Prepare yourself for a career, prepare yourself for life

A fascinating major and an applied science, psychology prepares students for careers in virtually any industry. It also prepares you for life by teaching important skills like communication and critical thinking. In addition to participating in real-world learning through internships and service learning experiences, psychology majors at Alvernia conduct collaborative research alongside faculty scholars.

When you earn an adult education bachelor's degree in psychology, you acquire the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in numerous fields. Most psychology majors pursue careers in healthcare, criminal justice, forensics, education, business and the nonprofit arena. Others continue their education to earn advance degrees in specific areas of healthcare, counseling and education.

Estimated Program Length2-4 years
Credit Hours123
Course Length7 weeks
Transfer Credits Accepted75
Cost per Credit$640*

*Tuition discount available. Ask for details!

Adult Education Programs

Getting Started

Application Instructions

Through a rolling admission process, prospective students may apply to Alvernia at any time. Multiple start dates throughout the year allow accepted students to begin a program of study at an accommodating time. We continually review applications and accept students for each of the six term starts (August, October, February, March, May, and July).

Keeping on track is important throughout the process. We encourage you to work with an admission team member to submit all materials and meet all deadlines. Our dedicated team will work directly with you to identify the best options that work for you and your unique situation.

Once your application is complete, you will not have to wait long for a decision. We continually review applications and notify students as soon as a decision has been made.

To get started, visit our Adult Education Application page for a list of instructions and documents needed.

Financing Your Education

There are options to assist in financing your education and making the tuition affordable. Visit our Student Financial Services page for a detailed overview of the process, including a link to complete the FAFSA application, as well as more information about tuition, the tuition payment plan and the tuition deferment program we offer. Alvernia’s Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003233. The Office of Student Financial Services is available to help with any questions you may have. Call 610-796-8201 or email

Why Choose Alvernia?
• A nationally ranked comprehensive regional university, Alvernia offers doctoral, master's, and post-baccalaureate programs to advance your career or prepare you for a new one.
• Flexible scheduling with evening classes and in-person, hybrid and online formats meets the needs of the busy adult learner.
• Programs are offered at a growing number of convenient locations in Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia.
• Alvernia is the ideal choice for graduate students because of a growing number of affiliation agreements with other local institutions and industry partners and dedicated advisors to help through every step of the educational journey.

Program Overview


Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PSY 130: Exploring Research (3)
  • PSY 208: Human Development Across the Life Span (3)
  • PSY 230: Applications of Research (3)
  • PSY 250: Introduction to Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 301: History and Systems in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 314: Applications of Theories and Techniques (3)
  • PSY 408: Research Seminar (3)
  • PSY 450: Professional Ethics for the Helping Professional
Curriculum: Psychology Electives

Electives (15 credits)

  • Note: PSY 270 may not be used as a PSY elective for the major.

All psychology majors are required to do a year-long practicum during their senior year. Alvernia's internship is unique because during the students' two semesters in the internship, they can choose two different sites or spend two semesters at the same site.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Psychology Club is a university-wide student club and all students are welcome. PSI CHI is an international Honor Society and its membership is by invitation only. Psych Club and PSI CHI sponsor many activities including attendance at Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) annual conference, career panel, etc. Students who take service-learning courses have the opportunity to apply the content and skills learned in the classroom to service.


Alvernia is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the range of jobs available with a bachelor’s degree in psychology is projected to grow up to 22 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage in those professions in 2021 ranged from $50,000 to $81,000.

  • Psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Training and development
  • Healthcare
  • Criminal justice
  • Teacher
  • Human resources
  • Social worker
Learn More

For more information about Alvernia’s psychology program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or, or reach out directly to:

Di (Dee) You, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Psychology & Counseling Department Chair
Francis Hall, 141 B

Alumna counsels patient
Alumna connects patients to mental health services
As a peer support advocate, Brittany Millard, a 2018 psychology graduate, works with clients at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, evaluating their mental health goals and connecting them with the appropriate services.

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