Online Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science – Counseling Military Members and Veterans

Arizona State University’s online Bachelor of Science in counseling and applied psychological science with a concentration in counseling military members and veterans focuses on the specific challenges faced by military members and veterans, equipping you with the skills to support their mental health needs. Aligned with ASU's commitment to assisting those who have served our country and providing access to all qualified students, this program will prepare you for rewarding careers in organizations serving this population.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 41

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Prepare for a career counseling military members and veterans

This program provides you with comprehensive preparation for a career in counseling military members and veterans. Upon graduation, you’ll be well-prepared for various jobs within the defense market, such as behavioral health specialist, psychological operations, family support specialist, special operatives and peer specialist, particularly within the VA System and armed services.

Additionally, with your specialized skills and knowledge in supporting military members and veterans, you'll be a competitive candidate for graduate programs in counseling, social work and applied areas of psychology. However, it's important to note that while this program provides a strong foundation, meeting specific admission requirements for graduate professional programs will depend on the individual school's criteria.

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop

As a counseling and applied psychological science program, you’ll first develop foundational skills in communication, analytical thinking, research, interpersonal relations, leadership, problem-solving and adaptability. These skills are essential for the broader fields of counseling and applied psychology.

In addition to these foundational skills, you’ll gain concentration-specific knowledge on counseling military members and veterans, including:

  • Mental performance.
  • Military psychology and counseling.
  • Navigating combat trauma.
  • Social issues in counseling.

These specialized courses will equip you with the insights and expertise needed to address the unique challenges faced by military members and veterans, empowering you to make a meaningful impact in their lives.

Who’s a good fit for this program?

Ideal candidates for this program include military service members seeking career advancement, students interested in working in military and veteran service organizations, those seeking specialization in military and veteran studies and recent retirees looking for personal growth. While there’s no specific occupational profile required, this program may be most suitable for those in public service or occupations that interact with military or veteran populations.

Please note: Graduates of this program can’t claim to be military psychologists or other professions requiring graduate education and licensure. This program introduces foundational ideas related to military psychology and counseling with an intentional focus on the interaction between military psychology and counseling.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Take courses in military psychology, counseling and more

You’ll first delve into foundational courses covering counseling and applied psychological sciences, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of counseling principles and psychological theories. As you progress, you’ll take concentration-specific courses focusing on counseling military members and veterans.

This program culminates with a mandatory internship, offering valuable hands-on experience in the field. For instance, you may have the opportunity to observe mental health professionals or shadow in a low-risk clinic to gain insight into the daily work of counseling military members and veterans. This practical experience will give you valuable insights into the daily work of counseling military members and veterans, preparing you for your future career.


The jobs this program prepares you for

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a variety of rewarding careers, commonly within the armed services and VA system. With your specialized knowledge and competencies, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of military members, veterans and their families. Additionally, you may pursue graduate programs in counseling, social work and applied areas of psychology, further enhancing your career opportunities in this field. Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:

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Learn from experts in the field of counseling and psychology

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Learn from experts in the field of counseling and psychology

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Study at a globally recognized university

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 5


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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