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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology

Positively impact the lives of others with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology. By studying at Judson University, you’ll learn how to analyze human behavior and find real-life solutions—in other words, you’ll put psychology to work.

While enrolled in this program, you’ll have hands-on experience to develop valuable skills and gain in-depth knowledge—all so you can focus on what matters most: growing in your career.


How will an applied psychology degree benefit me?


What will I learn in this program?


Our courses are designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to build a successful career. While studying applied psychology at Judson, you’ll:

  • Use clinical research methods to analyze emotion, thought, and human behavior
  • Be prepared to enter the social services field—or continue on to graduate school
  • Learn to integrate psychology theories and research findings with Christian principles

“Because of my psychology degree, I can determine what motivates people and what matters to them, and I can work out what will make them happy.”

Lisa Petrina
BA Applied Psychology


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. Some of the classes you might take include:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Brain Development, Dynamics, and Disabilities
  • Cultural Competence: Divergence or Deviance
  • Faith and Life Issues
  • Human Sciences Field Experience
  • Interpersonal Communication and Relationships
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Lifespan Development
  • Organizational Behavior and Development
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychological Tests and Measurement
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Statistical Theories and Applications

What makes this program stand out?

  • 9:1

    Student-to-faculty ratio

  • Top Christian Counseling Degree

  • 87%

    Faculty members with a master’s degree or higher


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


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.


How much will it cost?

$545

per credit hour
(120 credit hours required)

99%+

Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid

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What jobs can I get with a psychology degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

More than 450,000 jobs nationwide require a bachelor’s in psychology, and the industry is expected to grow 11% within the next 10 years. Aside from jobs in the social sciences, many professions—even those in business—require skills that you’ll learn as a psychology major.

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

  • Probation specialist

    National Annual Mean Salary: $56,630

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $64,300

  • Mental health counselor

    National Annual Mean Salary: $46,050

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $43,380

  • Market research analyst

    National Annual Mean Salary: $71,450

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $62,380

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“In the psychology program, I learned how to do research, how to prioritize, how to ask questions, and how to give it your all and never give up.”

Robin Snodgrass
BA Applied Psychology


Why choose Judson for a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology?

Made for working adults

Judson’s Division of Professional Studies classes only meet one night each week, with coursework that provides short- and long-term career benefits. Complete classes online or on campus in Elgin or Rockford—whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology is taught on our Rockford and Elgin campuses, and online.

Choose the location that works best with your schedule.

  • Rockford Campus

    Rockford Campus
    200 Y. Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois

  • Online

    Online

  • Elgin Campus

    Elgin Campus
    1151 North State Street, Elgin, Illinois

Free child care at the Rockford campus

To help you focus on what matters most, Judson has partnered with the YMCA to provide free child care during class to students who attend the Rockford campus.

Resources that will help you succeed

Success coaches, 24/7 help desk support, tutoring services, and more are always close by to set you up for success inside and outside the classroom.

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

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students