Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online

Transform your desire to help others into a rewarding career by expanding your knowledge of major psychology concepts. Delve into the aspects of human behavior that align with your career goals in this customizable program.

Apply By: 4/23/24
Start Class: 5/24/24 Apply Now
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Program Overview

Discover how the online Bachelor in Psychology boosts your career

Explore relevant concepts such as group dynamics and social psychology while priming yourself for professional success with the online Bachelor in Psychology at the University of Mount Saint Vincent. This tailor-made online program develops your critical thinking, advanced research, and scientific inquiry expertise, while its capstone course provides valuable real-world experience.

Customize your degree by choosing electives based on your unique career aspirations and reach your academic goals faster by transferring up to 90 credit hours. The 100% online coursework for this innovative program focuses on psychological statistics and multicultural psychology, as well as professional and interpersonal communication, so you can immediately add value to any organization.

As a graduate of this online bachelor’s, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and historical trends related to the primary content and applied areas in psychology (biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and clinical)
  • Apply scientific and statistical reasoning and information literacy skills, including designing and conducting research studies to draw conclusions about psychological phenomena
  • Demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors appropriate for professional and personal settings in a diverse world
  • Demonstrate effective professional and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and historical trends related to the primary content and applied areas in psychology (biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and clinical)
  • Apply scientific and statistical reasoning and information literacy skills, including designing and conducting research studies to draw conclusions about psychological phenomena
  • Demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors appropriate for professional and personal settings in a diverse world
  • Demonstrate effective professional and interpersonal communication skills

Career opportunities:

  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Career Counselor
  • Market Researcher
  • Childcare Worker
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Career Counselor
  • Market Researcher
  • Childcare Worker

Also available:

The Mount has multiple undergraduate degree programs online. Explore all of our online bachelor’s degrees.

Per Credit Hour: $321
Transfer Credits: Up to 90
Credit Hours: 120
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Tuition

Pay your affordable tuition one course at a time

At the University of Mount Saint Vincent, we are committed to providing a high-quality education for less than you would expect. Tuition for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is affordable and can easily fit into your budget.

Tuition Breakdown:

Per Credit Hour $321

Calendar

Check the Mount’s academic schedule

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is designed with working adults in mind. We offer multiple start dates and faster course completion time to help you earn your degree when it’s convenient for you.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Spring 11/30/241/16/241/20/241/25/241/26/243/18/247 weeks
Spring 23/27/243/13/243/20/243/24/243/25/243/14/247 weeks
Summer 15/24/244/23/244/23/244/29/245/16/247/8/247 weeks
Summer 27/9/246/3/246/3/246/10/247/2/248/13/247 weeks
Fall 19/2/248/19/248/23/248/28/248/30/2410/18/247 weeks

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Next Apply Date 3/13/24
Start Class 3/27/24

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Admissions

Preview the admission checklist for the Bachelor in Psychology online

The streamlined admission process at the University of Mount Saint Vincent makes it easier to apply and helps you start your academic journey faster. Please read the full admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

  • No ACT/SAT scores required
  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online program:

  • Submit online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • First time freshman must be out of high school for 2 years

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to our Office of Admissions:

Email address: [email protected]

Mail address:
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University of Mount Saint Vincent
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Courses

