CU Denver’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program was specifically designed for students fascinated with the inner workings of the human mind and human behavior. As a student in this program, you will gain a critical thinking, scientific problem solving, technical writing, speaking, research, and ethics skill set. The BA in Psychology degree program teaches students to use scientific methods to describe, predict and understand human behavior.

A BA in Psychology prepares you to be a well-rounded, educated individual as it reflects many of the goals of a liberal arts education and will teach you many of the skills inherent to a liberal arts degree including critical thinking skills, analytical reasoning skills, interpersonal skills, ethical values, communication skills, writing skills, and more.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), of the 1,895,000 Bachelor's degrees conferred in 2014-2015, 118,000 of those were Psychology degrees. A BA in Psychology can prepare you for careers upon graduation in fields such as social work, counseling, research, human resources, and marketing, amongst others. Or, maybe you’re interested in pursuing additional education at the graduate level. Many BA in Psychology students go on to graduate-level study in law, medicine, counseling, and education, just to name a few.

So, whether you’re looking for a solid degree that will help you attain a job upon graduation or something that will prepare you for graduate level study, you can be assured that CU Denver’s online BA in Psychology program will set you up for success.

Program Details

The online BA of Psychology at CU Denver has a strong focus on psychological principles and research methods. Students will explore issues in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences, and learn how to approach them from a psychological perspective.

CU Denver’s online BA in Psychology program focuses on experimental psychology, biopsychology, animal behavior, developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, personality, industrial/organizational psychology, and abnormal psychology. Additionally, you will be exposed to various research methods and inferential statistics.

A degree in psychology is beneficial to students who are interested in a career in psychology as well as those interested in other fields. Graduates with a BA in Psychology are able to develop a working knowledge of psychological areas, apply psychological content and skill to meet professional goals, apply ethical standards to science, and professional practice, effectively write, speak and interact with others, and engage in science-based reasoning to interpret behaviors and solve problems. These skills are interchangeable and valuable in any industry, not just psychology.

Additionally, many BA in Psychology graduates go on to study psychology or another field in graduate degree work. Whether you’re interested in pursuing graduate level study in psychology or another area of study including social work, education, law, criminal justice, medicine, and health science, among others, a BA in Psychology can help you build a solid foundation to pursue your graduate education.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus! 

Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. For more information or to view exact rates, please visit the Bursar's website.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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The BA in Psychology requires a minimum of 37 credit hours in Psychology, including of the following:

  • 6 required core courses (PSYC 1000, 1005, 2090, 2220, 3090 and 4511)
  • 2 Group A electives (including PSYC 3222 and/or PSYC 4144)
  • 3 Group B electives (including PSYC 3205, 3215 and/or 4415)
  • 1 additional upper division Psychology elective (any group)
  • 1 integrative course

Minimum of 16 upper division credit hours in PSYC courses taken from CU Denver faculty. No more than 56 credit hours in psychology can count towards graduation. Many of our students are transfer students. For transfers, we require at least 16 upper division credit hours taught by CU Online faculty.

One of the main benefits of an exclusively online education is the flexibility. You can take as many classes as fit into your schedule and complete the program at your speed. Though you can complete many of our undergraduate degrees in four years by taking a full course load, you can also take fewer credits and complete the program over more time.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by visiting the CU Denver admissions website and start your application today!

Career Outlook

One of the main benefits in graduating with a degree in psychology is the variety of industries and careers you can enter with a BA in Psychology. Those who hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can find entry-level jobs in areas including marketing, case management, sales, advertising, teaching, labor relations, writing, and criminal justice, amongst others.

However, if you’re interested in working in a psychology-related field, you might be wondering about the potential of finding a job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologists is projected to grow 14% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. While you can find a job working in research or as a psychiatric technician, the vast majority of psychology-related jobs require a Master’s or Doctorate degree. If you’re thinking about pursuing a graduate level education, you can look forward to careers working directly in mental health and behavioral sciences. You could pursue careers in school psychology, counseling, and health.

Here are some of the top career opportunities that you could expect after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology along with average median salaries:

  • Research Analyst, $53,333
  • Research Coordinator, $46,840
  • Case Manager, $39,984
  • Psychiatric Technician, $35,987


Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off! 

View the CU Denver academic calendar.

View the academic catalog for course information.

Program Resources: BA in Psychology Blog

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