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Psychology, Bachelor's


Studying psychology provides a gateway into a wide variety of exciting professions.

No matter your goals in life, the skills you develop through studying for a psychology degree can help you achieve them.

How do you see yourself impacting society? Is it through one-on-one interactions in a clinical setting? Conducting innovative research to unlock the inner workings of the human mind? Supporting children with autism or adults with developmental delays? The opportunities are endless.
Psychology at DeSales - Boyce Jubilan, Ph.D.The DeSales psychology major is founded upon supportive faculty-student interactions in the classroom, seminars, and independent research courses.

Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: This program is SAT optional.
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

When to Apply

We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.


The psychology curriculum is founded upon supportive faculty-student interactions in the classroom, seminars, and independent research courses.

Coursework will foster the development of your interpersonal and analytical skills and refine your written and oral communication skills.

Psychology - General Track

If you want to study psychology but haven’t decided on a specific area of focus, or you just want to keep your options open, then the general psychology track is the place for you.

Psychology - Clinical/Counseling

If your passion is for helping people through research-based methods, a major in psychology with a clinical focus may be right for you. The track is designed for students who choose to pursue a career in applied psychology and other mental health-related professions.

Psychology - Experimental/Research

The goal of the experimental/research track is to prepare you to enter a psychology Ph.D. program. In this track you will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a yearlong research project while taking a broad range of psychology courses.

Psychology - Forensic

Do criminals think differently than normal people? How do psychologists interact with the courts? When might psychologists consult for law enforcement? If you're curious about how psychology can be applied to legal and investigative work, maybe the field of forensic psychology is for you.

STEP Teacher Certification Program

If you think you'd like to teach secondary school, our STEP program will prepare you to become certified in Social Science. 

Careers & Internships

The psychology program at DeSales provides a broad base of coursework in psychology that lays the groundwork for your future in a variety of fields.

We strongly believe that the skills you develop in a psychology program can be applied to any career. Many of our students also choose to pursue graduate work at the masters or doctorate level so as to grow their expertise.


Psychology students are strongly encouraged to complete internships while they are at DeSales. Internships are a valuable opportunity to explore career options and to guide future studies.

The following are examples of recent internships completed by DeSales students. There are many more possible options available based on your interests.

  • Adolescent Transitions Unit, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Americorps Vista
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem
  • Care Net Lehigh Valley
  • Children's Integrated Center for Success
  • Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley
  • Community Service Foundation
  • DeSales University Academic Resource Center
  • Haven House Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • IMPACT Project Inc.
  • The Journey Home – Art Therapy
  • KidsPeace
  • Lehigh County Adult Probation
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network Behavioral Health Sciences Center
  • Lifepath
  • Manito Life Center - Equine Therapy
  • Mind of the Athlete
  • Mitzvah Circle Foundation
  • Montgomery Elementary Guidance Office
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Northampton County Juvenile Justice Center
  • Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican
  • Sacred Heart Hospital
  • TeenCentral.Net
  • Valley Youth House

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Behavioral Health Case Management
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Psychology Teaching at a University
  • School Counseling
  • Social Work


Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2022-2023

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $41,100

Room and Board - $13,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for First-Year students and Transfers - $200
Total = $56,300 (including first-year/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Total cost for resident students: $61,474

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $41,100
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for First-Year students and Transfers - $200
Total = $42,600 (including first-year/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Total cost for commuter students: $49,912


Direct Costs
Tuition - $41,100
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for First-Year students and Transfers - $200
Total = $42,600 (including first-year/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Living Expenses - $7,870
Total cost for off-campus students: $57,782
*First-year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75


Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator


Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology

DeSales University has a chapter of the Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology. Both traditional day and adult studies students who meet the academic requirements are welcome to join. The DSU Psi Chi chapter is in its 35th year of membership in 2022.

Visit Psi Chi's Website
DeSales Psych & CJ Digital Lab

Psych & CJ Digital Lab

The Psychology and Criminal Justice Digital Laboratory in Dooling Hall houses a computer lab, research equipment, and psychological testing rooms. This space is used for in-class lab activities, undergraduate research projects, and classroom instruction.
Explore the Digital Lab

Study Abroad

DeSales has an international experience for every student, every major, for every student athlete — we have something for everyone, no matter what.

We have many international agreements that allow you to study abroad for a semester at the same cost as your DeSales tuition, and you can use your financial aid!

Learn about our study abroad opportunities
Study Abroad Rome

Career Preparation from Day One

We're passionate about helping our students and alumni explore major and career options, find experiential education, and achieve post-graduation success in an evolving global world. 

Explore the Career Development Center
Psychology Club

Psychology Club

Want to connect with other students interested in psychology?

The Psychology Club is student organization open to all majors. The club’s main focus is on engaging in psychology related service opportunities.

Check out Psychology Club

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