Best Online Psychology Programs
Study.com has research universities across the country to come up with the best online psychology programs. To compile our list, we took into account several important factors that include the quality of online degrees offered, student success rate, the support system the university offers to online students, and how friendly the program is to working individuals who want to complete their degree quickly.
Study.com's rankings are unique in that they emphasize accessibility, affordability, and quality of education, which we considered the most important attributes in our school rankings. The thirty psychology programs that make up this list offer a range of degree types that can all be earned in a completely online setting.
1. Eastern Washington University
Located in Cheney, Washington, Eastern Washington University makes the top of the list with a one-of-a-kind online psychology program that features a Residential Educational Staff Associate Certificate in School Psychology and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. The best part of this program is that it is built for the working professional, and it offers two completion pathways: 3 years at regular speed or 2 years at an accelerated speed. Along with the ease of attending online classes, this program also gives you opportunities for real-world field experiences that prepare you fully to become the excellent school psychologist you aspire to be.
2. Huntington University
Huntington University, with a main campus located in Huntington, Indiana, offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program that is designed to help you achieve your degree quickly while still working your day job. If you've ever felt like it's too late or too expensive to go back to school, this program proves otherwise with an average student age of 35 and 80% of students receiving financial aid. The other bonus of this program is that you can exchange military or work experience for college credits, which will help you earn your psychology degree more quickly.
3. Carlos Albizu University-Miami
With a campus in Miami, Florida, Carlos Albizu University-Miami offers a Master of Science in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, which is a unique psychology degree that prepares you to apply your psychology knowledge to the workplace as an industrial and organizational practitioner. Along with coursework, this program gives you plenty of applied research experience, and many of their students go on to publish their very own research in professional psychology journals. As part of its efforts to make sure that you succeed in your psychology degree program, this university also offers online tutoring services.
4. Lesley University
Lesley University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. This program is the perfect mix of online learning and real-world experience. Your online classes will allow you to be part of a larger psychology community with online forums, chats, and a variety of learning tools. You'll also complete a required internship that will let you use all you've learned online in a hands-on way.
5. Drury University
Drury University, located in Springfield, Missouri, gives you the choice of earning an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree or an online Associate of Science in Psychology degree. Drury aims to make sure its online students can afford school, through its numerous offerings of scholarship and financial aid opportunities, including an honor's scholarship and a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship for high-achieving students.
6. Eastern Illinois University
Based in Charleston, Eastern Illinois University offers a 100% online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. The best thing about this BA degree is that it is the exact same degree you would earn on-campus, and as such, you are invited to attend graduation ceremonies once you complete your psychology degree requirements. Further proving this school treats its online students just as well as traditional students, your professors even hold online office hours so that you get the support you need. To get you that much-needed real world experience, this program also helps you gain practical internships within your local community.
7. Biola University
Biola University, with a campus in La Mirada, California offers an online Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology that can be completed in as little as 2 years. The highlight of this excellent program is that it is fully flexible with asynchronous coursework that can be done on your schedule. This program also has convenient 7-week accelerated courses so that you can earn your degree and start your career quickly. On top of all those great features, Biola University will also assign you your very own success coach who will help guide you through the whole process.
8. Mercer University
Based out of Macon, Georgia, Mercer University allows you to earn a 120-semester hour online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. One of the perks of this program is that it admits students year-round, in January, March, May, August, and October, so that you can dive right into your psychology program when the time is right for you. Also, if you've already earned an associate degree, Mercer University will allow you to apply some of those credits toward your BS in Psychology degree.
9. Campbell University
Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina offers an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree that will guide you through the study of human development, human relationships, and personality development. Campbell University offers their online psychology students a ton of great support, including 24/7 Blackboard help, online tutoring services, and counseling services. This university also makes our list because they offer tuition help for military members and veterans through the Campbell Online Military Benefit program.
10. Caldwell University
With accelerated 7- or 8-week sessions you can complete Caldwell University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree almost fully online. To also help you along your psychology degree pathway, Caldwell University accepts up to 90 transfer credits. Located in Caldwell, New Jersey, this university has one of the lowest private tuition rates in the state, meaning your psychology degree will be affordable, and payment plan options are available to you, including a discount if you're local to Essex county.
11. Loyola University Chicago
Located in Chicago, Illinois, the psychology program at Loyola University Chicago gives you two different pathways for earning a psychology degree online, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology or a Doctor of Education in School Psychology. The biggest benefit of this program is that the faculty has been specially trained in online learning, which means your online learning experience will be smooth and thorough. You will also get easy access to student services, including library tools, online writing tutoring, and student advising.
12. Lynn University
Lynn University, which is located in Boca Raton, Florida, offers an online, high-tech Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. Unlike other colleges, this university delivers their online psychology program through iPad-powered learning, which means your textbooks and interactive lessons are delivered through a tablet. On top of that, Lynn University also provides study abroad and professional conference experiences to supplement your online psychology degree program.
13. Cornerstone University
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cornerstone University offers a wholly online 46-credit Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. This program aims to be affordable, with a tuition rate of only $450 per credit as of 2019. Another huge plus of Cornerstone University's online program is that you will be able to finish your psychology degree in only 20-22 months, which is a lot quicker than at other universities.
