Degrees Offered

The Institute offers the Master of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, and the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology.

Degree-Granting Authority

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences was formed, chartered, and established in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1998, is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency, and is therefore exempt from the requirements of certification or approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The exemption entitles IPS to conduct academic affairs or business without seeking or obtaining SCHEV approval. The resulting scope of the institutional autonomy includes:

  • offering courses or programs for degree credit;
  • enrolling students in courses or programs;
  • conferring or awarding degrees;
  • initiating other programs for degree credit at a new or additional level; and
  • offering instruction at additional or new locations.


Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University.

ASPPB/National Register Designated Program
The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program meets the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology.'” Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing. However, in each jurisdiction there are additional requirements that must be satisfied. For exact information, please contact the state, provincial, or licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply.

Once licensed, graduates are eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. Graduation from a designated program ensures that the program you completed meets the educational requirements for credentialing by the National Register. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of  Health Service Providers in Psychology. For further information, consult the National Register’s website:

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Institute admits qualified students of any age, race, gender, color, nationality or ethnic origin to its programs. Applicants should understand that the central mission of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences is the development of a Christian approach to the psychological sciences. The Institute welcomes qualified students of any religious faith; nonetheless, all students who seek admission must sincerely desire to share the Institute’s mission and objectives. Given its distinct and unique goal of integrating psychology with the Catholic view of the person, the degree programs at the Institute differ from traditional psychology programs in their approach, while maintaining the rigor in both the quantity and quality of clinical training.

Academic Excellence
The governing Board of Directors, the Faculty, Staff, and the Administration of the Institute are committed to maintaining the highest academic standards in teaching and clinical training. In pursuit of academic excellence, the Institute commits itself to:

  1. Continually strengthening the quality of its teaching by supporting innovative programs and through an ongoing process of evaluation by its students, faculty, and consultants.
  2. Providing instruction in accordance with the teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
  3. Encouraging and fostering the spiritual formation of its students through opportunities to participate in spiritual direction, retreats, conferences, and religious services.