The concepts of psychology learned at the bachelor’s level have a very wide application in most fields and can thus be valuable to nearly any career. Common career paths for graduates of an undergrad psychology program includes general health professions, social work, human resources, law, law enforcement, coaching, business, marketing and many more.
More such career opportunities are listed in the entries presented in this college rankings article. Here, we supplement previous rankings of degrees in psychology studies, which were based on average yearly net price. The list below ranks online bachelor’s degrees in psychology studies also using net price, as well as additional institutional factors, for a more selective ranking. If you are seeking out an online bachelor’s degree in psychology or related topics on the basis of more than just net price, this list may be of great value to you in your college search. The ranking factors are described in the Ranking Methodology section at the bottom of this article.
College Ranking Dashboard Information
Each entry for the 35 colleges ranked below provides a summary of online undergrad psychology degrees at the bachelor’s level. In addition to the summary for each entry, there is a “data dashboard.” In these dashboards, you can find charts and data points. The latter either come from NCES (http://nces.ed.gov/) data or are calculated. A legend for each dashboard data point list is shown below, followed by the 35 ranked colleges. The ranking methodology is at the end of this article.
- Year established: when this campus (or sometimes the parent) was founded.
- Location: location of campus, or headquarters for all-distance colleges
- In-state tuition + fees: listed average undergrad tuition plus mandatory fees for in-state students.
- Out-of-state tuition +fees: listed average undergrad tuition plus mandatory fees for out-of-state students.
- Net price: the yearly average total cost for all students (tuition, fees, books, etc.)
- %fulltime retention: % of full-time 1st-year undergrads who return
- %allDistEdu: % of undergrads who are taking all distance education courses, online delivery or otherwise.
- %someDistEdu: % of undergrads who are taking some distance education courses, online or otherwise.
- # students: total number of students at all study levels, on-campus and online.
- # undergrads: total number of undergraduate students.
- # grads: total number of graduate students.
- Graduation rate: % of undergrads who eventually graduate, based on first-time, full-time undergrads. Might be zero, if the college has no such students in a given year.
- Transfer-out rate: % of undergrads who transfer out of this college.
- Campus setting: community type and size.
- Campus housing: yes/no – are there on-campus student residence units.
- Affiliation/ governance: religious affiliation, system affiliation, or external board of regents.
- Institutional accreditation: : accrediting body for the college.
- Program accreditation: accrediting body for the degree program or parent department, if applicable.
Rankings: Top Value Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology
McWherter Library, University of Memphis (source)
University of Memphis (U of M) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The program has five broad goals in terms of what students achieve: (1) knowledge base; (2) research methods; (3) critical thinking skills; (4) application of concepts; (5) personal and professional ethics. The skills gained in this degree program can be applied widely in many careers. Graduates of the program will also be prepared to pursue graduate studies.
This online BA degree requires 120 credits, with a foreign language requirement of six credits, 41cr for General Education, and 35cr for the Psychology Major (including concentrations). The remaining credits are are covered by other degree requirements and Electives. Students may be eligible for U of M’s Psychology Honors Program, which includes “honors courses, independent study, a senior thesis, and extracurricular learning experiences.” Contact the Psychology department for more information.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Psychology of Personality; Abnormal Psychology; Child Psychology; Social Psychology; Psychology of Gender.
Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon University (source)
Eastern Oregon University (EOU) offers two online Psychology programs: (1) a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and (2) a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. (An online Minor in Psychology is also available.) The programs provide an understanding of psychology principles, including: behavior (abnormal; biological bases; evolution of); cognitive; development; emotion; learning; motivation; sensation and perception. Graduates of these programs are prepared for both entry-level careers in human services, as well as for graduate / advanced studies.
This online BA degree requires 64-69 credits in the Psychology Major portion, which includes Core courses (19+cr), 300-level courses (25cr), 400-level courses (15cr) and a Capstone requirement. For the latter, online students take both a Lab and complete a Capstone Project – both in Experimental Psychology.
Sample courses: General Psychology: Writing in Psychology; Child Development; Stress and Disease; Emotion.
