👆 टच करो और जादू देखो 👆 , Guide to Earning an Online Psychology Degree

A growing number of the 1,400 US bachelor’s in psychology programs offer a track for an online psychology degree.1 This guide covers our ranking of the best online psychology programs, a comparison of traditional and online programs, information on how to determine whether distance learning is a good fit for your needs, and associated career options.
Table of Contents
Online vs. Traditional Programs
Top Schools with Online Psychology Degree Programs
Profiles of Top Psychology Schools with Online Programs
Frequently Asked Questions

Comparing Online vs. Traditional Programs

The pros and cons of online classes are similar to traditional classes and depend in large part on your educational background and preferred learning styles. Students who succeed in an online learning environment are typically self-motivated and able to meet deadlines for coursework without the structure of online class meetings. While many courses use real-time conferencing and discussion, not all do; face-to-face interaction with professors and peers is generally limited compared to the campus environment.

Additionally, on-campus programs may offer more concentration or specialization options, such as child psychology, school psychology, or forensic psychology. However, informal concentrations can sometimes be arranged depending on a given school’s selection of online psychology courses. Related to this, many online psychology degree programs require students to complete an internship or practicum experience. Those who are attending courses online from another state than that in which their school is based may need to arrange an appropriate internship in their own local area.

Benefits of Earning a Psychology Degree Online

There are advantages to taking online classes to earn your psychology degree. As campus-based schools extend their online offerings, students have access to an expanding list of course options. Another top benefit of earning an online psychology degree is the flexibility. Since many courses are asynchronous–that is, not requiring class attendance at specific times–students can “attend” classes on their own schedule. This makes online learning a good option for full-time workers, stay-at-home parents, and others who have responsibilities that make on-campus scheduling difficult.

Another benefit is the option of attending an out-of-state school without relocating. If you live in an area that is not within commuting distance to the top schools for psychology, distance learning may be an alternative. In addition, while some programs allow you to earn your psychology degree entirely online, others are degree completion programs that are geared towards students who already hold an associate’s degree or a certain number of college credits.

Finally, online courses can lower the total cost of earning your bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer in-state tuition rates to students attending courses online, even if those students are residents of another state.

You should also consider your career goals and understand the careers available with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in psychology can prepare you for employment in human resources, communication, marketing, and a host of other careers that deal with human decisions and behavior. However, don’t expect to land a position as a researcher or psychologist based on a four-year degree alone. These positions generally require graduate school; a master’s degree is appropriate for management specializations and some positions in research, while a doctoral degree is required to work as a psychologist or professor and in the majority of research positions.

Top Schools with Online Psychology Degree Programs

We have ranked the best psychology schools in the US using our unique methodology. All schools in this list are not-for-profit and hold regional accreditation from one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the US that are recognized by the US Department of Education. Regional accreditation is important because it is a marker of quality education and also a prerequisite for offering certain types of low-cost federal loans to students. Regionally accredited schools will also more readily accept transfer credits from other regionally accredited schools.

Major factors in our ranking methodology include the average tuition cost per online credit hour, the percentage of students enrolled only in distance education courses, the overall graduation rate of enrolled students, and schools’ rankings according to US News & World Report in the regional, national, and online categories. Some factors are weighted more heavily than others. Clicking on a linked school will lead you to additional data about that school and its programs, including tuition rates and faculty statistics.

School
PD411 Rank
Avg. Online Tuition
% Students Only in
Distance Ed
Grad Rate
% Tenured Faculty
US News Regional Rank
US News National Rank
US News Online Rank
University of Florida 1 $131 3% 88% 47% #30 tie #3
Indiana University Bloomington 2 $289 0% 79% 42% #76 tie #21 tie
University of Central Florida 3 $448 13% 72% 45% #160 tie #14 tie
Utah State University 4 $359 16% 54% 48% #241 tie #21 tie
Oregon State University 5 $331 23% 67% 36% #153 tie #4 tie
Regent University 6 $395 71% 57% 40% #298-#389 #53 tie
University of Arizona 7 $500 7% 65% 44% #97 tie #7
University of Alabama Birmingham 8 $441 17% 63% 32% #153 tie #28 tie
University of Missouri 9 $349 4% 52% 33% #124 tie #14 tie
The University of West Florida 10 $281 20% 46% 44% #36 tie (South) #53 tie
Colorado State University 11 $476 100% 70% 0% #153 tie #10 tie
University of Massachusetts-Lowell 12 $380 15% 66% 26% #176 tie #31 tie
Central Michigan University 13 $417 9% 61% 41% #249 tie #107 tie
Washington State University 14 $573 9% 60% 39% #176 tie #28 tie
Old Dominion University 15 $384 21% 53% 46% #258 tie #86 tie
University of Louisville 16 $508 3% 59% 33% #176 tie #48 tie
Arizona State University Online 17 $575 97% 4% 37% #103 tie #6
Fayetteville State University 18 $177 30% 34% 45% #89 (South)
University of Memphis 19 $413 12% 53% 31% #258 tie #53 tie
University of Utah 20 $2,204 4% 70% 50% #97 tie #204 tie
Eastern Kentucky University 21 $409 17% 45% 29% #51 tie (South) #67 tie
University of North Dakota 22 $342 18% 61% 51% #258 tie
Fort Hays State University 23 $219 34% 43% 20% #112 tie (Midwest) #107 tie
Eastern Oregon University 24 $265 48% 27% 35% #88 tie (West) #144 tie
Oregon Institute of Technology 25 $270 14% 46% 48% #5 tie (West)
University of Illinois-Springfield 26 $477 33% 54% 35% #34 tie
Central Washington University 27 $947 25% 58% 37% #47 tie (West) #122 tie
University of Houston 28 $640 3% 61% 48% #176 tie
University of Minnesota-Duluth 29 $569 1% 62% 43% #39 tie (Midwest)
University of Louisiana at Monroe 30 $400 13% 47% 45% #298-#389 #246 tie
University of Maine-Presque Isle 31 $319 22% 38% 29% #28 tie (North)
University of Nevada Las Vegas 32 $552 4% 45% 50% #258 tie #256-#337
University of Alaska Fairbanks 33 $572 38% 35% 31% #298-#389 #137 tie
University of Maine at Machias 34 $368 33% 30% 44% NR NR
Louisiana State University-Alexandria 35 $291 31% 28% 26% NR NR
University of Houston-Downtown 36 $443 20% 29% 23% #95-#124 (West) #86 tie
Northern Kentucky University 37 $448 14% 46% 48% #298-#389
Brescia University 38 $425 37% 34% 15% #33 tie (South) #234 tie
Kentucky State University 39 $450 26% 25% 40% #36 tie (South)
Indiana University East 40 $289 59% 40% 8% #119-#156 (Midwest)

See Tables Notes and References at bottom of page.

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