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Department of Psychology and Counseling

The Department of Psychology 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 two Master of Arts degree programs. One M.A. (39 Hr) degree in Professional Counseling Psychology and the other M.A. (60 Hr) degree is offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both degree 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).”

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 American Psychological Association and to study The Psychology Major and Career Opportunities for Psychologists published by that organization.

Why Study Psychology & Counseling at WAU?

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

Programs Offered

Psychology (BA), Counseling Psychology (BS)

Minors: Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Behavioral Science

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

Course Descriptions

Read the Department of Psychology section in the Academic bulletin.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.