Dede Plaza and fountain, Indiana State University (source)
Indiana State University (ISU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. (An online Minor in Psychology is also available.) Career areas for graduates of this program include advertising, business, government, marketing, research, service industries and more. With additional studies (graduate), other careers include law, medicine, psychology (clinical practice).
This online BS degree requires 120 credits, with 45cr for the Major, 25cr for Electives and 50cr for Foundational Studies. The curriculum includes a “Careers in Psychology” course and a choice of Field Work, Research or Honors Thesis. The program is designed for new undergrads, although students with eligible transfer credits might qualify under ISU’s transfer guidelines. (See site or contact ISU for details.) The duration is at least four years for full-time students, and a part-time option is available.
Sample courses: General Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior; Diversity and Ethics in Psychology; Statistics in Psychology; Psychology of Health Behavior.
Snyder Hall, University of Northern Colorado (source)
University of Northern Colorado (UNCO) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree completion program. Possible careers for graduates of the program include business, human services, law enforcement, management, etc. This includes job titles such as counselor, behavioral health technician and more.
This online BA degree requires 120 credits, including 40cr for the Liberal Arts Core and 43cr for the Psychology Major. For the latter, students will take required courses plus choose from the following groups: Foundation, Experimental and Social/ Development. Since this is a degree completion program, students are expected to be transferring in lower-division credits, usually in the form of an acceptable associate’s degree. There are three terms per year, with a choice of 8- and 16-week courses in Spring and Fall, for flexibility of student schedules.
Sample courses: Principles of Psychology; Psychological Statistics and Design; Research Methods in Psychology; Introduction to Physiological Psychology; Psychology Field Experience (internship).
National University (source)
National University (NU) offers two online Psychology programs: (1) a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BAP) degree; (2) a BA Sport Psychology (BASP) degree. (Addition options include an online BS in Organizational Behavior.) Both programs prepare students for graduate studies. Graduates of the BAP might find careers in criminal justice, human resources, journalism, vocational counseling and more. On the other hand, the BASP prepares graduates for careers in sports, including coaching.
Both online bachelor’s degrees require at least 180 quarter credits (qc) for completion, with at least 70.5qc for General Education. Other degree requirements vary by program, with between 49.5 to 58.5qc for Major requirements. Students taking the BAP can pick a Minor or five upper-division Electives. While the BASP has similar courses, the psychology courses have a sport-related focus, with a few biomechanics courses included in the curriculum.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; History and Philosophy of Psychology; History of Sport and Sport Psychology; Social Psychology; Social Psychology of Sport.
Central Washington University (source)
Central Washington University (CWU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. This program is designed for students who are interested in careers such as business, family studies, forensics, primate behavior, social work, etc. Students must choose between a double major or a minor to supplement the Psychology major. (Alternately, CWU offers an online BS Interdisciplinary Studies – Social Sciences (IDS-SS) which prepares students for advanced degrees in numerous social science fields including psychology.)
This online BA degree requires 180 quarter credits (qc), with 45qc for the Psychology Major. Included in the curriculum are a foreign language requirement. Students can transfer in a maximum of 135 eligible quarter credits.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Introduction to the Major; Research Methods in Psychology; Analysis of Everyday Behavior; Multicultural Issues in Psychology.
DeMoss Learning Center, Liberty University (source)
Liberty University (Liberty), self-described as the largest Christian university worldwide, offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science degree. The program offers seven optional online specializations (see below). Students are prepared for a range of psychology-related careers, as well as for graduate studies in psychology, counseling or other related fields. Potential career areas include: administration, advocacy, case management, community relations, counseling, and mental health services, amongst others.
This online BS degree requires 120 credits. The curriculum includes a 3-credit internship and integrates a Christian perspective. The seven optional specializations are as follows: Addictions and Recovery; Christian Counseling; Criminal Psychology; Crisis Counseling; Developmental Psychology; Life Coaching; Military Resilience. (Additional specializations are available on-campus only.)
Sample courses: General Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; Behavior Modification; Psychology of Personality.
