Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2023 Priority Deadline: November 7, 2022
CUNY SPS Online BA in Psychology Program Ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report
Ranked #2 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

Meet Some of Our Faculty

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 2023 Priority Deadline: November 7, 2022
Apply Now

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

SUNY and CUNY Will Each Receive $2 Million To Support Students Underrepresented in Mental Health Degree Programs

August 29, 2022

New York State Governor's Press Office

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is highlighted as one of 18 CUNY campuses that will receive federal funding from New York State to support underrepresented students entering or enrolled in mental health degree programs. Under a partnership with the New York State Office of Mental Health, SUNY and CUNY will each be provided $2 million to support tuition assistance, paid internships, and direct stipends for minority and multilingual students.
CUNY SPS female student works at her desk.

Spring Installment of First-Generation Student Series Features Funding and Confidence-Building Advice

May 13, 2022

The webinars, which explored how to fund school and overcome imposter syndrome, are part of a series addressing the challenges first-generation college students face.

Resilience: Within-Group Variations in the Impact of Racial Discrimination on Black Youth's Mental Health

February 25, 2022

Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Dr. Isabelle Elisha, the associate director of the CUNY SPS psychology program, and Rayven-Nikkita Collins, an MA candidate in psychology, have co-written the article “Resilience: Within-Group Variations in the Impact of Racial Discrimination on Black Youth's Mental Health." The piece, published in the journal Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, discusses the importance of recognizing the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and needs of Black youth in order to promote better mental health outcomes.

US News ranks 2022 best online programs

January 26, 2022


WTOP News offers highlights from U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs for 2022, noting that the CUNY SPS BA in Psychology has been ranked #2 in the nation for best online bachelor's psychology programs.