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Divine Mercy University

About Divine Mercy University

Starting to offer a master's degree in clinical psychology as The Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in 1999, the institution became Divine Mercy University in 2015. The following year, the university established a School of Counseling and began its Master of Science in Counseling program. Virginia-based Divine Mercy University (DMU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC).

You can complete the 100% online Master of Science in Psychology in just two years. Combining Catholic-Christian values with the study of human growth, psychological problems, and treatments, the program seeks to help you understand humans as a whole and not to concentrate solely on behaviors as in some traditional psychology studies. You can expect to take courses that discuss the Catholic-Christian vision of people and how it applies to the field of psychology and the integration of Catholic-Christian views and approaches to psychological theories. The program strives to help you become a transformational leader in areas of crisis intervention, relationship building, vocational endeavors, and personal living.

Also fully online, the Master of Science in Counseling, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, similarly focuses on Catholic-Christian vision and foundations along with counseling theories and models and the development of counseling skills. You will have the opportunity to learn about various areas of counseling, such as addictions, family therapy, group counseling, marriage and couple counseling, relationships, and crisis intervention. A 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship provides you with the opportunity to apply counseling techniques and skills in client assessments, treatment planning, and evaluation sessions in actual clinical settings. The MS in Counseling curriculum meets Virginia State educational requirements for counselor certification and licensure.

Student Testimonials

''Throughout my years at IPS, the faculty challenged me and my fellow classmates to question and think deeply about the dignity of the human person, suffering, and health. Today, my clinical work often centers on encouraging clients to acknowledge their dignity and worth, to find meaning in their suffering, and to build a life worth living with both the comfortable and uncomfortable aspects.''

- Patrick Graveline, 2007 DMU Graduate

''My education has been invaluable in my day-to-day experience of therapy with college students. I learned to look at the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and psychologically; to both distinguish issues in each area as well as identify the overlap that exists between the categories in any given person. IPS gave me the tools necessary to continue the integration of faith and psychology in my career as a therapist.''

- Kate Ebeler, 2010 DMU Graduate

Why Divine Mercy University?

  • Learning Approach: Divine Mercy University boasts of being the only psychology graduate school integrating therapeutic studies with the Catholic-Christian vision of the human being as individuals as well as couples and within family units.
  • Newman Lecture Series: DMU sponsors a lecture series of recognized contributors in psychology, philosophy, and related fields emphasizing the school's focus on Catholic-Christian ideology and treating the person as a whole.
  • Global Recognition: The work of Divine Mercy University has been noted by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI and other intellectual worldly figures.
  • Financial Assistance: Federal loans, private loans, private grants, payment plans, and scholarships are available to you as a student of this school; most of the students of the university receive some sort of aid.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

As an applicant to Divine Mercy University's programs, you must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Applications are not accepted from residents of Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, or Oregon.

Divine Mercy University offers the following degree programs:

  1. Doctorate
    • PsyD in Clinical Psychology
  2. Masters
    • MS in Counseling
    • MS in Psychology