Earn Your Psychology Degree Online
- $320/credit (120 total credits)
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Earn a data literacy certificate
- Learn adaptable career skills
- No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
- 24/7 online access to the classroom
Online Psychology Degree Program Overview
Navigate the infinite inner workings of the human mind with an online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University.
When you earn a psychology degree online, you're able to immerse yourself in cutting-edge theories, using case studies and experiential learning, to develop a skill set that translates to any field where understanding human behavior is important. This program prepares you for a career in psychology by helping you build skills in scientific inquiry while developing the ability to interpret, communicate and apply data. You'll have the opportunity to strengthen your communication and critical thinking skills, along with your respect for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Across our 6 (8-week) terms, you'll lay the groundwork for diverse career paths such as human resources specialist, market researcher or management analyst. At SNHU, an online psychology degree is affordable, accredited and designed to take you where you want to go in your career – and in your life.
Learn how to:
- Gather, organize and analyze data
- Evaluate research methods
- Develop detailed reviews and presentations
- Present informed conclusions
- Address ethical issues in the field
This program includes a 12-credit embedded certificate in Data Literacy in Psychology, which helps you develop the knowledge and skills you need to synthesize data and theory and communicate findings to academic and professional audiences. Additionally, this program offers 39 free electives, making it extremely transfer-friendly.
You'll have the chance to use what you're learning in your class throughout your psychology degree online program – and before you graduate. Take advantage of experiential learning and internship opportunities, both of which can help you better define your career path and fill your resume with work to show future employers.
The cycle of addiction takes the form of many behaviors – substance abuse, gambling, video games, shopping and exercise – all of which can take over personal lives. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Addiction studies can help you understand how people's habits and activities can evolve into an addiction and how that cycle can be treated.
This addiction studies degree explores the theories and contemporary research of addictive behaviors, preparing students to both understand the compulsions themselves and the people they affect. The program pairs the fundamentals of addictions with a solid foundation in psychology to teach you the knowledge and skills you need to address a broad range of situations involving addictions.
Throughout this online addictions studies program, you'll develop an understanding of biopsychology and how it affects behavior. You'll also look at the social causes of addictive actions and learn how to identify, prevent and approach treatments and situations as they relate to the people they affect, their families, community and society. The BA in Psychology addictions concentration looks closely at current research and issues, giving you the foundation to examine the moral and ethical issues that go along with this topic.
For those interested in drug and alcohol counseling, we also offer an online substance abuse counselor degree concentration in human services.
While some career options may require additional experience or training beyond the successful completion of an online psychology degree program, the addiction studies concentration builds skills and knowledge that can be applied in many professional settings. It can also prepare you for graduate programs in counseling or psychology.
"The reason I was able to get my current career was because of my [psychology] degree from SNHU," said Sarah Cudlipp '21. "In comparison to my colleagues' education, they say that they find it hard to believe I don't have more than a bachelor's degree because I am so well versed in the subject of substance abuse counseling."
Cudlipp also spoke of how her SNHU academic advisor's guidance in choosing the Addictions concentration is really what helped give her a leg up for the certification process in her state. [Note: This program does not directly lead to licensure since the licensure process and educational requirements for drug and alcohol counselors vary by state.]
In addition to substance abuse counseling, your study of addictive behavior could be channeled into careers like:
- Case manager
- Community relations officer
- Court liaison
- Health educator
- Law enforcement advocate
- Probation and parole officer
- Psychiatric assistant
- Treatment specialist
- Victims' advocate
Courses may include:
- Contemporary Issues in Addictions
- Foundations of Addictions
To navigate business and personal relationships expertly, you need to have a deep understanding of human behavior. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Psychology puts psychological theories and approaches to work, turning classic concepts and current research into real-world solutions.
Our applied psychology degree online places an emphasis on human behavior in specific environments, looking closely at how core principles and research are used to examine and impact society. Some graduates move on to pursue an online master's in counseling or psychology. Others use their BA in Psychology to bolster careers in fields like marketing, business and community service.
