The 25 Best Bachelor’s in Psychology Online for 2019

By BCR Staff
May 2018

“Earning an online psychology degree can help you launch or advance a career in the field. An understanding of psychological principles can also benefit professionals in areas such as law enforcement and human resources. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm) projects employment for psychologists to increase 14% from 2016 to 2026, a rate much faster than the national average for all occupations. Although positions as psychologists typically require advanced degrees, earning a bachelor’s in psychology is the first step toward entering the field.

Choosing a reputable bachelor’s program ensures that graduate programs will recognize your degree. When choosing between online programs, you should consider whether the program’s requirements and timeline fit your lifestyle. Selecting a program with course and specialization options relevant to your career aspirations will ensure you gain the skills and experience necessary to prepare you for further education and the workforce. The list below includes only accredited online psychology degrees and can serve as a starting place as you research programs in the field.”

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Rating and Ranking Methodology
Tuition Points:

  • Under $1,000—1 point
  • Under $750—2 points
  • Under $500—3 points
  • Under $250—4 points

US News and World Report Recognition as a Top School for Online Bachelor’s Programs

  • Top 10—6 points
  • Top 25—5 points
  • Top 50— 4 points
  • Top 100 —3 points
  • Top 150 —2 points
  • Top 200 —1 point

Customization Options

  • Format Customizations (e.g., Hybrid/Online, Full-time/Part-Time, Accelerated, Degree Completion, etc.)—1 Point Per Customization Option
  • Content Customizations (e.g., Minors, Concentrations, Specializations, etc.)—1 Point Per Customization Option (5-point cap)

Wow Factor

  • 1 point awarded for each unique feature or program that “wowed” us

Our quest for the best online bachelors psychology programs began with an initial pool of 69 programs from colleges and universities across the nation. We then narrowed this pool to include only those programs ranked in the top 200 of US News & World Report’s ranking of best online bachelor’s degree programs. Finally, we applied the rating and ranking methodology above to identify our picks for the top 25 online undergraduate psychology offerings. Tuition per credit hour was used to break any ties, and the more affordable school was awarded the higher ranking.

#25 –Northwest University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online

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Points: 5
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Founded in 1934, Northwest University is a Christian institution that offers programs online and on its campus locations in Kirkland, Washington, and Salem, Oregon. Students at the university’s Kirkland location enjoy proximity to the amenities of Seattle and hiking and snowboarding on the Olympic Mountains.

NU offers a fully online bachelor of arts in psychology, which blends coursework in psychology, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. Students take classes including lifespan psychology, neuropsychology, and statistics for the behavioral sciences. The 120-credit program culminates in a psychology capstone course and includes nine to 15 credits of general electives, allowing learners to customize the degree to their goals and interests.

#24 –Eastern Kentucky University

Online Bachelor’s in Psychology

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Points: 5

Based in Richmond, Eastern Kentucky University was founded as a teachers college in 1906. Today, EKU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields, including an online psychology degree.

Students earning the bachelor’s in psychology online can pursue a general track or choose from seven concentrations, including substance abuse, psychiatric rehabilitation, autism spectrum disorders, and forensic psychology. Eight-week terms allow students to graduate more quickly, and learners can create a custom graduation plan based on their schedule. The program requires no campus visits, and distance learners complete coursework asynchronously. Transfer students can apply up to 90 previous hours toward the 120-hour degree.

#23 –Drexel University

Online BS in Psychology

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Points: 6

Drexel is a private university with more than 24,000 students. Founded in 1891, Drexel has long demonstrated a commitment to integrating technology into the learning process. In 1983, Drexel became the first university in the nation to require undergraduate students to have access to a microcomputer.

Drexel offers a fully online bachelor of science in psychology that trains students for careers in a variety of industries. Graduates often pursue positions in the health sciences, education, applied neurosciences, and counseling. Students earning the online psychology degree complete 10-week quarters and must earn 180 quarter credits. Drexel also offers a non-matriculated option, which allows learners to take courses without enrolling in a degree-granting program.

#22 –University of Memphis

BA in Psychology Online

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Points: 6

The University of Memphis offers 60 online programs, including a bachelor of arts in psychology designed to provide a broad foundation in the field. The curriculum integrates the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students gain practical communication, critical-thinking, and analytical skills.

