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B.A. in Psychology

Earn your psychology degree from Marylhurst


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Are you fascinated by the human psyche and interested in satisfying this curiosity through a career in a clinical, therapeutic, educational or research setting? Marylhurst University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree explores how people learn and develop, and analyzes the internal and external influences on thought, behavior, learning and development. Students learn how to conduct and interpret research and gain the necessary skills to help others grow, evolve and heal.

In this program, you'll have the opportunity to explore a range of topics from neurotransmitters to nurturance, from prenatal brain development to cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease.

Psychology students:

  • Explore how people learn and develop
  • Learn what drives personalities, intellects and emotions from infancy to maturity
  • Analyze the internal and external influences on thought, behavior, learning and development
  • Learn how to conduct and interpret research
  • Gain the skills needed to help others grow, evolve and heal

Career paths in psychology:

Psychology graduates gain a strong, holistic sensibility that is good preparation for work in clinical, therapeutic, educational and research settings. Graduates go on to work in helping professions, social sciences, organizational and community development, the nonprofit sector, and in secondary and higher education. The degree also prepares you for graduate study in psychology and related disciplines such as social work, education, counseling, art therapy and interdisciplinary studies.

The career outlook for psychology majors is strong.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics demand for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists is expected to grow 29% between 2012 - 2022.  This projected growth is expected as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.  Demand growth of 12% is expected for psychologists and 14% for childcare workers by 2022.


Degree breakdown

To graduate with a bachelor's degree from Marylhurst, you must complete a total of 180 credits:

Events list for the current academic year.
  Quarter Credits
Major requirements 61-62
Marylhurst Core requirements 48
General electives 70-71
Total 180*

Transfer credit accepted

*More than 90 percent of Marylhurst students transfer in credits from other universities and community colleges to complete their bachelor's with us. Our admissions counselors can evaluate your prior college credit to see which will transfer into the B.A. in psychology program at Marylhurst. To reach our Office of Admissions, please request information and one of our counselors will contact you:

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Become an Art Therapy Counselor

We also offer a special preparatory track within the psychology bachelor's degree program for students who want to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy counseling. 

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