Top 10 Psychology Degree Programs 2017

top-10-psychology-colleges-and-universities-2017The study of the mind is important; and it is not exclusive to secular schools.  Like Biology, the study of Psychology is an exercise in discernment of God’s creation – the human mind.  From understanding environmental and physical impacts as well as emotions and perceptions on how people reason and think, it becomes an exercise in exploring the distinction between man and animals.  Some may consider Psychology to be a study of the human soul, while others seek to distinguish reason from instinct.  Whatever the motivation or specific discipline, the study of Psychology and its related fields is truly the study of man’s existence.  Christian Universities Online (CUO) is happy to present the Top 10 Christian College Psychology Degree Programs for 2017.  When considering a major, it is critical to include as many options as practical.  By creating this shortlist of Psychology Degree programs that warrant a closer look, we desire to assist in the decision-making process by completing some of the research for you.  CUO has researched, compiled and reviewed the data in order to present this list of the best of the best when it comes to the study of Psychology and its related fields. Our hope is to help students make their best choice when selecting a school to earn their degree in Psychology.

The methodology for this ranking began with collection all colleges and universities that are either members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or be member eligible.  Our next step was to collect publicly available data for each of these schools in the following categories: 1) Number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the biological fields, 2) Faculty-to-student ratio, 3) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 4) Selectivity, 5) Overall retention rate and 6) Overall graduation rate.  Weights were assigned to each of these categories with the category of the number of degree programs having a slightly higher weight than the other categories.  Lastly, an overall score was calculated for each school.

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Whitworth University

Located in Spokane, Washington, Whitworth University is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.  Established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, the University was originally located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, having been renamed in honor of its founder. In 1899 the college relocated to Tacoma and in 1914 moved again, this time to its current location of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University and the name was officially adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and college, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Continuing Studies. In the area of Psychology, Whitworth offers a single degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Offered through the Department of Psychology, the program follows the scientist-practitioner model and is designed to develop breadth as well as depth of knowledge in the core areas of psychology. Students in Whitworth University’s psychology program participate in research and gain experience by working in the community.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Northwest University

Northwest University is a regionally accredited Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. Established in 1934 by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, the University was originally known as the Northwest Bible Institute. The Institute experienced changed names multiple times before settling on its current title in 2005. Today, Northwest University’s mission is to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” The University’s campus includes 56 semi-wooded acres which overlook beautiful Lake Washington. Just minutes away from the city of Seattle, students at Northwest University have access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. Northwest University is neighbors with some of the most successful companies and organizations of this century, including Google, Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, which provide fantastic opportunities for internship and careers.

Northwest University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, including 1,500 undergraduates, and boasts a low student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered in addition to Adult Evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. Northwest University has much to offer in the area of Psychology, programs cover all graduate levels from baccalaureate to doctorate are available including a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (offered in both traditional residential classes or in an online format) with concentrations in the areas of Counseling Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Marriage and Family studies, Organizational Behavior, or General Psychology; a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology; and a Doctorate of Psychology in Counseling Psychology. A psychology minor is also available to interested students.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology

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Simpson University

Located in Redding, California on a suburban 92 acre campus, Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Simpson University is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was established in 1921 by W.W. Newberry. Originally known as the Simpson Bible Institute, the school was named in honor of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Presbyterian minister, pioneer of the Bible institute movement and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Simpson University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.” The only Christian university located north of Sacramento, Simpson University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,300, including more than 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Simpson University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1969. Simpson University offers a wide range of liberal arts and professional degree programs through its School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing as well as several graduate-level programs, adult degree-completion programs, and non-degree certificates through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), the  School of Education, the School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. In the area of Psychology, Simpson University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (available in a traditional residential program or in an online format), an Adult Degree Completion Psychology program (available as either a 12-month on-campus program or as a 16-month online program), as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree program. Simpson University’s Psychology programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of students and to prepare them for a variety of career paths.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

7

College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks (commonly referred to as C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located on a 1,000 acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Since its founding in 1907 C of O has followed a highly unique practice of having students work to earn their keep rather than pay tuition. Through the combination of state grants, scholarships and the school’s on-campus work program students are charged a grand total of $0 in tuition costs, earning the College nickname of “Hard Work U”. Placing a strong emphasis on “character” education, C of O is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, especially students who are found worthy but lack the means to obtain such an education. C of O openly discourages debt and does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs; the university further leads by example and has no institutional debt of any kind.

