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Analyze the human experience to better serve others

By earning Judson’s Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to build a successful career in a variety of fields.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Apply clinical research methods to analyze emotion, thought, and human behavior
  • Integrate psychology theories and research findings with Christian principles
  • Start your career in one of many fields or continue on to graduate school

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Why Judson for your bachelor’s degree?

You could qualify to pay $0 out-of-pocket for tuition

Judson’s tuition is already lower than average for a private university. However, we want to make our Applied Psychology program even more affordable for you through our $0 out-of-pocket tuition program for qualified students. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for Pell Grants and the Monetary Award Program (MAP) offered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).
  • This is a legitimate financial aid offer made possible through Pell and MAP funding, along with generous contributions from Judson partners.

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What classes will I take?

As part of your 46 core credit hours, you’ll take career-centered courses that will teach you the skills you need inside and outside the classroom.

Course List
  • HSC 315 Applied Psychology
  • HSC 320 Life Span Development
  • HSC 321 Psychological Disorders
  • HSC 327 Psychological Tests and Measurements
  • HSC 331 Brain Development, Dynamics, and Disabilities
  • HSC 345 Applied Social Psychology
  • HSC 350A Human Sciences Field Experience: Introduction
  • HSC 350B Human Sciences Field Experience: Professional Development
  • HSC 350C Human Sciences Field Experience: Conclusion
  • HSC 365 Cultural Competence: Divergence or Deviance
  • HSC 392 Research Design and Analysis
  • HSC 420 Applied Positive Psychology
  • HSC 430 Statistical Theories and Applications
  • HSC 492 Integrated Learning Capstone for Human Services
  • LDB 481 Faith and Life Issues
  • LDB 301 Academic and Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • ORL 326 Organizational Behavior and Development

How long will it take to get my bachelor's degree?

You should plan on about 15 hours a week working on assignments outside of class. You only have to attend class one night a week. Most students complete this program within 2 years, but earning your degree may take longer if you don’t have credits to transfer.

Can I transfer my other college credits to Judson?

Yes, Judson accepts transfer credits from many sources. Our enrollment coaches will work one-on-one with you to take advantage of Judson’s generous transfer policy and get the most credit possible.


What jobs can I get with a psychology degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Nationally, employment of psychologists is projected to grow by 8% through 2030. However, this career requires additional training beyond this degree. Fortunately, many professions—even those in business—desire skills that you’ll learn in your psychology bachelor’s program.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and salaries like the following:

  • Probation specialist

    National Annual Mean Salary: $63,290

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $65,120

  • Mental health counselor

    National Annual Mean Salary: $53,490

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $52,480

  • Market research analyst

    National Annual Mean Salary: $76,080

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $68,920

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


How much will it cost?

$580

per credit hour
(120 credit hours required)

91%+

Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid

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Where will I take my classes?

  • Online

    Online

    Take classes from the comfort and safety of your own home.

  • Rockford Campus

    On-Campus

    Choose from two convenient campus locations in Elgin, IL or Rockford, IL.


What help can I get?

Enjoy personalized coaching, 24/7 tech help, and other valuable resources that offer you the support you need to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

  • 24/7 Tech Help
    24/7 Tech Help
  • Student Success Center
    Student Success Center
  • Financial Aid Services
    Financial Aid Services
  • Free Daycare at Rockford Campus
    Free Daycare at Rockford Campus
  • Designated Success Coach
    Designated Success Coach
  • Career Services
    Career Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students


What makes this program stand out?

  • 9:1

    Student-to-faculty ratio

  • Most Affordable

  • 87%

    Faculty members with a master’s degree or higher


How will an applied psychology degree benefit me?


How is the bachelor’s in applied psychology different from the bachelor’s in human services?


Judson’s bachelor’s degree programs in applied psychology and human services both teach you to address people’s needs, just in different ways.

Applied psychology

Learn fundamental elements of psychology and behavior; then apply that knowledge through problem-solving and intervention methods.

Human services

Develop and advocate for strategies to help vulnerable people overcome societal and environmental conditions that limit them.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services