Earn Your BA in Psychology Degree Online from SMSU
42 Credit Hours (Major)
$305 per Credit
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Gain a Versatile Skill Set to Excel in Behavioral Health and Beyond
Broaden your professional opportunities or build a foundation for graduate study with the online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University. This undergraduate psychology degree gives you a deep understanding of human behavior, group dynamics, and more to prepare you for success in your chosen field, whether you want to work in behavioral science, business, or another discipline. Plus, you can learn from anywhere in a flexible format designed to help you reach your goals.
- Full- and part-time options
- Transfer credits accepted
- Waivable application fee
- Small class sizes
- 100 field hours
Grow Your Skills with 100% Online Undergraduate Psychology Courses
15 major courses
42 major credits
Internship + 100 field hours
The bachelor’s in psychology degree from SMSU combines a liberal arts foundation with essential psychology and mental health topics. You’ll study the science behind human thought and behavior and learn to apply psychological research and approaches in any industry.
Our online undergraduate psychology courses provide professional insight into the latest behavioral science innovations and theories, including developmental and experimental psychology, lifespan development, behavior modification, and more. Students complete an internship and 100 field hours to gain real-world experience.
- PSYC 235: Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 312: Advanced Experimental Psychology: Learning & Memory
- PSYC 360: Cross-Cultural Psychology
- PSYC 420: History & Systems of Psychology
SMSU Admission Requirements
Start Date May 21, 2024 Summer Term 2024
Admission to the bachelor’s in psychology online program begins by submitting your application. Take the next step towards a rewarding career by completing your application today with support from the SMSU enrollment team.
|Online Application Form
|$20 waivable fee*
|Send official high school transcripts. Transfer students must send transcripts from each institution attended
|2.5 minimum, 3.0 recommended
Additional information and requirements may be necessary for international students. Please contact our enrollment team to learn more.
It’s always the right time to invest in your education with SMSU. Contact an enrollment counselor by calling 1-800-201-2944 to get started today.Admissions Details
Earn an Affordable Psychology Degree Online
Calculate your cost for attending SMSU Use our tuition calculator to help you estimate your total tuition costs.
Investing in your education is the first step towards creating a successful future for yourself. Whether applying for a college degree for the first time or picking back up where you left off, Southwest Minnesota State University’s tuition and aid packages can assist you. With scholarships available and competitive tuition, we’ll ensure you earn your degree affordably.
|Cost per Credit Hour
|Total Credit Hours
|Total Estimated Cost**
|$42,388.80 – $42,916.80
|$52.64 per credit hour (Fall & Spring)
$48.24 per credit hour (Summer)
|The estimated tuition cost does not include factors like textbooks or other expenses
SMSU proudly welcomes active military and veteran students. We accept the GI Bill™ and VA education benefits. Learn more by contacting an enrollment counselor or by visiting our military benefits page.
Financial Aid Options & Support
Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of solutions to help you invest in your education. SMSU offers in-state tuition rates to all students, along with a variety of financial services, including military benefits, financial aid opportunities, and scholarships for qualifying applicants.
Take your next step in financing your education by completing your FAFSA today. Use SMSU’s school code: 002375Tuition Details
Open Doors to a Successful Career in Mental Health and More
Professionals with undergraduate psychology degrees are qualified for a range of high-impact roles, including those in behavioral science, marketing, health services, business, and public relations. The comprehensive education you gain with SMSU can help you thrive in your chosen career with skills applicable to every industry.
In-Demand Psychology Careers
Social and community service manager $74,240 per year1
Human resources specialist $64,240 per year2
SMSU’s undergraduate psychology online program is designed to give you options after graduation. Whether you want to pursue continued study in behavioral science and mental health or one of the many psychology careers available to graduates of this program, our expert faculty and interdisciplinary curriculum are designed to help you reach your goals.
What You’ll Learn
- Use research and clinical methods and apply them to real-world situations
- Develop an understanding of the major approaches, methods, and principles psychologists use to explore human thought and behavior
- Apply psychological theory to a variety of areas, from industry to mental health
Meet Our Faculty
SMSU employs a faculty of experts who are top-skilled in their fields. Our educators are fully committed to providing each student with personalized and thoughtful instruction to help you succeed academically and professionally.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Christine Olson, Professor of Psychology
Dr. Christine Olson joined SMSU in 1999 and is responsible for helping weave civic engagement into the fabric of SMSU.
Working with an interdisciplinary group of faculty active in service learning, she established the SMSU Center for Civic & Community Engagement in 2003. The Center emphasizes civic and community engagement on SMSU’s campus by incorporating these efforts into student learning experiences. She served as co-coordinator with her colleague, Scott Peterson, for most years up to 2016.
Olson earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Bethany College, a master’s degree in counseling and higher education administration from Kansas State University, and a PhD in counseling psychology from Arizona State University. She was the 2018 recipient of the Cowan Award, a distinction given to SMSU faculty or staff members who have contributed to both the University and the region through civic engagement, community partnerships, social entrepreneurship, and more.
Learn Online with Southwest Minnesota State University
Whether you’re enrolling in a degree program for the first time or completing a degree you previously started, learning online with SMSU provides the flexibility you need to be successful. Our online programs offer the same rigorous curriculum delivered on campus, plus the convenience of studying on your schedule from the location of your choice.Discover SMSU Online
Sources and Disclaimers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Social and Community Service Managers.” Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Human Resources Specialists.” Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm.
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**Tuition costs and fees will vary based on semesters of enrollment and number of transfer credits accepted. Contact our enrollment team to learn more.