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Psychology Degree Online Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Register By: January 02 Classes Start: January 04

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 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 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.

Concentration Options

Psychology Career Outlook

Barbara Lesniak with text: Barbara Lesniak

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Psychology Degree

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, 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:

  • Self-care
  • Social justice
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethics
  • 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.

Tuition & Fees

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.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

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University Accreditation

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.

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