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Graduate Programs

Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

This is a secondary authorization that enables the physical education teacher to teach students ranging from preschool through adult school, conduct assessments, and report findings through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process.

Child Life, MS

Child life specialists are allied healthcare professionals who support children and their families facing challenging experiences, particularly traumatic medical situations. Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Science in Child Life program prepares men and women for this special role.

Available Online

Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

This practitioner-scholar program combines science and practice, preparing individuals to practice as psychologists. The PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meets California licensure requirements.

Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy, MA (MFT)

Theory and hands-on practice prepares counselors to work with individuals, couples, and families by integrating ethics and psychotherapy. The program meets California licensure requirements.

College Counseling and Student Development, MS

This program has a rich history of more than 40 years, and its balance of theory and practice prepares graduates for the exciting and ever-changing field of working with today's college students. This cohort-based program can be completed on site in Azusa in two years of internships and coursework. The culminating capstone experience allows students to synthesize their new knowledge for their professional application—for those new to the field and those seeking professional advancement.

Designed to meet the growing need for psychologists who can support the mental health of children and youth, the MS in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Child and Adolescents equips graduates to pursue LPCC licensure in California and work in both public and private mental health settings.

Available Online

Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education

The Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education is designed for educators and leaders who already have a master’s degree and wish to deepen their knowledge and application of a strengths development model to their work in higher education.

Higher Education Leadership, EdD

Qualifies graduates for leadership roles in colleges and universities, especially in student development, academic support, and institutional administration. This is a three-year, 51-unit, cohort-based program offered on the Azusa campus for one week each June and nine weekends a year (Fridays and Saturdays).

Online: Low Residency at Azusa (main campus)

Higher Education, PhD

The PhD in Higher Education develops scholars who are able to conduct original research and interpret and communicate the results of that research through their writing, teaching, and leadership. This is a 62-unit, cohort-based program offered on the Azusa campus for two weeks each July and January for four years.

Online: Low Residency at Azusa (main campus)

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Azusa Pacific’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program equips social work professionals for careers dedicated to improving the lives of others in a variety of settings, including advanced-level practitioners, clinicians, supervisors, and managers, as well as leadership roles in community and program development. A combination of rigorous coursework and internship opportunities provide the tools you’ll need to help others thrive. Full-time, part-time, and Advanced Standing options are available.

This program offers the following areas of study: Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families and Community Leadership and Program Administration.


PPS Credential in School Social Work

The PPS Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance is a practice specialization that prepares graduates for employment in social work services within P-12 school settings.

Physical Education, MA, and Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

Designed for candidates who possess a teaching credential in physical education and who seek to teach both adapted physical education and general physical education at the K–12 and community college levels.

Available Online

Physical Education, MA, and Single Subject Teaching Credential

Build the skills needed to teach physical education and coach at the K-12, junior college, and four-year university levels. Coursework covers advanced topics in physical education, ranging from sociological and ethical issues to leadership and administration. Note: Only the master’s portion of this program is available online.

Physical Education, MS

Prepares candidates to advance their careers, increase their marketability, and gain opportunities in a variety of positions connected to physical education, athletics, and exercise science.

This program offers the following areas of study: Sport Management (also online).


Physical Therapy, DPT

Emphasizes the scientific basis of human structure and movement, the spiritual basis of human worth, and the integration of these elements into a comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment. Graduates gain a solid generalist perspective of patient care in a variety of professional treatment settings.

Rehabilitation and Movement Science, PhD

The PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Science program prepares leaders to improve health and rehabilitation outcomes through research and education. This hybrid PhD program is completed primarily online, with two, one-week sessions on campus per year.

Online: Low Residency at Azusa (main campus)

Research Psychology and Data Analysis, MS

The Master of Science in Research Psychology and Data Analysis program prepares students with the advanced skills and experiences to be competitive for doctoral programs and pursue careers in psychological research. Work one-on-one with faculty research advisors in a number of psychology-related areas, including substance abuse, social, clinical, cognitive, and more.

This program offers the following areas of study: Counseling Psychology, Data Analytics, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Public Health.


Substance Use Disorders Certificate

For individuals with an MFT degree, the Substance Use Disorders certificate allows you to expand your skills and establish a competency that historically has only been afforded to those working in the substance use disorders field. As primary care physicians, mental health providers, and substance use providers coalesce into whole person care, you will be a part of cutting-edge treatment.

Note: This information is current for the 2024-25 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.