Looking for an online psychology degree at a Christian college is not as difficult as some may think. Many of the Christian schools across the nation have implemented psychology as one of the standard offerings for their online programs. Below, we'll look at some of the course offerings in these online psychology programs.
When looking at online programs, you'll find that the tuition costs are typically different than the campus costs. The following table looks at the online psychology program tuition per credit, rather than a year's worth of tuition.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Crown College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christ and Missionary Alliance Church||Saint Bonifacius, MN||$450 per credit|
|Houghton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wesleyan||Houghton, NY||$500 per credit|
|King University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Bristol, TN||$305 per credit|
|William Jessup University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Other Protestant||Rocklin, CA||$410 per credit|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$390 per credit|
Source: *College websites
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Overview of Christian Colleges with Online Psych Programs
Enrolling in an online program allows for freedom in your studies and allows a good work/life balance. However, you may find that you do not feel as spiritually connected when not surrounded by a campus full of ministry activities. All of the following schools make sure to provide opportunities for you to still partake in chapel services or other ministerial programs.
At Crown College, the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program is available online. This program will prepare you to continue your education with a master's degree in counseling or social work. You may also add a minor concentration to this program, such as drug and alcohol counseling. The courses for this program will look at topics such as developmental psychology, social science research methods, personality, social psychology, counseling methods, and crisis intervention. You'll take about 39 credits worth of psychology courses on top of your Christian studies and core courses. To weave faith and service into your education, there is a service requirement for graduation. All students, even online students, must complete service credits in different ministries. For a bachelor's degree, you must complete four credits (no more than one each semester).
In January 2018, Houghton College began three new concentrations for their online psychology program: clinical/counseling, social/developmental, and neuroscience. These three concentrations can be completed in as little as 18 months. Depending on the concentration you decide to focus in, course topics will vary a bit; however, there will be some overlap. Some course topics will range in:
- Psychology of religion
- Human sexuality
- Brain and behavior
- Social cognition
- Drugs and behavior
At Houghton, chapel attendance is mandatory. However, there is an exemption for those who study off campus full time, like with an online program. Chapel services are recorded, though, so you are encouraged to listen even if you are exempt from attending.
All online psychology courses at King University are comparable to the on-campus counterparts. The online program consists of 48 semester hours, or 12 courses, in the subject of psychology. To complete an entire degree program, you'll need to complete 124 hours of courses. Along with completing your program and general requirement courses, all King University students must take the Outcomes Assessment at King (OAK) through the student portal. This is an assessment of 75 questions. Similar to other requirements at many Christian colleges, chapel attendance is required and monitored for traditional students. For off-campus students, these attendances are still required. Chapel can be watched online at the King University website. Check with the Office of Registration and Records for how to meet your attendance requirements.
William Jessup University
In 2018, U.S. News & World Report named William Jessup University the fourth best value school in the West. This can be seen with the use of their affordable online programs, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. This program is 128 credits, and can be completed in three to four years, depending on your dedication to online courses. The online program also includes an internship so that you can gain hands-on experience with a counseling center. Some of the courses you'll find during this program include biopsychology, cognitive psychology, psychology and Christian thought, relationships, and abnormal psychology. Chapel is required three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for full-time students. It can be watched online live.
Using 8-week courses, Liberty University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology can be completed 100% online. In fact, all textbooks are available electronically, which saves you on the cost of books as well. The Liberty online psychology program has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). You'll study topics such as behavior modification, multicultural counseling, and physiological psychology. Though attending Liberty online may limit your opportunities to go on campus (if you live too far away) for service. There is a strong online community that tries to keep you involved and spiritually cleansed. The video library has tons of devotionals and online videos to keep you involved. You can also submit prayer requests online or find counseling services.