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.

Faculty and Staff