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Psychology Department Programs

Shippensburg University’s Psychology Department offers an undergraduate major and minor, a master’s program, and a post-master’s certificate program.

Additionally, students in the undergraduate major may choose to complete their degree requirements with honors designation.


Psychology, B.A. - The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a versatile program that is designed to provide students with knowledge of the field’s basic terminology, major theories, philosophical assumptions, and classic and current research and in-depth knowledge in your area of specialization; the general problem-solving skills common to all the liberal arts, plus the special research techniques of psychology, from experimental design to interviewing; and provide students with insight into their own psychological development, values, potentials, and career, through reflection and interaction with professors and fellow students. The program has been designed to comply with the recommendations provided by the American Psychological Association.

Honors in Psychology Program - The Honors in Psychology Program requires certain criteria for participation. Completion of Honors in Psychology demonstrates to graduate program admissions committees and future employers that students have special experience, motivation, and ability to succeed in the field of psychology.

Psychology Minor - The Psychology Minor complements all majors well, especially because it is such a flexible program.


Applied Psychology, M.S. - The Master of Science in Applied Psychology program is 100% online and emphasizes the application of psychological principles and methodologies to real world problems. The program provides coursework aimed at three primary purposes for students:  1) career advancement, 2) training to enter a new career/profession, and/or 3) preparation for doctoral study.

Behavior Specialist Certificate - The Behavior Specialist Certificate program is for individuals working toward the Behavior Specialist Licensure in Pennsylvania. The program fulfills some of the requirements for the license. It requires three courses and can be taken as part of the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program or as a post-master’s certificate for those already with a graduate degree.

Contact the Department of Psychology Franklin Science Center 114 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1657