This applied psychology concentration gives you the opportunity to investigate how different areas of psychology are used to both answer questions and create real-world solutions. By applying the appropriate research methods, you’ll learn to interpret behavior and mental processes through diverse psychological perspectives.
This online program looks at specific areas of practical and research-based human behavior, covering a range of areas including educational, sports, health, industrial, community and forensic psychology.
While not leading to licensure or certification, this applied psychology degree online program leaves you with the psychology concepts and communication skills to succeed in myriad industries, like business, human services and education.
Your degree positions you for roles like market research analyst (18% growth through 2029), human resources manager (6%) or public relations specialist (7%).1
The program can also prepare you to pursue graduate studies and research opportunities.
Courses may include:
- Community Psychology
- Contemporary Issues in Applied Psychology
- Industrial Organizational Psychology
Child & Adolescent Development
Set out on a career path that makes a difference in the lives of children with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Child & Adolescent Development.
Learn how kids grow and develop from birth through adolescence and get the experience you need to work with young people in a variety of settings. This tailored child psychology degree concentration can also prepare you to enter a graduate program in psychology or the social sciences.
Courses may include:
- Child Development
- Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
- Lifespan Development
Pursue a career that combines psychology, criminal investigation and law by earning your psychology degree online – with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology.
This online forensic psychology degree concentration instills the research skills, knowledge of psychology and critical-thinking ability to deal with a variety of issues facing the legal system.
Courses may include:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Criminal Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
Designed to deepen your understanding of human behavior, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health prepares you to pursue graduate degrees in psychology and clinical counseling or careers that emphasize interpersonal relationship building.
The mental health degree concentration gives you the opportunity to gain experience with community-based mental health service organizations.
Courses may include:
- Assessment and Testing
- Counseling Process and Technique
- Psychology of Personality
Conformity. Obedience. Stereotypes. Cross-cultural issues. Why do people do what they do and feel how they feel? The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Social Psychology takes a deep dive into the classic theories and concepts within social psychology to help you find the answers to these questions.
You'll examine scientific studies of various areas of social psychology, as well as how you look at and understand yourself, others and society at large. The social psychology degree online program can help you develop a wide range of skills that you can apply to your everyday life and work, particularly in business, community relations, marketing and sales-related careers.
Our social psychology degree online places an emphasis on social psychological areas important in contemporary society and how they influence people’s thoughts and actions. By focusing on how people see and make sense of the world, this program will deepen your understanding of human behavior. You'll analyze social interaction in terms of social psychology principles and explore how individuals define their roles and how they develop thoughts, feelings and attitudes.
Whether or not you continue on for a master's degree, your study of individuals within a social context can be applied to many high-growth occupations, including labor relations, human resources, top- and mid-level management, real estate, sales and government work.
You may find your skill set lends itself to a role like market research analyst (18% growth through 2029), human resources manager (6%) or public relations specialist (7%).1
Courses may include:
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Social Cognition and Perception
- Social Psychology
Psychology Career Outlook
Bachelor's degrees open doors – and few open as many as a BA in Psychology.
"It's a very broad-based degree," said Barbara Lesniak, associate dean of social sciences at Southern New Hampshire University. "I would say one of the biggest values is it can get you a job in a directly psych-related field, but psychology applies to any job."
The embedded certificate in Data Literacy in Psychology helps you develop the research and analysis skills increasingly being sought by employers in a wide range of fields.
The online psychology degree provides a strong foundation in transferable skills that can be a gateway to a variety of careers.
