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Online Psychology Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

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.

Concentration Options

Psychology Career Outlook

Bachelor's degrees open doors – and few open as many as a BA in Psychology.

Dr. Barbara Lesniak with the text Dr. Barbara Lesniak "It's a very broad-based degree," said Barbara Lesniak, senior 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 22% through 2030, which is well above the national average. The median salary in 2021 was $63,920.1
  • Human resources. There are many ways to move into an HR career – and earning a business degree online or on campus 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 $126,230 in 2021. The growth rate for these jobs (9%) 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 BLS, the median pay as of 2021 was $62,800 for a PR specialist. The growth rate is projected at 11% through 2030.1
  • 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 9% through 2030. The median annual wage was $102,450 in May 2021, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.1

Karinne Colon with the text Karinne ColonEarning a bachelor's in psychology paid off for Karinne Colón '20.

"Since graduating in 2020, I have been promoted in my current company," she said. "I was working at an academic, research-focused institution in an entry-level administrative position. After graduation, I was promoted to a research-based position that aligns more closely with my dreams."

Colón was thankful to have her employer in her corner.

"My employers were some of my biggest cheerleaders, pushing me to pursue my degree," she said. "They were excited to see me advance with my degree, and they immediately used it as a means to promote me."

Ali Stephens has also been encouraged by her organization to advance her career.

"I can sit for my BCaBA exam once I complete my requirements," said the 2021 graduate, referring to the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification that requires some additional work beyond a bachelor's degree. "My employers are investing in me as I finish up my work. This will allow me to be qualified for other positions within the company."

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.

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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.

Nicole McCormick with the text Nicole McCormick“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.”

Taking a capstone course helped Karinne Colón '20 solidify what her plans for the future would be.

"The capstone class had us all research all the possibilities for careers related to psychology," she said. "It provided me with a better understanding of the field of public health. I realized that my love of research, within the field of public health, could help me to be an instrument of change to improve health. That research could potentially guide the policies and practices that could impact inequity within healthcare. This class helped me to fine-tune the way I wanted to make my mark through a future degree. It pushed me to find my niche in research."

Colón is now pursuing her master's in public health at SNHU.

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

Instructors in the psychology program are on hand to help you, as well as share lessons from working in the field.

"My instructors were able to give me excellent and time-sensitive feedback that I could then apply effectively to my coursework," said Ali Stephens '21.

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

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also 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. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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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