Read about the coursework for the Bachelor in Psychology online

For the University of Mount Saint Vincent’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online, the curriculum comprises 40 courses for a total of 120 credit hours, including 10 Psychology foundational courses.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with a fundamental grasp of the research, principles, and theories of psychology. Students will acquire a better understanding of their behavior through such topics as development, learning, memory, personality, social behavior, abnormal behavior and therapy.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Master terms, names, concepts, scientific experiments, and theories vital to the understanding of psychology as a science
  • Demonstrate understanding of theories and concepts from major content areas of psychology including: memory, learning, development, social psychology, personality, and abnormal psychology
  • Develop the ability to analyze and solve problems from psychological perspective in everyday life, and communicate these ideas effectively
  • Adopt and understand values of the APA ethics code, particularly in reference to human subjects research
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with a fundamental grasp of the application of the scientific method to the study of psychology. Topics include: research methodology, biological bases of animal and human behavior, sensation and perception, motivation, intelligence, and problem-solving. Open to Psychology majors only.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply psychological principles, concepts, & theories
  • Demonstrate effective oral &written communication skills and a mastery of basic elements of APA style
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how ethical principles inform all facets of professional psychology, especially human subjects research
  • Demonstrate ability to use information literacy skills, scientific reasoning & critical thinking to investigate psychological phenomena
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, students will apply descriptive and inferential statistics to Psychological research. Topics include: measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression, students t-test, and analysis of variance. Statistical computer packages will be used for data analysis. Open to Psychology majors only.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between descriptive, inferential and correlational statistics
  • Determine which statistical methods to apply to different research questions
  • Calculate, interpret and report with and without statistical software (SPSS)
    • Measures of central tendency
    • Inferential tests(t-test)
    • Correlation and chi-square
    • Understand and interpret statistical analyses reported in empirical research and other media/publications
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the application of the scientific method to psychology, focusing on such methods as surveys, simple experiments and complex experiments. Laboratory work, library research, and writing of research reports are required.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify, explain and evaluate major types of behavioral research methods
  • Locate and critically evaluate research presented in scientific publications
  • Design, conduct and analyze original research
  • Report original research in clear, accurate and professional scientific reports
  • Develop the ability to communicate ideas about research in small groups and in formal presentations
  • Understand and apply ethical principles of research
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course studies the processes by which the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings of the individual are influenced by his/her social environment. Topics include: social perception and attribution, attitude development and change, interpersonal attraction and interpersonal relations, such as friendship, aggression, and prosocial behavior.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply social psychological principles, concepts and theories
  • Communicate effectively through writing
  • Demonstrate knowledge of processes that lead to prejudice and discrimination
  • Demonstrate understanding of how social psychological principles may vary across cultures
  • Demonstrate competence in evaluating how empirical evidence is used to determine validity of social psychological theories and concepts
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception to adolescence. Topics include the prenatal period, physical, cognitive, personality, and social/emotional development during infancy, early childhood and middle childhood.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through infancy, toddlerhood, early & middle childhood through the scientific and theoretical perspectives of developmental psychology
  • Show the relevance of the topics covered to real life issues such as infant/child interventions and programming, parenting and social policy
  • Develop an understanding of how, along with genetic influence, various environmental characteristics and contexts impact infant and child development
  • Foster the development of oral and written communication and critical thinking skills, both necessary to evaluate developmental research as a science and as presented in popular media
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course surveys a variety of psychological disorders ranging from anxiety to depression and schizophrenia. Current theories regarding their causes are discussed and compared. Approaches to treating the disorders are also covered with particular emphasis on the psychotherapies and associated behavioral techniques.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major psychological disorders, as well as knowledge regarding etiology, treatment, and history of these disorders
  • Demonstrate the effective use of scientific/ statistical reasoning and information literacy skills, including examining peer-reviewed sources, to draw conclusions about issues in the field of abnormal psychology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the APA ethics code, major ethical considerations, and ethical challenges, as they relate to the treatment and management of psychopathology
  • Learn how they can apply ethical concepts and principles to real world scenarios
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills as it relates to how they communicate (either through written assignments or direct discussion with others)key concepts in the area of abnormal psychology.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to introduce students to the current theories and research methods that drive the field of multicultural psychology. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications of multicultural psychology as it pertains to diverse groups living in the United States. The course will explore the meaning of multicultural psychology, critique mainstream American psychology’s methods and theoretical base in the context of alternative frameworks, and review current research and practice related to diverse human experiences.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Master the concepts and theories used to understand multiculturalism and diversity from a psychological perspective