- Marketing and market research. While many positions in market research focus on employees' math or data backgrounds, others hone in on the opinions, attitudes and behaviors of consumers. This is ideal for those earning a psychology degree online but may want a traditional business career. Through in-depth discussions, interviews and surveys, your research can help shed more light on standard scientific findings and help you better target your audience down the road. The projected job growth of market research analysts is 18% through 2029, which is well above the national average. The median salary in 2020 was $65,810.1
- Human resources. There are many ways to move into an HR career – and earning a business degree doesn't have to be one of them. In human resources, you manage people. Interact with them. Help them understand complex benefits and policies. HR is about hiring and retaining the right professionals for your roles. In human resources, communicating and getting your message across to all of your audiences is crucial. By earning a psychology degree online to enter the HR field, you show that connecting and relating to employees is important to your growth in an organization. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HR managers reportedly earned a median salary of $121,220 in 2020. The growth rate for these jobs (6%) was also above the national average for all occupations.1
- Public relations. The success of a PR professional hinges on strong communication skills and building and maintaining relationships. A bachelor's in psychology can help you prepare for the connections you'll create and nurture on behalf of your organization. By creating just the right message, at the right time and for the right audience, you can promote and protect your company's reputation. According to the U.S. BLS, the median pay as of 2020 was $62,810 for a PR specialist. The growth rate is projected at 7% through 2029.1
- Administration. Administrators often have a wider view of the ongoings within an organization. In turn, that can help them make recommendations for efficiencies – both with the processes and the people who perform them. With your psychology degree, you could develop the communication and managerial skills that can help motivate your workforce and lead them into the future. Employment in management occupations is projected to grow 5% through 2029. The median annual wage was $109,760 in May 2020, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.1
The BA in Psychology program also serves as an ideal springboard to pursue graduate studies in psychology, counseling or other social sciences. If it's a psychology-specific career you seek, there are several types of psychology from which to choose, including, but not limited to abnormal, cognitive, developmental and more. Our online master's in psychology program and concentrations are designed for a seamless transition and to help you reach your post-bachelor degree goals.
Read more about what you can do with a psychology degree.
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Psychology Degree
Why SNHU for Your Online Psychology Degree
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of SNHU's mission statement is to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get an acceptance decision within days of submitting all of your required materials.
Decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
- Completing a free undergraduate application
- Providing previous institutions attended – so we can retrieve transcripts for you at no cost
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
Courses & Curriculum
Our online degree in psychology allows you to focus on a general track or gain a competitive edge with one of several career-focused concentrations. Plus, with 39 free electives, it's an extremely transfer-friendly program.
In addition, the embedded certificate in Data Literacy in Psychology, provided to all eligible students in the program, helps you develop the knowledge and skills needed to synthesize data and communicate your findings.
Designed to prepare you for success in a diverse, global society, our online psychology degree courses give you exposure to a variety of paths you can pursue in the workforce. This program offers significant research skills and a cohesive course experience leading up to the capstone. You'll also create a portfolio of work throughout the program, which will be embedded in each course, building to the culminating experience in PSY-491 Psychology and Social Change.
Not only are the courses designed to prepare you for that final culminating experience, but each course is further broken down to help you stay on track week by week.
“The format of the courses was easy to follow and proved to maximize my learning in each and every course I took here,” said Nicole McCormick, a student in the psychology program. “My favorite part about the format is that it helped me learn the importance of time management. Working on the final project throughout the term in separate milestones made it nearly impossible to procrastinate on the final project.”
Aligned with the latest American Psychological Association Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, this program focuses on five themes woven throughout the courses:
- Social justice
- Emotional intelligence
- Career connections
Your online bachelor’s degree in psychology can help you build a solid liberal arts foundation that provides a well-rounded education to support your study of psychology. Strengthen your skills in:
- Research and assessments
- Data analysis
- Social psychology
- Theories of personality
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
- General education program: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
- Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
- Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.
Message from the Psychology Department Chair
Thank you for your interest in the BA Psychology program at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Psychology is one of the most popular online programs offered at SNHU. It provides you with a solid background in psychological theory and research, and it helps prepare you to use the skills you learn in a variety of fields.
Our program includes experiential learning and internship opportunities – which we highly recommend you pursue – in order to explore subfields that interest you and apply your skills in real-world settings. We also offer concentrations for you to focus on more specialized areas, such as child and adolescent development, mental health, addictions and forensic psychology.
Our program is offered completely online, but you are never alone. We have faculty that connect you with their rich experiences in the fields about which they teach. They bring the subjects to life by interjecting their real-world expertise. You can connect with your classmates in the classroom and also in the active Psychology Club. If you need support, it’s at your fingertips with writing help from our Writing Center and tutoring assistance in subjects like statistics.
