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Online BS in Psychology: Counseling/Clinical Psychology Concentration

Program Overview

Help People Face Life Issues or Psychological Disorders

Take a deeper look at how psychology applies to common problems in living and to psychological disorders. It’s ideal for tailoring your psychology degree toward a future as a counselor or therapist. The skills you’ll learn will also help with working in the autism and substance abuse treatment fields, as well as opportunities in school systems and with community mental health services.

Take a deeper look at how psychology applies to common problems in living and to psychological disorders. It’s ideal for tailoring your psychology degree toward a future as a counselor or therapist. The skills you’ll learn will also help with working in the autism and substance abuse treatment fields, as well as opportunities in school systems and with community mental health services.

Fast Facts

$400

per semester hour

124

total semester hours

3.5–4.5

average years to complete

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Combining Two Major Fields in Psychology

This concentration combines counseling and clinical psychology, which are two of the most obvious fields in psychology. These fields are ideal if you’re interested in continuing onto graduate school to work as a type of therapist. Additionally, of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities right away to help people.

Career Outlook: Prepare for a Future of Helping Others

Choosing to hone your degree in counseling/clinical psychology lets you consider employment in a wide range of community and social service occupations, where jobs are projected to grow 11% by 2028.1 The concentration truly shines if you know you want to work closely with others. Get the key skills you need that, with or without graduate school, prepare you to help people achieve their goals in a clinical, school, or community setting.

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health* Counselors

$46,240/YEAR

Help people to cope with a variety of mental or behavioral problems.

*Note that mental health counselors typically need at least a master’s degree.2

Social and Community Service Managers

$67,150/YEAR

Oversee social service program and a community organization. In this role, you’ll plan outreach activities, write proposals for funding, and more to enhance the organization’s impact in the community.3

Here are some positions you could qualify for with this concentration and degree:

  • Assistant behavior analyst
  • Business administrator
  • Case manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • School counselor
  • Top- or mid-level manager
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Curriculum: Critical Knowledge and Skills

Learn about abnormal psychology, human development, and other core topics as you gain skills in diagnosis, clinical interview procedures, behavior analysis, and more. This specialization gives you the foundation needed to pursue a future in various areas of counseling or clinical psychology.

Course Spotlight: PSY 3410 Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal behavior and mental processes. Topics include the distinction between normality and abnormality, the classification and diagnosis of psychological disorders, the neurotic and psychotic disorders, and the major therapeutic approaches.

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Course Spotlight: PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling

Development of basic skills used in all helping relationships and those used specifically in psychological counseling, an attainment of a general understanding of the major theoretical approaches to counseling, and knowledge concerning the interventions associated with each of the major theoretical approaches.

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You can complete the program in just 3.5 years. To learn more about the curriculum, view our courses page.

Tuition for the program is $49,600. You need to complete 124 credits at $400 per credit hour. You can review all tuition costs here.

You can transfer up to 93 credits toward your degree. Methodist University generally accepts credits for courses completed with a grade of C or higher from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. You can learn more about our transfer policy here.

This program features two optional concentrations, counseling/clinical psychology and human performance psychology. Each of these concentrations is designed to provide a deeper look at a specific psychology practice area.

The counseling/clinical psychology concentration is ideal for students who want to pursue graduate study for therapy careers, while the human performance psychology concentration is ideal for careers in human resources, machine design, and more.

You can learn more about coursework for the BS in Psychology here.

The skills you learn in the BS in Psychology program are relevant to a wide range of industries. Graduates of this program are qualified for entry-level roles in human resources, social services, and more.

You can also choose to pursue additional study at the graduate level for careers in counseling, substance abuse, and other psychology practice areas. Visit the careers page for more information.

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