Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Online Program

Degree Program

A bachelor's degree in Psychology provides graduates with versatile skills that are applicable to a variety of career paths. Unlike some majors that prepare graduates for a single specific job, the online BA in Psychology degree program at CSULB prepares graduates for a wide range of occupations in fields including healthcare, human resources, education, counseling, communications, social sciences, customer service, and much more. For those who want to pursue specialized careers, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program provides a strong foundation to pursue graduate studies, including the prerequisites for admission to CSULB’s three Psychology master’s degree programs: MA in Psychological Research, MS in Human Factors, and MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The BA in Psychology program provides a competitive degree for fully qualified transfer students who have already completed 60 lower-division units. This two-year, full-time undergraduate program provides students with an understanding of the biological, environmental, social, and cultural influences on behavior by introducing students to the diverse sub-disciplines that compose Psychology. The pre-selected series of classes are offered on a year-round course schedule, including a summer session, which gives students the benefit of taking fewer classes at any point in time (compared to a typical schedule that is limited to Fall and Spring semesters only). The "lock-step" cohort model helps students connect with their classmates, ensures timely access to all required program courses, and provides a supportive network of peers who work their way through the program together.

This program also provides students with greater flexibility through online coursework that includes both synchronous and asynchronous instructional elements. The program is offered in partnership between CSULB’s Psychology Department and the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPaCE).

Please Note:

  • Out-of-state students who do not reside in California are not eligible to enroll in this fully online program. For more information, visit The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
  • Students enrolled in this program are eligible for some forms of financial aid, with the exception of the State University Grant (SUG) and Cal Vet College Fee Waiver.  
  • GI Bill benefits can be used for this program. Click here to learn more about eligibility, rates, and other details.
  • Fully qualified transfer students who have already completed 60 lower-division units
  • Those wanting to pursue careers including, but not limited to, caseworker, psychiatric aide, teacher, research assistant, corrections officer, or employment relations specialist
  • 100% online program combining primarily asynchronous instruction with some synchronous class meetings
  • A limited number of synchronous class sessions will be held on weekday mornings
  • Opportunity to practice skills in Field Work and Independent Study
  • Year-round schedule with reduced course loads at any one time
  • Cohort format provides camaraderie and social support
  • Students typically take only two courses per each 8-week term; one 16-week semester is included during the student’s second year to provide field and lab work opportunities
  • Courses taught by faculty within the CSULB Psychology Department and College of Liberal Arts
  • Coursework provides a sampling of major sub-disciplines within the diverse field of Psychology
  • Communication, numeracy, teamwork, and critical thinking skills to join the workforce or pursue graduate study
  • Knowledge of theory, research, and practice in Psychology disciplines including social, cognitive, statistics, clinical, developmental, human factors, industrial-organizational, and health
  • Skill in the use of scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Experience in how to apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  • Skill in the application of ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Appreciation and knowledge of the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures
  • Maintain GPA of 2.0 or better in the program course requirements
  • Satisfaction of all university graduation requirements