  • Increase awareness of the self as a cultural being in a diverse society
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of the worldview(s) and experiences of ethnic minority or culturally different groups.
  • Develop an understanding of the operation of racism, oppression, and privilege
  • Apply and communicate concepts and theories of multicultural psychology and diversity to the study and oral presentation of a local community organization that works toward social change
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course surveys operations of the mind as viewed from the information processing perspective. The focus is on experimental cognitive psychology with additional attention given to research in neuropsychology that connects cognitive theories to brain processes. Attention, perception, the representation of knowledge, problem solving, reasoning, and language are studied.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast major theories in perception, attention, language processing, knowledge representation, decision making and problem solving
  • Apply cognitive principles and theories to examples of behavior
  • Select and evaluate appropriate empirical sources to answer questions about cognition
  • Integrate information from empirical sources to answer questions about cognition
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this capstone experience, students will integrate and apply skills and knowledge acquired as a Psychology major. Students will explore their own interests in psychology using self-directed learning. This will include reading and discussing journal articles, and completing an independent project in which they apply their knowledge to an existing controversy, social problem or research question.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use existing empirical research to evaluate a theory or hypothesis
  • Evaluate strength and quality of existing empirical evidence
  • Analyze, interpret, classify research studies
  • Identify and apply principles from the major perspectives in psychology
  • Locate and evaluate peer-reviewed sources relevant to a specific topic
  • Communicate effectively through professional writing and presentations
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual alterations occurring in adulthood and old age. The fundamental research and theories explaining the stages and developmental tasks of adulthood will be described and evaluated.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of principles, concepts and theories related to adult development
  • Demonstrate ability to apply the biopsychosocial model to identify the physical/ neurological, psychological, and social consequences of various age-related life changes and challenges in adulthood
  • Demonstrate improved oral presentation and writing abilities
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The first part of this course covers essential theories of learning, focusing on the principles of classical conditioning, operant conditioning and cognitive theories of learning. Memory processes of encoding, storage, and retrieval and memory distortions and failures are covered in the second half of the course.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of major theories of learning and memory processes
  • Demonstrate understanding of research methods and explain learning and memory processes using empirical evidence
  • Accurately apply principles and theories of Learning & Memory to own behavior
  • Clearly and accurately report own investigations into learning & memory in writing and informal in-class presentations
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will explore the underlying neural mechanisms of thoughts, feelings, and behavior as well as the reciprocal relationship between behavior and the brain. Topics will range from the basic cellular structure of the nervous system to the biological basis of complex behaviors such as memory, emotion, states of consciousness, and psychopathology.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Possess basic knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous system. Students will gain basic knowledge of the common techniques used to study the brain anatomy and function
  • Gain a basic knowledge of the underlying neural mechanisms of behavior
  • Gain an understanding of neuroplasticity and ways in which the structure and function of the brain is affected by behavior and the environment
  • Discuss how genetics, the environment, social factors, and biological factors interact to affect brain structure and function
  • Develop awareness of common disorders and diseases that affect the brain and nervous system. Students will be able to discuss the underlying neuropathology, behavioral symptoms, and treatments
  • Compare and contrast different methods and treatments for studying the brain and brain disorders
  • Apply their knowledge of the connection between brain and behavior in community outreach to have a positive impact on others
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is the study of the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the adolescent. Students who have taken PSYC 319 may not take PSYC 346.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Become proficient with extant theory and empirical research on adolescence and emerging adulthood through the scientific and theoretical perspectives of developmental psychology
  • Show the relevance of the topics covered to real world applications such as interventions, programming, clinical practice, parenting and social policy
  • Develop an understanding of how individuals and contexts interact in these age periods; in particular, how sociocultural group memberships, such as nation, income, gender, and racial/ethnic group are related to adolescent development
  • Develop skills in developing and communicating knowledge and critical/original thought about these age periods, including discussing, writing and presenting, which is necessary to evaluate developmental research as a science and as presented in popular media
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an examination of the research and theories explaining the development of personality and its functioning.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major theories of personality and applied personality
  • Demonstrate the effective use of scientific /statistical reasoning and information literacy skills, including examining peer-reviewed sources, to draw conclusions about issues in the field of personality psychology
  • Demonstrate understanding of the APA ethics code, major ethical considerations, and ethical challenges, as they relate to the treatment and understanding of personality disorders
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills as it relates to how they communicate (either through written assignments or direct discussion with others) key concepts in the area of personality psychology

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