Christian Colleges with Doctoral Degrees in Psychology: How to Choose

Offered as either a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), psychology doctoral degree programs are offered by only six American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Christian colleges in the nation. These programs try to relate to and help psychological patients from a religious perspective.

How to Select a Christian Psychology School

Those who wish to earn a doctoral degree in psychology from a Christian college can find a limited selection of Ph.D. and PsyD programs. These courses of study may be pursued at six accredited Christian colleges and universities through their schools of psychology.

Things to consider:

  • Emphasis of Christianity varies by each school, along with amount of integration into the curriculum.
  • Know whether or not you want to pursue a Ph.D. or a PsyD and which of them, if not both, a school has.
  • Programs may differ between specializing in clinical psychology or counseling psychology, which offer slightly different career paths.

Program Overviews

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Students interested in establishing their own private practices, becoming consultants or working as program administrators may be interested in a PsyD program. The PsyD is the more commonly offered of the two degrees amongst Christian colleges and is designed to prepare students for interactive work in the field of psychology. A doctoral dissertation will most likely be required for graduation, as well as field training, a clinical practicum or a clinical internship. Students might take such courses as:

  • Religion and psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Clinical assessment
  • Multicultural psychotherapy

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Students who wish to pursue research opportunities or careers as an educator may be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology. Ph.D. programs are more scientifically oriented, but will also include training in the clinical, face-to-face setting. Courses might be taken in:

  • Research design
  • Psychometry
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Test administration
  • Ethics

Christian Schools with Doctoral Degrees in Psychology

College/University Institution Type
Wheaton College 4-year, Private
Regent University 4-year, Private
George Fox University 4-year, Private
Fuller Theological Seminary 4-year, Private
Biola University 4-year, Private
Azusa Pacific University 4-year, Private

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