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The psychology program is designed to cultivate Franciscan servant leaders with an integrated knowledge of the science of psychology for community engagement. Through vocational discernment, learner-centered teaching, and active-learning experiences, graduates will be prepared for 21st century careers and entry into advanced degree programs.

An integrated knowledge of psychology is developed by selecting 24-credits from four content domains identified by the American Psychological Association (APA): (1) learning and cognition, (2) biological, (3) sociocultural, and (4) developmental. Students gain breadth of knowledge by selecting one course from each content domain (12 credits) and depth of knowledge by selecting four additional upper-division courses in any content domain (12 credits), allowing students to align curricula with their vocational goals. Additionally, students engage in an integrative capstone experience, which provides opportunities to consolidate learning experiences throughout their undergraduate career and fine-tune long-term vocational goals necessary to succeed in these goals.


Students can be accepted into the program at the beginning of any term. Students may enroll on full-time or part-time basis. Both entering freshman and transfer students may begin the program.

Psychology Degree Options

FranU offers two psychology degree options:

Option 1 is primarily for degree-seeking students only interested in a Psychology degree.

Option 2 allows students to embed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses and internships into a 121-credit hour degree plan. Successful completion of the degree plan results in students receiving both a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a certificate in ABA.

Please click here to find more information about the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate.

See the curriculum below for a degree plan with ABA certificate courses embedded. Currently, ABA courses are only offered in the face-to-face format; however, other courses in the psychology degree plan may be offered online or face-to-face.


See the Published Tuition & Fee Schedule available from the Admissions Office or on our website.

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form this may be done online at

Application Procedures

Students should complete the regular application online indicating Psychology as the selected program. Any questions related to the online application process should be addressed through the Admissions Office at 225-490-1619. There is no separate application process for the Liberal Studies Program.


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Requirements for Graduation
  1. Completion of one hundred twenty (120) hours in the required courses
  2. An overall grade point average of 2.00 (out of 4.00), including all transfer courses
  3. Fulfillment of the residency requirement of the University for the baccalaureate degree, which is 36 credit hours
  4. Clearance of all indebtedness to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University including the return of all material


Curriculum Notes:

Total hours for Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is 120 Credit Hours

Total hours for Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with the embedded Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses and internships is 120 Credit Hours

Additional requirements: 2 Service Learning Courses

*General Education Requirement: Students completing a baccalaureate degree must complete 44 credit hours of general education coursework. See the academic catalog for information on general education requirements.

**General Elective courses may be selected from a variety of disciplines with departmental approval. Coursework to fulfill requirements for a minor may be used to meet this requirement.