Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: June 17, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline Extension: July 8, 2024

CUNY SPS Online BA in Psychology Program Ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report

Ranked #8 by U.S. News
& World Report

The CUNY SPS BA in Psychology online degree program focuses on scientifically studying the human mind and behavior. Throughout the program, students also gain a solid foundation in research methodology, motivation, learning, social behavior, and development that they can apply toward a variety of careers in psychology and related fields as well as graduate studies. Students learn how to conduct research, interpret behavioral situations, and communicate effectively while developing sociocultural and international awareness.

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 develop competencies in 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.

Online Psychology Academy

The Online Psychology Academy provides students from CUNY community colleges with a seamless path to enroll in the fully online BA in Psychology degree at CUNY SPS. Students who meet the program requirements from their home campus are given the opportunity to bypass the traditional application process and are awarded 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree.

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

  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: June 17, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline Extension: July 8, 2024
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Darnell Wold

BA in Psychology

"My goal is to become a psychotherapist and I knew that majoring in psychology would provide me with the perfect foundation for understanding the human mind and human behavior."

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.”

Recent News About Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Psychology Professor Awarded 2024 Adjunct Faculty Teaching Prize

May 15, 2024

 Dr. Jill Johnson was presented with the award, which officially recognizes CUNY SPS adjunct faculty and comes with a $1,000 prize.

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Online Psychology Academy Provides Community College Graduates With Seamless Pathway to a Bachelor’s

April 18, 2024

CUNY SPS' Psychology program created an articulation agreement with CUNY Community Colleges to provide an easy and welcoming transition for students advancing toward their BA.

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CUNY SPS Celebrates Highest Spring Enrollment Ever

March 15, 2024

The School saw a nearly 11% increase in the total number of students enrolled in Spring 2024 from the prior year.

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Online Psychology BA Earns Another U.S. News Top Ten Ranking

February 13, 2024

The CUNY SPS BA in Psychology online degree program has been ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.