Troy University was founded in 1887 with an act of the Alabama legislature establishing the Troy State Normal School as an institution to educate teachers. Extension courses for teachers were offered and teaching certificates granted until 1929 when the school's charter was changed. At that time, it was renamed Troy State Teacher's College. It was during that year that the college moved to its present site where Shackelford Hall, named for Edward Madison Shackelford, President of the school from 1899 to 1936, and Bibb Graves Hall, named for David Bibb Graves, Governor of Alabama, were dedicated.
When veterans returned from World War II to take advantage of the GI Bill, the enrollment of the college more than doubled, leading to degree programs in other disciplines besides teaching. In 1957, the State Board of Education changed the name of the school to Troy State College in recognition of the expanded degree offerings.
Extension courses offered at nearby Fort Rucker and later at Maxwell Air Force Base began the school's long history with the military. A separate teaching center was established at Fort Rucker in 1961 and is today the Dothan Campus. Another established at Maxwell Air Force Base in 1965 led to today's Montgomery Campus. These satellite campuses led to the creation of the TROY Global Campus which operates teaching sites outside of Alabama, and, in 1973, the university opened sites at military bases in Florida.
The school became Troy State University in 1967 and, in 1982, the Troy State University System was established. In 2004, the school was again renamed to Troy University to better reflect the worldwide mission of the institution and all campuses came under one accreditation in 2005.
Troy University Accreditation Details
Troy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university also holds specialized accreditation by the following organizations:
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
- Council on Rehabilitation Education
- Council on Social Work Education
- National Association of Schools of Music
- Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
Troy University Application Requirements
Students who will be attending college for the first time must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a 950 on the SAT. Students who are 25 years of age or older do not have to submit ACT or SAT scores. All students must submit a high school transcript.
Graduate students must provide a recommendation who can attest to the student's potential for success as well as their written and oral communication skills. Students must provide official transcripts from each college and university attended and submit official GRE, MAT or GMAT scores. Students who are attending on campus must provide a medical history form.
Troy University Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition for in-state students is $287 per credit hour while out-of-state students pay $574 per credit hour. Graduate tuition for in-state students is $397 per credit hour while out-of-state students pay $794 per credit hour. Some programs may have higher per credit hour costs than others.
Financial aid is available for qualifying students in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans, both federally subsidized and private. In addition, students may qualify for work-study programs as well. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for federal financial aid. Troy University accepts military benefits and employer-funded tuition as well.
Troy University Online Degrees Available
Bachelor in Psychology
The Bachelor in Psychology at Troy University provides students with an understanding of behavior and mental processes. Students are prepared for study at the graduate level for careers in psychology, health professions or social work. Students are provided a sound preparation for describing, understanding, predicting and controlling events in their lives and the lives of other. The program is available in a 36-hour major with 18-hour minor option or a 54-hour major with no minor. The 36-hour major provides students the opportunity to select courses from three major areas of psychology:
- Natural Science
- Social Science
- Applied Psychology
The 54-hour program is more structured, emphasizing scientific investigation and the core areas of psychology. Core courses required for the program include courses such as General and Developmental Psychology along with liberal arts courses in English, Social Sciences and Math. In addition, students must successfully complete:
- Orientation to Psychology
- Basic Statistics
- Abnormal Psychology
- Research Methods
- Psychology of Learning
- Social Psychology
- Physiological Psychology
- History and Systems of Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
Courses required for the minor in the program include:
- Psychology of Learning
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
- Evaluation of Research for the Behavioral Treatment of Individuals with Autism and Developmental Delays
- Behavioral Assessment of Individuals with Autism and Developmental Delays
- Behavioral Treatment of Individuals with Autism and Development Delays
- The Behavioral Analyst as a Professional and Ethical Practitioner
- Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum I and II
Students must discuss the practicum requirement with an advisor as practicums are required as part of national credentialing in the psychology field.
The Bachelor in Psychology program is available in an entirely online format which provides students with flexibility. Online courses move at a faster pace than traditional classes so it is important for online learners to be motivated and disciplined to manage the coursework required. Students participate in online discussions, take assessments and have the opportunity to collaborate with the instructor and fellow classmates. The online program is designed with the adult learner in mind, especially those with obligations that may be obstacles to furthering their education.
Troy University began offering programs with the adult learner in mind long before other colleges and universities began doing so. Today, their online program has a global outreach, allowing students who may have other obligations preventing them from furthering their education to return to school and earn a higher degree. Troy University's online program is specifically designed for the adult learner who is seeking a new career or wants to advance in a current career.