Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, cognition and emotion. It is a broad discipline that includes both basic research and the application of research findings to everyday life. 

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a major accomplishment, and Sacramento State’s new online and accelerated degree completion program provides the flexibility, accessibility and affordability to help you finish your degree.

You may have started your degree in the past and had to put it on hold due to work, family or personal obligations. Life happens, as it should — and now it’s time to make your educational goals happen too!



Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can open up many options for career advancement and personal development, as the degree provides students with a solid understanding of human behavior. Earning a bachelor’s degree is a major accomplishment and is a stepping stone to graduate education. 


The degree completion program has the added benefit of flexibility. Students are able to fit school into their already busy schedules through online, accelerated courses. This allows students to find a schedule that works for them, and get through classes quickly and efficiently. 


Students in the program have regular support from a dedicated academic advisor and financial aid coordinator. Throughout the entire process — from admissions to graduation — students will have regular support from the program staff.

Academic Excellence

​​Graduates of the online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program will earn their degree and diploma from California State University, Sacramento, which is identical to the degree students receive when completing their courses in the traditional face-to-face format.  

Sacramento State is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the online program is officially approved by WASC as well.


The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program is for adult learners who stopped out of college before graduating, and are ready to return and finish their degree. This program is designed for students who need the online format in order to complete their degree.

Please note: This program is not geared towards local Sacramento area students who are otherwise able to attend in-person classes.  Exceptions made in certain instances — please check with us to see if you are eligible for the program if you live in or near Sacramento.


Students transfer in lower-division general education and lower-division major requirements, and complete all upper-division coursework through the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree completion program. Courses are six to eight weeks long and are fully online.  You can view the Psychology major requirements and course descriptions in the Sac State catalog

This degree completion program is designed specifically for working adults, offering the flexibility to take classes while still balancing all of life’s other responsibilities. This program is offered 100% online. Students typically take 6-12 units each semester. This program is not cohort-based, so you can take as few as 1 class per year. Upper division General Education (GE) courses are also offered in this program to cover university graduation requirements outside of the major. 

If you are looking for a full-time, on-campus degree program, we recommend the traditional bachelor’s degree instead. You can learn more about the full-time degree program by visiting the Psychology Department’s webpage.

Fees and Financial Aid

Courses are currently $489 per unit. Most students will need to complete 45-50 units through our program, for an average total cost of approximately $24,000 to obtain the degree. You may apply for financial aid through the FAFSA at  Please note that fees for this program are not the same as the tuition and fees for the traditional program at Sacramento State, and different policies apply. All fees are subject to change or increase as needed.

You can learn more about academic program fees here.

Student Handbook

Many of your questions about this program and how it works are answered in our Student Handbook: