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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online

This 100% online psychology bachelor's program allows you to pursue your passion for understanding people and prepare for professional roles as a critical thinker who is knowledgeable about human behavior.

10/07/21 Next Application Due Date
10/20/21 Start Classes
Tuition now $350 per credit hour with Path to Success Scholarship*

Program Overview

$452 Per Credit Hour
Varies Program Duration
120 Credit Hours

Expand your career opportunities to a broad range of rewarding roles by earning your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online from Northern Kentucky University. Designed to give you a flexible pathway to complete your degree, this unique online psychology program features a study-abroad option.

In this 100% online program, you will study multiple types of psychology, including cognitive, social, organizational, and abnormal psychology. Learn about psychological principles in the workplace and gain the skills necessary to carry out research for results. Closer align your degree with your goals and interests by choosing a minor or declared area of focus.

In this online program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of research methods in psychological research
  • Study abnormal psychology and the symptoms, causes, and treatment of major mental disorders
  • Learn about the methodology, theory, and scientific study of human memory and information processing

Potential careers:

  • Behavioral Health Specialist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Mental Health Case Manager
  • Social and Human Services
  • Market Research Analyst
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Tuition

The B.A. in Psychology online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$452 Per Credit Hour
Varies Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour* University Fee Per Credit Hour** Total Per Credit Hour**
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology $452 $16 $464
With Path to Success Scholarship and Locked-In Tuition* $350 $16 $366

*The Path to Success Scholarship with Tuition Lock is available to first-time NKU online students only and is comprised of a per-credit-hour savings of $102, for a $350 per-credit-hour tuition rate, total cost per credit hour of $366 including fee. The Scholarship cannot be combined with any other offer and is not available for existing students or the RN to BSN online program. Students who step out of the program for more than a year, thus requiring a new application, will no longer receive the $350 tuition lock and will receive, instead, the current price of the program at time of new enrollment.

**Does not include $960 in total program fees that will be divided and assessed by credit hour based on the number of hours taken.

 

Launch Your Career in Psychology

Study how the mind works and gain insight into working with others with an NKU psychology degree.

Calendar

The B.A. in Psychology is delivered in a convenient online format with 7-week courses that start six times a year. View the full calendar to see all upcoming dates. When you're ready to get started, be sure to submit your application, registration, documents, and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

10/07/21 Apply By
10/20/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 05/10/2021 04/28/2021 05/03/2021 05/06/2021 05/10/2021 06/25/2021
Summer 2 06/28/2021 06/16/2021 06/21/2021 06/24/2021 06/28/2021 08/13/2021
Fall 1 08/23/2021 08/11/2021 08/16/2021 08/19/2021 08/23/2021 10/08/2021
Fall 2 10/20/2021 10/07/2021 10/12/2021 10/15/2021 10/20/2021 12/10/2021
Alex Weiglein

"It prepared me across the board. The program is already broad enough to go in any direction. You have to set up yourself up for success, but the program is adaptable to whatever you want to do."

– Alex Weiglein, B.A. in Psychology online student

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your B.A. in Psychology degree online. Please reach out to one of our enrollment specialists for any questions you might have. Requirements for admission to this program include:

Official transcripts from each college attended
2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Online application fee waived for active/veteran military

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B.A. in Psychology Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for the B.A. in Psychology online program are evaluated on a holistic basis and must meet the following requirements:

Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are students who have graduated from high school and have previously attempted coursework for credit (other than college credits taken while in high school) at another accredited college or university.

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA from an accredited institution and 24 or more transferable credit hours must submit the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required..
  • Official transcripts from each college attended and, if applicable, transcripts from accredited Federal Bureau of Prisons or Police Academy program

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA and fewer than 24 transferable credit hoursare evaluated based on the freshman admission standards and must supply the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended and, if applicable, transcripts from accredited Federal Bureau of Prisons or Police Academy program
  • Final and official high school transcript or GED scores
  • New transfer students who apply to the University with fewer than 24 college credit hours earned and a 2.75 and greater unweighted high school GPA will be offered admissions regardless of ACT/SAT scores. Please note: Nursing and respiratory care programs require ACT/SAT scores.
  • New transfer students with a 2.7499 unweighted high school GPA and less will be required to submit ACT or SAT test scores:
    • Required ACT scores:
      18 (English, math, reading)
    • Required SAT scores:
      Prior to March 2016: 430 (math, writing); 450 (critical reading)
      March 2016 to present: 480 (evidence-based reading and writing); 470 (math)

Freshman Applicants

A freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not attempted coursework at an accredited college or university (other than college credit earned while in high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation).

