Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology

Find the top-ranked online bachelor’s in psychology degree programs for students seeking such careers as admissions evaluator, occupational analyst, personnel recruiter, caseworker, child welfare/placement caseworker, psychiatric attendant, and psychosocial rehabilitation specialist.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions About Psychology Degrees

Students who pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology will study human behavior, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, and more.

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This program is typically 120 credits, which takes about four to five years to complete, and is available online and on campus. Some dual degree programs are also available, such as the bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in school counseling.

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Graduates with a bachelor’s in psychology can seek a variety of professions, including admissions evaluator, occupational analyst, personnel recruiter, caseworker, child welfare/placement caseworker, psychiatric attendant, and psychosocial rehabilitation specialist. This versatility makes the bachelor’s in psychology an extremely popular degree. However, many people choose to further their education by also acquiring a master’s or doctorate degree in psychology, with the aim of allowing them to practice psychology in a clinical setting.

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Learn more about how to major in psychology.

Best Online Bachelor's in Psychology

How do we determine the best online psychology bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

25 Best Online Bachelor’s Psychology Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of Missouri

    #108 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Nebraska at Kearney

    #2715 institution's historical influence
    #545 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1079/23

    Kearney, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BA or BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Loyola University Chicago

    #352 institution's historical influence
    #254 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/27

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Applied Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    #489 institution's historical influence
    #1418 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/22

    Las Vegas, NV

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    University of South Carolina

    #281 institution's historical influence
    #1388 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BA or BS in Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Beaufort
    • Aiken
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    University of Memphis

    #558 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    DePaul University

    #483 institution's historical influence
    #308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    19K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 192
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Lipscomb University

    #1851 institution's historical influence
    #1338 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/26

    Nashville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Professional Studies in Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC)
    • Required Credits: 126
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC)
    • Required Credits: 126
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Roosevelt University

    #886 institution's historical influence
    #938 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-4 Years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Biola University

    #866 institution's historical influence
    #1377 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/24

    La Mirada, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Applied Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Florida International University

    #519 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    #450 institution's historical influence
    #1232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1227/25

    Birmingham, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Idaho

    #637 institution's historical influence
    #1023 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Moscow, ID

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    Online Degrees

    BA or BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Prescott College

    #2663 institution's historical influence
    #493 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    <1K

    Prescott, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology and Human Development
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    National Louis University

    #2700 institution's historical influence
    #496 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    6K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Idaho State University

    #1519 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    9K

    Pocatello, ID

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    Online Degrees

    BA or BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Campbell University

    #1750 institution's historical influence
    #486 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    Buies Creek, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Webster University

    #1159 institution's historical influence
    #814 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Educational Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Psychology General
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Psychology Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Mental Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Park University

    #2469 institution's historical influence
    #640 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    8K

    Parkville, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 122
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Social Psychology
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Lesley University

    #2466 institution's historical influence
    #281 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/23

    Cambridge, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Liberal Studies

    Concentrations

    • Development Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    University of Bridgeport

    #1090 institution's historical influence
    #577 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/20

    Bridgeport, CT

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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