Minor in neuroscience

You can expand your physical science major with a minor in neuroscience. You will study how the functions and mechanisms of the nervous system affect behavior in animals and humans in conjunction with your major studies in biology, chemistry or psychology.

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor curriculum

This minor is designed for students not majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and is open to any major. A minimum of 21 credits is required;10 must be taken at Carlow University.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Foundations of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology

Prepare for graduate and professional study of law

With the Pre-Law minor, you will prepare for the rigors of graduate or professional education by enhancing skills in analytical reasoning, critical reading and effective communication. You will be ready for success in graduate studies or law school, and for a variety of careers in addition to law. The minor is a valuable addition to students in any major.

Pre-Law minor curriculum

The selection of required and elective courses for this multidisciplinary minor is based on recommendations established by the Association of American Law Schools. You will be required to take courses in American constitutional law and persuasion and a writing course.

Required Courses

  • American Constitutional Law
  • Persuasion
  • A writing course
  • 3 electives

Understand human behavior, attitudes and motivations

You will learn about human behavior and experience from a scientific perspective Carlow’s Psychology major. You will explore research methodology and critical analysis in a variety of fields of psychology, including clinical counseling and developmental, cognitive, social and experimental psychology. 

By the end of the Psychology degree program, you will be ready to enter training in social service and mental health programs in areas such as therapeutic activities, rehabilitation, casework, child care work and service coordination.

The bachelor’s in Psychology is a foundation for graduate study in psychology and counseling but can be a path to other careers. You can go on to law school or graduate school or work in business, education or other fields. 

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Bachelor’s in Psychology curriculum

The bachelor’s in Psychology program offers three concentrations, counseling, crisis and trauma, and child development, in the fields of cognitive, biological and developmental psychology. Elective courses can be taken in crisis and trauma, human development, abnormal psychology and forensic psychology. You will have the opportunity to participate in an internship at a local facility or conduct field research.

Quick facts

  • Participate in research lab studying working memory
  • Participate in social psychology project using random acts of kindness 
  • Collaborate with faculty on research

Alternate degree completion options

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for bachelor’s in Psychology 

Jobs you might consider with a bachelor’s in psychology are career counselor, psychiatric technician, rehabilitation specialist or case manager. As noted on CareerProfiles.com, these jobs require skills a bachelor’s in psychology provides, such as the ability to evaluate the needs of a client, keep accurate and organized records, express empathy and compassion, and work toward the best interests of clients.

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 3% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

Admission requirements and application process 

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
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Fall, Spring & Summer

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Minor in Psychology

You can expand your perspective with a psychology minor: A better understanding of human behavior and experience can be helpful in any career. This minor, open to any major, allows you to sample from a variety of psychology courses in a general concentration.

Psychology minor curriculum

The minor required 18 credits, nine of which must be at the 200 level or higher.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Choose three: Lifespan Development, Biological Bases of Behavior, Cognitive Psychology, Elementary Statistics and Lab, Qualitative Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology
  • Choose one: Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Counseling

Study Counseling at Carlow

You can gain pre-professional level knowledge and skills for the helping professions such as social work, nursing, education, sociology and human resource with Carlow’s minor in Counseling, open to non-Psychology majors.

Curriculum for Counseling minor

The Counseling minor is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits is required, at least 9 of which must be taken at Carlow.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • 6 credits in counseling psychology courses

MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud & Forensics dual degree program

If your undergraduate studies are in psychology, criminology or accounting, you will find Carlow’s dual degree in Psychology and Fraud and Forensics highly relevant. It blends the study of motivation, psychopathy and criminal decision making from the Psychology program with the hands-on investigative skill areas of the Fraud and Forensics program. 

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Credits required: 

46 credits

Cost per credit:

$929/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 18 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud & Forensics dual degree curriculum

The Fraud and Forensics courses focus on financial and cyber-crime investigation, as well as forensic accounting and prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of fraud and white-collar crime. The Psychology courses address personality and developmental differences, and how deviant behavior and beliefs can lead to criminal activities. You’ll study criminal and civil forensic psychology, along with the inherent ethical issues. The dual degree program includes eight courses from Psychology and seven courses from Fraud and Forensics for a total of 46 credits. You must satisfy the requirements of both programs before the degrees are conferred. 

Quick facts

  • Earn two master’s degrees
  • Understand the motivations, personality traits and environmental influences of criminal behavior
  • Expand your network with the fraud and forensics cohort model of learning
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Career opportunities for MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud and Forensics dual degree

With the dual degree, you will be prepared to work in jobs in the civil and criminal court system, in fraud detection and investigation, and within corporations and government where financial and cyber-crimes are most prevalent. 

Many master’s-level graduate students immediately pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. Some Psychology and Fraud and Forensics dual degree students enroll in law school or doctoral programs in psychology or criminology. 

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology: Assessment Psychology concentration

The Assessment Psychology concentration in Carlow’s MA in Psychology (MAP) program will teach you to use the techniques and tools of the field in an array of tasks in primary school and university settings, helping to develop hypotheses about personality, behavior and ability. With an assessment focus, you’ll be able to explore and develop advanced research and clinical skills that will help you find the right career or continue the path to a doctoral degree. 

