An accelerated psychology degree program can lead to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Psychology, or a similar degree such as a bachelor's in psychology and counseling. Much like in a traditional on-campus psychology program, courses are designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of human behavior. Courses are often taught one or two at a time at an accelerated pace, rather than in full semester format. While some programs are offered fully online, others are blended with hands-on training that may include specific in-person requirements, depending on the program.
Many of these programs are offered through private, Christian colleges. They do not prepare graduates for licensure as psychologists. Instead, they are designed for students interested in working in the Christian ministry or in other fields where an in-depth knowledge of human behavior could be useful, such as public administration, social services, public relations, education or health care.
Depending upon the degree level and focus, students might take courses such as:
- Adult development and life assessment
- Social psychology
- Statistics for the behavioral and social sciences
- Theories of personality
- Research methods
- Physiological psychology
- Psychology of learning
- Abnormal psychology
Colorado Christian University
BS in Psychology
The major coursework for this accelerated program can be completed in as few as four semesters. Classes are delivered in 5-week blocks; students take one course at a time. Graduates are prepared to enter the college's Master of Arts in Counseling program. Students can apply up to 31 credits from life/learning experiences toward the BS degree. Courses are taught by professors who are also professionals in their fields.
The curriculum for this 120-credit hour program includes online coursework in communication, biblical studies and general education. The 36-unit core sequence of psychology courses includes environmental psychology, interpersonal relationships and research methodology, to name a few topics. Students also take 33 credit hours of electives.
BS in Psychology & Counseling
Mid-Continent's program allows students to log in anytime to access course material. Students take two classes at a time in ten-week blocks, attending the program as an online cohort community. Students can complete the major coursework for the program in as few as 20 months. They have direct access to professors and take courses in Christian worldviews, abnormal psychology, personality theory, marriage and family, quantitative methods and psychology of religion, along with other psychology and general education courses.
Le Tourneau University
MA in Psychology
This flexible curriculum consists of 35 credit hours of required and elective coursework, plus a practicum. The program is designed for those wishing to work in a Christian ministry setting and does not lead to licensure as a psychologist or mental health professional. Coursework for the program includes topics in counseling skills, family assessment, group counseling and lifespan development. Students also take electives from the areas of psychology, business and Bible studies.
It is possible to earn an online bachelor's or master's degree in psychology at an accelerated pace, but it is important to note that these programs are typically aimed at students who are looking to study both psychology and Christian ministry. Schools that offer these programs include Colorado Christian University, Mid-Continent University, and Le Tourneau University.