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Online Psychology Degrees
If you are passionate about human behavior and the mind and are looking for a flexible education to help expand your career options, then consider pursuing an online degree in psychology from Ashford University. The flexibility of an online psychology degree lets learners balance their education with their professional and personal responsibilities, without needing to relocate to a traditional brick-and-mortar campus. These psychology courses are five or six weeks long* and can be taken one class at a time, 100% online. Some students will utilize their bachelor's degree as a foundation for pursuing a graduate degree in psychology or other disciplines, while others may use their degree learnings to enter the workforce in areas that involve human interaction. A career that requires analytical thinking, strong communication skills, and deep social awareness is often a great fit for psychology degree graduates.
Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org. WSCUC accreditation ensures that your psychology degree is of high quality. It also provides the widest possible acceptance by other colleges and universities when evaluating transfer credits and by employers when they receive your credentials for employment.
- Total number of credits required: 120 credits
- General Education Requirements: 43 credits
- Major Course Requirements: 39 credits*
- Electives: 41 credits
* In this program, 3 credits from the major may also satisfy General Education requirements.
To earn your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Ashford, you must complete 120 credits. You will need to complete 30 upper-division credits, of which 18 credits must be from the major program. A total of 30 credits must be completed at Ashford University to meet the residency requirement. You may be able to transfer up to 90 approved credits from community colleges, other previous college coursework, or other life experiences such as military service or job training toward your degree.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Further, Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.
Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
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What is a Psychology Degree?
By definition, psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and the human mind. It’s an academic discipline of immense scope that encompasses many different elements. An undergraduate psychology degree prepares students to enter the field of psychology by helping them develop knowledge of human behavior, research, writing, and statistical analysis, while a graduate level degree can prepare students to pursue more academic and research-oriented careers.
Our online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology lays a broad foundation to give you a wide-ranging understanding of the primary aspects of psychology with the option to focus on a specific topic such as cognitive studies or public administration by adding an emphasis. You will obtain a robust background in psychology and receive a better understanding of how human behavior impacts the dynamics of a business or organization that can be very valuable to not just psychology-related organizations but to any business. Learn more about our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree.
Psychology related careers don’t all require a graduate level degree, but it can be a valuable asset if you want to take your career even further. A graduate level degree, such as a master’s or a doctorate in psychology, will position you to take on more research knowledge and integrate this psychological research into everyday applications. Similar to the bachelor’s program, our online master’s degree and our PsyD cover psychological foundations, but go into additional detail to ensure you are prepared to take on more complex roles with additional responsibilities. A graduate level psychology degree provides an in-depth exploration of the discipline. More specifically, a PsyD provides the necessary background on theories and skills needed in order to carry out research, tests, treatment, and reports. Learn more about our Master of Arts in Psychology degree and our Doctor of Psychology.
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Should I Add an Emphasis to My Psychology Degree?
Broadening your knowledge by enrolling in an emphasis is a great way to show potential employers that you have specialized knowledge in a specific subject matter while also having a foundational knowledge in psychology. While everyone’s career path and education are different, an emphasis can provide an extra accolade to put on your resume when applying for a job to give yourself a leg up over the competition.
Benefits of an Online Psychology Degree
Majoring in psychology can open the door to a variety of careers and provide you with a foundation for further graduate study. Additionally, working in the field of psychology can be fun, rewarding, challenging, and can make a difference in people’s lives. A few additional benefits to majoring in psychology include:
- Learn how to predict and understand the behavior of people
- Learn more about yourself and others
- Learn how to gather and interpret data
- Manage and navigate high-stress situations/environments
- Study courses within psychology that you are passionate about
What Can You Do with a Psychology Degree
Common industries that you may be able to seek a career in with an undergraduate psychology degree include:
- Public Administration
- Criminal Justice
- Social Services
- Human Resources
Following graduation, some students may decide to further their education by pursuing a master’s degree in psychology. Students who decide to take their education even further with a master’s degree in psychology can open up more areas for personal and professional growth. Some common industries for master’s degree graduates include:
- Social Services
- Child and Family Services
- Community Organizations
- Government – Local, State, or Federal
- Human Resources
Finally, for those looking to focus on more research and education related careers, you will most likely need a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). A doctorate can open the door to more specific careers that include:
- Human Resources Specialist
- Postsecondary Business Teacher
How Long Does It Take to Get a Psychology Degree
Depending upon your level of dedication, continuous full-time status, and whether you are a first-time or transfer student, a psychology degree can take the following amount of time to complete:
- A Bachelor’s degree program takes about four years.
- A Master’s degree program generally require two years.
- A Doctorate program can take three-four years.
Attending part-time online is an option, but the psychology program you decide to pursue will take longer to complete.
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