Graduate Programs

Support the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with the Master’s in Counseling Psychology Degree

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 American children ages 3 to 17—about 15 million—have a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder in a given year. Only 20 percent of these children are ever diagnosed and receive treatment. Now more than ever, these children and adolescents need qualified, compassionate professionals who are equipped with the skills to support them. If you desire to make a difference in the mental health of young people, Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents may be for you.

While many psychology-related programs focus on preparing clinicians to primarily serve a variety of adult populations, the master’s in counseling psychology degree prepares clinicians who specialize in the needs of children and youth. You will graduate ready to pursue LPCC licensure in California and help meet the high demand for specialists in this field.

This degree is designed to equip professionals of the highest standards while providing flexibility so you can reach your education and career goals while balancing life and work. Benefits of the program include:

  • Full-time and part-time options available, allowing you to set your own pace for completing the program.
  • Courses offered in the evening to fit your schedule.
  • Fieldwork opportunities where you will gain firsthand experience while meeting the 280 practicum hours required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Learn from Experienced Faculty

Study with APU faculty-mentors who bring professional experience in children and youth health and mental health needs, including expertise in best practice treatments, youth substance abuse, childhood trauma and recovery, and more. As active practitioners and researchers in the field, these faculty know firsthand the challenges facing today’s young people. Throughout coursework, faculty integrate a Christian perspective, focusing on developing clinicians who provide compassionate, whole-person care.

Gain Experience to Work in a Variety of Settings

Put learning into practice through fieldwork and play therapy lab opportunities, allowing you to gain experience while working alongside a fieldwork mentor. You will complete two practicum courses providing therapy services to children and adolescents in the community to fulfill the 280 hours of practicum experience required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Combined with course learning, this experience equips graduates to work in a variety of mental health service settings for children and youth, including public and private mental health agencies, public school mental health programs, private practice, hospital-based practice, and juvenile justice-based practice.

To view our website with more information the program format, financial aid, and admission requirements, please visit: apu.edu/counselingpsych.

Help Children and Families in Times of Stress with a Child Life Degree

Child life specialists are allied health care professionals who support children and their families facing challenging experiences, particularly traumatic medical situations. Azusa Pacific University’s master’s in child life program prepares men and women for this special role, utilizing advanced academic preparation and hands-on experiences within a framework of Christian compassion.


Program Highlights

  • Flexible scheduling, with start times in spring and fall
  • Advanced Standing option for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) with a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as individuals who have successfully completed the 600 required internship hours.
  • Housed in the Department of Psychology, which emphasizes research and therapeutic skills
  • Can be completed in only 18 months, saving you time and money
  • Welcoming environment grounded in a Christian worldview


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).


University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


Advanced Standing

This option is available for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) with a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as individuals who have successfully completed the 600 required child life internship hours. To pursue the Advanced Standing option, you must provide proof of either a CL Certificate from the Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC), or complete the Child Life Clinical Experience Verification Form (PDF).


To view our website with more information the program format, financial aid, and admission requirements, please visit: apu.edu/childlife.


Child Life and Counseling Psychology Programs: What’s the Difference?

In addition to the M.S. in Child Life, APU offers an M.S. in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents. Learn more about the difference between these two programs to see which one is right for you.

Learn more about the program format and our faculty.

Inform and Lead Change with a Master’s in Research Psychology and Data Analysis

Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analysis program prepares you with the necessary experiences to be competitive for doctoral programs and pursue careers in psychological research. In this program, work one-on-one with faculty research advisors in a number of psychology-related areas, including substance abuse, social, clinical, cognitive, and more. Through faculty mentorship, relevant coursework, and the completion of a master’s thesis, you will acquire the research and statistical methods necessary to lead change in psychological research.

Choose to add an optional 9-unit concentration to further hone your expertise:

  • Data Analytics Concentration
  • Focus on statistical and data visualization techniques as you develop skills in statistical programming, including R and SAS, data visualization using Tableau, and data mining. This concentration helps prepare you for careers in business and data analytics.
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Organizational psychology, often called industrial/organizational psychology, considers the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors of people in the workplace. At the intersection of business and psychology, courses in this concentration help you discover your ability to diagnose organizational health; develop and implement change initiatives; administer and create job satisfaction surveys; increase employee morale and expand retention strategies; advance performance management programs; hire, train, and develop talent; and advise, coach, and build successful teams.
  • Marketing Research Concentration
  • Market research skills are in high demand. Prepare for applied psychology careers related to marketing as you learn conceptual and applied knowledge of marketing processes and the evaluation of products, services, and consumer behavior. Courses focus on marketing strategy and applying quantitative research methods and data analysis techniques within business and marketing contexts, using relevant marketing terminology and statistical software.

Graduates of the program are:

  • Scholars who bring together theory, research, statistics, and a concern for helping people.
  • Difference makers capable of communicating and implementing data-driven decisions that positively impact people’s lives.
  • Researchers competent in conducting advanced research projects that develop theoretical perspectives, address knowledge gaps, and further the field of psychology and related fields.
  • Ethical leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and a commitment to justice in their academic, organizational, business, and applied settings.
  • Deeply informed in regard to how to integrate the discipline of psychology with the Christian faith.

Growing Career Opportunities

Top companies are increasingly employing individuals with sophisticated skills in quantitative methods and data analytics, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting employment rates to increase by 12 percent for survey researchers and 19 percent for market research analysts from 2014 to 2024. LinkedIn.com listed “Statistical Analysis and Data Modeling” as Number 2 and “Data Presentation” as Number 8 among Top Skills of 2016.

What You Can Do With a Master’s Degree in Research Psychology

Research psychology may sound like a niche field, but gaining advanced skills in conducting psychological research and data analysis can open doors in many fields. Learn what you can do with a master’s degree in research psychology.

Program Highlights

  • Earn your master’s degree in as little as 11 months (18- and 24-month options available).
  • Learn to analyze data with confidence using popular statistical software, such as SPSS, R, and JMP.*
  • Receive hands-on, individual training with faculty research advisors.
  • Prepare for Ph.D. programs and the workforce by gaining research experience and collaborating on a publishable manuscript.
  • Optional JMP/SAS Joint Certificate in Research Methods.
  • Pursue your career and calling at a top Christian university.

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

To view our website with more information the program format, financial aid, and admission requirements, please visit: https://www.apu.edu/bas/programs/research-psychology-data-analysis/.