Online B.A. in Psychology

Program Description

While a person with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology cannot practice psychology in the same way that a licensed clinical psychologist can, The College Majors Handbook reports that over 75 percent of psychology undergraduate majors either continue in or find work in areas that are indirectly related to psychology, fields such as marketing, social work, case management, sales, child care, career counseling—in other words, careers that rely on graduates who understand behavioral science.

Introducing our new online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program

The Chicago School's online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program provides students with the opportunity to pursue 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. Our online psychology 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.

In keeping with the evolving demands of the 21st century workplace, our online B.A. in Psychology offers two distinct, optional minors:

  • Health Sciences (15 credits)
  • Business (15 credits)

Who should enroll in The Chicago School's B.A. in Psychology?

The Chicago School's flexible B.A. in Psychology provides graduates with an educational foundation in the science and practice of psychology and is ideal for:

  • Students who have started their general education coursework and would like to complete their core program/specialization in psychology;
  • Students who have completed their Associate’s degree at a regionally accredited institution; or
  • Adult learners completing their education.


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.

Additionally, 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.






Total Credits

120. A minimum of 42 credit hours (out of 120) must be earned at TCSPP.

Fieldwork Requirements


Program Time to Completion

4-6 years full-time, 8-12 years part-time. Length of program is dependent on the number of transfer credits. Please visit our Transfer Credit Policy page for updated information on how to transfer in qualifying credits.


Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED documented by one of the following:

  • Official High School transcript
  • High School diploma
  • High School equivalency (home school)
  • Official General Educational Development (GED) document
  • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
  • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
  • Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution that contains the name and date of high school graduation
  • N/A
  • International credentials: Applicants with international credentials must obtain and submit an official “course-by-course” evaluation through an evaluation agency. Applicants of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology are encouraged to have their international transcripts reviewed and evaluated by a service affiliated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICES).
  • International Applicants: Applicants for whom English is not the primary language, with the exception of applicants who have an associate’s degree or 48 transfer credits from an accredited US institution, must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with application.
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Fundamentals of Psychology

Fundamentals to Psychology engages students in a detailed overview of the history and current scientific issues involving the behavioral sciences. Students will encounter a considerable body of information about the principles, methodologies, and terminology of psychology. This course is designed for students who intend to major in psychology and is designed as a foundation for future concentration courses in psychology.

Abnormal Psychology

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theories and research concerning abnormal behavior (psychopathology). The course will address such topics as the incidence (frequency) of abnormal behavior of various types; how abnormal behaviors are classified into various diagnostic categories; the etiologies (causes) of psychological disorders; and the variety of methods employed in the treatment of abnormal behavior.


This course is a comprehensive introduction and examination of human neuropsychology and is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the relationship between the brain and behavior. It will provide the basis for appreciating the many different ways in which behavior is related to specific regions of the human brain. Topics will include foundations of neuropsychology, structure of the nervous system, functional specialization of the brain, as well as cognitive functions and assessment of brain disorders.

Research Methods

Using individual and team review and investigation, this course will explore applied research in psychology, and will focus on issues specific to ethical psychological research, including the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and its overarching relationship to the research process. Students will cover research design methodologies. Students will be exposed to a variety of types of research and research data, and will examine research findings for rigor, integrity, and validity. This course will also examine how sociocultural contexts and personal biases may affect the development and design of research questions, data collection, and data interpretation.

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