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ACU offers the following four graduation psychology programs:

  • General Psychology (36 credit hours),
  • Clinical Psychology (48 credit hours)
  • Counseling Psychology (60 credit hours)
  • Specialist in School Psychology (60 hours)

Yes, the application process and requirements are the same for each of the four program options. You can click here to begin the application process.

The Priority Review deadline (for scholarships and Graduate Assistantship consideration) is March 30th.
The Standard Review deadline is August 10th.
The International Student deadline is February 15th.

No, students with a variety of undergraduate majors have been admitted to our program and have been successful.

Yes, the following four courses are required for admission:

  • Statistics
  • Experimental Psychology (or a Research course)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • 3 additional hours in physiological, developmental, cognition, learning, or an acceptable substitute

Yes, the $50 application fee can be paid within your application portal.

Unconditional admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 – 4.0.

If an applicant meets all other requirements and has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0-3.49, he/she may be admitted on probation. The condition of probation means that the applicant must make a final grade of B or above in each of the first 4 courses required in his/her program.

The GRE is not required.

Students are offered rolling admission on a priority basis until March 30. Students admitted on probation status will be notified mid April.


The Specialist in School Psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Yes, with faculty approval and academic advising, students can change their graduate program within the Psychology Department.

The average number of students per classroom is 12 students.

Yes, students can enroll part-time.

Yes, it is possible to transfer graduate credit with graduate faculty approval.

Yes, the Psychology Clinic offers low-cost counseling and assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults in the Abilene area.

The first practicum is primarily spent in our Psychology Clinic where students see a wide variety of clinical issues first-hand. Practica two and three are assigned based on the student’s interests and include: Community Medical Clinic, Inpatient Behavioral Health, University Counseling, Career Counseling, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, and more.

The majority of students begin in the fall, however students can apply for a spring start.

The tuition cost is $1,194 per credit hour.

Yes, many of our students receive graduate assistantships. Departmental scholarships are also available.

Graduate Assistantships work 10 hours per week. Beyond that, students should seek employment that provides flexibility.

Absolutely!  Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Programs to set up a campus visit. During the visit, you can meet with the Program Director and take a departmental tour. Please allow at least one week’s notice for scheduling purposes.

You can also connect with the Program Director via phone or email. Please call 325-674-6911 or for more information.

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