Students who are 21 years or older and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores

Students who are under 21 years old and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • An online application form
  • A $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • Freshmen applicants must have at least a 2.0 unweighted high school GPA to be considered for admissions.
    • Freshman applicants with a 2.75 and greater unweighted high school GPA will be offered admissions regardless of ACT/SAT scores. Please note: Nursing and respiratory care programs require ACT/SAT scores.
    • Freshman applicants with a 2.7499 unweighted high school GPA and less will be required to submit ACT or SAT exam scores:
      • Required ACT scores:
        18 (English, math, reading)
      • Required SAT scores:
        Prior to March 2016: 430 (math, writing); 450 (critical reading)March 2016 to present: 480 (evidence-based reading and writing); 470 (math)

NKUWrite (English and reading) and ALEKS (math) scores are encouraged for placement. Some courses may require placement testing depending on transfer credit or ACT scores. Our Testing Services office can help you schedule these tests.

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

Northern Kentucky University
Office of Admissions
Lucas Administrative Center
400 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215.

Courses

For the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours. Students are required to take 12 core courses (33 credit hours), a minimum of 5 major electives (13 credit hours), and general education courses (37 credit hours). Students must select either a minor (21-28 credit hours) or an area of focus (12 credit hours). Additionally, students must choose from a study abroad program (3 credit hours) or a foreign language (6 credit hours). The remaining hours are to be taken as free electives.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers trends and ideas that have helped shape Western political heritage.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Graphical descriptive measures; numerical descriptive measures; probability; hypothesis testing, estimation; analysis of variance; chi-square; regression; analysis by means of statistical software.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Includes material covered in PSY 210, examination of experimental and other research methods in psychological research. Credit is not given for both PSY 210 and 211.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Includes material covered in PSY 210, laboratory experience using computers and other tools in all phases of psychological research: information gathering, analysis, and communication; techniques of library searching, elements of writing in APA style, collecting and analyzing data. Credit is not given for both PSY 210 and 212.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Assessment of individual values, interests, and abilities; investigation of psychology-related vocations; planning and decision-making skills regarding future careers.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic principles, applications, and issues as related to psychological testing and assessment; review and evaluation of widely used tests in major areas of application: intelligence, personality, achievement, aptitude, and vocational.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic assumptions, theories, and empirical data relating neurobiological mechanisms and psychological processes of behavior; structural functional relationship of parts of the nervous system and their role in behavior.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Psychological theory and research on developmental and individual differences across the lifespan in physical, cognitive, personality, and social domains; biological, psychosocial, cultural, and contextual influences on development are also examined. Students with credit for PSY 220, PSY 319, and/or PSY 320 cannot receive credit for PSY 321.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Behavioral methodology, theory, and empirical basis of the scientific study of learning; classical and instrumental conditioning, discrimination and generalization, and the role of reward, punishment, and other motivational variables.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Cognitive methodology, theory, and empirical basis of the scientific study of human memory and information processing; thinking; problem solving; concept formation.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Social perception and social influences on behavior; attribution, attitudes, attraction, aggression, pro-social behavior, compliance, and small groups. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Symptoms, causes, and treatment of major mental disorders; research methods in psychopathology.

Repeatable: No

Students must take a minimum of five elective courses totaling at least 13 credit hours; 9 of those credit hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Students must complete a minor or take 12 credit hours from a declared area of focus outside of PSY courses.

Students must complete either Track A or Track B to fulfill the additional requirements for the B.A. in Psychology program.

Track A (6 credits)

Track A requires a minimum of 6 credit hours in the same foreign language or its equivalent. This requirement is in addition to current general education requirements, so students cannot use these foreign language courses to meet the Foundation of Knowledge Culture and Creativity requirement.

Track B (3 credits)

Track B requires successful completion of 3 credit hours in a study-abroad program approved by the NKU Office of Education Abroad. The course does not have to be in psychology. If the study-abroad course is in psychology, then it may also count as a major elective (included in the 13 credit hours of elective courses).

Students must take 13 credit hours of free electives. Remember, some of these may have to be at the 300/400 level to reach the required 45 total hours of 300+ coursework for graduation.

Students must take 37 credit hours of general education courses, selected from the following categories. Note: Some general education courses may be part of the major/minor/focus requirements. If so, those courses may be used to count for both general education and the major/minor/focus.

  • General Education Courses:
    • Communication; Written (3 credits)
    • Communication; Written II (3 credits)
    • Communication; Oral (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences with lab (4 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences without lab (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Cultural Pluralism (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Global Viewpoints (3 credits)
 

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