Message from the Dean

The School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (BAS) at Azusa Pacific University prepares leaders in the helping disciplines.

BAS comprises a high-quality faculty, comprehensive curricula, and a cohesive learning community. We integrate scholarship and service with a faith perspective that deepens the disciplines. Our programs provide the education and experience you need to make a significant difference in our world.

Students pursuing careers in clinical psychology, family psychology, or marriage and family therapy enroll in the Department of Graduate Psychology for its unique environment that fosters invaluable self-discovery and promotes extensive practical experience. The psychology degree programs prepare students for licensure with the state of California and offer an interdisciplinary approach to the field of psychology.

The Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology prepares graduates for key leadership roles in colleges and universities, churches, national and international mission and ministry organizations, government, business, health care, public service, and the nonprofit sector.

The Department of Higher Education programs focus on preparing values-driven scholars and leaders to have a positive impact on student learning and social justice in higher education.

The Department of Physical Therapy produces professionals with a solid generalist perspective of patient care in a variety of professional treatment settings, and a strong foundation for post-professional specialization and lifelong learning.

The Department of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work for students seeking careers in settings such as foster care facilities, counseling centers, hospitals, schools, and other helping agencies that advocate for vulnerable populations and advance social justice.

All programs within the school carry a distinctly Christian perspective that challenges students intellectually and spiritually while remaining flexible and student-oriented. Creative scheduling allows professionals engaged in evolving careers to enroll in graduate courses taught by highly qualified faculty and held on APU’s Azusa campus and at regional centers throughout Southern California.

The selection of a graduate program greatly impacts your personal and professional development. We invite you to get to know us – visit our campus, tour our facilities, attend a class session, meet with a faculty member – as you make your decision. We look forward to hearing from you!


Robert Welsh, Ph.D., ABPP
School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.