Many students opt to enter the workforce right after completing their BA Psychology degree. Our alumni have enjoyed successful careers in a variety of fields, such as social service, human resources, criminal justice and child development. Other students go on to pursue a graduate degree here at SNHU or at another institution. Learn more about what you can do with a psychology degree in general.
A counselor from our admission team will be in touch with you soon to answer any additional questions you may have. Talk with an admission counselor at 1.888.327.7648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Lesniak, Psy.D.
Associate Dean of Social Sciences
Southern New Hampshire University
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|BIO 210||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology||Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.|
|PSY 108||Introduction to Psychology||In this course, students will explore the complexities of the human mind by examining the science behind why we think, feel, and do. Students will experience the evolution of psychology through the early schools of thought, major branches, and core theories that guide contemporary perspectives. As students consider the broad influence of psychology on their perceptions, emotions, and everyday choices, they will acknowledge the idea that, in the human experience, "psychology is everywhere."|
|PSY 223||Research I: Statistics for Psychology||How do psychologists organize, summarize, and interpret information? Students in this course study applications of statistical methods in psychological research and practice. The emphasis of the course is on the conceptual understanding of statistics so that students can read and conduct psychological research; those skills will be applied to students' original projects in Research II: Scientific Investigations. Computation of tests will be conducted on the computer. Students will build upon statistical knowledge and develop an in-depth conceptual and practical understanding of hypothesis testing, tests of significance, standardization, correlation, and analysis of variance in a wide variety of psychological uses. Students will learn the theory of statistical decisions, practical application of statistical software, and how to analyze journal articles. This course typically should be completed during the first semester of the sophomore year.|
|PSY 224||Research II: Scientific Investigations||Students in this course will develop an understanding a variety of research methods, including experimental, survey, correlation and case-history techniques. They will become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each method and understand when each method is best used. Writing intensive course.|
|PSY 444||Senior Seminar in Psychology (Capstone)||This capstone course integrates previous classroom and practical experience with a focus on current issues in psychology. This course likely will include cross-cultural aspects of psychology, ethics, recent career trends in psychology and other topics dictated by current events in psychology. Coverage may change over time, but the basic focus on integrating the past and anticipating the future for psychology seniors will be the major concern. Writing Intensive Course.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Tuition & Fees
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a degree in psychology online?
Yes. Our online psychology degrees are among some of the most popular programs that students pursue.
In an online BA in Psychology program, you'll go through the same type of curriculum and learn the same skills that you'd experience in a brick-and-mortar program:
- Conduct research
- Organize data
- Draw conclusions
- Evaluate your findings
- Learn to present your findings
You'll also get a deep dive into ethics as it relates to psychology. As a student preparing for a psychology-related career, you'll have a responsibility to both the information that you gather and the people you build relationships with in order to collect that data.
We've graduated thousands of students with online psychology degrees – many of whom have found success in a variety of organizations and industries after their online program. Many others have moved on to graduate school and beyond after completing their online degree in psychology.
What is the best online college for psychology?
The answer? It depends.
What are you looking for in a college that offers its psychology degrees online? There are factors that you'll want to discuss with your admission counselor before making your decision. Some specific to our psychology program include:
- Curriculum. Review course requirements and electives to make sure the material you'll cover throughout the program meets your career goals.
- Internships and experiential-learning opportunities. Hands-on experience can not only help prepare you and give you confidence for your career, but it can also help add depth to your resume, helping you move to the top of the pile.
- Community. Psychology is about the human mind, so you might think it's critical to connect with others in the same boat as you. Find like-minded students in places like our online psychology club.
- Value. Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country when you enroll in our online psychology program. In addition, undergraduate students have the opportunity to reduce costs further by transferring up to 90 credits into our bachelor's in psychology programs.
