Applied Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology

Thinking About a Career in Applied Psychology?

What makes people tick? How does the human mind work? We may not know all of the answers, but at Hodges University, we will help you start to understand people and put that knowledge to good use in your chosen career field.

Many employers are looking for people who understand the science of people and personalities. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology, you will gain that understanding and have the tools needed to assess and resolve many problems related to the human experience. Hodges University’s Applied Psychology degree can help you get ahead in the business world and can lead to careers in mental health, social services, and education.

Students in the bachelor’s of psychology program receive a firm foundation in liberal arts that complements the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline. The curriculum consists of more than academics and graduates develop the professional attitude and behavior needed for working with others in human services, management, and other occupational roles.

Get Started in Applied Psychology

Where you start depends on where you are in your psychology career. Our admissions advisors will help you determine the best course for your Applied Psychology Degree Program based on your prior experience, prior education, and educational goals.

Hodges University’s Psychology Pathway has been designed to meet you where you are and provide the foundation for you to succeed in your career goals. We’ve devised our Applied Psychology program around working adults, and we offer the courses you need to propel you forward on campus, online, and through our blended approach.

The career outlook for psychology is greater than most, with the demand for psychologists, substance abuse counselors, and social workers growing at a rate of 16%. Small class size of 14:1 allows you to receive the individual attention you need to fully comprehend the subject matter and achieve the degree necessary to help you on your pathway to achievement. Psychologist, substance abuse counselors, and social workers find employment helping both adults and children through difficult times.

You will be on a rewarding path of fulfillment with an Applied Psychology Degree from Hodges U.

How is Hodges University’s Applied Psychology Program Different?

Substance Abuse Certification Option

Certification in the drug and alcohol field is an option available for students in this program. Students may choose to complete the Substance Abuse Counseling Specialty instead of the elective component. These courses meet the education and training requirement of the Florida Certification Board. The Substance Abuse Certification program is not available online.

Faculty Experience

Applied psychology faculty are highly experienced and qualified in the field. This real-world, applied knowledge is an invaluable resource for students studying to begin or advance their careers with a psychology major. Our faculty members recognize students as individuals and provide personal attention.

Flexible Scheduling

You can obtain your psychology degree on campus or completely online.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Hodges University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree program is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the human psyche to facilitate interpersonal interaction in the workplace.  You will be exposed to personality traits, social issues, effective communication skills, and intercultural dynamics.

Organizations involved in human relations, social awareness and advocacy, and general business are generally looking for employees with the “soft” business skills developed in our psychology program in addition to business-specific skills. After completing the bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology, you may find job opportunities in careers like:

  • Family Support Worker
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Intake Specialist / Assistant
  • Youth Mentor
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Case Manager
  • Psychometrician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Inmate Groups and Education Facilitator
  • High School Teacher
  • Residential Direct Care Staff
  • Discharge Planner

Graduate Studies

A Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology will provide a foundation for graduate studies in areas like:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Social Work
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Psychology

What is the Applied Psychology Career Outlook?

Job prospects are expected to be great for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, particularly for those with bachelor’s and master’s degrees looking for a psychology career path. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Some positions to consider with a Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology:

  • Mental Health Counselor – $30,540 – $56,409
  • Substance Abuse Counselor – $29,150 – $51,319
  • Social Worker – $31,014 – $64,864
  • Behavioral Health Specialist – $30,436 – $72,483

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Johanna Rocha - Applied Psychology

Career goal: 
I want to work as a counselor once I complete a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I want to work with people who have experienced domestic violence and any kind of trauma in their lifetime.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I am originally from Colombia. I moved here in 2011, and I did not know any English when I arrived. I enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Hodges, which I completed in 2012. I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree full time while also working a full-time job. Becoming a counselor has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. My education is one of the most important things in my life. I work as hard as I do because I want to be able to help people in need.

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I like to exercise in my free time. I have a love for shoes, and I enjoy reading and listening to music. I also am an avid soccer and basketball fan!

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University? My favorite class so far has been Assessments and Case Management with Professor Enslen. I feel like this class gave me a plethora of knowledge and skills, which I found very useful not only in my future career, but in my personal and professional life.

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
My favorite professors include Professor Enslen, Professor Garcia, Professor Calderin, Professor Olivares, Professor Caroline Hofmannand Professor McCue. Professor Enslen is a very compassionate and challenging professor. Professor Garcia is very knowledgeable. Professor Calderin really believes in her students and is encouraging throughout the entire course. Professor Olivares offers real-life knowledge and examples of the work he does in the field. Professor Caroline Hofmann is practical and realistic in the way she teaches and shares information, and Professor McCue believed in me and my writing when I didn’t believe in myself.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it? 
The biggest challenge has been the language barrier. Coming to this country and not knowing any English was a huge challenge; however, I overcame it with my passion and desire to succeed.

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you? 
It would mean the world to me and would be a dream come true. It would solidify all of my hard work and sacrifice.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University? 
This school is helpful to its students and offers a great deal of support and resources. My advice to any student coming to Hodges would be to utilize the resources that are offered to you and you will succeed. Be dedicated and passionate with your studies and do not give up on yourself.

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