Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology (PBCP)

Graduate school preparation for non-psychology majors. 

Counselors, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, and other behavioral health professionals are all in high demand. If you’re passionate about psychology but lack an undergraduate degree in the field, our post-baccalaureate certificate in psychology (PBCP) can bridge that gap and open doors to various career opportunities for you. We will cover prerequisites you need for graduate school and prepare you with the latest findings in this fascinating field.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology

Why Earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology at Mary Baldwin?

This highly flexible and customizable program prepares students with majors other than psychology to successfully pursue a master’s or doctorate-level psychology graduate program. You and a psychology faculty advisor will work together to design a personalized educational plan of 13-17 semester hours that offers you a solid foundation in psychological theories and principles.

Enjoy a program that’s tailored to your specific needs while receiving hands-on support from faculty on selecting and applying to the right graduate school for you.

100% Online Option Available

Get your post-baccalaureate psychology certificate entirely online. We know how busy you are with responsibilities both at work and at home. That’s why we meet you where you are by giving you the leeway to earn your PBCP on your own time, in your own way, and according to your own schedule.


Working closely with a dedicated psychology faculty advisor, you will create a personalized plan consisting of 13-17 semester hours. This plan will provide you with a strong foundation in psychological theories and principles, ensuring your preparedness for a master’s or doctorate-level psychology graduate program.


Our sample course list provides a glimpse of what you can expect, but keep in mind that exact requirements may be adjusted to align with your educational and work experience. As a typical post-baccalaureate certificate in psychology student, your completion plan might include courses like:

  • PSYC 151: Survival Skills for the PBCP Student (1 cr)
  • PSYC 220: Experimental Psychology (4 cr)
  • PSYC 250: Behavioral Statistics (3 cr)
  • Two additional psychology courses at the 200-level or above, with at least 1 course at the 300 level or higher (6 cr)
  • PSYC 401: Thesis, Independent Research, or Internship (3 cr)

The Advantages of Academic Certificates 

Enhance your knowledge and skills

Academic certificates provide focused and structured learning. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and develop practical skills in research and principles in psychology. This specialized expertise can enhance your career prospects and improve your overall competency.

Advance Your Career:  

Academic certificates can open doors to new career opportunities or help you progress within your current profession. Employers often value candidates who demonstrate commitment and expertise by earning additional credentials. It can set you apart from other candidates and increase your chances of securing promotions or higher-level positions.

Gain Industry Relevance:

Academic certificates are designed to align with industry standards and emerging trends. By earning a certificate, you ensure that your knowledge and skills are up to date, making you more relevant and competitive in the job market. 

Network Your Way into Better Opportunities: 

Pursuing an academic certificate often involves interacting with fellow students, instructors, and professionals in the field. This provides opportunities to expand your professional network and establish valuable connections with individuals who share similar interests or work in related industries. Networking can lead to collaborations, mentorships, job referrals, and other professional opportunities.

Cost and Financial Aid 

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

It’s time to level up your career. Apply today!