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Credits required: 

36 credits

Cost per credit: 

$929/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 4 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus & online

Assessment Psychology curriculum

The Assessment Psychology concentration within the MAP program consists of three courses: Foundations of Neuropsychology, Clinical Assessment of Children, and Trauma Assessment and Intervention. You’ll explore psychological principles applied to educational assessment including learning and behavior theory, strategies for learning and remembering, and problem-solving.

Quick facts

  • Delve into personality and behavior
  • Be part of a helping field
  • Build a foundation fit for doctoral studies
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Alternate degree completion option

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Career opportunities for MA in Assessment Psychology

Students within Carlow’s Assessment Psychology concentration are prepared to work in clinical testing environments that use advanced assessment to support diagnoses, create treatment plans, support learning in schools and evaluate cognitive abilities across the life span. A doctoral degree is required in order to become a licensed psychologist.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or clinical/research supervisors that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work 

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology: Educational Psychology concentration

Specializing your MA in Psychology studies with the Educational Psychology concentration, you will learn to use psychology techniques and tools in a broad range of tasks within the primary school and university settings. You can explore and develop advanced research and clinical skills that can aid your pursuit of a doctoral degree or a career in child development and treatment.

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Credits required:

36 credits

Cost per credit:

$929/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 4 semesters

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Master’s in Educational Psychology curriculum 

The Educational Psychology concentration consists of three courses: Foundations of Educational Psychology, Systems of Educational Practice, and Thinking, Motivation and Creativity. 

Quick facts

  • Prepare for a career in educational settings
  • Build a foundation fit for doctoral studies
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Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Educational Psychology concentration

Students within this concentration are prepared to work in clinical testing environments that use advanced assessment to support diagnoses, create treatment plans, support learning in schools and evaluate cognitive abilities across the life span. Students within the educational concentration are often drawn to working with learning and developmental disorders.A doctoral degree is required in order to become a licensed psychologist.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or clinical/research supervisors that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work 

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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Fall, Spring & Summer

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Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology: Exploration Psychology concentration

The Exploration Psychology concentration within Carlow’s Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program allows you to take a wider breadth of courses across multiple concentrations and programs. You can define a course of study to fit your unique interests.

You’ll have opportunities to explore and develop advanced research and clinical skills to help in your job search, as well as prepare you for future doctoral studies in psychology. 

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Credits required:

36 credits

Cost per credit:

$929/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 4 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus & online

Exploration psychology curriculum

The Exploration Psychology concentration consists of one foundational course (Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology or Educational Psychology) and two elective courses of your choice. The electives can be taken through the psychology, professional counseling, education or social work graduate programs. 

Quick facts

  • Design your own curriculum concentration
  • Earn your master’s in 4 semesters
  • Build a foundation fit for doctoral studies

Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Career opportunities for Master’s in Exploration Psychology

Students who complete this concentration are prepared to work in direct clinical, human services, research and medical agencies. A doctoral degree is required in order to become a licensed psychologist.

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We invest in you

Shannon White ’19, who started at Carlow as an adult student, was impressed with the investment that faculty made in her. “I just had very good faculty interactions in the counseling psychology department. They were very personable and willing to help me. They invested in me. We received a good education in social justice which was really important and has made all the difference in the world in the kind of professional I am. Carlow always addresses culture and not everyone does that.”

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or clinical/research supervisors that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work 

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Be prepared for your doctorate or work in the field

Carlow made it simple for Mickenna Ansell ’22 to tailor her education to future goals while she was working full-time. “The faculty and staff were very easy to connect with and I was able to get professional experience in research and clinical practice with their help. My time at the University prepared me to take doctoral-level classes and work in the field of psychology.”

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Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology: Forensic Psychology concentration

The Forensic Psychology concentration of Carlow’s Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program will help you learn to use the tools of psychology in a wide variety of criminal and civil legal applications. You’ll develop advanced research and clinical skills that can help in the job hunt as well as prepare you for future doctoral studies in psychology. 

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Credits Required: 

36 credits

Cost per credit:

$929/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 4 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus & online

Master’s in Forensic Psychology curriculum

The Forensic Psychology degree curriculum focuses on developing research skills through the MAP core subjects and a three-course concentration. Courses include Foundations of Forensic Psychology, Systems of the Criminal Justice System and Psychology of Deviance. 

Quick facts

  • Build a foundation fit for doctoral studies
  • Earn your master’s in 4 semesters
  • Make a difference in the criminal justice system
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Alternate degree option

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Career opportunities for Forensic Psychology degree

Forensic psychologists look at people, situations and clues to learn more about criminal motivation and behavior. Together with the core MAP Program curriculum, students within this concentration are prepared to work with civil and criminal courts, juvenile and adult probation, prevention and rehabilitation programs, and corrections.

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Make the change.

When a local golf course closed, Emily Golling took the lead in preserving the abandoned land as greenspace for others to enjoy. Her Carlow-instilled initiative took leadership by surprise. “I had no idea about her passion until we were conversing over a planned activity,” said Erin Boyles, assistant dean of students. “I should have known, though, because when she wants or feels something is needed, her passion is front row.”

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Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or clinical/research supervisors that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work 

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Learn from professionals

What stuck out most for Rachel Seamans ’21 about Carlow’s Master’s of Psychology program was the engaged faculty. “They took an interest in us and made sure we succeeded as both students and people. We weren’t just numbers to them. And, we were learning from professionals who were still practicing, not years removed from working in the field.”

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