Social Services & Nonprofit Management

BA in Applied Psychology

The Social Services and Nonprofit Management concentration is designed for BA in Applied Psychology students interested in organizational development, social work and conflict management. Students will be trained in social welfare policies and services, conflict management skills and behavioral psychology.

This degree is ideal for students seeking careers in the nonprofit industry, management and social services.


The BA in Applied Psychology with Social Services concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Courses in this degree program are offered in accelerated, 8-week sessions. All courses are offered in the traditional (in-person) format with several courses also available online.

I. Applied Psychology Major Courses: 39 credit hours

  • CPST 250 Foundations of Organizations
  • CPST 360 Organizational Development and Change
  • CPST 370 Leadership Theories and Applications
  • CPST 380 Leadership, Culture and Ethics
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 275 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 279 Judgment and Decision-Making
  • PSYC 304 Statistics
  • PSYC 306 Research Methods
  • PSYC 338 Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 353 Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC 356 Consumer Psychology
  • PSYC 362 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

II. SCPS Core: 6 credit hours

  • CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
  • CPST 201 Professional Identity and Development

III. Capstone: 3 credit hours

  • CPST 397 Capstone

Admission to the concentration in Social Services & Nonprofit Management has been suspended.

III. Social Services & Nonprofit Management Concentration

  • SOWK 200: Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWK 201: Social Welfare Policy and Social Work I
  • SOWK 301: Social Work with Individuals and Families
  • SOWK 307: Policies and Strategies of Community Intervention
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
  • PSYC 362: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

IV. University Core Requirements

What are employers looking for? Employers say they are looking for a demonstrated capacity in these areas:

  • think critically
  • communicate clearly
  • solve complex problems
  • ethical judgment and integrity
  • intercultural skills
  • the capacity for continued new learning
  • written and oral communication
  • applied knowledge in real-world settings
  • broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences

In the University Core you will further develop your skills. Learn more about University Core Requirements.

V. Electives

A total of 120 credits are required for the degree at Loyola University Chicago. Sources of the remaining credits can include courses offered in the SCPS 8-week session schedule or the 16-week semester schedule. Transfer credits (not already used in the major, concentration, or University Core), Prior Learning Assessment, CLEP, DSST, or ACE-evaluated credits (such as your military transcript) can all used to fulfill the remaining elective credit requirements that get you to 120 credits, subject to residency and other requirements.

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