The schools in this article may be considered some of the best Christian institutions for psychology due to the variety of undergraduate and graduate psychology programs on offer as well as the availability of hands-on learning opportunities or online formats. Here we discuss a few of these top schools and their psychology programs more in depth.
California, Texas and Virginia are some of the states that offer a few of the top Christian colleges for psychology. Find out more about a few of these schools, including their undergraduate tuition rates, in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Azusa Pacific University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Azusa, CA||$37,506|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310|
|Faulkner University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Montgomery, AL||$20,970|
|LeTourneau University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Longview, TX||$29,320|
|Houston Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Houston, TX||$31,730|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Top Christian Universities for Psychology
Most of the top Christian psychology programs provide students with research and internship experiences in the field. The schools that offer these programs vary in size and help students grow spiritually in various ways. Learn more about some of these schools' programs and why they are some of the best.
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University in California had about 5,670 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university offers a minor in psychology as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science (MS) in Research Psychology and Data Analysis, a master's and educational specialist degree in educational and school psychology, and a master's and doctoral degree in clinical psychology. The school's Department of Psychology provides students with internship opportunities, hands-on laboratory research experiences and individual research opportunities. Students are encouraged to grow in their faith through chapel services with guest speakers, discipleship groups, peer mentoring opportunities and leadership opportunities, like Senior Class Mentors or Senior Chapel Intern.
Virginia's Liberty University offers an Associate of Arts in Psychology, a BS in Biopsychology and a BS in Psychology with 11 different concentrations, including criminal psychology and sport psychology. Graduate students can choose from a Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Psychology and an MS in Psychology. Depending on the concentration, a few of the BS in Psychology programs are available online; the MA in Applied Psychology and its two concentrations are only offered online. Psychology students are encouraged to participate in internships, psychology study abroad trips, Psychology Club and/or Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology. Spiritual life on campus includes convocations, campus worship services, Bible studies, online spiritual resources, mission trips, local service opportunities and access to spiritual leadership, like Community Group Leaders. As of 2017, the university had a little more than 45,750 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
Students at Faulkner University in Alabama can invest in their spiritual lives by attending daily chapel services, campus devotionals and Bible studies. They can also participate in ministries and religious clubs, such as Woman-to-Woman ministries or Christians in Action club. The university had around 2,670 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. Students can pursue an on-campus or online bachelor's degree program in psychology with one of seven different concentrations (most concentrations are available online), including forensic psychology, counseling psychology and industrial/organizational (business) psychology. Although the school does not offer graduate programs specifically in psychology, many students pursue the school's MS in Counseling or MA in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry. Students may also participate in Psi-Chi Honor Society or Psychology Club.
LeTourneau University in Texas had about 2,610 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. On campus, the university offers an undergraduate degree program in counseling psychology as well as a BA and BS in Psychology. Students can also pursue a BS in Psychology or an MA in Psychology online. Students at the undergraduate level are encouraged to participate in internships for hands-on learning and can also choose from several study abroad opportunities, including culture-crossing programs involving Latin American and Middle Eastern studies and culture-shaping programs situated in locations like Nashville, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Students can further develop their faith through chapel speakers, prayer and praise services, online devotionals or floor devotionals (in the residence halls), Life Groups and mission trips.
Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University in Texas offers a BA in Psychology and three different psychology MA programs - a traditional MA, a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) track and a LSSP re-specialization track. The traditional MA in Psychology is available online, and students in the undergraduate program have opportunities to learn in a variety of settings, including externships, field placements, computer labs and student groups, like Psi Chi Honor Society. The university encourages spiritual growth by requiring Community Life and Worship credits that students can earn through participation in spiritual activities, such as convocation, Bible studies, Baptist Student Ministry events, mission trips and community outreach opportunities. According to the NCES, the university had close to 2,320 undergraduate students in 2017.