The online psychology degree requires at least 120 hours, which students can complete entirely online. Major courses include perceptual psychology, animal behavior, and psychology of gender. Students also complete two lab courses and a psychology field test. Learners must choose a concentration: general psychology, behavioral neuroscience, or cognitive science. To further distinguish their degree, students can pursue the honors program, which requires 15 hours of honors courses, an independent study, a senior thesis, and extracurricular experiences.

#21 –Park University

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 6

Established in 1875, Park University is based in Parkville, Missouri, and enrolls nearly 17,000 students annually. The university offers an online bachelor’s in psychology that provides a broad overview of the field to prepare students for careers in a variety of areas, including counseling, business, and criminal justice. Graduates may also pursue graduate training to qualify for licensure in the field.

Students can complete the 122 required credit hours entirely online or in a hybrid format. The curriculum includes 42 hours of major coursework, including classes such as child psychology, applied behavioral analysis, and systems of psychotherapy. Learners can also complete a field placement.

#20 –Liberty University

Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Points: 6

Liberty University is a nonprofit, Christian institution based in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty has offered distance education programs since 1985; the university’s distance programs began as correspondence courses before transitioning to online programs.

Liberty offers an online BS in psychology that emphasizes the effects of psychology on people’s ability to predict and control human behavior. Students earning the online psychology degree also focus on psychological development from childhood to adulthood. In addition to a general track, Liberty’s online psychology program offers seven specialization options, including addictions and recovery, life coaching, and military resilience. Students complete the fully online coursework through Blackboard and undertake a 125-hour internship worth three credit hours.

#19 –Northern Arizona University

Bachelor of Psychology Online

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Points: 7

Northern Arizona University was founded in Flagstaff in 1899. The public university enrolls about 30,000 students and maintains an 18-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. As of January 2019, NAU offers a BS in psychology online and on its Yuma campus. The 120-unit online psychology degree requires 38 major units, six units of communication skills, and elective courses. Students also apply 18 units toward a minor or certificate.

The online psychology degree prepares students for careers in areas such as law enforcement, management, and marketing. Many graduates pursue further education to qualify for positions such as nurse or social worker. Distance learners complete coursework through Blackboard, and most classes are asynchronous. Online students have access to resources including technical support, a digital library, and tutoring.

#18 –Central Michigan University

BS in Psychology Online

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Points: 7
Central Michigan University

Established in 1892 as a teachers college, Central Michigan University offers a bachelor of science in psychology in a hybrid format. Learners complete the 124-credit program through a combination of online and on-campus classes. Along with its Mount Pleasant campus, CMU holds in-person classes at more than 30 locations in North America, including options in North Dakota, California, Louisiana, and Ontario.

The online psychology degree helps students gain awareness of psychological processes, which they apply to both themselves and their environment. Learners complete general education and core courses, and they customize the degree through elective and concentration courses. Applicants should have a minimum 2.0 GPA; however, those with lower GPAs may receive conditional admission.

#17 –Old Dominion University

Online Psychology Bachelor’s Degree

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Points: 7

Based in Norfolk, Virginia, ODU enrolls more than 24,000 students from 134 countries. Students pursuing the online BS in psychology from ODU learn to apply psychological theories to workplace interactions. The online psychology degree is ideal for managers and human resources professionals; however, the program also provides the skills, knowledge, and qualifications necessary to pursue graduate studies.

The online psychology program requires 120 credit hours, at least 30 of which students must complete through ODU. Although many courses are asynchronous, professors may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. Virginia residents pay a discounted tuition rate, and ODU partners with the Virginia Community College System to ease the transfer process for the state’s community college graduates.

#16 –University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 7

Enrolling more than 27,000 students from 91 countries, UWM offers two fully online psychology degrees: a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science. Major coursework covers topics including gay and lesbian psychology, experimental design, and learning and motivation. Students must also complete at least one advanced laboratory course, such as applied behavior analysis.

Although all psychology coursework is available online, some required courses, such as foreign language classes, are not. Students can work with their adviser to find solutions, such as attending on-campus courses or completing requirements through a local community college. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in major coursework, whether completed through UWM or elsewhere.

#15 –University of North Dakota

Online Bachelor’s in Psychology

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Points: 7

Founded in 1883, UND is the state’s oldest university. The university’s bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in psychology programs are available on campus or entirely online. Each online psychology degree requires 120 credit hours, and students can specialize in clinical science and learning or social and cultural psychology. Courses include psychological helping skills, research methods in psychology, and professional development and ethics.