Western New Mexico University campus (source)
Western New Mexico University (WNMU) offers two online Psychology programs: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The programs prepare students for graduate school as well as a variety of careers, particularly in human services. This includes case manager, coach, counselor (career, professional, vocational), probation officer, therapist, etc. With a graduate degree and necessary licensing, other opportunities include psychologist (clinical, forensic, sports) and teaching.
These online degrees both require 120 credits for completion. Both have the same University Requirements, Psychology Core and Guided Electives. The BA also emphasizes language skills, while the BS emphasizes math and, statistics and computer science. Psych core courses are selected from each of four content domains: Cognition and Learning; Developmental; Biological; Social-Cultural.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Social Statistics; Experimental Psychology and Lab; Educational Psychology; Developmental Psychology..
Carlson Library, Clarion University of Pennsylvania (source)
Clarion University of Pennsylvania (CUP) offers two online Psychology programs: (1) an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology and Psychology and (2) a multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (BSLS) with a Minor in Psychology. (The BA further offers a choice of two Minors: (1) Social Work or (2) Sociology. However, these options are on-campus only.) The BA program is designed for students seeking to work in social and human services careers, as well as to pursue graduate studies in social work. The BSLS is an alternative for students who want to incorporate other fields, possibly to expand
The online BA requires 120 credits for completion (see site for BSLS requirements). This includes 21cr for Psychology requirements, 21cr for Sociology, 48cr General Education, and the remainder for other requirements, including Foreign Language (competency exam or coursework).
Sample courses: Psychology of Personal Growth; Drugs, Society Behavior; Brain and Behavior; Human Sexuality; Cross-Cultural Psychology.
University of Louisiana at Monroe Library and Conference Center (source)
University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The program looks at the psychological issues present in each stage of human development, and prepares students for careers, as well as for graduate studies in psychology and related topics. Potential careers from this “positive psychology” program include career counselor, case management, human resources, market research, psychiatric technician, rehabilitation specialists.
This online BA requires 120 credits, with 36cr for Major Requirements. ULM claims that their program stands apart from most other similar degrees from the presence of elective courses such as Positive Psychology and Evolutionary Psychology, amongst others. The former focuses on “maximizing human potential and improving the quality of life.” The latter focuses on understanding human patterns of complex behavior.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; History and Systems; Physiological; Advanced General Psychology.
Pattee Library and Mall at Penn State University, by Nathaniel C. Sheetz (source)
The World Campus (PSU-WC) of the highly-regarded Pennsylvania State University (considered a “Public Ivy”) offers two online Psychology programs: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree — the latter with additional options. (An 18-credit online Minor in Psychology is also available.) The program prepares students for careers as care giving (children an elderly), probation and corrections, recreational therapy, social work and others. As well, it provides the base for graduate studies in psychology and related topics.
Both of these online degrees requires 120 credits, with 50cr for Major requirements, although the overall breakdown is slightly different for each. The BA has a 12-cr Foreign Language requirement. The BS has a choice of two 15-credit options: Business or Life Sciences — each of which broadens career opportunities after graduation.
Sample courses: Introductory Psychology; Psychology as a Science and Profession; Basic Research Methods in Psychology; .
University Building, Eastern Kentucky University (source)
Highly regarded in various college rankings by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes Magazine, Military Times and other publishers, including for online programs, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students have seven concentrations to choose from, which collectively provide a wider range of career opportunities, as well as the base for graduate studies. Career options include business, caregiving, criminal justice, human resources, mental health services, social services.
This online BS degree requires 120 credits and includes a senior thesis and a coop work-study option (worth up to eight credits per semester). Major courses (psychology) take up 34cr, Electives 12cr, University Requirements 42cr, Free Electives 28-35 cr and the remainder in other requirements. Students can select one of the following concentrations include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Brain and Cognitive Science, Child and Family Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Substance Abuse, Workplace Psychology.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Statistics-Research Methods; Physiological Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Infant and Child Development.
Tarleton State University (source)
Tarleton State University (TSU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The program broadly focuses on how human and animal behavior is influenced by biology and environment. Potential careers for graduates of this program include case management, consultant, licensed psychological associate, psychiatric technician, rehabilitation specialist, research psychology assistant, statistician, and more.
