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Bachelor of Science

Psychology

OVERVIEW

An Online Psychology Degree That Sets You Up for Success 


 

Earning a psychology degree can set you on the path to becoming a mental health professional or open doors to employment across a variety of other industries. Whether you plan to pursue further education to become a therapist or begin your career after finishing your bachelor’s, this psychology program is an excellent starting point.

 The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree will explore the ins and outs of developmental psychology and the theories and practices used by today’s mental health experts to identify and treat abnormal psychology. You'll gain valuable research and learning skills that help you create evidence-based strategies that address real psychosocial issues. You'll also learn about:

  • Theories of personality
  • Psychopathology
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Neuropsychology
  • Mental health awareness and education

NOTE: The B.S. in Psychology program is currently enrolling in a fixed paced student start, based on transfer credit status.  Students with the following transfer credits can enroll following this schedule:

  • Students with up to 30 Transfer CUs Can start April 1st or after
  • Students with up to 45 Transfer CUs can start June 1st or after
  • Previous WGU Students seeking to be readmitted or Current WGU Students wishing to change degree programs into Psychology, can start October 1st or after.

95%* of graduates finish similar programs faster than the traditional 

4 years

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance when you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

*WGU Internal Data

Tuition per six-month term is

$4,085

Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students reduce the ultimate cost of their degrees. Finish faster, pay less!

Graduates who recommend WGU

97%

The vast majority of alumni say WGU delivered on its promises. In fact, over 50% of students found WGU thanks to a friend's recommendation.

Next Start Date:
Varies

We have limited space. If admitted, WGU will grant a start date based on a variety of factors.

COURSES

Psychology Courses

Program consists of 34 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff. This program features scaffolded learning throughout the standard path, requiring the standard path order to be followed for optimal student success outcomes. 

WGU’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology curriculum was designed, and is regularly updated, with input from the professionals on our Health Professions Program Council, ensuring that this psychology degree teaches important healthcare best practices and keeps up with the latest trends in the industry. The psychology courses you’ll complete will help you gain the kind of expertise you need for a successful start in mental health services. 

Part of this psychology program includes realistic experiences as a professional in a team setting via virtual simulation. You’ll learn to apply psychologically sound approaches to interpersonal communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution.

This psychology degree program prepares students for lifelong learning by helping them develop vital research, analysis, and communication skills that will benefit them in any career they choose. Students will also gain discipline-specific knowledge and skills as they delve deeper into cognitive psychology, health psychology, social psychology, neuropsychology, and other psychological areas of study. 

The B.S. Psychology program is an all-online program that you'll complete by studying and working independently with instruction and support from WGU faculty. Most of your courses can be accelerated based on your prior knowledge and hard work.

Psychology
Foundations of Success
General Education
General Science Content

34 Courses

Program consists of 34 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

At the end of your psychology program, you will complete a capstone project that represents the culmination of all your study and effort. This project includes creating an evidence-based strategy to address a real-world psychosocial issue of your choosing.

“The completion of my WGU BS degree has motivated both my children to go back to school and finish their degrees. They're saying 'well if Mom can do it.' I am happy at this point in my life to be able to still influence my children in a positive way."

—Jayne Harrower
B.S. Healthcare Graduate

WGU vs. Traditional Universities
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Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 4 years, minimal acceleration options

As quickly as you can master the material, typically less than 3 years

TRANSFER CREDITS

Few accepted, based on certain schools and specific courses

A generous transfer policy that is based on your specific situation

Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

TUITION STRUCTURE

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

SUPPORT

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

EXAMS

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

SCHEDULE

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 4 years, minimal acceleration options

TIME TO FINISH

As quickly as you can master the material, typically less than 3 years

TRANSFER CREDITS

Few accepted, based on certain schools and specific courses

TRANSFER CREDITS

A generous transfer policy that is based on your specific situation

Why WGU?

You Aren't On Your Own

WGU has Program Mentors who work with you from the day you start, all the way through graduation. They help you chart your courses, answer your questions, and ensure you can go through your program. You're not alone when you choose an online degree at WGU.

Flexibility You Need

Students choose WGU for their online degree program because of its flexibility. Whether you already have a full-time job, have responsibilities as a parent, or just have a busy schedule, WGU can work for you.

Strong Alumni Network

When you enroll in this healthcare program at WGU, you join an impressive network of healthcare professionals. This network is key in helping boot credibility and respect for your degree from WGU.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized™

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.

COST & TIME

An Affordable Psychology Degree

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A Psychology Bachelor's Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology—Designed to Fit Your Life

Online. Flexible. Student-focused. These are just some of the qualities that make our programs a great fit for today’s working students—and make WGU a different kind of university. 

Our degree programs allow you to speed up your progress—no waiting for other class members to catch up or for a new semester to start. Taking a course covering concepts you’ve been applying for years? Review the online course material, take the online assessment, and move on. Taking a course in a subject you’ve never tried? Maximize all available resources to ensure you’re comfortable with the material by the time you take the assessment.

" I had a great educational experience at WGU, and the course instructors had a positive impact on the study curriculum. Each course was very organized, easy to follow and learn, and the educators are very attentive. I gained a greater understanding of research that is aimed at establishing facts and quality improvement.”

—Nasiba Ruziyeva
WGU Healthcare Graduate

CAREER OUTLOOK

A Psychology Degree Opens the Door to Multiple Careers

Earning your bachelor’s in psychology can get you started in a healthcare-focused career or qualify you to pursue employment in management, social services, education, and other fields. This program contains coursework that will help you learn about various fields of psychology, including:

  • Social psychology
  • Consumer behavior
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychopathogy
  • Substance abuse and addiction

After earning your psychology degree, you may want to pursue a master’s degree or additional certifications. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 49% of bachelor’s grads in psychology go on to earn an advanced degree. But whether you want to become a counselor, a social worker, or a researcher starting your education with a B.S. Psychology degree provides a strong foundation for future learning.

Return on Your Investment

On average, WGU graduates see an increase in income post-graduation

Average income increase from all degrees in annual salary vs. pre-enrollment salary. Source: 2022 Harris Poll Survey of 1,542 WGU graduates.

Survey was sent to a representative sample of WGU graduates from all colleges. Respondents received at least one WGU degree since 2017.

18%

The number of positions for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to increase 18% from 2022 to 2032.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Apply Your Psychology Knowledge and Skills to Excel in Your Chosen Career

WGU’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to provide you with a comprehensive set of skills that can be applied across industries. This program incorporates several career-boosting competencies, including courses in the areas of substance abuse, research methods, psychopathology, adult psychology, neuropsychology, mental health education, and more. 

*This program does not lead directly to licensure for these roles/positions. The program prepares graduates to seek additional education required for these types of roles/positions.

Possible Jobs

  • Behavior technician
  • Market research analyst
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Academic advisor
  • Social services specialist
  • Patient navigator
  • User researcher

Possible Work Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Community care facilities
  • Research facilities 

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

Hospitals and clinics around the country know the benefit of a degree from WGU, so your healthcare degree is valuable.

ADMISSIONS

Bachelor of Psychology Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent AND demonstrate program readiness through one of the following: 

Option 1: Submit transcripts documenting completion of college-level coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. 

Option 2: Possess a bachelors or associates degree (A.A or A.S. acceptable) from an accredited post-secondary institution. 

Option 3: Submit high school transcripts for review with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

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