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Master of Arts in Psychology



The Master of Arts in Psychology, with specializations in Life Coaching and Positive Psychology or Industrial and Organizational Psychology, is designed to train students in the history, theory and research methods of psychology from a Christian faith perspective. Our program promotes not only development as a competent and ethical professional, but also encourages students to grow in all aspects of their lives, including work, health and relationships. This is a 30-credit hour, online program that can be completed in approximately one year. The MA in Psychology is appropriate both for students with a limited background in psychology and those who hold an undergraduate degree in the field. The program prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings, including life coaching, government, business, non-profits, industrial organizational psychology, and the church. Some students also use the program as a means to clarify their interest in professional psychology; others use it as a first step toward doctoral studies. While graduates can continue on for further study to become licensed mental health workers, this program is not intended to qualify students for independent practice as a licensed professional psychologist. Students should be aware that demonstrated ability for research or analysis is a critical requisite skill for this program. A research course or preparatory module may be advised if students do not satisfy preliminary standards.

Specialization in Life Coaching and Positive Psychology

The Specialization in Life Coaching and Positive Psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University applies the most current research and relevant principles of Positive Psychology to the practice of Life Coaching, both of which are emerging and exciting fields within psychology. “Positive psychology studies what makes life most worth living.” Psychology Today According to the Positive Psychology Institute, Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organizations to thrive. In the Life Coaching and Positive Psychology specializations, the principles of human flourishing are specifically applied to the process of Life Coaching, which is a growing profession that is distinct from consulting, mentoring, therapy, or counseling. Life Coaching addresses concerns relevant to the individual, including creative projects, business challenges and goals, personal life circumstances and transitions, and relationship dynamics. A Life Coach seeks to partner with clients in order to empower and inspire them to achieve their desired personal or professional dreams. Whether you are a credentialed professional seeking to transform your workplace or career or are building a foundation for further graduate study, the MA in Psychology with a Specialization in Life Coaching and Positive Psychology allows you to apply the topics most relevant to your interests and goals.

Specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I/O Psychology) is recognized as one of the fastest growing occupations, increasing by almost 53 percent over the next ten years (Occupational Handbook; Bureau of Labor and Statistics). I/O Psychology is primarily concerned with the study of workplace behavior. Graduates with degrees or specializations in I/O Psychology, therefore, focus on the overall improvement of organizational cultures, employee motivation and satisfaction, training, marketing and sales. In addition, I/O Psychology practitioners often apply research to increasing workplace productivity, selecting employees best suited for specific job placement, and product testing. Like many other subfields in psychology, I/O Psychology is very diverse and offers career opportunities in several different areas of the workplace such as academic and research positions, employee training, guest speaking and lecturing, assessing and improving organizational cultures and even human-computer interaction. Other jobs may include assessing company policies and reviewing and revising practices to enhance employee motivation and improve productivity.

Capstone Component

The Capstone Component is a distinctive feature of the MA in Psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University, helping you integrate academic and professional experiences throughout your coursework. With a capstone emphasis in each course, you will explore an area of personal passion and professional interest in both specializations that you will develop and implement in a culminating project.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the complete of this program, students will be able to:

1. Articulate the development of the field of psychology over time.

2. Demonstrate a professional identity through acts of service based upon current research in a specialization of psychology.

3. Integrate theoretical models of human bio-psychosocial and spiritual development with the concepts of flourishing.

4. Create a theoretical model of personality development and social interaction.

5. Describe the spectrum of mental health and well-being from both a traditional psychopathology and positive psychology perspectives.

6. Apply the principles of positive psychology to promote human flourishing.

Specialization in Life Coaching and Positive Psychology:

7. Articulate an ability to reflect on how positive psychology can enhance spiritual development.

8. Apply principles of positive psychology to the process of life coaching.

Specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology:

9. Apply ethical principles to organizational processes.

10. Apply theories of motivation to help employees develop their strengths in the workplace.

Capstone in Life Coaching and Positive Psychology or Industrial and Organizational Psychology

11. Synthesize the principles, theories and practices in a culminating project that improves the lives of others.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Specialization Credit Hours Tuition

Positive Psychology

30 Total $490 / credit hour

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

30 Total $490 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid: indwes.edu/financial-aid, 800-621-8667 x2516, or NonResAid@indwes.edu.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Core Courses


Specialization in Positive Psychology Courses


Specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology Courses



Below are the lists of requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Arts in Psychology program is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and requires no specific prerequisite courses. However, for admission to the program, it is necessary that students meet the following requirements and submit relevant documentation.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, verified on official transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  2. The bachelor's degree may be in any field and there are no pre-requisite courses that must be completed prior to starting the program.
  3. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  4. Two recommendations from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and professional competencies. Recent college graduates should have at least one academic recommendation. Applicants who have been out of college more than three years should submit professional recommendations.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of the 30-credit-hour course of studies with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum grade of "C" in all IWU graduate work. A grade of "C-" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  2. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application

  2. Transcripts

     Official transcripts are required showing the baccalaureate degree conferred. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
    For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the MA in Psychology program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.