Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, cognition and emotion. It is a broad discipline that includes both basic research and the application of research findings to everyday life.  



Earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology can open up many options for career advancement and personal development, as it provides students with a solid understanding of human behavior. Earning a bachelor’s degree is a major accomplishment and is a stepping stone to graduate education. 


The online degree completion program has the added benefit of flexibility. Students are able to fit school into their already busy schedules through fully online, accelerated courses. This allows students to find a schedule that works for them, and get through classes quickly and efficiently. 


Students in the fully online program have regular support from a dedicated academic advisor and financial aid coordinator. Throughout the entire process – from admissions to graduation – students will have regular support from the program staff.

Academic Excellence

​​Graduates of the online BA in Psychology program will earn their degree and diploma from California State University, Sacramento, which is identical to the degree and diploma students receive when completing their courses in the traditional face-to-face format.

*This program is pending official WASC approval.


Students transfer in lower division General Education and major requirements, and complete all upper division coursework through the online BA in Psychology program. Courses are 6-8 weeks long and are fully online.


The online BA in Psychology program is for adult learners who were Psychology majors at one point in the past but stopped out of college before graduating, and are ready to return and finish their degree.  

To be eligible for the online BA in Psychology program, students must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Completion of the following lower division Psychology prerequisites with a C- or better:
    • Psychology 2: ”Introductory Psychology” (or its equivalent) 
    • Psychology 8: “Methods of Psychology” (or its equivalent) 
  2. Completion of GE area A2 Written Communication and either GE area A1 Oral Communcation, A3 Critical Thinking, or B4 Quantitative Reasoning with a C- or better
  3. Completion of a minimum of 45 CSU transferable units
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all CSU transferable coursework
  5. Were previously registered as a matriculated Psychology major at a baccalaureate degree-granting institution and completed at least two upper division courses in Psychology