Online Bachelor Degree in Psychology -- Is it for you?

February 17, 2012 - By Brianna Nelson

Looking to finish or continue your education in a flexible and convenient way? California Baptist University's Online and Professional Studies (OPS) is a great way to complete your education and resurrect the dream, which allows you to balance your work, home and school schedules.

What is a psychology degree?

The Psychology major prepares graduates for employment in human and social service careers, and for graduate study in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology. Students emerge from the psychology bachelor's degree online program equipped with important skills including the ability to assess client needs, keep thorough and accurate records, and express care and empathy in order to act as an advocate for clients. Students will learn basic behavioral science principles, general psychology principles, the theories of different areas of psychology, as well as critical thinking skills and their practical applications.

With classes emphasizing Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Theories of Personality, students will have the ability to explore many areas of psychology.  

What jobs can you get with a psychology degree?

With a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, students have the option of going on to graduate school to obtain a Masters and Doctorate in Psychology, or obtain entry-level psychology jobs. These positions include Case Management, Career Counselor, Rehabilitation Specialist, and Psychiatric Technician.

For students who want to continue on in their education in psychology, CBU's Online and Professional Studies program now offers a Masters in Counseling Psychology degree. The Masters in Counseling Psychology will equip graduate students with the knowledge needed to enter the professional field of marriage and family therapy, or professional clinical counseling with the integration of spiritual and psychological theories in order to best fit their client's needs. 

How long will a psychology degree take?

With CBU's Online and Professional Studies program, students can complete their degree in as little time as 16 months with our accelerated online bachelor degree in psychology. Our accelerated courses are eight weeks long, with two sessions per semester, and three semesters per academic year. Typically, students take 12 units per semester; six units per session. 

Why CBU?

 As one of the top private Christian colleges in California, students will have the benefits of a quality, Christian education from one of the top online Christian universities, but also the benefit of the flexibility of attending an accredited online Christian university. As an Online and Professional Studies student, your resources include career advising, mock interviews, resume and cover letter coaching, access to an online job board and resume database, employer/recruitment links, as well as regional internships. 

CBU has the latest technologies in distance education including integration with Tandberg High Definition Video Engagement, Blackboard 9.1, Voice Threads, WebEx and Movi-Cisco. All of these state-of-the-art tools are available for all of our students to utilize in order to complete their bachelor degree in psychology online. 

CBU offers courses in a variety of settings: purely online, blended (hybrid) or in traditional classroom settings. With a variety of different settings, CBU allows students to integrate schooling into their lives, as well as keeping a balance of faith, work and family. 

Dr. Joshua Knabb, Assistant Professor of Psychology for Online and Professional Studies, recently published "The Relationship Between Personality and Marital Adjustment Among Distressed Married Couples Seen in Intensive Marital Therapy: An Actor-Partner Interdependence Model Analysis." Dr. Knabb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands; a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Want more information? 

CBU is now accepting applications for the psychology program. To apply or find out more information regarding CBU’s Online & Professional Studies Psychology Program, please visit, or contact Admissions at 877-CBU-3608. 

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