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Our 2016 psychology rankings showcase the colleges offering the best online undergraduate psychology programs this year. We based our calculations on the quantifiable factors that we believe contribute to the ideal online learning experience: program cost; student-to-faculty ratio; and institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, default, and default rate. Learn more

Top Online Psychology Colleges

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Simpson University


About the Program

Through the ASPIRE degree completion program at Simpson University, adult learners who have already earned some college credit may finish their Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online. After participating in an online orientation, students take 12 five-week classes, one at a time, and complete a portfolio for their capstone project. This faith-based university requires students to take an Introduction to the Bible and Christianity class and a World Religions class as part of their degree; other courses include:

  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Child Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Students who wish to enroll in the ASPIRE online programs should have at least 73 credits or units of previous undergraduate coursework. The 16-month psychology degree completion program allows students to earn an additional 36 credits towards graduation. Those who enter the program with fewer than 84 credits are allowed to finish the ASPIRE courses, then fulfill the remaining requirements for their degree.

Online Experience

Online courses are accessed through the Moodle learning management system, and class materials can be accessed at any time. Each student is given a Simpson University Skype account to connect with their classmates and professors; students can also access digital resources through the library, career, and tutoring services and counselors online and with their Skypes. While completing the Moodle-based courses, students will be called upon to electronically:

  • Submit papers
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Create and give presentations
  • Work on group projects
  • Take exams
$495 per credit hour online
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003-8606
(530) 224-5600
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Corban University


About the Program

The School of Professional Studies at Corban University offers an undergraduate psychology degree entirely online. The program is open to those who have already earned some college credits and to those who are just beginning their undergraduate degree. All graduation requirements can be completed online, and students may be eligible to receive credit for previous academic and professional experiences.

In addition to the major requirements, students choose either a Family Studies or Pre-Counseling/Clinical concentration for their degree. They must complete 129 semester credits to graduate, including:

  • 51 general education credits
  • 42 credits in the major
  • 36 elective credits

All curriculum at CU is “informed by a biblical worldview.” General education courses include several classes in biblical and theological studies, which also adds a biblical studies minor to students’ degrees.

Online Experience

Online students tend to take up to three classes every eight weeks, and whether they choose a full-time or part-time course load, they are able to fit their studies around their schedules. Students access their online courses using the Converge learning platform. Upon logging into the system, students have access to their personalized dashboard, which shows them each of the classes they are currently enrolled, their lecture notes, class videos, and grades. Students are able to upload videos, images, and files relevant to their studies and are also able to submit assignment files directly from their computers or cloud storage.

$420 per credit hour online
5000 Deer Park Dr SE
Salem, OR 97317-9392
(503) 581-8600
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LeTourneau University


About the Program

The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology at LeTourneau is based in the Christian faith, with the curriculum emphasizing the techniques of Christian counseling. This program prepares students to pursue a master’s degree or for employment in ministry, social work, counseling, or another related field.

Undergraduate psychology students must earn 126 credit hours to graduate. Of the requirements, 45 are from classes in the major, including:

  • Personality Theory
  • Social Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • History & Systems of Psychology
  • Theories & Techniques of Counseling

General education courses, which fulfill 59 credit hours, include, among others, four theological and biblical classes, English composition and literature courses and history, mathematics and philosophy courses. The 22 elective credits can come from any approved department, and students who want to add a concentration to their degree can focus their electives on marriage and family therapy or professional counseling.

Online Experience

LeTU uses the Blackboard learning management system to provide access to online and digital course materials. Through this LMS’s interface, students can view their courses, send emails, and participate on discussion boards. Each class has its own site within Blackboard, and the system allows teachers to upload syllabi, lectures, and assignments directly to their sites.

Nontraditional students have access to a number of resources, including academic advising, career services, library catalogs, and databases and a live stream of the school’s chapel services.

$450 per credit hour online
2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000
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Midway College


About the Program

Students of Midway’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology are prepared for entry-level employment in most human services. They are able to concentrate their degrees on child development, education psychology, counseling, or another of psychology’s subfields.

Traditionally a women’s college, Midway offers coeducational enrollment in its online programs, allowing men and women an opportunity to receive a high-quality education when it best fits their schedules. Undergraduates must complete 124 semester hours for graduation. Many enroll in the online psychology degree program with at least 40 transfer credits from a regionally accredited school; those who transfer credits from a previous institution can complete their degree in as little as 18 months. Graduation requirements include:

  • General Education: 37 semester hours
  • Electives: 48 semester hours
  • Supporting Courses: 9 semester hours
  • Psychology Requirements: 30 semester hours

Online Experience

Online students access their course materials, connect with professors and classmates, and complete assignments using the Moodle learning management system. The school provides several tutorials to help students navigate the interface. Distance students have complete access to the school’s library and bookstore.

$395 per credit hour online
512 E. Stephens St
Midway, KY 40347-1120
(859) 846-4421
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Regis University


About the Program

With the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology at Regis University, students can earn their degree entirely online. The program allows students to focus their studies on health psychology or positive psychology, and graduates are prepared for employment in their fields by a curriculum that combines the theoretical and practical applications of psychology.

