Online B.A. in Psychology


Program Description

The online bachelor's completion program provides students with the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree at one of the nation’s leading institutions dedicated to the study of psychology and behavioral health via a flexible online program that does not interfere with employment or family commitments. The Chicago School's online program is unique in that it provides students with a pathway towards graduate education opportunities that will allow them to further their professional growth in the field of psychology.

Ideal for adult learners completing their education, students who have completed their Associate’s degree at a regionally accredited institution, or students who have finished their general education and would like to complete their core program/specialization in psychology, this flexible, bachelor's completion program provides graduates with an educational foundation in the science and practice of psychology. 

Additionally, graduates from our online B.A. in Psychology program are equipped with a broad foundation in research skills, problem solving, decision making, communication, and critical thinking, preparing them to pursue a variety of career options and serve in a wide range of professional contexts in a changing global economy.

In keeping with the evolving demands of the 21st century workplace, the online B.A. in psychology program offers five distinct concentration areas including: Business Psychology, Child & Adolescent Psychology, International Psychology, Social Services, and Generalist. 

Graduates may also have an opportunity to transition into several master’s degree programs offered by The Chicago School following the successful completion of their bachelor’s degree, allowing for additional professional and educational growth.

Department

Concentrations

• Generalist
• Business Psychology
• Child & Adolescent
• International Psychology
• Social Services

Licensure

None

Total Credits

42-72. A minimum of 42 credits are required for program completion; however, students may take up to 72 credits as determined by the number of courses approved for transfer.

Fieldwork Requirements

Program Time to Completion

2 years part time, 11 months accelerated
Degree
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited post-secondary schools relevant to the minimum standard of the 48 credit hour general education requirement. With official transcripts from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, a student may transfer in an additional 18 credit hours beyond the 60 credit hour general education requirement.
  • Transfer 42-72 undergraduate credits C or above at regionally accredited post secondary institution
Coursework
  • Writing and Communications: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
  • Mathematics 2 courses: (6 credit hours)
  • Physical and Life Sciences: 2 courses (8 credit hours including at least one lab component)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences*: 3 courses (9 credit hours)

*If a student resides in AR, one of the 3 courses will need to be completed in US History or US Government

Additional
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

N/A

Sample Courses

Training and Development with Exceptional Children

This course examines issues involving students with learning disabilities, often resulting from human development and/or accidents. Students in the course will gain an in-depth understanding of approved educational and rehabilitative models, theories and activities, and will review national policies, procedures and legal directives intended to support children with such learning disabilities.

Social Psychology and Culture

This course is an in-depth examination of the methods and theories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and group behavior and dynamics. Students will review various sociological approaches to social psychology and cultural processes that may directly or indirectly affect social phenomena. This course is a study of the relationship between culture and the behavior of the individual using psychological models for review. The course will address questions that are global in nature, and which represent current international cultural and social issues.

Cultural Impact of Assimilation and Acculturation

This course examines issues of assimilation and acculturation, and those factors that may lead to the disruption of social norms cultural conflict. This course will revisit issues related to developmental psychology and discuss the implications of psychological disruptions often experienced by immigrants in relation to their individual and social developmental stages. Topics in this course will include psychological vulnerabilities and resiliencies related to the processes of assimilation and acculturation. Special focus will be on possible preventive measures that could help prevent or lessen probable negative outcomes of the assimilation and acculturation processes.

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