Psychology & Human Services

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

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Montreat College’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services (BPHS) program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need for working in social agencies, churches, and other settings, as well as preparing students to enter graduate programs in psychology, counseling, and social work. This curriculum will engage a course of study that focuses on psychological theories and research about human behavior and psychological processes with an emphasis on developing and implementing skills for helping individuals and families face societal challenges.

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Psychology and Human Services Degree Highlights

  • Gain an understanding of the leading theories, concepts, historical trends, and research methods in psychology.
  • Study Psychology and Human Services from a Christian perspective.
  • Get equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to work in social or juvenile services, counseling, Christian ministry, and more.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Montreat College’s Psychology and Human Services program offered?

Courses are offered in Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, and online.

When are the start dates for the Psychology and Human Services degree program?

There are six start dates for new students every year, in January, February, May, June, August, and October. The next start date is the week of August 25, 2019.

How long does it take to complete the Psychology and Human Services degree program?

The Psychology and Human Services program requires completion of 120 credit hours. If students take one class at a time continuously throughout the program they should complete the program in 4 years.

How much does the Psychology and Human Services degree program cost?

The cost is $395 per credit hour, or $47,400 total for the 120 credit program, plus a $35 technology fee per semester. Keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options here.

What jobs can you pursue with Psychology and Human Services degrees?

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for community and social service professionals is expected to grow 14% from 2016-26, faster than the job market generally. Community and Social Service jobs include: health educators, marriage and family therapists, rehabilitation counselors, school and career counselors, social and human service assistants, social workers, substance abuse and mental health counselors, and many more.

What is the job market like for people with Psychology and Human Services degrees?

Most projected new jobs in this occupational group are in counselor and social worker occupations, as their services will continue to be needed in areas such as drug abuse counseling and rehabilitation counseling, and also for school and career counseling.

How much money do Psychology and Human Services professionals typically make?

According to the BLS, community and social service professionals earn an average annual salary of $44,960. However, the amount of money that such professionals make depends on many factors, including region, industry, and specialization.

Academic Information
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken*
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher in all previous college work attempted.
  • Official, final high school transcript or its equivalent (if transferring less than 12 semester credits of college credit)*
  • American Council on Education (ACE) verification demonstrating any eligible CLEP and DSST examinations, and non-collegiate military training.

*All final transcripts must include graduation information

Program Requirements

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Sample Courses

PY 314S Personality
Basic principles of personality structure, dynamics, development, assessment, and theory are discussed. Consideration is given to both the environmental and biological determinants of personality.

PY 320S Social Psychology
The study of the behaviors and thoughts of individuals as influenced by actual or perceived social factors and other individuals.

SC 414S Counseling Adolescents and Families
This course examines several of the major theories of counseling families. Working with adolescents within the context of their families will be given special consideration. The skills of counseling adolescents and families will also be emphasized.

Joyce James-Wigfall '17

I looked at the degree options and when I saw a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Services, it stuck out to me almost immediately. Then I saw a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I thought, ‘There I am, right there!’ This is where I knew I could make a difference in families’ lives. … Montreat will make you a professional; you just have to put forth the effort. By the grace of God, I’m making it.

Joyce James-Wigfall '17

I looked at the degree options and when I saw a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Services, it stuck out to me almost immediately. Then I saw a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I thought, ‘There I am, right there!’ This is where I knew I could make a difference in families’ lives. … Montreat will make you a professional; you just have to put forth the effort. By the grace of God, I’m making it.

Faculty
Gregg Blanton

Dr. Gregg Blanton
Professor of Psychology and Human Services
gregg.blanton@montreat.edu

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Dr. Megan Clunan
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Services
megan.clunan@montreat.edu

Brad Faircloth

Dr. Brad Faircloth
Director of Assessment
Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Services
Psychology and Human Services Department Chair​
brad.faircloth@montreat.edu