As you pursue a B.A. in Psychology from Multnomah University, you will deepen your understanding of human experience, motivation, and behavior while evaluating psychological theories and social science research studies. This program incorporates a Christian worldview to prepare graduates to be a transforming force in the world. You will grow in knowledge and critical evaluation skills to better synthesize the workings of the human mind and provide holistic support for others. This solid foundation of understanding human diversity with sensitivity and empathy will prepare you for graduate-level studies or the workplace.

Ways to study

Undergraduate (Major or Minor) | On-campus | Online

Program concentrations

Professional Counseling Track

Course plan


Application deadlines

Understanding Human Behavior

The Psychology program prepares you for the next step in your career by focusing on seven central themes: foundational psychological history and theory; psychological research; human development; mental illness and its treatment; the biological, social, psychological, and spiritual foundations of human behavior; human diversity, and an overview of biblical approaches to psychology. Our program will provide you with a solid psychological, academic, and spiritual foundation for a meaningful career.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

Explores the relationship between the practice of counseling and the church, including the history of psychology and religion, roles of counseling in the church, the integration of Christianity and psychology, and the modern outlook of psychology from a religious perspective.

This course will explore the psychological theories of personality development and personality structure. Personal, social, cultural, and religious applications will be discussed.

An overview of major counseling theories and consideration of a basic counseling model that is both psychologically and Biblically sound. The lab includes a structured and supervised practice of the steps in the counseling model.

This course provides an introduction to the development, administration, and interpretation of psychological measurements. Topics such as test construction, norming procedures, scaling, and reliability and validity analysis will be explored, as well as the ethical use of psychological tests in clinical, forensic, vocational, industrial, educational, ministry, and research settings. Additionally, the measurement of spiritual and religious variables will be explored. Offered alternate years.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

Course Layout

Meet Your Professors

Faculty Headshot Elliot Lawless
Elliott Lawless, Psy.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology
Faculty Headshot Danielle Render Turmaud
Danielle Render Turmaud, M.S.
Faculty Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Applied Psychology; Assistant Professor, Master of Arts in Counseling

Program Concentrations

Professional Counseling Track

Undergraduate psychology majors who have an interest in progressing toward a career as a professional counselor may seek advance entry into the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program at Multnomah University. Specifically, these students may submit an abbreviated application for the MAC program as early as their sophomore year in college. If accepted for early admittance, students will take graduate versions of three undergraduate classes and may also take up to three MAC electives as part of their undergraduate elective units. All of these classes will meet undergraduate requirements and allow students to transfer into the MAC program after graduation with advanced standing, possibly graduating as much as a semester early from their graduate work.

Career Placement

Earning your B.A. in Psychology opens the door to many career opportunities and graduate studies. Many Psychology majors pursue licensing in counseling or therapy after graduation.

A Psychology degree also prepares you for roles, such as:

• Career Counselor • Psychiatric Technician • Rehabilitation Specialist
• Social Services Specialist • Teacher • Social Worker
• Christian Ministry Worker • Author

“The integration of faith and spirituality with the field of Psychology drew me to Multnomah. My professors do a great job incorporating Scripture into the lessons.”

Ria Walter ‘20, Psychology