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B.S. in Applied Psychology

What drives you? What drives human behavior? Discover both in applied psychology.

If you ask, “why do people act like that?,” you want more than a simple answer — you want to take it one step further. Applied psychology is about understanding how people think and act. With this understanding, you can solve complex problems of human behavior like mental wellness, workplace issues, or education. Saint Mary’s B.S. in Applied Psychology program will teach you how to motivate others to make positive life changes. And in the process, you’ll make a positive impact on yours.

In this practical psychology program — focusing on practice rather than research — you’ll get a strong background in behavioral science, research, and skills that will provide a valuable foundation to pursue a career in counseling, business, education, healthcare, and social services.

This online degree completion program focuses on how psychological concepts work in intervention, prevention, mental health treatment, and behavior modification, and can prepare you for graduate study in:

  • •Counseling
  • •Clinical or school psychology
  • •Other graduate programs, including business or law school

 

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Program Highlights

Solve today’s complex problems. By understanding psychology-based techniques to drive positive change, you can apply real-world solutions in business, education, and healthcare. In as little as two years, you’ll develop skills to pursue graduate programs in counseling, mental health, clinical or school psychology with an applied psychology degree.
By focusing on how to implement these theories, you’ll help create real-world solutions:

  • Human resource professionals can learn new methods for resolving conflicts.
  • Managers can explore how to handle group dynamics.
  • Communications professionals can learn to arrange their thoughts and write more clearly.
  • Mental health professionals can integrate supportive strategies to encourage self-sufficiency.

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36

credits

Transfer in up to 84 credits for required degree elective credits

$420

per credit

Start Dates

Online – January
Online – May
Online – August

Online

36

credits

Transfer in up to 84 credits for required degree elective credits

$420

per credit

Start Dates

Online – January
Online – May
Online – August

Online

Program Features

What Makes it Special

  • Complete this program in as little as two years
  • Most courses have free access to course materials

What You'll Learn

What You’ll Learn

  • Psychological principles and working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
  • Scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Innovative thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • Techniques for interpreting and designing basic psychological research
  • Ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Values that impact social change from local to global levels

Where You’ve Been. It's Just as Important as Where You’re Going

Prior credits earned, past work experience, military service. They all count toward finishing your degree. All of them. Get maximum credit for what you already know, so you’re not starting over — you’re finishing stronger. When we say “it’s never too late,” we mean it.

Whether you last went to school 30 years ago or you enrolled last year at technical college — transfer credits never expire. Submit your transcripts and we’ll get started creating a personalized B.S. in Applied Psychology degree plan for you. Find out how quickly you can earn your degree.

Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate

This B.S. in Applied Psychology program at Saint Mary’s follows the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.

Bridge the gap between individuals and the complex medical and social service systems by becoming a community health worker. Promote well-being through health education in your community by earning the optional Community Health Worker Certificate as you complete your bachelor’s degree.

Course Catalog

Career Outlook

Understanding human behavior equips you with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed in businesses, government agencies, and schools. A bachelor's degree in applied psychology can serve as a foundation to help you pursue a career as a clinical psychologist, counseling psychologist, marriage and family therapist, or social worker.*

*Graduate level education (master’s or doctorate) and a state-issued license are required to practice in these fields.

Behavioral Health Counselor

$48,520 per year*

Fundraiser

$60,660 per year*

Human Resource Specialist

$62,290 per year*

Community Service Manager

$74,000 per year*
15%

Community Service Manager job growth 2020-2030

Our Faculty

*Graduate level education (master’s or doctorate) and a state-issued license are required to practice in these fields.