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Application Process

If you are interested in applying, please submit the departmental program application along with copies of all your college transcripts to the program advisor 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.

Please note: All departmental application materials must be submitted on or before the posted application deadline in order to be considered for the upcoming semester. If you have already submitted your departmental application before the date listed above, then you have met the deadline to be considered for the upcoming term – no further action is needed unless specified otherwise.

Ways to Submit Your Application

By Email (preferred): 

By Mail:

Online Psychology Program

College of Continuing Education

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 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.

Admission Criteria

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

To be eligible for this online 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 out of college for two (2) or more years, or receive department consent to join the program.  

If you are a local student, your application will also need to be approved, as this program is geared towards individuals who require the online format and cannot attend the traditional classes in-person on campus.

Please note: It is strongly recommended that students have Psychology 8: “Methods of Psychology” with a C- or better and Psychology 9: “Introductory Statistics for Psychology” (or the equivalent courses) completed prior to admission, or complete it concurrently through a community college during their first semester at Sac State.  These are common prerequisites for upper division courses in the major.  All lower division coursework in the major and for GE must be completed through a community college as this program is a degree completion program which generally only offers upper division coursework.