This online BS degree requires 120 credits. Of this, 46cr are allotted to psychology and elective courses. The estimated timeline is at least four years. Students have the option of online, hybrid or face-to-face clases. There are also real experience opportunities as research assistants, for various faculty projects.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Psychology of Learning; Writing in Psychology; Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences; History of Psychology.
McNeese State University (source)
McNeese State University (MSU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students must take a 15-credit minor in any of the following: (1) Criminal Justice; (2) Sociology; (3) Family and Child Studies. Students gain the necessary skills and knowledge for entry-level careers, or for advancing to graduate studies. Some such careers include jobs in business (claims specialist, industrial relations specialist, loan officer, marketing representative, retail sales management, etc.) and social services (case worker, community relations officer, employment counselor, group home attendant, parole officer, public health administrator, substance abuse counselor, youth counselor, etc.).
This online BS degree requires 120 credits for completion and are spread over Major Requirements, General Education and Electives. This includes 18cr of Writing courses and a Senior Thesis. Online course durations are six or seven weeks long, and students can concentrate on one or two courses at a time.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Educational Psychology; Psychology of Human Development; Child Psychology; Psychology of Learning.
Indiana University East (source)
Indiana University-East (IUE) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree completion program. Students in this program acquire the knowledge and skills for various human services occupations, working in clinics, hospitals or private settings. With additional (graduate) studies, additional career opportunities include psychologist, possibly doing research or working in education or industrial settings, etc.
This online BS degree requires a total 120 credits. Students must have completed at least 60 credits (maximum 64), either at another college or community college, preferably as a suitable associate degree. To complete the BS, an additional 60 credits must be completed, at the upper-division level, which are online. Courses in the Major Requirement total 39cr
Sample courses: General Psychology; Psychology of Everyday Life; Methods of Experimental Psychology; Life Span Development; Behavioral Neuroscience.
University of North Dakota (UND) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. An emphasis can be selected (optional) from either (1) Clinical Science or (2) Social and Cultural. Potential career paths include career counselor, child care worker, coach, corrections officer, customer service, dietitian, drug and alcohol counseling, human resources, manager, police officer, psychiatric technician, real estate agent, sales representative, teacher (preschool), writer and more. UND does also offer a BS Psychology, albeit on-campus, which leads additional psychology- and health-related careers. Students graduating from the BA are also prepared for graduate studies.
This online BA degree requires 125 credits, has three start dates, and takes at least four years to complete. Psychology courses cover four areas: general, clinical, experimental, forensic. Topics include motivation, behavior, learning, cognition, personality, human development and more. All online classes are presented in “virtual classroom” mode, with some live web discussions. Courses are semester-based and are taught by faculty with PhDs. Note: online tuition is “in-state” regardless of student residency. Credit can be earned in other ways, including volunteer or research/ research assistant work in psychology-related projects and environments, including for faculty and grad students.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Introduction to Statistics; Abnormal Psychology; Professional Development and Ethics.
Northern Arizona University (source)
Northern Arizona University (NAU) offers two online Psychology programs in the form of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. In addition to concepts and principles of psychology, students gain skills in collaboration, communication, research, relationship management, statistical analysis and more. Potential careers areas include: human resources, law enforcement, management, marketing and sales, psychology, social services and more. Possible job titles include psychiatric technician, rehabilitation specialist, research assistant, science technician and others. With advanced degrees, other career opportunities include counseling medicine, nursing, personnel management, social work.
Thes online degrees requires at least 120 credits of coursework, spread across the following categories: Major Requirements (38cr+), Liberal Studies, Diversity, Writing (junior-level), Capstone. a 18+cr minor or 15-cr certificate is required. For a BA, students must take 12-16cr of foreign language courses. For a BS, students must instead take 12cr of science courses. Electives can make up the difference to reach at least 120cr. Curriculum topic areas include psychology (clinical, health, social), human cognition, learning, motivation. Students can transfer in up to 64 eligible credits.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Introduction to Statistics in Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; Introduction To Personality.
