Magazine article Psychology Today

Careers in Psychology

Magazine article Psychology Today

Careers in Psychology

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PSYCHOLOGY ENCOM PASSES human behavior In Its near-infinite variety, making it inherently interesting to so many people that it is the second most popular college major (after business administration). Understanding how the human mind works is of practical value in almost any field, from management to law to communications to sales. But the field of psychology itself offers an impressive array of career options-from life coaching, counseling, family and individual therapy to research, teaching, and prescribing medication to treat and prevent disorders of the mind. * At the undergraduate level, students can choose between a Bachelor of Science ora Bachelor of Arts in psychology. A B.S. preps someone for careers grounded in the "harder" sciences-neuroscience and psychopharmacology-while a B.A. steeps students in theoretical aspects, along with clinical and social applications. At the graduate level, the psycuriouscan head down the master's or doctoral route. Want to become a therapist in less than four years? A master's in social work, mental health counseling, or marriage and family therapy typically takes two years and can often be completed wholly or partially online. * On the following pages you can get a glimpse of the professional options afforded by each degree, as well as cost and employment prospects. - Katherine Schreiber

California Southern University


phone: (800) 477-2254, website:

Programs: Psychology, Business, Criminal Justice, and Law

Online Courses: 100 percent online

Accredited: Yes, Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)

Degrees: A.A., B.A., B.B.A., B.S.C.J., B.S.A.T,. M.B.A., M.A., M.S., M.S.L., Psy.D., D.B.A., J.D., and Psychology and Business certificates

School Type: Private

Tuition: Varies by program ($250-$395 per credit)

Financial Aid: No

Full-Time/Part-Time: Both

Fulfills Licensing Requirements: M.A. and Psy.D.: California

Offices: 930 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620

Program at a Glance:

Founded in 1978, California Southern University offers accredited Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs. All CalSouthern programs are offered 100 percent online through personalized one-on-one mentoring, ideal for the busy, working professional. Students who enroll at CalSouthern become part of a community of faculty, administration, staff, and fellow students who are eager to provide them the tools and support they need to succeed in their academic program. Students get educational support during their academic journey. CalSouthem's faculty mentors get to know each student's learning style, interests, and goals, to provide the best possible educational experience. Faculty mentors are gifted educators with professional experience in their areas of expertise. CalSouthern faculty and staff measure themselves by students' satisfaction and success. It's what distinguishes CalSouthern, and it's what the university takes pride in.

alumni success story Saving Soldiers

Dr. Inge Guen (Psy.D., 2011) is known nationally for her work with Americas wounded warriors. She cares for severely injured service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. A passionate advocate and fundraiser, Dr. Guen also is a sought-after speaker on this cause. In recognition of her work, in 2011 she was awarded the Walworth Medal for Patriotism by the Daughters of the American Revolution. More recently, she was coined (a traditional military honor) by Lieutenant General Horoho, the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the Army Medical Command, in recognition of her clinical work and fundraising activities.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Irvine, CA; Westwood, CA; & Washington, D.C.

phone: (800) 721-8072, website:

Programs: Applied Behavior Analysis, Applied Clinical Psychology, Business Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education, Forensic Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, International Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy, Organizational Leadership, Psychology

Online Courses: Yes

Accredited: Yes, Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Degrees: M. …

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