College of the Ozarks is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, the College of the Ozarks offers a variety of academic programs with more than 25 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. Both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science, as well as a minor, are available in the area of Psychology. Offered through the College’s Psychology Department, the mission and focus of the department is to “prepare students to evaluate psychology concepts from a biblically-informed Christian Worldview, to be intelligent consumers of research and to possess pre-professional knowledge and skills.” Students are instructed in both the theoretical and practical dimensions of psychology and participate in a number of experiential courses as well as in community-based internships.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Messiah College

Located about eight miles outside of Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences. Founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church, the school was originally known as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. By 1921 the school had evolved into a junior college and by 1951 had developed its own four-year college program, prompting the new name of Messiah College to be adopted in order to better reflect the school’s offerings. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. In 1963 Messiah College was granted accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Messiah College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”

More than 80 majors and several pre-professional programs are offered at Messiah College as well as nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. The College is divided into four schools, each of which house multiple departments, including the School of Arts, the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, the School of Humanities, the School of Science, Engineering and Health, plus Interdisciplinary Areas of study. In the area of Psychology, Messiah College offers three baccalaureate degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with an optional Clinical Psychology concentration), and a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology which may be paired with a Master Science in Occupational Therapy degree. Offered through Messiah College’s Psychology Department, professors seek to educate and train students in an “environment that encourages students to solidify the integration of their Christian faith and the professional field of psychology.”

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology

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Wheaton College

Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was established in 1860. Well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results, Wheaton College is the alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper. Out of Wheaton College’s total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 (including nearly 2,500 undergraduates),  7% of students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”

Wheaton College holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Wheaton College offers a wide array of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is comprised of several departments and a Graduate School, including the Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. In the area of Psychology, Wheaton College offers a Psychology majors with emphases available in Development Psychology, Social Psychology, Clinical or Counseling Psychology, and Neuroscience. A Doctor of Psychology is also available in the area of Clinical Psychology and is one of only six Christian doctoral programs in clinical psychology in the United States to be accredited by the American Psychological Association. Wheaton College’s mission is to train psychology students to “pursue justice, serve with excellence and develop holistically.” Students participate in research and 100% of students matched for Doctor of Psychology pre-doctoral internship for four consecutive years.

  • Psychology Major
  • Doctor of Psychology

4

Faulkner University

Located in state capitol, Montgomery, Alabama, on an 84 acre campus, Faulkner University is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Faulkner University was founded in 1942 as the Montgomery Bible School. In 1953 the school’s name had changed to the Alabama Christian College and in 1965 the College moved to its present-day location. In 1985 the school achieved university status and adopted its current name of Faulkner University in honor of longtime supporter and chairman of the board, Dr. James H. Faulkner, Sr. Today, Faulkner University’s mission is to “glorify God through education of the whole person, emphasizing integrity of character in a caring, Christian environment where every individual matters every day.” Faulkner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1971.

Faulkner University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students. Faulkner University offers more than 70 degree programs through its several colleges, centers and institutes, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, the College of Business and Executive Education, the Faulkner Law, the Council of Scholars, the Christian Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts, the Institute for Faith and Academy, the Cloverdale Center for Family Strengths, and the Center for Dispute Resolution. In the area of Psychology, Faulkner University offers a range of undergraduate programs, including Bachelor of Science degrees in Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, General/ Clinical Psychology, Health and Rehabilitation Psychology, and Sports Psychology, all of which are available in either traditional residential or online formats.

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science General/Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Sports Psychology

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LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. Called after founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, the State of Texas chartered the school, originally known as LeTourneau Technical Institute, in February of 1946. LETU was originally established in order to meet the educational needs of G.I.s who had returned home after World War II; the institution’s scope soon expanded, however, and it has only continued to grow as the years pass. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at educational centers located in Dallas and Houston as well as online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

LeTourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. The University though especially known for its engineering programs, LETU offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a wide range of subjects, including many degree programs which are available entirely online. In the area of Psychology, the University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (available in either a traditional residential or online format); a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology; a Master of Arts in Psychology; and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy – Psychology. Programs in Psychology are offered through LETU’s School of Psychology and Counseling and are designed to educate students a manner that is grounded in a Biblical worldview and strives to “conduct training in an intentional community of faith to balance spiritual, personal, professional, and interpersonal growth and development.”

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • MAMFT – Counseling Psychology

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 1971 as Liberty Baptist College by Dr. Jerry Falwell, the institution achieved university status in 1976 – just five years after being established. Today, a highly ranked institution, Liberty University has grown to be the fifth largest university in the United States and the largest Christian university in the world. The University’s 7,000 acre campus is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.”

Liberty University has a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000 – including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Accreditation is held through Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Liberty University offers an incredible number of degree programs ranging from associate’s to doctoral in a wide range of areas – many programs are available in both traditional and online formats. In the area of Psychology, Liberty University has much to offer with an online Associate of Arts degree in Psychology with an optional Christian Counseling concentration; a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology; a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (offered as both a residential or online program); a Minor in Psychology program; and a Master of Science in Psychology (also offered as either a residential or online program).

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology
  • Master of Science in Psychology

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, located in Azusa, California. Founded in 1899, APU was established by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, California as the first Bible college on the West Coast, known as Training School for Christian Workers. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination are diminished as APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU relocated to its present-day campus in 1949. Today, APU boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools, including the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). In the area of Psychology, APU offers two baccalaureate degrees – both a traditional Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as an adult degree completion program – and several graduate degrees, including a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family; Master of Science in Organizational Psychology; Master of Science in Psychology; and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology: Family Psychology.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Science in Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology: Family Psychology

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