Wilmington University (source)
Wilmington University (WilmU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students are prepared for careers in community relations and human services, as well as for graduate studies, which in turn lead to counseling, psychologist, social work, education and family science careers. The BS also provides students with widely-applicable skills such as analytic reasoning, communication, critical thinking, ethical and social responsibility, problem solving, scientific inquiry, statistics, and dealing with people.
This online BS degree requires 126 credits. The Psychology Core courses take up 42cr, 18cr for Psych Electives, 20cr for Free Electives, and the remaining credits for Humanities (3cr) and General Education (40cr). WilmU also offers the following related, online certificates, which expand career opportunities: Child Advocacy Studies; Conflict Resolution; Holistic Palliative and End-of-Life Care; Nonprofit Management; Trauma-Informed Approaches. See site for details.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Theories of Personality; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Group Dynamics.
Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University (source)
Utah State University (USU) offers two online Psychology programs as either a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Students are prepared for graduate studies or for careers such as career counselor, parole officer, probation officer, psychiatric technician, and more. Note: admission to either program requires the completion of specific credits for admission into these pre-psychology majors.
These online degrees require 120 credits for completion.The credit breakdown is essentially the same, but the BA has a foreign language requirement while the BS does not. Each program has 28cr in Required Courses (psych), 6cr Specialization (psych), 13cr Core Domains (psych), and optional Experiential Courses that do not count toward major requirements. The latter includes coop work experiences, a practicum, independent study, independent research and an apprenticeship.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Analysis of Behavior; Lifespan Development; Psychological Statistics; Abnormal Psychology.
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Park University, Mackay Hall (source)
Park University (Park) offers two online Psychology programs in the form of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology degree and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Social Psychology. The BA (122 credits) is intended for students on a career path towards becoming a researcher or a licensed psychologist. The BS (120 credits) is prepares students for a wider range of opportunities such as applied social research, data analysis, policy and program implementation and more.
Both of these online degrees require 42 credits in Core Curriculum courses. However, the breakdown of requirements differs (see site for details). Both the BA and BS programs also have an online Minor in Psychology option, but they also vary slightly in credit requirements.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Theories of Personality; Human Growth and Development; Child Psychology; Adolescent Psychology.
Student Center, Louisiana State University at Alexandria (source)
Louisiana State University-Alexandria (LSUA) offers two online Psychology programs — one as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and the other as a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree with a focus on Psychology (plus additional major or minors). The BS prepares students for psychology careers, especially with additional graduate studies. The BGS prepares students for careers in business, disaster management or criminal justice in which psychology skills are valuable.
Both online bachelor’s degrees require 120 credits for completion. While the BS and BGS both consist courses in General Education, Foundation and Electives, the BGS has more breadth for students seeking a multidisciplinary degree. They also can choose courses from two of three 12-credit Enrichment Blocks: (1) Business; (2) Disaster Science and Emergency Management; (3) Criminal Justice.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Psychology; Social Psychology; Principles and Theories of Learning; Introduction to Abnormal Psychology.
Sam Houston State University (source)
Sam Houston State University (SHSU) offers a hybrid Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in psychology. However, careers for graduates of this undergrad program include law enforcement, human services, public relations, pharmaceutical representatives and more. Students get a grounding in general psychology principles, as well at least two courses each in Clinical-Counseling, Experimental and Social Development. Skills in critical thinking and research are developed from participating in faculty members’ research.
This online BS degree requires 120 credits, with 38 for the Psychology Major (sub-blocks of General, Experimental, Personality-Social-Developmental, Clinical-Adjustment). Additional areas include Psychology Electives (6cr), Electives (8cr) and a compulsory 18-cr Minor. Remaining credits are for general degree requirements.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Physiological Psychology; Sensation/ Perception; Cognition; Comparative Psychology.
Main entrance, Northwestern State University of Louisiana (source)
Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. (Alternative choice: BS in Addiction Studies.) The BSP prepares students for both advanced studies as well as careers in human resources, communications and more (with additional studies and/ or certifications). There are also optional online concentrations (Prevention Specialist or Substance Abuse) and an online Minor (21 credits).
