Program Details

Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 36
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Study the Psychology of Personal Growth and Development

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching degree helps you use your background knowledge in psychology, sociology and counseling to help others achieve their goals and maximize their own potential in life. This emerging College of Humanities and Social Sciences program is ideal for anyone interested in a new career through an advanced degree, or who desires additional, focused education beyond a master's in psychology, sociology, counseling or communications.

Techniques and methods learned can immediately help others maximize their time, talents and interests through mentoring and coaching. Strong emphases are placed on cognition, motivation, psychology, leadership theory, communication, data analysis and responses to psychology and sociology.

Degree Outcomes

Help Peers Reach their Vast Potential

The life coaching psychology degree program encourages you to explore advanced cognitive theory, observe individuals inside or outside organizations, formulate recommendations based on feedback and ultimately implement efficient, ethical coaching strategies. Applying both individual and organizational improvement tactics can enhance your own understanding of others' needs and motivations. It also offers a more objective perspective in recommending changes to others’ goals, patterns and cognitive processes.

A capstone project concludes the master's in psychology with an emphasis in life coaching program to help you put together your learned concepts and strategies. Exploring issues, trends and people's experiences and successes in their respective fields can help your project topic of choice in assessing strengths and weakness, and making subsequent recommendations for improvement.

What You Will Learn

Enhance Cognition and Motivation

As part of this MS in psychology with an emphasis in life coaching psychology degree program, you study:

  • Comparisons between coaching, psychology, cognition and counseling
  • Coaching techniques and skills for individuals and organizations
  • Creating and interpreting assessments
  • Ethics
  • Research and statistics

Career Outcomes

Explore Entrepreneurial and Organizational Careers

Diverse populations of individuals, groups and professional organizations solicit the growing field of life coaching for themselves and employees. With a life coaching psychology degree, you can work as an entrepreneur within a private, government or educational organization. Or, expose yourself to a variety of peer occupations that need your services: entrepreneurs interested in building a business, individuals contemplating changing careers and people or whole organizations in search of better life balance.

Program Domains

Course List

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36 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
36 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course serves as the foundation for advanced graduate study in the field of psychology. Professional skill development, such as critical thinking, scholarly writing, and literature reviewing are covered, as well as contemporary ethical issues in the field of psychology, including issues in research, writing, psychotherapy, forensic psychology, and animal research.

Course Description

This course is a study of social, group, and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior. Attention is given to the development of attitudes, leadership roles, group thinking, sources of conflict, altruism, attraction, effects of competition and cooperation, analysis and evaluation of propaganda techniques, and the influence of mass communication on social awareness and control.

Course Description

This course covers the differences and similarities between coaching and other social services fields, such as counseling, psychology, or social work. Students learn the principle theories influencing the field of coaching as well as fundamental coaching skill.

Course Description

This course provides a deeper look into coaching for individuals. It covers skills, models, and techniques specific to working with individuals and competencies of coaching. Students learn the basics of developing a professional coaching plan and niche development.

Course Description

This course provides a study of theories of probability, descriptive and inferential analyses of data, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods.

Course Description

This course emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of experimental design and research methodology at the graduate level, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed designs.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of executive coaching provided within the business/organization as well as the ethical considerations specific to this field.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of assessments commonly used in the coaching field. Students will develop an understanding of administration and interpretation of assessments as well as how to provide professional feedback relevant for real life application.

Course Description

This course prepares students to enter their prospective career and/or continue their education in psychology. Students will explore occupations and leaders in the various psychological fields, formulate and compile their experiences and achievements, and construct a roadmap for success. Original research ideas will be solidified and presented.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (20 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.