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School of Behavioral Sciences

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Training Behavioral Sciences Students to Be Champions for Christ

Get a Degree in the Behavioral Sciences at a Christian University

Prepare to lead the way as you impact lives in the behavioral sciences field. The School of Behavioral Sciences at Liberty University approaches the study of human behavior by integrating scientific research, social practice, and the Christian faith. Here, we’ll help you develop the soft skills and gain the credentials you’ll need for success in this rapidly growing career field.

Choose from degree programs in Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work all taught from a Christian worldview.

Learn from experienced professors who are grounded in their faith and who share your passion for impacting lives and helping others.

Our Top Behavioral Sciences Degrees

B.S. in Psychology

120  Credit hours

11  Specializations

M.S.W. in Social Work

60  Credit hours

2  Specializations

Kenyon Knapp
Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences

“I am grateful for the opportunity to … help lead a group of stellar faculty in the School of Behavioral Sciences, and I also deeply resonate with the mission of Liberty to Train Champions for Christ.”
– Dr. Kenyon Knapp, Dean

School of Behavioral Sciences Departments

Kali Psychi Publication

Kali Psychi (The Good Mind or Soul) is published online once a term. In this publication, you’ll get:

  • A message from our dean
  • Program updates
  • Graduate spotlights
  • Faculty news
  • And more!

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What Behavioral Sciences Alumni are Saying

Dionna Doneghy | Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling — Traumatology
I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge in the field of counseling, especially regarding trauma. I think it’s going to allow me to better serve my students in the field that I work in currently ...
Olivia Hess | M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
My professors have been amazing. They've been a perfect mix of the challenge you expect from a graduate level, expecting a lot out of you and respecting you as a student enough to encourage you in the right ways. They're also extremely knowledgeable.
Hannah Jacklin | B.S. in Psychology – Counseling
… Liberty has helped equip me, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to achieve the goals that God has placed on my heart.
Dee Ledbetter | B.S. in Social Work
My internship...showed me how to support people at their weakest moments. They are looking for an advocate which is a really awesome position to be in.

Liberty School of Behavioral Sciences in the News

Liberty mourns death of Dr. Ralph Linstra, founding dean of School of Health Sciences

Former Liberty University School of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Ralph Linstra, 75, died on May 12. Linstra left a lasting legacy in his 45-year career in education, which included 27 years of dedication to Liberty students and faculty. Linstra arrived at Liberty in 1994 to teach…

Accreditation for the School of Behavioral Sciences

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees, as well as certificates at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Liberty University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (https://www.sacscoc.org/).

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