Department of Psychology and Counseling

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers two four-year curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology and the Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. The department also offers three graduate degrees. A Master of M.A. (39 hours) degree in Counseling Psychology, a M.A. (60 hours) degree is offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.Ed. School Counseling (48 hours). Graduate programs are offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at WAU. Each course is built on the basic philosophy that the “true principles of psychology are found in the Holy Scriptures (1MCP 10.1).”

Why Study Psychology & Counseling at WAU?

  • World-Class Facilities for Practicums, Internships, Training, and Research for our BA/BS/MA


    • National Institute of Mental Health
    • Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Psychiatric Hospital
    • Integrace Institute Copper Ridge Neurocognitive Research & Treatment
    • Washington Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center
    • Adventist Behavioral Health Hospital System
    • Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center
    • Children’s National Medical Center
    • Howard University Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Integrate your faith and learning experiences and develop a biblical worldview to help others become whole through the study of Soul-Wellness.
  • Learn from dedicated Christian psychology & counseling faculty who are professionally engaged in what they teach, engaged in private practice, and research.

Career Development

The bachelor’s degree in psychology provides excellent preparation for graduate school. For professional practice in the field, additional psychology courses in graduate school may be required. Recent developments indicate that an undergraduate degree in psychology also makes a sound basis for paraprofessional, community, and public affairs programs. The psychology student is advised to become a student member of the American Psychological Association and to study The Psychology Major and Career Opportunities for Psychologists published by that organization. Find out how to make a difference in a mental health career.


Programs Offered

Psychology (BA), Counseling Psychology (BS)

Minors: Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Behavioral Science

Counseling Psychology (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

M.Ed. School Counseling

Click to learn more: Counseling, Therapy, and Psychology: What’s the Difference? 

Graduation Rate

Rankings & Recognition 2008 – Present
   BA Psychology is 40% for 2019-2020
                                 75% for 2020-202
For Year2019-2020
BS Counseling Psychology is 67% for 2019-2020,  
                                                 100% for 2020-2021 
For Year2019-2020
Percentage of MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates for 2020-2021 who are employed in their field is 100%
–       Percentage of your BS degree graduates who are employed in their major field: BS Counseling Psychology = 14%
–       Percentage of your BA degree graduates who are employed elsewhere: BA Psychology= 25%
–       Percentage of your graduates who have been accepted into graduate programs: BS Counseling Psychology =21%o 

Psychology Program Recognition

Rankings & Recognition 2008 – Present
Our Counseling Degree was ranked #7 based on price, accreditation, reputation, and salary potential, using data from IPEDS and Niche, U.S. News and World Report, and other higher education rating publications.Year of Award: 2021
College Factual – top 10% of programs nationally for the “Most Focused” in Psychology  (Grant Leitma, PhD)Year of Award: 2020, 2019
Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education.  Ranked #41 (of over 4000 schools) for graduating African American students with Masters degrees in PsychologyYear of Award: 2016
Best Psychology Degrees – Psychology Program Ranked #24 of 30 Great Small Colleges for a Counseling Degree (Grant Leitma, PhD {Chair})Year of Award: 2015

Course Descriptions

Read the Department of Psychology section in the Academic Bulletin.

Department Information

Dr. Beverly Gordon, Chair
Phone: 301-891-4140
Fax: 301-891-4054
Wilkinson Hall, Room 441