The fully online program requires no campus visits. Classes may include real-time discussions, which are typically scheduled during evenings or weekends and may be optional. Distance learners have access to resources including online tutoring, a digital library, tech support, and advising services.

#14 –Florida International University

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 7
Florida International University

Miami’s only public research university, FIU enrolls nearly 54,000 students. Among the university’s fully online offerings is a bachelor of arts in psychology taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. The 120-credit program reflects current trends in the field and emphasizes the science of psychology. Learners explore experimental, social, applied, personality and abnormal, and developmental psychology.

The curriculum includes 12 credits of major prerequisites and 36 credits of major courses, such as theories of personality and sensation and perception. Each online student receives individual guidance from a personal success coach. Florida residents pay a discounted tuition rate, and FIU offers start dates in the fall, spring, and summer.

#13 –Washington State University-Global Campus

Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Points: 8

Founded in 1890 as a land-grant university, WSU enrolls more than 3,000 online students and offers 12 fully online undergraduate programs. The university’s online BS in psychology prepares students to apply psychological principles to life and workplace situations.

The online psychology degree is designed for students planning to pursue careers in areas such as sales and human services and for those who intend to advance to graduate studies. The curriculum includes 35 major credits. Students must complete at least 10 psychology credits through WSU and must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in major coursework. Students take elective courses in three focus areas: neuroscience and cognition, social and motivational, and clinical and counseling psychology.

#12 –California Baptist University

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 8

California Baptist University is a private institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded in 1871, CBU is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and 97% of undergraduate students receive financial aid. The university offers an online psychology degree designed for students who aspire to careers in human and social services. Students learn to integrate their Christian worldview into the application of psychological and behavioral science principles.

The BA in psychology requires 47 major units, and most students graduate in about 16 months. With classes beginning every eight weeks, CBU provides flexible scheduling options so students can complete program requirements at their own pace. The bachelor’s in psychology is available fully online, but students can attend some in-person evening classes.

#11 –Granite State College

BS in Psychology Online

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Points: 8

Founded in 1972, GSC offers flexible online programs, with the goal of improving the accessibility of higher education. Because 84% of GSC students are transfer students, the college is experienced in helping learners efficiently apply their transfer credits to reduce degree completion time. GSC offers a transfer pathway that allows associate degree holders to apply their entire degree toward an online psychology degree at GSC.

Along with exploring psychological theories, the BS in psychology covers ethical principles that are important for students planning to pursue careers in research and clinical practice. The curriculum also emphasizes the role of technology in psychological research. Applicants must submit GED, HiSET, or TASC scores.

#10 –University of Central Florida

Online Psychology BS

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Points: 8

Based in Orlando, UCF enrolls more than 67,000 students and offers 20 online bachelor’s degrees. The university offers a fully online BS in psychology that emphasizes research skills and practical applications of psychological knowledge. Graduates understand psychology terminology and how to utilize scholarly sources. Career opportunities for graduates often include positions as career counselors, higher education administrators, and psychiatric technicians.

Florida residents pay a discounted tuition rate. UCF encourages psychology students to participate in fieldwork, internships, and student organizations, such as the national Psi Chi International Honor Society. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and must have completed prerequisite courses in a foreign language or American Sign Language, English composition, and math.

#9 –Arizona State University

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 9

The online psychology degree from ASU includes theoretical and applied coursework in various subfields, including clinical, cross-cultural, and organizational psychology. Learners can also study interdisciplinary areas to prepare to apply psychological concepts to positions in fields such as law and healthcare. Students develop writing, critical-thinking, and research skills necessary to succeed in graduate programs.

ASU’s faculty includes experienced psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and political scientists. The 120-hour program includes 40 classes, each lasting seven and a half weeks. Online learners can pursue a fast-track option to earn their BA in psychology in fewer than four years. The university accepts transfer hours, but students must complete at least 30 hours through ASU.

#8 –University of Florida Online

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 9
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The University of Florida’s online psychology degree utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to the field; students explore psychology from natural and social sciences perspectives. The BA in psychology prepares students to succeed in a variety of roles, including correctional field officer, industrial psychologist, and rehabilitation specialist. Learners complete major coursework in four core areas and use elective classes to customize the program to their interests and aspirations.

