Catholic University Psychology Graduate Programs

Apr 24, 2018

While there are several excellent psychology master's programs across the nation, this article will look at a few of the Catholic-affiliated offerings. Along with campus ministry, we'll take a closer look at some of the courses.

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Often, counseling or psychology is combined with the idea of faith. The Catholic schools we'll look at here offer graduate programs in psychology. We will explore each school's tuition, location, and program type.

School Comparison

Below, we'll look at the cost of attending the psychology graduate program at each school. We'll also zero in on which type of psychology graduate degree each institution offers.

School Name Institution Type Location Degree(s) Offered Graduate Tuition (2017-2018)*
Benedictine University 4-year, private not-for-profit Lisle, IL M.S. Clinical Psychology $16,888
Fairfield University 4-year, private not-for-profit Fairfield, CT M.A. Applied Psychology $16,968
Immaculata University 4-year, private not-for-profit Immaculata, PA M.A./Ed.S. School Psychology, M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology $12,780
Loras College 4-year, private not-for-profit Dubuque, IA M.A. General Psychology $9,885
Seattle University 4-year, private not-for-profit Seattle, WA Ed.S. School Psychology, M.A. Psychology $19,426

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Graduate Psychology Programs

Across the nation, psychology graduate programs are offered with Catholic traditions woven through the education. Let's look at some of the various psychology offerings and courses available at several Catholic schools.

Benedictine University

Students who want to earn their Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Psychology can focus their studies on any of the licensing areas, such as family, social & cultural foundations, human growth & development, psychopathology, or substance abuse. Of course, students will take a selection of courses in all licensing areas during their education and clinical experience. As a Catholic institute, Benedictine will teach psychology with a Catholic lens. Students can spend time on campus in prayer, at mass, or on a retreat. Students are encouraged to join a S.T.E.P. (Serving Together Engaging Our Purpose) activity, whether locally, on campus, nationally, or abroad.

Fairfield University

As the third best regional university in the North according to U.S. News & World Report in 2018, Fairfield University is a strong choice for a graduate psychology program. As a Catholic school, Fairfield encourages interfaith services and practices. While the Jesuit tradition is strong in the campus ministry, retreats, and community service that students take part in, transportation is provided to and from other churches and places of worship for those outside of the Catholic tradition. Students interested in the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Psychology program can anticipate clinical experience as well as courses in designing training programs, behavioral statistics, effective interviewing, cross-cultural management, theories of learning, survey design, and research in psychology.

Immaculata University

Immaculata University offers a few graduate psychology options, including school and clinical psychology and mental health counseling. Along with master's and education specialist (Ed.S.) degree programs, the school offers a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.). Students can take courses in diagnosis, trauma, substance abuse, group work, diversity in counseling, career counseling, and data-based decision making. Students can strengthen their faith through community service and worship. Many service trips are offered around campus and in the community, such as urban immersion, After School Pals (in which students visit a Catholic school to tutor), and Camilla Hall visits (visiting retired Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters).

Loras College

The most economical graduate school choice on the list, Loras offers a general psychology graduate degree. The U.S. News & World Report named Loras the ninth best value school in the Midwest for 2018. Students can gain spiritual growth with tons of service opportunities, faith-based events, mission retreats, and worship services. Each year, the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders select 15 first-year students to join the organization, through which they will participate in service activities and a study abroad semester in their junior year. Students enrolled in the psychology program will look at topics in child psychopathology, addictions, stress & coping, relationships, cultural diversity, and career development.

Seattle University

Combining Catholic values and interdisciplinary studies, Seattle University's graduate psychology programs offer a variety of courses with a faith-based approach. Students can take courses in topics such as multilingual issues, law and ethics for school psychologists, adolescent psychology, personality assessment, madness and society, and gender therapy. Along with courses, students will undertake clinical practicums to get hands-on experience before sitting for the licensing examinations. Seattle University offers opportunities for students to join in worship and faith formation activities throughout the year.

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