This online BS requires 120 credits, with 48cr for the Psychology Major requirements, 30cr for Electives (including either optional 12cr concentration choice), and the remainder of credits for various other degree requirements, including general education.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Psychology as a Profession; Development Psychology; Physiology Psychology; Psychology of Learning.
Maxwell Library, Ohio Christian University (source)
Ohio Christian University (OCU) offers an online Psychology program in the form of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with three concentration options: (1) General Psychology; (2) Pre-Counseling; (3) Research. (Alternately, students might consider a BA in Chemical Dependency Counseling.) Students are prepared either for an entry-level career position or for taking a graduate program, particularly in psychology. (An alternative program might be the BA in Substance Abuse Counseling, which is also available online.)
This online BA degree requires 120 credits, with 45cr for Major Requirements, 39cr for General Electives, and 36cr for General Education courses. The curriculum combines Christian principles with psychology and other topics, particularly in critical thinking and decision-making.
Sample courses: Life Span Psychology; Theories of Personality; Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Recovery; Social Psychology; Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling.
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Bibb Graves Hall, Troy University (source)
Troy University (Troy) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree. The program covers the concepts of psychology applicable up to adulthood. Students also gain an understanding of analysis, research, statistics and more. Potential careers for graduates of this program include health professions (e,g., mental health services), social work, research and more. With advanced studies and/or certification, additional job opportunities open up, including psychologist, counselor, educator, etc. Program graduates area also prepared for graduate studies such as a Master’s in Psychology.
This online BS program requires 120 credits consisting of 36cr for the Psychology Major (24cr compulsory courses, 12cr Major Electives), 18cr for a compulsory Minor, 18cr Free Electives. Students may also be able to take a second minor or major, for additional credits.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Psychology of Learning; Social Psychology.
Bemidji State University (source)
Bemidji State University (BSU) offers two online Psychology programs — one as a BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree and the other as a BS (Bachelor of Science). Both are degree-completion programs and thus require all or most lower-division courses to be completed (typically in the form of an associate’s degree). They prepare students for a variety of careers, as well as grad studies (e.g., business, education, human services, law, medicine). BSU has no grad degree in Psychology but does offer some advanced courses. For students preferring a career that combines psychology skills with other fields, some suitable second majors are: biology, business, environmental science, health education, political science and sociology, amongst others.
These online bachelor’s degrees both require 120 credits. While the requirements are the same, students can choose either the BA or the BS, to match any other degree they are taking, if they want a double major. The Major portion of the BA/ BS requires 49cr of upper-division Psychology courses, plus 9cr of Psych electives. The remaining credits are spread over various other requirements, including an associate’s degree and General Education courses.
Sample courses: Introductory Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Learning and Cognition; Lifespan Development; Basic Statistics for Research.
University of Central Florida library (source)
University of Central Florida (UCF) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. This is a degree-completion program that requires certain credits to be complete before admission, possibly in the form of a suitable associate’s degree. Graduating from this program is a step towards careers such as: career counselor, case manager, educator/ administrator, HR administrator, mental health care provider, psychiatric technician researcher, sales person, therapist and more. Additional careers require advanced studies and licensing and/or certification. Parts of the program are available as an online Minor.
This online BS requires 120 credits. It is one of several online programs offered by UCF that collectively have received a top ranking for undergrad experiences by U.S. News and World Report. The online courses are taught by the faculty who teach the on-campus program. A Foreign Language requirement is necessary.
Sample courses: Statistical Methods in Psychology; Personality Theory and Research; Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Basic Learning Processes.
Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina (source)
Fayetteville State University (FSU) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. As this is a degree-completion program, students must have certain necessary lower-division courses, possibly simultaneously for some. Graduates of this program might seek either advanced studies or a career that can utilize the knowledge and skills developed. This includes work in the areas of biological sciences, business, education, health, public affairs, sales, service and others.
This online BS degree requires 120 credits in total, with 29cr for Psychology Major requirements and 18cr for Major Electives, 14cr Free Electives, 18cr Minor or Electives, and the remainder for other requirements. To satisfy the 45cr College Core courses, students have two options: (1) take them on campus or (2) take them at another institution and transfer into this program. Online courses are the same as for the on-campus Psychology program, and are taught by the same faculty.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Statistics for Psychology; Theories of Learning; Developmental Psychology; Child Psychopathology.
