Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Program at a Glance

  • Develop and learn to use the knowledge and skills required in various occupations needing psychology backgrounds.
  • Learn from psychology faculty who are working professionals in the field.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree, including our master's degree in psychology, with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.*
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
180
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371
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Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Overview

Gain the psychological knowledge and values, and develop the skills that can make you a desirable candidate in various fields. Purdue Global’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology also prepares you for graduate work so you can pursue more specialized careers in psychology.

Program Highlights

  • Take courses that are designed to help you develop and use psychological skills, critical thinking and the scientific approach to problem solving. Upon completion of this online psychology degree, you will be able to evaluate behavior and mental processes while applying psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. View course details.
  • Learn from psychology practitioners who have extensive experience in the field. All professors hold advanced academic degrees and relevant industry credentials.
  • Work directly with faculty during office hours and enjoy no-cost individual tutoring.
  • Be a part of a supportive community by joining student organizations and honor societies: Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology; Autism Speaks U; and Psychology Club.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Accelerated Master’s Option

If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option.

For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology includes core curriculum that is foundational to a psychology degree, plus a complement of interest-focused courses.

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Sample Courses
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Stress-Critical Issues in Management and Prevention

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    45
  • Major Credits
    85
  • Elective Credits
    50
  • Total Credits
    180

Job Outlook and Career Information

Many career paths are available for those who complete the Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Various occupations employ workers with a psychology degree, including: community and social service, management, educational instruction and library services, health care practitioners, and more.

The job market for social and community service managers, including those who coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support well-being, is projected to grow 15% from 2020 to 2030–faster than the average for all occupations.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Social Perceptiveness
  2. Active Listening
  3. Complex Problem-Solving
  4. Monitoring
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of Degree: Psychology.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers, www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.