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Navigate the infinite inner workings of the human mind with an online Bachelor of Arts 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.
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This program includes a 12-credit embedded certificate in Data Literacy in Psychology, which helps you develop the knowledge and skills needed 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, good and bad, 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.
Your study of addictive behavior could be channeled into careers like:
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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 a master's degree in psychology or counseling. 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 (20% growth through 2028), human resources manager (7%) or public relations specialist (6%).1
The program will also prepare you to pursue graduate studies and research opportunities.
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.
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 forensic psychology degree online concentration instills the research skills, knowledge of psychology and critical-thinking ability to deal with a variety of issues facing the legal system.
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 clinical psychology and 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.
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 will 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 (20% growth through 2028), human resources manager (7%) or public relations specialist (6%).1
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.
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's degree goals.
Read more about what you can do with a 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:
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.
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:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
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, and with 39 free electives, it's an extremely transfer-friendly program.
In addition, the embedded certificate in Data Literacy in Psychology, provided to all 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.
Aligned with the latest American Psychological Association Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, this program focuses on five themes woven throughout the courses:
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:
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
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 email@example.com.
Barbara Lesniak, Psy.D.
Associate Dean of Social Sciences
Southern New Hampshire University
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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:
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.
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:
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 accreditation of higher education institutions and regional accrediting bodies through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
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, 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 Tracy and others have been benefited by a degree at your own pace.
A goalkeeper has 0.08 of a second to make a decision on how to stop a penalty kick, Dr. Michael Hendery, SNHU psychology professor, told former MLS player Calen Carr in this look at how psychologists analyze split-second information processing and decision-making.
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.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
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.