Psychology, BA (Online)

CBU's online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program equips graduates for employment in human and social service careers. 

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Program Intro

Gain the career value of understanding human behavior. Students emerge from CBU's online bachelor’s degree in psychology equipped with knowledge of human behavior, including motivation, attention, human development through the lifespan, psychophysiology and abnormal psychology. Some psychology graduates may continue their education at the master's or doctoral level in various behavioral science fields. 

50 Units

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16 Months to Completion

*Based on a full-time course load and prior completion of general education and elective requirements

$520 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your BA in Psychology (Online) at CBU?

Explore Many Areas of Psychology

If you are motivated to study and learn about people, driven to help others and ready for a career that is both financially and personally rewarding, a bachelor’s degree in psychology is a good choice. CBU psychology students develop essential skills like critical thinking and consideration of ethics, which can be applied to any career. CBU's online course work emphasizes abnormal psychology, counseling psychology and theories of personality, providing students the ability to explore many areas of psychology. 

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Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Display knowledge of the historical foundations of psychology and how the field of psychology has developed over time.
  2. Compare current theories of human nature, including both normal and abnormal psychological functioning.
  3. Analyze various structures and functions of the human brain and the brain’s influence on psychological functioning and behavior.
  4. Apply various research methodologies to psychological constructs in behavioral science.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking by synthesizing psychological concepts into professional written communication.
  6. Evaluate ethical issues surrounding psychological constructs through the lens of the Christian worldview.

PSY 320: Life-Span Development

The course addresses principles of psychological development across time and culture. Students will understand universal stages of human development, influences on individual differences and the impact of nature and nurture. 

PSY 328: Cognitive Psychology

This course provides an introduction into the structure and processes of the mind, focusing on topics including perception, attention, memory, decision-making and consciousness. Students will engage with research examining cognition from a behavioral, information-processing and a physiological perspective.

PSY 473: Psychophysiology

This course is an introduction to the capacity, limitations, and complexities of the human brain and its relationship to the neural and endocrine processes underlying brain function and behavior.

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Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

CBU Online has received various awards and has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation - best online bachelor’s degree category by U.S. News & World Report for 7 consecutive years.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.

CBU accepts applications for online enrollment throughout the year, and most online degree programs can start at 6 semester entry points per calendar year.

Online Semester Classes Begin
Summer 2024 - Session 2 July 1
Fall 2024 - Session 1 September 2
Fall 2024 - Session 2 October 28
Spring 2025 - Session 1 January 6
Spring 2025 - Session 2 March 3
Summer 2025 - Session 1 May 5
Summer 2025 - Session 2 June 30

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Career Possibilities

  • Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Marketer
  • Rehabilitation Specialist

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!