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Applied Psychology Degree Program

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Help others reach their maximum potential

Working within your strengths nets the best results, yet people often struggle to maximize their strengths and reach their full potential in work and life. That’s where Franklin’s Applied Psychology Major comes in. If you have the tendency to recognize others’ strengths and enjoy helping people leverage their talents to achieve success, this major may be the perfect fit for your unique strengths. 

Our Applied Psychology degree program focuses on human strengths as well as challenges, which allows you to enjoy a psychology-related career with a non-traditional focus. You’ll gain the foundational knowledge needed to help individuals overcome obstacles and achieve psychological adjustment as well as the executive coaching skills required to improve individual and team performance in a variety of organizational settings.

Gain hands-on experience improving organizational performance

In Franklin’s Applied Psychology program, you’ll learn how to use assessment instruments, develop procedures for intervention planning, apply coaching methodologies to strengthen performance, utilize community mental services, and evaluate and support organizational change programs.

The coursework allows you to gain hands-on experience with psychological instrumentation, including 360-degree appraisals, behavioral interview guides, and standardized questionnaires. You’ll also gain real-world experiential coaching and interviewing skills through peer-based coaching activities.

Tailor courses around a variety of rewarding career opportunities

The Applied Psychology degree program prepares graduates for employment in a variety of career positions: career development, human services, human resources consulting and management, organizational development, executive and management coaching, performance assessment, and employee relations. And if you’re interested in becoming a licensed counselor or psychologist, our Applied Psychology Major provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies.

In addition to broadening your skill set and opening up new career opportunities, the Applied Psychology Major allows you to focus coursework around career-specific interests by offering a rich set of electives in these areas: Applied Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Public Safety Management, or Social and Behavioral Science.

Finish faster when you transfer earned credits

Franklin’s Applied Psychology degree program is transfer-friendly, too, which means you may be able to take fewer classes and finish your degree faster. And if you’ve already earned credits in psychology, management and business, or have experience in human service professions -- such as chemical dependency or child development -- you’ll be able to finish your undergraduate education while still maintaining the continuity of your course of study.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

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Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Organizational Assessment & Intervention
    • Lead project teams through the design of organizational diagnostics, strategic planning, and change management
    • Select appropriate assessment devices to improve personal adjustment and performance
    • Plan and execute strategies for organizational and individual development
    • Translate change management strategies and best practices into executable plans
    • Interpret assessment results to address a broad range of issues related to employee development and organizational effectiveness
  • Personnel Assessment
    • Conduct behavior-based employment interviews for effective person-to-job matching
    • Plan and coordinate personnel research, such as employee opinion surveys and cultural assessments
    • Conduct performance gap assessments, recommending solutions that align with needs of individuals and their work environments
    • Develop customized questionnaires to assess personal strengths, challenges and interests for the purpose of employee selection, placement, and promotion
    • Provide research-based insight and strategic recommendations for personnel-related issues, including organizational planning, recruitment, selection, morale, staff utilization, and productivity
  • Professional Development
    • Identify skill gaps within the workforce and develop appropriate training plans and skill-building workshops
    • Oversee training and professional development of leaders, team members, and other employees in areas such as problem-solving, interpersonal communication, and change management
    • Manage the creation of a strong succession plan and provide related training to designated leaders
    • Design and implement efficacy testing procedures to determine program effectiveness
  • Executive Coaching
    • Design and deliver leadership and professional development training workshops and sessions
    • Provide individual assessment, feedback, and coaching to improve leadership performance
    • Plan and execute executive development initiatives, including executive coaching and mentoring programs
    • Assess leadership development needs, targeting training opportunities to both veteran and emerging leaders
    • Coach organizational leaders through interpersonal challenges, strategic planning, large-scale implementations, and organizational or cultural change
  • Testing Instruments
    • Develop and validate assessment tools, such as questionnaires, surveys, and interview guides
    • Conduct studies to determine the predictive effectiveness of tests for specific purposes
    • Select the most suitable assessment instruments to achieve desired outcomes
    • Analyze behavior patterns and assessment results, developing recommendations for personal adjustment and effectiveness

Career Opportunities

  • Career Development Specialist

    Career Development Specialists develop and administer programs to help leaders and staff plan and attain their career goals.

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  • Employee Relations Representative

    Employee Relations Representatives promote employee welfare by mediating issues, resolving workplace problems, and assisting in the daily administration of human resources tasks.

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  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Trainer

    Interpersonal Effectiveness Trainers coach employees in improving interpersonal communications through self-awareness training and behavior modification.

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  • Executive Coach

    Executive Coaches use one-on-one coaching to help executives develop and refine leadership skills.

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  • Training and Development Specialists

    Training and Development Specialists create, implement, and evaluate employee training programs, assisting with new hire orientation, job transitions, and organizational change management.

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  • Human Services Counselor

    Human Services Counselors represent and support a constituency of people during resolution of a problem or crisis, providing life-skills instruction, and connecting others to valuable resources and assistance.

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Employment Outlook

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Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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and meet program faculty.

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