Community Psychology, B.S. (Online)

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There are a lot of hurting people in the world. Maybe you've been there. Maybe your goal is to give back both professionally and simply as human being, loving your neighbor. The Palm Beach Atlantic University program helps you do more, equipping you with skills to embark on a rewarding career where you will help people improve their mental well-being.

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Why Earn a Degree in Community Psychology at PBA?

This program is specially designed for students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree and have a career interest in psychology, or those who have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who aspire to an advanced degree in counseling. We offer guidance that focuses on biblical, historical, theoretical, and practical studies. Combined with our thriving community connections, we help you develop skills to improve the lives of others through your efforts within a business, counseling center, or ministry.

Multidisciplinary in scope, coursework in Community Psychology involves consideration of social problems, provides a framework for the development of substantive solutions, and facilitates the elucidation of the mechanisms that promote the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of people in the community.

The major in Community Psychology provides rigorous academic preparation for students who wish to pursue careers in human services, family and youth programs, community development mental and physical health, counseling, violence prevention programs, multicultural program development, programs for the elderly, and human relations.

The major also prepares the motivated student for graduate work in a number of academic and applied research fields including sociology, counseling, public health, and social work as well as interdisciplinary graduate work in the social sciences.

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We’ve engineered our program to deliver specific benefits such as:

  • A collaborative environment where you work closely with faculty and your fellow students
  • The infusion of Christian values so that you learn among students and professors who share your perspective
  • Small classes of generally no more than 20 students
  • Hands-on learning experiences that include interactions with professionals who work in the field
  • Preparing you to become Community Service Manager, Human Resources Specialist, Social Worker, Career Counselor. Case Manager, Behavioral Skills Therapist, Corporate Recruiter, Program Administrator or Rehabilitation Specialist
  • 120 credit hours that consist of 45 hours of general education, 30 hours of community psychology major, 12 hours of community psychology electives and 33 hours of electives, transfer credits or Professional Education credits.
  • Best of all for many, you don’t have to put your whole life on hold to earn your degree. Online programs make learning more convenient than ever. PBA has developed a virtual experience that is challenging, rewarding, and focused on fostering a positive learning community.
  • Accelerated courses offered in eight-week terms.
  • Entry points are every eight weeks.
  • Preparation to continue your studies in the Master of Science in Counseling program

Closer than you think to a degree?

You might be closer to completing your degree than you might think once transfer and Professional Education Credits are applied. Your admission counselor can guide you through this process.

Up to 42 credits of upper-level coursework completed at other regionally accredited colleges will be considered to apply to this degree (transfer).

Professional Educational Credit for your prior formal training and professional work experience will be considered to apply to this degree.

  1. A high school transcript is not required if you bring at least 12 transferrable college credits from a regionally accredited university. 
    2. Grades of a C- or better will be accepted if completed at a postsecondary regionally accredited institution. Request that your official college transcript(s) be sent electronically to Palm Beach Atlantic University.
    3. If you have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree, you will receive a course-by-course evaluation to determine the number of transfer credits that will apply to your bachelor’s degree.
    4. Submit:
  • A completed online application and $35 nonrefundable fee (Click on the drop-down arrow to select the Undergraduate-Adult Accelerated application)    
  • Writing assessment
  • Online students submit a federal or state issued photo ID

Admissions Decision and Notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the admission decision within two weeks after completing the application and submitting documents. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must, no later than 30 days before classes begin, submit:

  • A non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment

PBA awards over three million dollars in scholarships every year and 97% of PBA undergraduate students receive financial aid.

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The required curriculum for the Community Psychology major is composed of three-credit hour courses normally offered during eight-week subterms.  Each online course is primarily asynchronous.

Students view lessons and complete assignments at the time of their choosing within stated course deadlines, which typically follow a weekly rhythm.  Online courses also invite students to attend several synchronous virtual class sessions through designated technology.

Generally for each 8-week course, students are invited to attend two or three of these live virtual meetings.

As an accelerated program, the Community Psychology major is designed so that full-time students can complete 30 credits each academic year: 12 credits each fall, 12 credits each spring, and 6 credits each summer.

Students should expect to need a minimum of two fall and two spring semesters of enrollment to complete this major.

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Thinking about studying online with PBA? A great way to learn more about how earning your degree online with PBA is different than it would be with other schools, log onto a Virtual Info Session! 

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