Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
    Dec 09, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Master of Science in Psychology

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The core curriculum includes 18 credit hours that all students will complete, and the electives include 12 credit hours.  This 30-hour degree program will allow students the ability to choose from a number of career and educational options upon graduation. These include further graduate studies at the doctoral level, as well as potential employment in the following areas:  human resources, talent management, behavior analyst, consultant, research analyst, law enforcement/probation officer, victim advocate, juvenile offender counselor, caseworker, teacher, curriculum designer, educational consultant, and school counselor.

Admission to the Master of Science in Psychology

Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically-based community is important. All M.S. Psychology admissions decisions are made by and only by Colorado Christian University.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application form (including essay, transcripts, and fees) at

  • Valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card or passport.

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to nine semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU M.S. Psychology degree requirements. PSY-514 Psychology of Faith  cannot be transferred into the program and must be taken at CCU.

Time Limitation

The Master of Science in Psychology program is a 30 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within 15 months of intensive accelerated adult graduate study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full-time job. Full-time students may complete the M.S. Psychology program in two years.

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an M.S. Psychology student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their Master of Science in Psychology degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted. 

Graduation Requirements

The faculty recommends students in the Master of Science in Psychology degree to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 30 credit hours.
  2. A letter grade of C- or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU coursework.
  3. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  4. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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