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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Program Overview

Gain a better understanding of yourself and interactions with others while you prepare for career advancement in the YourPace online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. Designed to instill a strong grounding in the science of human behavior and mental processes, this competency-based program also provides a solid foundation for graduate school.

icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 12 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 12 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours

Online coursework for this accredited online program sharpens your critical thinking and develops your ability to interpret, analyze, and communicate in a wide variety of professional and academic settings. You will also explore topics related to the social-services aspects of psychology, including social and cognitive psychology, lifespan and personality development, research methods, assessment, as well as drugs and behavior.

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As a graduate of this YourPace online program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply psychological theories and concepts to personal, organizational, and social issues.
  • Analyze psychological research findings and the research methods used to support them.

Career opportunities include:

  • Psychiatric Technician
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The B.A. in Psychology online program offers highly affordable tuition with a flat rate regardless of how many courses you complete each session. No hidden fees or extra textbook costs. The faster you finish, the more you save!

$1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition


There are six opportunities throughout the year to start your B.A. in Psychology online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline.

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We’ve made the admission process simple and streamlined so it’s easier for you to get started. Students who wish to earn their B.A. in Psychology YourPace online degree from UMPI should have the equivalent of a high school diploma and possess some prior college credit and/or work experience.

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  • Submit your free application online
  • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

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To earn your B.A. in Psychology, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. Each course is built around a series of competencies. Once you have mastered the series, you complete the course. This program includes general education courses, psychology core competencies, and general electives. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

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Students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of general education courses.

Students must complete 48 credit hours of Psychology courses.

PSY-100: General Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides a general introduction to psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The course presents major theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and key findings in physiological, cognitive, motivation, learning, developmental, personality, abnormal, and social psychology.

PSY-200: Social Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Considers the processes by which individuals interact with others, influence and are influenced by others, and are shaped by society. Includes topics such as the self, attitudes, prejudice, stereotypes, interpersonal attraction, group dynamics, and persuasion.

PSY-205: Lifespan Development (Core)

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Surveys changes in cognitive, personal, and social functioning from before birth through old age. Using a life-span framework, emphasizes the principles, theories, and methods psychologists use.

PSY-235: Abnormal Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the classification, determinants, and indications of mental illness and its treatments. Topics include schizophrenia, personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety-related disorders and substance-related disorders.

PSY-311: Research Methods 1

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Presents fundamentals of research design, measurement, and data analysis. Applications of research methods within the behavioral sciences, including scientific writing and professional ethics.

PSY-312::Research Methods 2

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Presents intermediate issues in research design, hypothesis-testing, data analysis, and technical writing in psychology. Promotes understanding of relevant empirical literature, preparation of spreadsheets and graphic display of data, and applications of statistical analyses. Class research projects offer foundation for independent work.

PSY-341: Drugs and Behavior

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Surveys information of recreational and therapeutic drugs and their effect at various levels including that of the nervous system, individual behavior, and broader society consequences.

PSY-310:Sports Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on psychological variables related to performing well in sports and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Specifically, motivational, social, personality, cognitive, behavioral and physiological perspectives will be related to athletic performance and healthy behavior. Moreover, an evidence-based perspective will be emphasized when evaluating techniques in the literature.

PSY-360:Animal Behavior

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores similarities and differences in behavior among a variety of species and considers the implications of such differences. Major topics will include behavioral genetics, evolutionary theory, natural selection, mate choice and reproduction, communication, sociality, and foraging.

PSY-370: Personality

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Presents principles and issues in scientific study of personality. Emphasis on description and assessment, classical theories, controversial issues, and recent research.

PSY-375: Sex and Gender

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Investigation of gender in North American society. Feminist, social constructionist, sociobiological, and social psychological perspectives will be explored. Focus is on the creation of gender identities, inequalities, cultural expectations, and cultural representations of gender. Other topics include childhood socialization, sexualities, gender activities, and social power.

PSY-380: Counseling

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces theories and techniques of psychological counseling. Considers the counseling relationship and the personal and professional issues involved in becoming a counselor. Emphasis on determinants and evaluation of counseling success.

PSY-382: Substance Abuse Counseling

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the definition, causes, theories, and treatment approaches to the process of addiction, with emphasis upon dual diagnosis clients. Working with mentally ill and substance misusing clients in various settings is explored. Emphasis is on application of recent research to the philosophy and methods of treatment.

PSY-404: Psychology of Learning

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic principles of learning will be examined with an emphasis on their application to understanding and modifying behavior. Theories, models, research, and applications of learning principles to education, child-rearing, counseling, and biofeedback. Laboratory simulation approaches will demonstrate concepts developed with animals, but readily applicable to children and adults.

PSY-446: Psychobiology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores the relationship between behavior and activity of the nervous, sensory, and endocrine systems. Topics include behavior genetics, learning and memory, emotions, sleep, and behavioral disorders.

PSY-448: Cognitive Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Surveys research and theory on human cognition. Laboratory exercises will include attention, memory, problem solving, language, and creativity and other topics. Format includes lectures and laboratory activity.

Students must take 32 credit hours of general elective courses.

*Time to completion varies by student and is based on several factors including prior college coursework, relevant work experience, amount of time dedicated to studying, and the number of courses completed each session.

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