Earn Your Community Psychology Degree Online from SMSU
42 Credit Hours (Major)
$305 per Credit
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Help Others Thrive Through Community Health Promotion
As a subfield of psychology, community psychology goes beyond helping individuals and aims to improve the environments and systems that affect human behavior and well-being. You can make a positive impact in your community or organization with a degree program focused on health promotion and wellness.
The online Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology and Health Promotion from Southwest Minnesota State University emphasizes community development, prevention programming, advocacy, and mental health education.
- Cross-disciplinary degree
- Real-world experience
- Transfer credits accepted
- Waivable application fee
- 100 field hours
Community Psychology Courses Grounded in Applied Learning
14 Major Courses
42 Major Credits
2 Required Internships
As a student in the online bachelor of community psychology and health promotion degree, you will complete two internships to gain valuable field experience and prepare for the unique challenges professionals encounter in health promotion degree jobs. You will also study an interdisciplinary curriculum combining courses from psychology, communications, social work, and management, delivering the well-rounded education you need to excel.
- PSYC 260: Developmental Psychology
- PSYC 360: Cross-Cultural Psychology
- PSYC 440: Advanced Health Psychology
- SWRK 351: Diverse and At-Risk Populations
SMSU Admission Requirements
Start Date May 21, 2024 Summer Term 2024
Admission to the online community psychology degree program begins by submitting your application. Take the next step towards a rewarding career by completing your application today with support from the SMSU enrollment team.
|Online Application Form
|$20 waivable fee*
|Send official high school transcripts. Transfer students must send transcripts from each institution attended
|2.5 minimum, 3.0 recommended
Additional information and requirements may be necessary for international students. Please contact our enrollment team to learn more.
It’s always the right time to invest in your education with SMSU. Contact an enrollment counselor by calling 1-800-201-2944 to get started today.Admissions Details
SMSU’s Online Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion Features Affordable Tuition
Calculate your cost for attending SMSU Use our tuition calculator to help you estimate your total tuition costs.
Investing in your education is the first step towards creating a successful future for yourself. Whether applying for a college degree for the first time or picking back up where you left off, Southwest Minnesota State University’s tuition and aid packages can assist you. With scholarships available and competitive tuition, we’ll ensure you earn your degree affordably.
|Cost per Credit Hour
|Total Credit Hours
|Total Estimated Cost**
|$42,388.80 – $42,916.80
|$52.64 per credit hour (Fall & Spring)
$48.24 per credit hour (Summer)
|The estimated tuition cost does not include factors like textbooks or other expenses
SMSU proudly welcomes active military and veteran students. We accept the GI Bill™ and VA education benefits. Learn more by contacting an enrollment counselor or by visiting our military benefits page.
Financial Aid Options & Support
Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of solutions to help you invest in your education. SMSU offers in-state tuition rates to all students, along with a variety of financial services, including military benefits, financial aid opportunities, and scholarships for qualifying applicants.
Take your next step in financing your education by completing your FAFSA today. Use SMSU’s school code: 002375Tuition Details
Begin a Rewarding Career in Health Promotion and Wellness
Jobs in community psychology and other health promotion degree jobs play an essential role in every community, combining direct action with research to create positive change. Enter the social services and mental health field or continue your studies at the master’s level to open even more professional doors. Job growth in this field is expected to grow faster than the national average through 2032,1 making now an ideal time to earn a versatile online community psychology degree.
Explore Community Psychology Jobs
Health education specialist $59,990 per year2
Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselor $49,710 per year3
This flexible, online community psychology degree program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in community psychology, health psychology, mental health counseling, or health promotion. It also offers the knowledge base you need to enter the field immediately and make a direct impact in entry-level roles. In as few as two years, you can build the skill set you need for career and academic success.
What You’ll Learn
- Handle real-world situations from internships
- Prevent major psychological health problems
- Strengthen natural support systems
- Create prevention programming, advocacy and mental health education
- Pursue careers in business, marketing, public relations, law enforcement, health services, gerontology, and more
Meet Our Faculty
SMSU employs a faculty of experts who are top-skilled in their fields. Our educators are fully committed to providing each student with personalized and thoughtful instruction to help you succeed academically and professionally.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Christine Olson, Professor of Psychology
Dr. Christine Olson joined SMSU in 1999 and is responsible for helping weave civic engagement into the fabric of SMSU.
Working with an interdisciplinary group of faculty active in service learning, she established the SMSU Center for Civic & Community Engagement in 2003. The Center emphasizes civic and community engagement on SMSU’s campus by incorporating these efforts into student learning experiences. She served as co-coordinator with her colleague, Scott Peterson, for most years up to 2016.
Olson earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Bethany College, a master’s degree in counseling and higher education administration from Kansas State University, and a PhD in counseling psychology from Arizona State University. She was the 2018 recipient of the Cowan Award, a distinction given to SMSU faculty or staff members who have contributed to both the University and the region through civic engagement, community partnerships, social entrepreneurship, and more.
Learn Online with Southwest Minnesota State University
Whether you’re enrolling in a degree program for the first time or completing a degree you previously started, learning online with SMSU provides the flexibility you need to be successful. Our online programs offer the same rigorous curriculum delivered on campus, plus the convenience of studying on your schedule from the location of your choice.Discover SMSU Online
Sources and Disclaimers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Community and Social Service Occupations.” Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/home.htm.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Health Education Specialists.” Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors.” Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm.
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**Tuition costs and fees will vary based on semesters of enrollment and number of transfer credits accepted. Contact our enrollment team to learn more.