Florida International University (FIU) offers an online Psychology program in the form of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The program prepares students for a number of careers (behavior analysis, counseling, case management, criminal justice) or for graduate or professional training (business, education, law, medicine, psychology, social work, etc.) The curriculum has five areas of focus (psychology topics): applied, developmental, experimental, personality/ abnormal, social.
This online BA degree requires 120 credits, with 36cr for the Psychology Major (in the five aforementioned areas) and 12cr in Psychology upper-division electives (including Independent Research and Independent Field Experience). The remaining credits are covered by various other requirements.
Sample courses: Animal Cognition; Memory and Memory Improvement; Attitudes and Social Behavior; Principles and Theories of Behavior Modification; Childhood Psychopathology; Psychology of Adolescence.
University of Maine at Presque Isle (source)
University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The general concentration is available online (and on-campus). Additional concentrations are available on-campus only. The BA is suitable both for students planning on advanced studies in psychology and for various occupations. The latter includes accountant, auditor, HR/ personnel, insurance, management (top- and mid-level, executives, administrators), marketing, nursing, physician’s assistant, real estate, sales, social work.
This online BA degree requires 120 credits, with 42+cr for the Psychology major and 40cr for General Education, with 30cr for the General concentration and 15cr for the Psychology Core. Online courses are taught by the same faculty that teach the on-campus program.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Lifespan Development; Psychobiology; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology.
Peru State College (source)
Peru State College (PSC) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The program prepares students for advanced studies and for human-services-related career opportunities including roles as a counselor (career, vocational, school, genetics) and, with a graduate degree, a psychologist (forensic, engineering, clinical, sports, industrial). Alternately, some students may prefer the available online Minor in Psychology (seven courses). Students seeking PLADC (Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) credentials can take the available approved courses (on-campus only), followed by “300 hours of supervised field experience” and the necessary exam.
This online BS degree requires 120 credits for completion. Core psychology classes take up 11 courses, and another eight courses combine psychology business, criminal justice, technology/ information systems, education, sociology, social work, etc. The rest of the curriculum satisfies additional degree requirements. Courses are primarily eight weeks in length, with some running 16 weeks. Note that some Social Work courses available as Psych electives are delivered on-campus only.
Sample courses: Introduction to Psychology; Human Growth and Development; Contemporary Issues in Psychology; Social Psychology; Psychology of Learning.
Downtown Columbia, MO (source)
Columbia College (CC) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. (A BS degree is available on-campus.) Students who wish to seek employment after graduating can choose one of three Practical Specializations: Clinical, School or Counseling. Students who plan to gain an advanced degree after the BA can choose from four Experimental Specializations: Neuroscience, Developmental, Social or Cognitive. An Emphasis in Sport Psychology is also available, as are two online minors (Psychology or Sports Psychology).
This online BA degree requires 120 credits, with 18cr for the Psychology Core Requirements, 33cr Psychology Electives (or 33cr for the Sport Psychology Emphasis), 38-41cr for General Education, 6cr Foreign Language, 3cr Multicultural Requirement, and 22-25cr Electives.
Sample courses: General Psychology; Educational Psychology; Experimental Psychology; Introduction to Applied Psychology; Psychology of Emotion.
Sheridan Hall, Fort Hays State University (source)
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers two online Psychology programs in the form of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS). The programs are designed interested in a career that is based on understanding how the human mind works. This of course can lead to a very wide range of career opportunities – too many to list here entirely — including human resources, law enforcement, social work and more.
Both online psychology degrees require 124 credits for completion, 55cr for General Education courses, 42cr for Psychology Major, and 17cr for Free Electives. Whereas the BA program has a 10-credit Modern Language requirement, the BS program has a 7-credit Math and (Natural) Science requirement. (In total, the BS requires 20 credits in Math and Science.) The curricula are aligned with standards and recommendations from the APA (American Psychological Association).
Sample courses: General Psychology; The Science of Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Introduction to Cognitive Psychology; Social Psychology.
