Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Format: Online

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 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

Applications for Spring 2018 are due by December 4, 2017

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Student/Alumni Profiles

Shaniqua Oritheneer

BA in Psychology

"I want to absorb as much knowledge as I can in order to be the best version of me."

Adam Greubel

BA in Psychology

"There is no time like the present. The years will continue to fly by, whether you are in school or not, so you might as well start now. It is not always easy, but the rewards are worth the effort and you will be done before you know it."

Marcy Lewis

BA in Psychology 2015

"I chose CUNY SPS because it offered me the complete package of what I was searching for in a University: flexibility, accreditation, affordability, positive reputation for online programs, and a strong background in the academic success rates."

Recent News About Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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CUNY SPS Ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Online Bachelor’s List

January 20, 2017

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to announce that it has been ranked in the nation’s top 8% of U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.  Of the institutions listed, CUNY SPS ranks 2nd in New York State and 1st in New York City.

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CUNY SPS Adjunct Launches Funded Research Project to Improve Medication Adherence

February 28, 2017

Dr. Anthony Sterns, Adjunct Associate Professor in the business and psychology programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), has received over $900,000 in federal, state, and regional funding, as well as other capital investments, to improve medication adherence using a new technology solution he helped create.