Brittnei P., Class of 2020; Antwan S., Class of 2020 Military Veteran

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Brittnei P. & Antwan S.
Class of 2020 & Class of 2020, Military Veteran
Brittnei P., Class of 2020; Antwan S., Class of 2020 Military Veteran

Pursue Your Passion to Help People Resolve Complex Emotional Issues

Do you find yourself wanting to know more about life? About how it makes sense? About how we relate to each other in our relationships? National University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program can provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary discipline of psychology. Our online psychology program covers a wide variety of topics like biological psychology, developmental psychology, psychopathology, social psychology, personality theory, and much more.

NU’s industry-current psychology curriculum aligns with the highest standards for psychology programs at the undergraduate level. Those standards are set by the American Psychological Association, the largest professional organization of psychologists in the world.

If you have a genuine curiosity about humanity, whether it’s driven by a passion to help people with their mental health or simply understanding what makes them tick, NU’s BA in Psychology can set you on a fascinating path towards personal and professional satisfaction.

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Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s BA in Psychology program, you’ll be able to:

  • Articulate major theories, concepts, and historical trends in psychology
  • Explain behavior, cognition, and emotion from multiple schools of thought and multicultural perspectives
  • Identify a problem in psychology, examine available evidence, analyze assumptions, and apply research methods to solve the problem. This includes the ability to interpret numbers and apply basic statistical procedures
  • Perform information searches relevant to psychology and organize and evaluate the soundness of the information
  • Use current technologies in both research and communication
  • Write papers in psychology using different literary formats, e.g., narrative, exposition, critical analysis, and APA format

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With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from National University, you’ll be prepared to seek roles in the psychology field such as:*

  • Project Coordinators
  • Proposal Managers
  • Management Trainees
  • Regulatory Affairs Managers
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Compliance Managers
  • Directors of Regulatory Affairs
  • Academic Advisors
  • Admissions Counselors
  • Project Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers

*SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: April 27, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

National University’s BA in Psychology courses can be completed on-site or online, meaning you won’t have to put your life on hold while working toward your degree. With small class sizes and faculty mentors who bring real-world experience, you’ll gain practical skills that are relevant and applicable in today’s job market.

NU also offers four-week courses, so you can focus on one subject at a time, one month at a time, and finish your degree faster. Plus, with year-round enrollment, you don’t have to wait to apply and can begin classes as soon as next month.

As a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon school, active-duty servicemembers and their immediate family members have access to tuition discounts.

A BA in Psychology degree opens doors in a broad range of industries, especially as more and more organizations are using psychology professionals to help select and retain employees, implement training, increase organizational productivity and efficiency, handle employee conflicts, and improve office morale. Psychologists are also in demand in schools because of increasing awareness of the connection between mental health and learning. Hospitals, mental health centers, and social service agencies have also seen an increase in demand for psychology professionals due to the toll COVID-19 has taken on many individuals’ mental health.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 13,400 openings for psychologists are projected each year. In May 2021, the median annual wage for psychologists was $81,040, while industrial-organizational psychologists commanded a higher salary of $105,310.*

*SOURCE: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm#tab-1

To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, you must complete at least 180 quarter units. Of those 180 quarter units, 76.5 units must be completed at the upper-division level, 45 units must be completed in residence at National University, and a minimum of 70.5 units must be completed of the University General Education requirements.

In the absence of transfer credit, you may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree.

(2 courses; 9 quarter units)

  • MTH210* Probability and Statistics
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer test placement evaluation or MTH 12A and MTH 12B
  • PSY 100* Introduction to Psychology

*May be used to satisfy general education requirement.

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Dr. Brian Tilley

Dr. Brian Tilley, PhD, MA in Counseling

Associate Professor & Program Director

“A student who comes in just wanting to know more about life is a good fit for this program. We take it beyond a philosophical point of view by studying everyday life and how it all makes sense. That’s really what psychology is.”

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FAQs

No, however, a BA in Psychology is a great first step in the process to becoming a psychologist. All psychologists require an advanced degree. Required qualifications for psychologists vary based on individual fields of psychology and state-specific licensing requirements. To become a practicing psychologist, you will also need a master’s or doctorate in psychology, along with licensure approval/achievement. Learn more about our Doctor of Clinical Psychology program here.

You can complete your BA in Psychology at NU in as few as 16 months.

No. You need an advanced degree, along with licensure approval, to practice as a psychologist. If that is your career goal, a bachelor’s degree is a first step to learn the foundational concepts of psychology.

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a bachelor’s in psychology, read our post on What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Psychology?. Many professional positions within this field require a master’s or doctoral degree, along with licensure for practitioners.

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a bachelor’s in psychology, read our post on What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Psychology?. Many professional positions within this field require a master’s or doctoral degree, along with licensure for practitioners.

To become a clinical psychologist, you will need graduate degree(s) as well as licensure approval, which can take over eight (8) years to complete.

Like all of our programs, the BA in Psychology program at NU is academically rigorous and requires commitment from each student. However, students are equipped with support and resources to help them succeed.

If you are interested in human behavior or development, psychology might be a good career path for you. A BA in psychology will give you a foundation of in-depth understanding of human behavior, as well as critical thinking skills, which can help you to pursue a career in psychology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 13,400 openings for psychologists are projected each year. In May 2021, the median annual wage for psychologists was $81,040, while industrial-organizational psychologists commanded a higher salary of $105,310.*

*SOURCE: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm#tab-1

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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