.S. in Psychology Admissions Advisor — click to call Maria Lees-Dunlap today.

Program Concentrations

Marriage and Family Studies

This concentration allows students to take three additional courses in the area of Marriage and Family Studies from the perspective of the Catholic-Christian teaching on marriage and family in historical, bio-psycho-social-cultural, philosophical, and theological contexts. The program prepares students to encourage couples and families toward flourishing in a variety of settings. Some of these might be by leading marriage preparation and marriage enrichment relationship education programs, training mentor couples, becoming directors of marriage and family in churches and other ministry settings. In their coursework, students gain insight into foundational systems-oriented theories and how issues such as gender, culture, and ethnicity impact the family system. Finally, students will be introduced to models and methods of intervention to lead specific psychoeducational programs.

Schedule an information call with our M.S. in Psychology Admissions Advisor — click to book an appointment with Maria Lees-Dunlap today.

Leadership Psychology

The Leadership Psychology concentration is designed for individuals who are responsible for leading people, programs, and organizations in a variety of settings. These might span from ministry-related leadership positions to leadership positions in business, education, and nonprofit settings. Initially, students appraise tenets of self-leadership by examining personal biases, using critical self-reflection, and evaluating self-regulatory behaviors which affirm the fundamental goodness and innate dignity of the person. In addition, students learn to analyze the evidence base of transformational leadership from a Catholic-Christian perspective. As transformational leaders, they analyze strategies to build growth-oriented learning organizations and foster personal and professional growth in others. Finally, they demonstrate skills of being a leader of teams, programs, and organizations in a service delivery setting.  

Schedule an information call with our M.S. in Psychology Admissions Advisor — click to book an appointment with Maria Lees-Dunlap today.


The pre-PhD concentration is designed for individuals seeking careers in research-related fields (such as research associates) or wanting to pursue doctoral-level study in psychology-related fields such as Psychological Sciences, Human Development, Applied Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology and others. Building on their applied research project, this concentration takes them further by reviewing and analyzing relevant psychological research literature within the framework of the Catholic-Christian vision of the flourishing person and by applying their research to a specific problem or setting. In addition to receiving training in both research and writing skills, students are also able to take an independent study with a faculty member to allow for deeper study of a certain subject area. 

Schedule an information call with our M.S. in Psychology Admissions Advisor — click to book an appointment with Maria Lees-Dunlap today.

Human Services Counseling

This concentration is intended for students who want to work in settings that focus on meeting human needs and promoting flourishing by focusing on prevention and remediation of problems. Graduates will be able to engage in professional and paraprofessional occupations in a variety of settings such as group homes, hospitals, correctional centers, day treatment centers, social service agencies. Job titles and duties can vary considerably by employment setting. In their three electives, students will demonstrate interpersonal skills in helping relationships and group dynamics and analyze helping approaches for individuals struggling with addictions. Working in a human services career can be extremely rewarding by walking alongside individuals in difficult situations and aiding them towards flourishing.

Schedule an information call with our M.S. in Psychology Admissions Advisor — click to book an appointment with Maria Lees-Dunlap today.


The self-design option is created for students who are in work or ministry situations in which they would benefit from a variety of electives. Students in this track can freely choose three electives based on their interests and professional goals. Electives can be taken in the areas of marriage and family, leadership psychology, or human services counseling. This option might be especially beneficial for individuals in ministry leadership positions as it allows them to design an individualized degree plan. 

Schedule an information call with our M.S. in Psychology Admissions Advisor — click to book an appointment with Maria Lees-Dunlap today.

The program provides advanced skills that enable students to become transformational leaders. These skills include:

  • The ability to recognize and respond to mental health challenges
  • How to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • The importance of interpersonal relationship building
  • Ways to lead a team through crisis
  • How to manage a budget
  • Strategies for program evaluation
  • Fostering increased cultural awareness

Job Opportunities of Over 60+ Career Options For Graduates of Master’s in Psychology

  • Case Management
  • Market Research Analysis
  • Directing Volunteer and Ministry Programs
  • Teacher of Psychology
  • Behavior analyst
  • Psychological associate
  • Addictions psychologist
  • Residential youth counselor
  • Human service worker
  • And many more!

Through DMU’s uniquely designed curriculum, you will thrive in your career and vocation, and excel as a mental health professional and advocate in your local community! By gaining an understanding of the whole person and not just their behaviors, you will be prepared to:

  • Help people 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.

About Divine Mercy University

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.

Contact us today at (703)574-1114 for more information on our M.S. in Psychology Program (online) or schedule a call today with our M.S. in Psychology Admissions Advisor Maria Lees-Dunlap to help you decide if this program is right for you.