Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2022 Priority Deadline: November 8, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Regular Deadline: December 1, 2021
CUNY SPS Online BA in Psychology Program Ranked #6 by U.S. News & World Report
Ranked #6 by U.S. News & World Report

The BA in Psychology online degree program focuses on investigating why people think, behave, and feel the ways they do. Throughout the program, students gain a solid foundation in motivation, learning, social behavior, and development across the life span. Students learn how to conduct research, interpret behavioral situations, and communicate effectively while developing sociocultural and international awareness, and competencies in information and technological literacy.

The program’s fully online format separates it from other psychology programs, allowing students to read course materials, participate in class discussions, and complete assignments on a more flexible schedule.

Students select one of three tracks for their advanced coursework:

Organizational Psychology, Psychological Development, or Psychopathology

Consistent with the American Psychological Association's educational goals, the BA in Psychology enables students to:

  • Acquire a robust knowledge base including familiarity with the major concepts, content domains, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the field of psychology
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • Administer psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues at the local, national, and global levels.

Students also develop competencies in information and technological literacy, communication skills, sociocultural and international awareness, personal development, and career planning and development.

General education courses complement this specialized study and emphasize critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, effective communication, and an exploration of the foundations of knowledge and culture.

Career and Academic Prospects

The BA in Psychology program is an excellent foundation for a variety of careers including those in human and social services, management and business, marketing and market research, health care, and government. This program also offers the essential knowledge and training typically required for admission to graduate programs in psychology. Students interested in graduate professional programs in the law, international development, and administration will benefit from the program’s strong emphasis on critical thinking, ethics, and multiculturalism.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between CUNY School of Professional Studies, (CUNY SPS) and two-year colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer the maximum number of credits with ease to our BA in Psychology program from institutions with which we have an established transfer process in place.

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2022 Priority Deadline: November 8, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Regular Deadline: December 1, 2021
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Stephanie Kerr

BA in Psychology

"I've grown by learning how to take accountability for my own education."

April Outen

BA in Psychology

"My time at CUNY SPS and in the psychology program made me realize the possibilities of this degree are only limited by my own ideas. I went from a single-lined vision to exploring options for opening my own clinic."

Tiffany Washington

BA in Psychology 2019

"I enjoyed the overwhelming support from fellow classmates and faculty.”

Sarah Krusemark

BA in Psychology 2018

"It was important for me to do a fundraiser for the ACE Scholarship last year because it had such a huge impact on my academic career and progress.”

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