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 degree in Psychology is a major accomplishment, and Sacramento State’s new fully online and accelerated degree completion program in Psychology provides the flexibility, accessibility and affordability to help you finish your degree.

You may have started your degree in the past and had to put it on hold due to work, family or personal obligations. Life happens, as it should – and now it’s time to make your educational goals happen too!



Earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology can open up many options for career advancement and personal development, as the degree 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 Bachelor of Arts 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, estimated approval for Fall 2017.


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

Fees and Financial Aid

Courses are $370 per unit.  You may apply for financial aid through the FAFSA at 

Audience and Admission Criteria

The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program is for adult learners who stopped out of college before graduating, and are ready to return and finish their degree.  

If you are currently a resident of another state, please ensure that your state or territory is on the approved list for Out-of-State Authorizations for Distance and Online Education,

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

  1. Completion of Psychology 2: ”Introductory Psychology” (or its equivalent) with a C- or better.  
  2. Completion of GE area A2 Written Communication and either GE area A1 Oral Communication, 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. Have been stopped out from college for 2 or more years, or receive department consent to join the program.

Please note: It is strongly recommended that students have Psychology 8: “Methods of Psychology” (or its equivalent) completed with a C- or better prior to admission as well, or complete it concurrently through a community college during their first semester at Sac State.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to this program, please submit the departmental application along with copies of all your college transcripts to the program advisor, Anna Keck, for review. Transcripts can be unofficial copies or printouts for now, and you do not need to submit any application fees at this point in the application process. Documents can be emailed to, faxed to (916) 278-3685 attn: Anna Keck, or mailed to Anna Keck at 3000 State University Drive, Sacramento, CA 95819.

An unofficial evaluation of all your records will be completed to see if you meet the admissions criteria. If you do meet the criteria, we will walk you through the formal admissions process. Please do NOT formally apply for admission to Sacramento State via CSU Mentor or CSU Apply until instructed to do so, as we have a specific set of application instructions to give you. If you do not yet meet the criteria, the advisor will give you advice about what courses you need in order to get into the program in the future, or advice on other potential degree completion programs that might be a better fit for you.

Click here to download the Psychology Application.