Sparks Hall, Chadron State College (source)
Chadron State College (CSC) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree completion, with the Major being in Psychological Sciences (BAPS). This program prepares students for both graduate studies and careers in scientific psychology. Skills developed include scientific inquiry, critical thinking, ethical and social responsibility, communication, professional development.
This BAPS degree requires 125 credits. While not all of the lower-division courses required to qualify for admission are necessarily online, the upper-division courses are mostly online. Internships, if necessary, can be taken in the student’s location (city or region, as available). Note: Parts of this program are available as an online Psychology Minor or Social and Personality Minor.
Sample courses: Cognitive Psychology; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Culturel and Psychology; Advanced Behavioral Statistics.
U of Texas-Permian, Parker Ranch House building (source)
University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) offers an online Psychology program as a Bachelor of Arts degree. (UTPB’s online bachelor’s degrees have been ranked in the Top 50 in the country and #3 in Texas by U.S. News and World Report.) Some career areas for graduates of this program include social services (case manager), human resources, education, research, business, marketing, coaching, writing, counseling, sales, medicine, neuroscience, law, law enforcement, criminology and arguably any role that involves working with people — especially if combined with additional certificates or degrees (undergrad and graduate).
This online BA requires 120 credits. Courses in the Psych Major portion take up 36cr, while General Education takes 44cr. Note that there is an accelerated “short format” for online courses, each of which is only 7.5 weeks. With this option, a BA can be completed in 12 months.
Sample courses: Principles of Learning; Cognitive Psychology; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Child/ Adolescent Psychology.
This ranking system combines affordability (60%) with a number of institutional “value” metrics (total of 40%) that together give an overall sense of a college’s reputation (or potential) with undergrad students, based on available statistics. These factors are consistently applied against all colleges listed in the NCES database (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) as having a bachelor’s program in Psychology-related topics. E.g., the “candidate cohort.” Because of this approach, there may be some colleges here that have already been listed in our other bachelor’s of psychology rankings. However, schools that were left out based on net price alone, in our “Most Affordable” rankings may now appear here.
The affordability metrics are calculated using a relative scale based on the cost values for all the initial candidate colleges. E.g., based on the minimum and maximum values for each cost metric across the candidate cohort. Where any given college’s value for that cost metric falls in the overall range determines the score in that metric for that college. For example, assume that there are about 300 colleges listed in NCES as offering a bachelor’s program in accounting. If the in-state tuition values for all 300 colleges range from $1,200 per year to $60,000 per year, points are awarded to each college based on where their in-state tuition falls in that range. The lower the relative cost value, the more points a college is awarded. This approach is applied to all three cost metrics.
Non-price metrics, on the other hand, are typically already a percentage from 0-100. So their scores are determined by applying a multiple. So if Retention (see below) is worth 10% of the overall score, each college’s full-time undergrad retention score is multiplied by 0.10, to get the value of this ranking factor’s score.
Missing values are handled differently based on what they represent. Incomplete info for a college is not penalized in most cases. However, an unreported graduation rate means a college is filtered out. Otherwise, that ranking factor is set to zero, giving colleges a chance to get ranked if enough other, more important, factors support it.
The ranking factors used in this article, in approximately declining order of weight, are as follows:
- In-state tuition — Covers relative affordability for the bulk of students.
- Out-of-state tuition — Covers relative affordability for non-resident students taking one of these online programs.
- GradRate — Score based on percentage of first-time, full-time undergrads who graduate their program. Colleges without such students may have a zero score here. However, if other ranking factors support it, the college may still appear in the 35 ranked colleges on that basis.
- Net price — Covers relative affordability for all undergrads based on average yearly net prices
- Retention — Covers the percentage of full-time undergrads continuing in degree programs after freshman year.
- OnlyDE — Score based on percentage of undergrads taking all Distance Education courses (including online) for their degree program.
- SomeDE — Score based on percentage of undergrads taking some DistEd courses for their degree program.
Note that ranking factors and their weighting may vary slightly from article to article in the “Top Value Affordable” series. In this specific list, we also filtered out colleges with below 20% graduation rate and under 1,000 students (all levels).