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About the Program

What kind of degree is applied psychology?

The applied psychology degree is a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from Biola University. The 37 credits of core major courses cover all areas of applied psychology, giving you a solid foundation to help launch you forward — whether your next step is in the workplace, in ministry or furthering your education.

Which agency is the program accredited by?

Biola is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). This is the same agency that grants accreditation to other schools in California such as the University of Southern California, Stanford and local community colleges.

Who teaches in the applied psychology program?

All of our faculty members are highly trained in their respective disciplines. Many are faculty at either Rosemead School of Psychology or Talbot School of Theology, while others are working professionals in the field of psychology.

Do the classes run on trimester or semester?

Our terms are in trimesters, and there are two sessions within each trimester.

Term 1: Fall Trimester

  • Session A
  • Session B

Term 2: Spring Trimester

  • Session A
  • Session B

Term 3: Summer Trimester

  • Session A
  • Session B

How long will it take me to finish my degree?

The program has been designed to allow highly motivated students to complete all their major and Bible courses in as little as 24 months, but it is flexible enough to allow you to work at a pace that will fit into your busy schedule. Speak to your success coach to determine your own “plan of action” for successfully completing the credits you need.

What is required to complete the program and earn my degree?

Please see the applied psychology degree requirement sheet for all of the general education, elective, major and biblical studies courses required for graduation.

How does this degree work? What classes do I take?

This is an online bachelor's degree. You will take the core major program courses and the biblical studies courses through this online format at Biola. The remainder of the degree requirements are transferred in.

When and where are the courses held?

Both major and Bible courses are seven weeks long and are available fully online. You can complete your degree from anywhere. Classes are held year round, with three different trimester start dates.

Which Bible courses will I take?

You will take a full 30 credits of Bible along with the core major courses, ranging from Old and New Testament Survey to upper division biblical integration courses. Taking the 30 credits of Bible will qualify you for a minor in Bible along with your major in applied psychology.

Can I take the general education or elective courses I still need in this online format at Biola?

Not at this time. The Admissions and Success Coach offices can provide guidance on your options to complete this requirements you need.


How many transferable units do I need in order to start taking core courses in the program?

We recommend 45 semester credits of college-level transferable coursework, with a required grade of “C” or above. We are looking for an overall 2.5 GPA for admission.

What do I need to submit with my application?

Please submit the following items:

  1. Application, with application fee
  2. Official high school transcripts and official college transcript(s)
    • College transcripts should include all college courses completed by the student.
    • Transcripts may not be hand delivered. They must be sent electronically from the school via Parchment or mailed directly to
    Office of Post-Traditional Admissions
    13800 Biola Ave.
    La Mirada, CA 90639

Financial Aid

How much will it cost to complete the applied psychology program?

Tuition is currently $547 per credit. Total cost will depend on the number of credits you will need to complete your degree.

Can I get financial aid for the program?

Yes — everyone is encouraged to apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA form online at Once our financial aid office has your FAFSA, they will begin the process of helping you find the aid you need.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Loans, grants and scholarships are available. Some students may also be eligible to receive some form of employer reimbursement for tuition costs (check with your human resources department).


Is there someone who can help me with all this information?

The Office of Post-Traditional Admissions provides support to students throughout the admissions process. Once enrolled as a student, you will have your own personal success coach to help you throughout your time at Biola. From your first course registration to graduation, your success coach will be there to answer questions and help guide you toward your academic goals.

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