Psychology, Applied (Bachelor of Arts, Honours)

It is important that students start to work on their applications early to this program as they must find a faculty supervisor prior to the application deadline. NOTE: In addition to applying to the program at for acceptance into this program, an internal department application is required to be sent to the BA Coordinator before May 1. That application form may be obtained on the Psychology Blackboard Communication Centre. Students will not be accepted into the Honours program, without approval from the Department.

Humanities & Social Sciences
Length of Program
Eight semesters
Credential Type
Bachelor's Degree
New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology – Honours is an excellent option if you are interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology or another discipline. The honours degree has the same basic structure as the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology but concentrates more on third- and fourth-year Psychology coursework. The honours research thesis gives you the opportunity to develop and carry out supervised, independent research.

If you intend to take the honours program, you should first apply to the regular Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology after completing 60 credits of undergraduate coursework (typically an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science). Then, you should attend a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology – Honours info session or contact the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology Coordinator for advising. Once you are in your final (fourth) academic year (Fall, Winter), you will then be able to apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology – Honours program.

    Program Requirements

    Curriculum Framework

    Graduation Requirements:

    In addition to the 60 credits of first and second year coursework in the Diploma or Associate Degree, students must complete an additional 60 credits (120 total) of University Transfer coursework. A minimum of forty five (45) credits must be at the 3000-4000 level in Psychology.

    Important: At least 40% (48 credits) of all course work, and 30 credits of Upper Level Psychology course work must be completed at Douglas College. University Transferrable Courses must transfer to one of the five Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC.


    Required (Mandatory) Courses:

    PSYC 3300 Applied Intermediate Research Methods & Data Analysis with a B grade or better

    3 credits

    PSYC 3301 Applied Organizational Research Methods

    3 credits

    PSYC 3309

    or PSYC3308

    Critical Issues in Psychology

    History and Philosophy of Modern Psychology

    3 credits
    PSYC 3330 An Introduction to Social Psychology 3 credits
    PSYC 3390 Applications of Psychological Knowledge 3 credits
    PSYC 4390 Honours Seminar 3 credits
    PSYC 4400 Honours Thesis I 3 credits
    PSYC 4410 Honours Thesis II 3 credits

    One of:

    PSYC 3320 Child Behavior and Development 3 credits
    PSYC 3321 Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
    PSYC 3322 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging 3 credits

    NOTE: PSYC 3300 must be taken before enrolling in PSYC 4410 - Honours Thesis II

    NOTE: PSYC 3301 should be taken in the same semester as PSCY 4410.

    Elective Courses:

    One (1) upper level psychology courses  3 credits
    Five (5) upper level or lower level University Transfer courses from any discipline  15 credits

    Applied Area of Concentration:

    Five (5) courses in an applied area of concentration (see BA Applied Psychology) 15 credits

    The BA in Applied Psychology – Honours is best suited for students who are interested in applying for graduate school, or who would like more intensive research experience.





    Admissions Requirements

    For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.

    All applicants must meet the general college admission requirements for Douglas College.

    Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology will occur after the completion of 60 credits. Students must have all of the following: 


    a) A two year (60 credit) Associate of Arts or Science degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.


    b) Completion of the following courses with minimum grade of C- in each (or equivalent): 

    PSYC 1100 (Introduction to Psychology I)

    PSYC 1200 (Introduction to Psychology II)


    c) Completion of the following courses (or their appropriate equivalent) with a minimum grade of C (60%): 

    PSYC 2300 Data Analysis in Psychology,

    PSYC 2301 Research Methods in Psychology,

      And two of:

    PSYC 2315 (Biological Psychology), or

    PSYC 2341 (Abnormal Psychology), or

    PSYC 2360 (Cognitive Psychology)


    Additional Admission Requirements for the Honours Degree:

    1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33 (or approval by the program coordinator in special circumstances);
    2. A completed application form from the Psychology Department, including agreement from a Psychology faculty member to supervise the honours thesis.

    Psychosocial Rehabilitation Concentration

    PSR entrance interview for BA Applied Psychology or Applied Psychology Honours students


    The departmental admission process uses a structured interview by a coordinator to provide information about the roles and responsibilities of students and faculty, and to evaluate whether students have met the following criteria that are needed for successful completion of the PSR courses, including:

    •     4th year status by start of PSR coursework

    •     Service learning course (PSYC 3390) completed or in progress

    •     Work/volunteer experience relevant to a helping role in the mental health sector


    Students will

    •   submit a Letter of Intent outlining the reasons for choosing this program, long- and short-term goals, and strengths and limitations.

    •   submit an up-to-date resume including any volunteering or paid work relevant to a helping role in the mental health sector.


    You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

    Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

    Program Guidelines

    Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


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    Tuition deposit

    When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.