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B.A. in PsychologyDedicated to
Helping Others Thrive

PROGRAM START DATES

Spring 2024

Classes start on Mar. 13, 2024

Fall 2024

Classes start on Aug. 28 and Oct. 23, 2024

Format

  • Online & On Campus

Credit Hours

  • 120 with up to 90 hours in transfer credits possible


Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Expand your knowledge of the human mind and behavior and develop skills to positively influence others with a Bachelors degree in psychology. One of the nation’s growing, highly valued degrees, A Cornerstone University bachelors degree in psychology allows you to blend a profound purpose to serve others with future career opportunities within clinical, industrial, medical, ministry and organizational sectors.

Cornerstone’s accredited bachelors in psychology degree—offered online and on-campus —combines the theories and science of human behavior with practical skills alongside Christian faith integration to form a holistic mind, body, spirit framework. It is the first step toward a future master’s and Ph.D. required for clinical practice or toward a rewarding career in counseling, social work, legal studies, human services, health care, church ministry and more. What is the value of this degree to your future?

  • Learn the science and practice of psychology, human behavior, organizational psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, research and statistics, and practical applications for individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Faculty are real-world experts and practitioners in psychology, counseling and research in this science-based degree program that integrates a Christian worldview.
  • Challenging courses offered 100% online or on campus to fit your busy life. Strengths in math and science can provide a solid foundation for success.
  • You can transfer up to 90 credit hours to complete your degree.



Why Choose An Affordable, Accredited Psychology Degree from Cornerstone University?

Academic quality, experienced faculty and respected accreditations are essential for psychology degree marketability and personal development to propel your life forward. Cornerstone University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the university offers over 75 in-demand degrees with decades of experience delivering high quality traditional and online education.

What sets Cornerstone apart for over 80 years is our mission and commitment to provide the most excellent academic education, grounded in Christian scripture, taught by industry professionals who are relevant to psychology today. Preparing bold, Christ-centered, influential leaders in psychology and other important fields includes our commitment to an outstanding, enriching student experience from start to degree completion.

Join Cornerstone’s beautiful Christian community of faculty, staff and over 17,000 alumni who share your values, your faith and your passion to create a bold, hopeful future:

  • Leading psychology and counseling faculty with real-world experience and one-on-one student support to prepare you for your profession and inspire your spiritual growth.
  • One of the most affordable bachelor’s degrees per credit hour in private, nonprofit higher education.
  • Free student support resources, including writing, math and more.
  • The Well is a dedicated free mental health counseling center on campus to serve students, reflecting a deep commitment to spiritually grounded mental health.
  • A team of knowledgeable advisers to guide you from application to graduation!

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Official college and/or military transcripts
  • CLEP and DANTES transcripts (if applicable)
  • Signed CU Confession statement

100%

Of psychology graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

15:1

Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

100%

Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Concentrations

The on-campus psychology program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Child and Adolescent Services Concentration

The child and adolescent services concentration prepares you to work in a variety of human service roles that focus on children, adolescents and families. Your course work and related experiences will focus on child and adolescent development, creative therapeutic approaches for children and families and the contexts that impact children and adolescents.

If you desire to work with children, adolescents and families in agency, counseling and ministry settings, consider adding this emphasis to your program of study.

Psychology: Child and Adolescent Services Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Counseling Concentration

The counseling concentration prepares you to support and encourage the health and development of children, adults and families in a variety of workplace and ministry environments. You’ll examine, explore and critique psychological ideas, theories and applications from a Christian perspective. In addition, you’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to work, volunteer, internship and professional experiences throughout West Michigan.

At Cornerstone, our program is unique because:

  • Faculty hold decades of experience in counseling, school-based practice and research.
  • Students complete an original research project and APA research paper, with the opportunity to present at local, state and national conferences.
  • Students from our program consistently score above the 90th percentile on the Major Field Assessment Test, a national standardized test of psychology majors in all different types of college and university settings.

Psychology: Counseling Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Psychological Science & Practice Concentration

Psychology is a discipline that prepares you to understand and work with diverse people. A psychology background is also appealing to employers in diverse areas such as professional ministry, medicine or health care, business—such as human resources and marketing—and nonprofit work.

At Cornerstone, our program is unique because:

  • Faculty hold decades of experience in counseling, school-based practice and research.
  • Students complete an original research project and APA research paper, with the opportunity to present at local, state and national conferences.
  • Students from our program consistently score above the 90th percentile on the Major Field Assessment Test, a national standardized test of psychology majors in all different types of college and university settings.

Psychological Science & Practice Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

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Internships

As a student at Cornerstone, you will take part in an internship or practicum to enrich your education and provide you with valuable experience. Our Center for Career and Life Calling will help you connect with one of our area partners.

Opportunities

  • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
  • West Michigan Refugee Education Center
  • Alpha Women's Center
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Wedgwood Christian Services
  • DeVos Children's Hospital

Careers

If you’re interested in psychology, there are several career paths available for you. Our psychology program offers concentrations in counseling, child and adolescent services and behavioral research. Each of these concentrations is valuable and in high demand in workplaces across the country.

Opportunities

  • Adoption counselor
  • Case manager
  • Youth residential treatment programs
  • Group home manager
  • Parent educator
  • Substance abuse counselor

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Social Science Division has several degree options available. Take a look at some of the other programs related to psychology.

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Hours

MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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