14. Judson University
Judson University, located in Elgin, Illinois, has designed an online Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology degree program for the adult learner who already has some college or work experience. The big plus of this program is that you can finish your core psychology coursework in only 2 years while also working and keeping up with your family life. You will also get plenty of opportunities to conduct and present your own research and participate in internships.
15. Drexel University
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Drexel University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology that aims to give you a well-rounded foundation in psychology research and theories. This is a 180 quarter-credit program, but a huge highlight is that you can transfer up to 135 quarter-credits toward your degree, which means your previous college experience and hard work won't go to waste. You can also choose an optional senior thesis that can prepare you for a graduate career or a career in research.
16. North Greenville University
North Greenville University, located in Tigerville, South Carolina, offers an online psychology-applied bachelor's degree. The reason this program makes our list is because it gives you a flexible pathway to earn your degree as you can choose to attend fully online or to attend virtual real-time classes that let you interact with fellow students and your professors. In addition to its beneficial coursework, this program will help you prepare for your psychology career with a portfolio creation class that will instruct you how to build a portfolio full of your accomplishments.
17. Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University in Washington, DC offers a rare degree completion program in psychology that allows you to complete your bachelor degree in an online setting. In this program, you will be able to finish up your degree by taking psychology courses taught by Gallaudet University faculty members. With 8-week accelerated classes, you will also be able to finish your degree quickly.
18. Trinity International University-Illinois
Trinity International University-Illinois in Deerfield, Illinois offers online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree that can be completed in only 2-3 years. At this university, online students get plenty of help with tuition with a variety of different scholarship opportunities, including for students from multicultural backgrounds, those with high GPAs, and those involved in the evangelical community.
19. Rivier University
Rivier University, which is located in Nashua, New Hampshire, offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology that is a stand-out due to the fact that it offers a substance use disorder track that can prepare you for a career as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. To help you get a jumpstart on your degree, this university has multiple start times throughout the year and also accepts transfer credits.
20. Toccoa Falls College
Located in Toccoa Falls, Georgia, Toccoa Falls College is one of the few universities that offers an online Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology. This specialized and unique program will prepare you for a career as a counselor in your community. This university has a robust support system for online learners, including an exclusive online librarian who can help you find resources and check out books, and a career center that can help online students advance their careers.
21. Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut, offers an impressive online Master of Science in Applied Psychology degree that is possible to complete in a year (or less!) through accelerated 8-week sessions. The other great thing about this degree program is that you can choose from three tracks to specialize your degree: community psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and general applied psychology.
22. McKendree University
In Lebanon, Illinois, McKendree University has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program that is specifically catered to the busy adult learner. This is a highly flexible online program that allows you to take 2 courses at a time in an 8-week format and utilizes the highly user-friendly Blackboard learning portal. The other standout of this program is that you can transfer up to 90 credits, and if you hold an associate's or bachelor's degree, then you will already meet the general requirements of your psychology degree and will only have to complete the core courses.
23. Claflin University
At Claflin University, located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, you will be able to earn your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree completely online as an adult learner through the Center for Continuing & Professional Studies. The best part of this program is that all the 8-week classes are done asynchronous, so you can complete all your psychology readings and assignments whenever you want. You will also have access to various support services, including the bookstore, the library, and a writing center.
24. Rider University
Rider University, which is located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is there to help you every step of the way as you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree online. Their support services will help guide you through the application process right through graduation. This university also offers various ways to help you finance your education, including scholarships, payment plan options, and a dedicated financial aid counselor.
25. Crown College
Located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, Crown College offers two types of online psychology degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Counseling degree and a Master of Arts in Counseling. One standout of this program is that you can choose to add a drug and alcohol counseling minor to your BS degree, which will helps specialize you for an addictions counseling career. With the MA, you will also get the chance to explore real-world internships near you, which are invaluable to your future career as a counselor.
26. Concordia University-Irvine
Concordia University-Irvine, located in Irvine, California gives you the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Psychology that consists classes on organizational behavior and social psychology. At this university, you will have the advantage of being able to earn your degree in only 24 months on a 7-week semester system. You will also be able to learn through virtual classroom session and collaborative message boards.
27. Bay Path University
Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts makes our list due to the variety of the psychology degrees they offer online through their American Women's College. At this university, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology, or a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology. One great benefit of this university's online programs is you get access to the SOUL program, which offers help if you start to fall behind with your classes, pairs you with an education coach, and connects you to other students.
28. Lakeland University
In Plymouth, Wisconsin, Lakeland University has an online psychology program that will allow you to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. This program makes our list because most students at Lakeland University can finish their degree in 4 years, or with transfer credits in only 18 months. Another highlight of this program is that they understand that most students need to work as they earn their degree, and that's why they offer credits for projects you're currently working on at your job and credits for previous work experience.
29. Cedar Crest College
Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania will allow you to earn your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology degree fully online or in a hybrid format. The big plus of this program is that it offers classes that are taught by experienced faculty in an accelerated 7-week format. This program will also help you with internships and fieldwork so that you are able to apply your psychology education to real-world contexts.
30. King University
With a campus in Bristol, Tennessee, King University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree that is geared toward those wanting to finish up their bachelor's degree or adult learners who want to increase their psychology knowledge for their careers. The best part of this program is that it is built around the idea of studying at your own pace, which means you can learn at your own speed. With multiple start dates throughout the year, you can tailor the pace of your degree program, finishing and starting when you want.
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