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Master of Psychology

Integrate the broad range of human experience in the advanced study of psychology.

The graduate psychology program at the University of Dallas is devoted to the recovery of some of the great traditions in 20th century psychology often lost in the shuffle of current day clinical and research-oriented programs. Rooted in humanistic, psychodynamic and phenomenological traditions, we emphasize critical thinking about the theoretical and epistemological foundations of psychology. The program offers an array of courses in personality theory, psychodiagnostics, psychotherapy and health psychology. It also provides incisive courses in the history of psychology, as well as special topics classes ranging from primate studies to projective techniques to marriage and family therapy.

The distinguishing character of the program lies in its existential-phenomenological and historical orientation drawing upon the traditions of depth psychology and humanistic psychology. Whether you’re interested in preparing for doctoral-level research, or pursuing licensed professional counselor accreditation, the University of Dallas can help you advance your career.


Why Psychology at UD?

  • Accreditation from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • Choose from three masters-level degree tracks: Master of Psychology or Master of Psychology with Clinical Concentration.
  • Many students continue to work while earning their degrees.
  • Receive training in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research in small class sizes that afford close collaboration with professors.
  • Gain opportunities for applied training in psychological assessment and clinical intervention with experienced faculty.
  • Experience clinical courses that emphasize psychodynamic and humanistic approaches to psychotherapy and help you prepare for the NCE exam.

Graduate Psychology Programs Offered at UD:

Master of Psychology

A 30 credit hours program, consisting of 12 hours of core curriculum and 18 hours of elective material. 

Master of Psychology with Clinical Concentration

A 60 credit hours program, consisting of psychology core classes, pre-practicum classes, electives, LPC required areas and the practicum requirement.

Important Notices for Students Seeking LPC Licensure

  • The University of Dallas Master of Psychology with clinical concentration program is a psychology program, not a counseling program. Many students seek to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the completion of our 60 credit Master of Psychology with clinical concentration. Under the current requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, graduates of psychology programs can apply for LPC licensure under the statutory recognition of psychology as a ‘counseling-related field’ (Texas Administrative Code §681.2).
  • Students should be aware that some Counseling professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) have expressed their intent to restrict counseling licensure to graduates of counseling programs. At present, four states require that in order to be an LPC, an individual must have graduated from a CACREP-accredited institution. The psychology program at the University of Dallas is not CACREP-accredited. Students’ eligibility for licensure as LPCs in Texas and other States may change as a result of these administrative and policy positions as well as legislative initiatives undertaken to implement them. Students are advised to keep abreast of the licensing boards' regulations in the jurisdictions in which they aim to reside and practice.
  • In Texas, as in many states, you may be ineligible for licensure as an LPC due to a criminal or deferred adjudication for a felony or a misdemeanor offense. If your record includes a criminal or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, and you plan to seek licensure in Texas, you should request a criminal history letter from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, pursuant to Texas Administrative Code §469.7, to evaluate your potential ineligibility for licensure. Please consider this notice carefully and, if appropriate or if you are unsure, please take steps to review your potential ineligibility for licensure in the state where you intend to reside and practice before enrolling in the program and incurring the related tuition and fees.

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Advance Your Career and Academic Work. 

The goal of the graduate program is to prepare students for advanced academic work in psychology or for professional mental health practice in a wide range of settings. Graduates enter the marketplace with a flexible degree that allows them to pursue state level credentials, including Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Psychological Associate (PA). Learn from distinguished faculty committed to qualitative research in academic psychology’s humanistic tradition.

Learn about Will Edmonson's experience.


Why Study Humanistic Psychology?

Humanistic psychology focuses on the study of the whole person and emphasizes human potential. By exploring psychology through a humanistic lens, the complex and unique facets of the human experience become more discernible.

Through exploring both the history of humanistic psychology and examining contributions from natural science psychology, this program provides a multifaceted psychological perspective that aims to foster an in-depth understanding of the human experience.

quotes“ What I love about UD's psychology program is its emphasis on understanding the whole person, not just human behavior. I believe this program has helped prepare me to be a caring and effective counselor. ”- Emily Kelly, Master of Psychology with Clinical Concentration ’18

Questions? Find answers and general information about the graduate psychology program on the FAQ page or contact an admissions counselor: