Applied Psychology | Albright College

Applied Psychology

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Explore a wide range of interesting and relevant subjects, including human behavior, abnormal psychology, ethics, and more. As an applied psychology major in the School of Professional Studies at Albright, you won’t just learn theories – you’ll learn how to apply them to solve real-world issues and support the community you serve.

Because we know that juggling academics with your career and life can sometimes be challenging, we offer the full support of our tutors and academic coaches, should you need them.

A Focus on Research

Research is a critical component of the applied psychology curriculum. By delving deeper into subjects, you will learn how knowledge is acquired in a specific field, and you’ll apply your classroom learning in real-life contexts. Over the past decade, students in the School of Professional Studies have had more than 60 research presentations given at state, regional and national professional conferences. In addition, numerous faculty/student articles have been published.

Seamless Transition to Graduate School

If you plan to pursue your graduate degree, you will be happy to know that we have established regional articulation agreements with a number of local colleges and universities. These programs include a master’s in clinical and counseling psychology, a master’s in administration of human services, and a master’s in organizational development and leadership. Some of these agreements include a tuition discount for Albright College graduates. Source:

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Your Rewarding Career Awaits

A degree in applied psychology opens many doors within the fields of social services, nonprofits and corporate training, to name a few. If you’re planning to go on to graduate school, your applied psychology degree will give you the foundation you need to succeed.

From private-practice counselors to public social workers, you can find meaningful work using the skills you developed in psychology to help individuals and communities meet their maximum potential.

“The courses within the Organizational and Applied Psychology Program are rooted in the latest research and theories in the field. Students are provided the opportunity to apply this knowledge by conducting a final research project of their own.”

— Dr. Laura S. Gelety
Assistant Professor and Academic Program Chair of Applied Psychology, School of Professional Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available to qualifying students in the School of Professional Studies.

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How many courses do I need to complete my applied psychology degree?
To receive a bachelor of science in applied psychology, you must complete 31-course units. Each class lasts seven-and-a-half weeks.

Am I able to begin the applied psychology program from the start?
Yes. Whether you want to start your applied psychology degree or are already in the process of doing so, the Albright SPS program is ideally suited for you. You may transfer a maximum of 15 units.

Are online courses available?
Yes, courses are available in online asynchronous and synchronous formats. You may also take classes in person once COVID-19 restrictions pass.

How much does the program cost?
The price per course (unit) is $1,500 – or $375 per credit – with no additional fees. Books are not included in the price.

When may I start?
You have five opportunities per year to begin your undergraduate program in the School of Professional Studies. We offer two start dates in the fall, two in the spring and one in the summer.

What minors do you recommend to supplement my applied psychology major?
Albright College applied psychology students pursue a variety of minors to meet their unique interests and career goals. We recommend addiction studies.

What are the licensing requirements for a psychologist in Pennsylvania?
To be a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, the state board of psychology requires completion of a doctoral program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

Master’s degree recipients may be licensed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania if they meet the specified criteria as designated by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

Applied Psychology Curriculum Map

Below, you will find the current catalog of courses for the BS in Applied Psychology degree in the School of Professional Studies. In addition to the courses listed, you will also be required to take general education and elective classes.

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A degree in applied psychology opens the door to a wide range of rewarding careers.

APS 130Introduction to Topics, Research and History in PsychologyThe purpose of this course is to introduce students to selected content areas in psychology that will be examined from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
APS 230Organizational BehaviorThis course is designed to familiarize students with prominent social psychological theories in areas such as attribution, conformity and persuasion.
APS 240EthicsThis course is designed to teach the ethics code of the American Psychological Association. The ethics code will be reviewed and illuminated by vignettes, as well as actual case examples of ethical conflicts, ethical behavior and unethical behavior.
APS 250Group DynamicsThis course provides an overview of the historical and contemporary theories of human interaction in groups and research in the field of group dynamics.
APS 260Adult DevelopmentThis course will use the theoretical framework of life-span developmental psychology and the contextual model of development to review and discuss major conceptual approaches to the psychological study of normal adult development.
APS 330Human LearningThis course provides a comprehensive overview of topics relating to human learning, cognition and motivation.
APS 340Abnormal PsychologyThe purpose of this course is to introduce you to the domain of psychology that focuses primarily on the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
APS 360Professional DevelopmentStudents will review information learned in previous courses and begin to synthesize their academic experience with their career pursuits. Within this course, professional issues within applied psychology will be reviewed.
APS 370Research MethodsThis is the first course in a two-course sequence and is designed to teach the fundamentals of research methods and the statistical techniques used to interpret research results.
APS 380Quantitative MethodsThis is the second course in a two-course sequence and is designed to teach the fundamentals of research methods and the statistical techniques used to interpret research results.
APS 400Applied Research Project IIn this course, students will apply the concepts they have learned in the program in a capstone research project. Specifically, the course will focus on developing an applied research project..
APS 410Applied Research Project IIIn this course, students will complete the final steps in their research project. Students will enter their collected data; analyze and interpret the results; write the results, discussion and abstract sections of the final project report; and give a technology-based presentation of their completed project.

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