Online learners pay a per-credit tuition rate, and Florida residents receive a discount. Former and current military members may qualify for financial assistance or out-of-state tuition waivers. Transfer applicants must have at least a 2.75 GPA and must have completed prerequisite courses.

#7 –University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 9

UMass Lowell has offered online programs since 2001 to accommodate students with busy lifestyles. The university offers more than 1,500 online courses annually, each taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. UMass Lowell’s fully online BA in psychology requires 120 credits. The curriculum covers theoretical foundations in the field and emphasizes the application of psychological knowledge to prepare students for graduate school and careers in many fields.

Students pursuing the online psychology degree can leverage UMass Lowell’s alumni network of more than 330,000 graduates. The university accepts applications on a rolling basis. UMass Lowell does not currently accept online students who reside in Arkansas, Kansas, or Minnesota.

#6 –Saint Leo University

Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Points: 9

Saint Leo is the oldest Catholic institution in Florida and enrolls nearly 15,000 students at its Central Florida campus, its more than 35 regional locations, and online. The university emphasizes service and volunteerism, and about a third of its student enrollment comprises military members, veterans, and their family members.

Saint Leo’s online bachelor of arts in psychology helps students gain an understanding of human behavior while becoming proficient in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students often present their research at conferences and participate in community service projects and internships. Many graduates pursue careers as occupational therapists, business managers, and child welfare workers.

#5 –Sam Houston State University

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Online

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Points: 9

Based in Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State University offers more than 80 undergraduate programs, including an online psychology degree. Students can complete the bachelor of science in psychology primarily online, though students may need to complete about 25% of classes on campus.

SHSU’s psychology program is designed to provide students with a solid liberal arts foundation and to prepare them for graduate studies. Many graduates of the program secure management positions, roles as police officers, and positions in human services and public relations. The curriculum covers topics across all areas of psychology so students gain an understanding of various psychological approaches. This broad education prepares students to identify the career path that best suits their interests and strengths. Students complete 120 credit hours and can enroll during the fall, spring, or summer.

#4 –Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

Online BA in Psychology

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Points: 10
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Penn State World Campus enrolls nearly 20,000 students in more than 150 programs, each taught by Penn State faculty. The fully online BA in psychology helps students understand interpersonal interaction and apply that knowledge in careers across industries. The program’s broad focus is ideal for students planning to pursue graduate studies.

The online psychology degree requires 123 credits, including 50 credits in major courses such as basic research methods in psychology and psychology as a science and profession. The program culminates in a senior seminar, and students can complete an optional internship. Learners can join the world’s first fully online psychology club, which comprises more than 100 members from around the world. Members stay apprised of internship and career opportunities.

#3 –Utah State University

Online BA/BS in Psychology

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Points: 11

Founded in Logan in 1888, USU has offered fully online courses since 1997. Today, the university offers more than 30 fully online programs, available to students in nearly every state. Distance learners can pursue a BS or a BA in psychology; along with completing major coursework, BA students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Both programs are designed to prepare students for graduate studies.

Each online psychology degree requires 120 credits in courses such as abnormal psychology, psychological statistics, and lifespan development. Students also complete an undergraduate apprenticeship in a research setting and an applied setting, such as a community service agency or school.

#2 –Colorado State University-Global Campus

Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Points: 12

Colorado State University offers an online psychology degree that provides practical skills in areas such as communication and critical thinking and trains learners in scientific methodology. The program emphasizes basic principles in the field and marketable skills to prepare students for careers in a variety of professions. The 120-credit program includes courses such as mind, brain, and behavior; psychology of religion; and forensic psychology.

Online courses have an average class size of 21 students and integrate discussion forums and video conferencing for a collaborative learning experience. All online students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of state residency. Distance learners have access to online resources including advising, career services, and library services.

#1 –Oregon State University

Online BA/BS in Psychology

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Points: 12

With more than 23,000 online students around the world, Oregon State University offers more than 50 online programs, including a BA and a BS in psychology. The programs approach human behavior from scientific and social perspectives. Each degree requires 180 credits, including core courses, BA or BS requirements, major classes, and electives.

Distance learners can add a minor, such as business or environmental sciences, to their online psychology degree. Coursework is available fully online, but students can complement their online education through in-person classes at one of OSU’s campuses in Corvallis, Cascades, or Portland. The university accepts transfer credits, but learners must complete at least 45 of their last 75 credits through OSU.

This concludes our ranking of the Top 25 Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology.

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