Psychology and Counseling Degree Programs


New jobs estimated to open for psychologists from 2019 to 20291


Median annual wage of $82,180 for psychologists as of May 20202

Discover if a GCU counseling degree or psychology degree is the right path for you. Choose from a variety of specializations within counseling or psychology to grow the expertise needed to best serve others. Whether you choose a degree in psychology or counseling, GCU’s degree programs equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a meaningful career helping others.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for psychologists to increase by about 3% from 2019 to 2029, as fast as average, accounting for an estimated increase of 5,700 jobs in the field.1

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, psychologists have a median annual wage of $82,180 as of May 2020.2

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Bachelor Psychology and Counseling Degrees

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Gain foundational skills to start your journey toward your desired vocation. A bachelor’s degree can give you the insight needed to pursue graduate education to further your career goals. With a bachelor’s degree from GCU, you will be enabled to make a career out of your passion to champion mental wellness. Program offerings span from behavior health science to psychology and sociology.

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Master’s Psychology and Counseling Degrees

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Expand upon your knowledge and step into a specialized psychology or counseling master’s degree. At GCU, we want your program to align with the causes you care about in the communities you serve. With a variety of emphasis options available, you can tailor your master’s degree program to your career goals. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter the human services field. Find a degree in clinical mental health counseling, mental health and wellness, or psychology.

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Doctoral Psychology and Counseling Degrees

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Become an expert in your field through a doctorate degree and enjoy career growth and increased opportunities. With a doctorate degree from GCU, you will also become equipped to activate the skills you learn to serve others well. Build on a master’s along a scholarly path in psychology or learn to teach and supervise counselors. Gain your PhD in General Psychology or Counselor Education and Supervision and reach higher levels of academic and practical expertise.

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Grad Certificates and Post-Master’s Psychology and Counseling Degrees

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Take your education a step further with our graduate certificates and post-master’s programs. Grad certificates or a post-master’s degree might give you the needed edge to compete effectively in the job market as a qualified candidate. These can prepare students for an advanced degree for those eager to acquire all available knowledge in their field. Some of our popular programs include the graduate certificate in Christian counseling and the Post-Master’s in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate.

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1COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists.

2The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Psychologists as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Psychologists. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.

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