Undergraduates complete at least 128 credit hours for graduation. They have the option to add a 12-credit hour minor or a 15-credit hour specialization to their degrees, which lowers the number of required elective credits from 41 to 29. Students with previous college or work experience may be able to apply that towards their graduation requirements; transfer credits usually cover general education and lower-level courses. Upper-division psychology courses include:

  • Understanding Trauma and PTSD
  • Behavioral and Stress Management
  • Psychology of Intimate Relationships
  • Special Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Gender
  • Senior Capstone

Online Experience

Online courses at Regis are delivered through WorldClass. This system allows students to access course materials from anywhere and at any time. If courses require the use of textbooks, students are able to order these from the school’s bookstore online. They also have access to:

  • All of the library’s databases and electronic materials
  • The Learning Commons tutoring and writing center
  • Career services
  • Online tech support
$460 per credit hour online
3333 Regis Blvd
Denver, CO 80221-1099
(800) 388-23662111
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Northeastern University


About the Program

Northeastern University’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to give students a strong base in psychological theory. It prepares those who earn the degree for further study or a career in a field related to psychology. The 160-quarter hour program can be completed in four years of full-time study; part-time students typically earn their degree within seven years.

Students complete 69 quarter hours of major courses to graduate. Among other topics, psychology students focus on the different levels of human development, what motivates people, how emotions function, and how we learn. The remaining quarter hour requirements are broken down into:

  • Core Curriculum: 33 quarter hours
  • Foundation Courses: 36 quarter hours
  • Open Electives: 22 quarter hours

Online Experience

NEU uses the Blackboard learning management system to provide access to online classes. Students unfamiliar with this LMS can watch several demonstration videos that outline how to navigate the interface, submit assignments, view grades, and connect with professors and peers. They will also connect using the Collaborate conferencing tool to meet online at set times. Through Smarthinking, students can pursue one on one tutoring in the subjects they struggle with most.

$378 per credit hour online
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005
(617) 373-2000
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Judson University


About the Program

The applied psychology degree completion program at Judson University gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice. Offered completely online, students meet with their classes synchronously once a week and can access their course materials whenever they need to outside of class time. Classes are taught by experienced professors who hold degrees related to the field.

The curriculum is faith-based and gives students the foundation they need to continue on to graduate studies. Through the required internship at an organization of the students’ choosing and a capstone research project, students put psychology theories into practice. They must complete 46 hours of coursework, including classes in:

  • Faith and Life Issues
  • Interpersonal Communication and Relationships
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Cultural Competence

Online Experience

Students log in to their eLearn portal through MyJudson. The online class interface is based on the Moodle learning management system; students are able to access materials, communicate with classmates, and complete tasks all in one spot. Online students have access to the resources provided by the Student Success Center, including tutoring, the writing center, proctoring services, and the library.

$510 per credit hour online
1151 N State St
Elgin, IL 60123-1498
(847) 628-2500
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Dallas Baptist University


About the Program

The College of Professional Studies at Dallas Baptist University offers a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology degree online. The program consists of 120 semester hours of coursework. Students who have already completed some college may be able to transfer their credits to apply towards their graduation, but at least 30 credits must be earned from DBU. This can translate to students enrolling at DBU specifically to complete the psychology major courses; along with six hours of upper-division electives, classes include:

  • Marriage and Family
  • Integration of Psychology/Christianity
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques

Online Experience

DBU uses Blackboard for course delivery. Students unfamiliar with this learning management system can view a demo that will walk them through logging in and navigating how classes are laid out and accessed. If they run into any problems, they can contact tech support, a 24/7 helpdesk or the DBU online office. They also have access to the school’s library and a writing center to help with assignments.

$775 per credit hour online
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100
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University of Florida


About the Program

Students can pursue the University of Florida’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as a degree completion or full program. The admission process for transfer students is very competitive, and students who fail to meet the school’s conditions will be removed from the online psychology program.

Overall, students must earn 120 credits to graduate. The complete program, taken on a full-time schedule, can be completed in four years. The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of the four substantive areas of psychology: biological bases, developmental changes, learning and cognition, and sociocultural approaches and influences. Courses in these areas include:

  • Sensory Processes
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • Psychology of Personality

Online Experience

The UFL is moving to the Canvas learning management system for online course delivery. After logging into MyUFL, students can view school-wide and class announcements and their personal to do list, access their current courses, complete assignments, and connect with professors and classmates. The Academic Helpdesk provides answers to e-learning FAQs to guide students through their online courses.

$112 per credit in state
$500 per credit out of state
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-3261
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DeSales University


About the Program

DeSales offers an online bachelor’s degree in psychology that prepares students for graduate study or employment in the field. To graduate, students must complete 40 classes, earning 120 credits. Students are allowed to transfer up to 75 credits into the undergraduate psychology program, and credit can be earned for work, military, or life experiences, as well as previous college courses.

Major courses for this degree include:

  • Psychobiology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • The Unseen Reality: Psychology of Spiritual Experience
  • Dangerous Minds: the Psychology of Antisocial Behavior

Online Experience

Students use Blackboard to navigate their online classes. Through this learning management system’s interface, they complete assignments, connect with classmates and instructors, and monitor their grades. While online students can access their course materials at any time, their classes may be taught in a blend of synchronous and asynchronous. This means students may be required to log in to the class server at set times to participate in “live” class discussions, presentations and lectures. To familiarize online learners with Blackboard, DeSales has provided a virtual tour of the system.

$459 per credit hour online
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100
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