- Specializations. What's best for you also might mean earning a more focused online psychology degree. We offer multiple concentrations for our bachelor's in psychology programs, meaning you could focus on an area of the field that's of particular interest to you. For example, if you're leaning toward working with youth once you graduate, adding a concentration in child and adolescent development could help you stand out in the job market.
Are online psychology degrees respected?
They can be. But it all comes down to accreditation.
Accreditation is the most important factor in being respected by other academic institutions – as well as employers. It's a credential that shows an institution has met specific standards – the same set of standards that all other colleges and universities must meet.
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE is one of 7 regional higher education accrediting bodies in the country. All of our degree programs – including all of our bachelor's in psychology online degrees – are encompassed by NECHE accreditation. Online and on campus programs at Southern New Hampshire University and across the country go through the same rigorous process to meet accreditation.
You can learn more about the accreditation of higher education institutions and regional accrediting bodies through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
How long does it take to get a psychology degree online?
The amount of time it takes to earn your online degree in psychology all depends on you, your educational background and your goals.
Have you attended other colleges before? SNHU offers students a generous transfer policy, accepting up to 90 credits toward your program here. Our admission team provides free transfer credit evaluations, so you can see exactly where all your previously earned credits go on your program plan – and discover just what classes you have left to take before you can graduate with your psychology degree.
The types of credits that you transfer in to SNHU can also help determine how long it will take you to earn your degree. If you've already taken your general education courses – as well as a number of psychology credits – you'll position yourself to finish your degree faster.
In addition, you'll need to consider the number of courses you want to take each term. Think about the time you spend at work and your responsibilities to friends and family. While enrolling in multiple courses toward your psychology degree each term may, in theory, help you reach the finish line sooner, it may not be feasible for maximum success in each class. Your academic advisor can help you map out your courses so that you have a plan in place to reach your goals.
Tracy Burraston '15, for example, has four children and a full-time job. The closest brick-and-mortar college is at least 75 miles away. Taking online classes at SNHU opened the door for her to earn her psychology degree while continuing to balance her other priorities.
“Living in … a rural area, I really needed an online program that would fit my life,” she said.
Read more about how Burraston and others have been benefited by a degree at your own pace.
Can you call yourself a psychologist with a bachelor's degree?
In order to call yourself a psychologist, you’ll need at least a master’s degree in psychology and, in most cases, you’ll need a doctorate.
If you're looking to become a psychologist, you’ll need to start by researching your specific state’s licensure requirements. These requirements differ from state to state, so you’ll want to pay close attention to the state you’re seeking licensure in.
There are also several disciplines that psychologists can choose, such as school, clinical or counseling. This information will indicate the required level of education and any additional requirements such as clinical hours and likely a licensure exam.
In any case, the bachelor’s degree is the first step toward becoming a psychologist and serves as a strong foundation to build your career.
How do I start a career in psychology?
Pursuing your bachelor's degree can be a powerful first step in building your career in psychology. At SNHU, our team of dedicated career advisors is here from day one of your program to help prepare you for success in the real world.
SNHU’s Career Services offers 1:1 career counseling, webinars, weekly postings from recruiters and more.
To help you stand out to employers, you can:
- Explore internship and experiential-learning opportunities: Internships offer a chance for real-world experience in the psychology field, often for academic credit toward your program.
- Attend virtual career events: Build your network and learn of career opportunities through employer spotlights and virtual career fairs hosted by career services.
- Connect with professionals: Learn how to leverage your network in order to gain a deeper insight into a variety of career paths by connecting with folks who are already working in your field of interest.
Whether you’re changing professions or starting from scratch, we have the resources to help you get going.
8 Types of Psychology with Real-World Perspective
The study of psychology can be personally and professionally rewarding. Among the many concentrations in the field you can find diverse opportunities to learn about how people interact with one another in relationships, in the workplace and more.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Sources & Citations (1, 2)
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/market-research-analysts.htm (viewed March, 1, 2021)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm (viewed March 1, 2021)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/public-relations-specialists.htm (viewed March 1, 2021)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm (viewed March 1, 2021)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2According to more than 9,200 SNHU online students in survey responses from the fall of 2019.