Applied Psychology BA

About the Applied Psychology BA at Loyola

Ranked #4 nationally for best online undergraduate degree in psychology by U.S. News and World Report (2024), Loyola's bachelor of arts in applied psychology offers training in the scientific study of human behavior, emotion, cognition and motivation with an emphasis on developing skills for creative problem-solving.

The program, offered through Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), focuses on preparing adult learners for occupations that apply psychological theory and methods to promote evidence-based practical solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society.

Program Structure

Two program track options allow you to customize the degree to your area of interest:

  • Organizational Track: focuses on organizational behavioral science to prepare professionals who aspire to lead change in organizations through careers in human resources, training and development, consulting, and program evaluation

  • Counseling Track: focuses on individual and family problems and prepares professionals for careers as counselors, wellness coaches, and/or therapists

Major courses are offered in 8-week sessions with fully online and on-campus options. Classes include both synchronous and asynchronous components and evening or Saturday morning meetings. The applied psychology major can be completed fully online.

On-campus classes are held at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology?

Loyola University is an accredited, respected, nonprofit college with a 100-year track record of providing outstanding educational opportunities for adult learners. Our programs are taught by professors at the top of their fields who are experienced in teaching and working with adult learners.

We understand the unique needs of adult learners

Evening/weekend courses allow you to complete your degree around your work schedule and life commitments. Online or on-campus — you'll be learning with other adult students who, like you, bring a variety of experiences and knowledge to the classroom.

Become well-versed in science-based problem solving, organizational psychology, health promotion and strategic evidence-based communication. Choose to focus on counseling theory and practice, multicultural counseling practices, and the principle of human development across the lifespan (Counseling Track), or human resources and employee motivation, promoting health workplaces, and best practices in leading contemporary organizations (Organizational Track).

Loyola accepts transfer credit you've earned from community colleges, other regionally accredited universities, corporate or military training, and proficiency tests. Ask for a Free Transfer Credit Evaluation to better understand how your transfer credit can apply to a Loyola degree and your timeline to degree completion.

If you have completed either an A.A., A.S., or General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) at a community college, you will have met the Loyola core curriculum requirements.

In addition to networking and mentoring opportunities offered through the program, you can take advantage of networking opportunities (virtual and local/Chicago) available through professional organizations like Chicago Industrial Organizational Psychologists (CIOP).

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Applied Psychology BA program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Applied Psychology BA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Applied Psychology BA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

Tuition and Costs

Students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies will likely have the ability to influence their total cost through the use of transfer credit and non-traditional credit. Please keep that in mind when reviewing the variety of estimated total cost options for the Applied Psychology BA below.

On average, students in the Applied Psychology BA program transfer 60 credit hours to Loyola and 11 hours of non-traditional credit. We can accept and apply up to 36 credit hours of non-traditional credit (CLEP, DSST, and American Council on Education).

Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

Credit HoursCost Per Credit HourEstimated Total Tuition and Fees
45 (Minimum number of credit hours completed at Loyola.)$790.00$35,550.00
71 (Average number of credit hours completed at Loyola.)$790.00$56,090.00
120 (Maximum number of credit hours completed at Loyola. Please note that this number does not include any potential transfer credit or non-traditional credit.)$790.00$94,800.00

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Applied Psychology BA Scholarships

Degree-seeking students in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (SCPS) who have completed the scholarship application will be considered for the many scholarship opportunities available to students each semester.

Achieve the Degree Scholarships include both merit and need-based scholarships. Newly-admitted undergraduate degree-seeking students can expect to receive $2,000 in their first semester while awards for current students range from $1,100 to $3,000 per semester.

Students receiving tuition reimbursement from their employer should also consider seeking admission to the SCPS Fellow Scholarship program that will match up to $5,250 per academic year the reimbursement total you're eligible to receive from your employer.

For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Applied Psychology BA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall I: August 5
Fall II: Oct 5
Spring I: Dec 21
May 20

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Applied Psychology BA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2.0 Minimum GPA

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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