Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Overview

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 in Psychology is a major accomplishment, and Sacramento State’s new online and accelerated degree completion program 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!

Benefits

Growth 

Earning a Bachelor of Arts 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. 

Flexibility 

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

Support 

Students in the 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 students receive when completing their courses in the traditional face-to-face format.  

Sacramento State is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the online program is officially approved by WASC as well.

Audience

The 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.

Please note: This program is not for local Sacramento area students, unless you have stopped out from college for at least two (2) years.  Exceptions are sometimes made in certain instances — please check with us to see if you are eligible for the program if you live in or near Sacramento.

This program is delivered 100% online. If you live outside of California, click here to determine if Sacramento State has secured authorization or exemption to enroll students from other states in its online programs. ​

Structure

Students transfer in lower-division general education and lower-division major requirements, and complete all upper-division coursework through the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. Courses are six to eight weeks long and are fully online.  You can view the Psychology major requirements and course descriptions in the Sac State catalog

Please note that this is a smaller program than the traditional in person program on the Sac State campus, and only offers a handful of classes each semester specifically for students in this program.  While this may mean that you have fewer options in terms of what courses to pick from each semester, a variety courses are offered to allow you to graduate within 2 years if you take a full load of courses each semester including summer, keeping in mind that sometimes this will include taking a class that would not be your first choice.  This program is not cohort-based, so you can take as few as 1 class per year up to the maximum number of units allowed each term (usually 18 units). Upper division General Education (GE) courses are also offered in this program to cover university graduation requirements outside of the major. 

Again, because this is a smaller program, there are limited course options offered each semester for the GE courses.  If you would prefer to have a more traditional experience with a much wider range of courses to pick from each semester, we recommend that you consider the in-person Psychology program on the Sac State campus.  

Fees and Financial Aid

Courses are $425 per unit.  You may apply for financial aid through the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.

You can learn more about academic program fees here.

Student Handbook

Many of your questions about this program and how it works are answered in our Student Handbook: https://sway.office.com/TU3o7nAe5ZfbzKOA?ref=Link.