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  • Online Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

    BS in Psychology

    As a student in Drexel University's online Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology program, you’ll explore the multifaceted world of psychology from every angle. Whether you are learning foundational knowledge from your core classes or developing your own interests and expertise through electives, you will emerge well-versed in the rigorous, evidence-based methodologies that are integral to the field. An online Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Drexel offers invaluable skills that can be leveraged for success no matter what career path you choose, making you an indispensable asset to any employer and an appealing candidate for advanced graduate work.

    What is a Bachelor’s in Psychology?

    The field of psychology focuses on the brain, mental processes, behavior, and development. Psychologists devote their careers to investigating how biological, psychological, environmental, and social factors impact the way we grow, learn and act in day-to-day life. A BS in Psychology is a research-based degree that prepares you for the job market or more advanced graduate work in the field.

    BS in Psychology Online Program Features

    • Learn to frame and find answers to important questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, and how to apply these findings to improve lives
    • Courses emphasize sequences in research methodology and statistics, preparing you for a future in everything from research to corporate settings
    • Prepare for careers in fields like business, applied neuroscience, forensics, law, health sciences, and more
    • Opportunities to develop your own research with an optional senior thesis
    • Fully online classes mean that you can participate and learn around your schedule
    • Classes are taught by the psychology department’s distinguished faculty 

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    What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s in Psychology?

    Many students who earn their BS in Psychology go on to earn a master’s degree or PhD and work as a clinical, research or organizational psychologist. But there are plenty of job opportunities for those who choose to enter the workplace after receiving their bachelor’s degree. A significant number of graduates hold positions as case managers, laboratory assistants, social services specialists, psychiatric technicians, and rehabilitation specialists. Moreover, psychology majors are often found in such fields as sales, marketing and advertising, teaching and criminal justice.

    Bachelor’s in Psychology Salary Expectations

    Given that graduates with a BS in Psychology can pursue a wide range of career paths, salaries and job titles will vary greatly. Here are the median salaries for some of the more commonly held positions.


    Median Salary (2017)

    Career and Technical Education Teacher


    Child Care Worker


    Human Resource Manager


    Market Researcher


    Medical and Health Service Manager


    Probation Officer / Correctional Treatment Specialist


    Psychiatric Technician


    Research / Laboratory Assistant


    Sales Manager


    Social and Community Service Manager


    Social Worker




    Source: BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net

    How Long Does It Take to Earn a Bachelor’s in Psychology?

    Drexel’s online BS in Psychology consists of 180-quarter credits. However, you can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any regionally accredited institution of higher learning as long as you have earned a grade of C or better. The number of transferred credits and selection of the full-time or part-time option will determine the total amount of time it will take to complete the program.

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    College Requirements  
    ENGL 101
    or ENGL 111
    Composition & Rhetoric II: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
    English Composition II
    ENGL 102
    or ENGL 112
    Composition & Rhetoric II: Advanced Research & Evidence-Based Writing
    English Composition II
    ENGL 103
    or EMGL 113
    Composition & Rhetoric III: Themes & Genres
    English Composition III
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    Select one of the following:* 8.0
    MATH 101
      & MATH 102
    Introduction to Analysis I
       and Introduction to Analysis II
    MATH 121
      & MATH 122
    Calculus I
       and Calculus II
    UNIV H101 The Drexel Experience* 1.0
    CIVC 101 Introduction to Civic Engagement* 1.0
    UNIV H201 Looking Forward: Academics and Careers* 1.0
    Business elective 4.0
    Fine Arts elective 3.0
    History electives 8.0
    Philosophy elective 3.0
    Political Science elective 4.0
    Sociology elective 3.0
    Anthropology elective 3.0
    Two English electives, 200-level or above 6.0
    Select one of the following sequences:* 8.0
    BIO 107
    Cells, Genetics & Physiology  
    BIO 108
    Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory  
    BIO 109
    Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution  
    BIO 110
    Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory  
    CHEM 111
    General Chemistry I  
    CHEM 112
    General Chemistry II  
    PHYS 103
      & PHYS 104
    General Physics I
       and General Physics II
    Free electives 49.0
    General Psychology Requirements*  
    PSY 111 Pre-Professional General Psychology I
    PSY 112 Pre-Professional General Psychology II
    100-Level Requirements  
    Select two of the following: 6.0
    PSY 120
    Developmental Psychology  
    PSY 140
    Approaches to Personality  
    PSY 150
    Introduction to Social Psychology  
    Required Psychology Courses  
    PSY 212 Physiological Psychology 3.0
    PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 3.0
    PSY 264 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I 3.0
    PSY 265 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II 3.0
    PSY 280 Psychological Research I 3.0
    PSY 290 History and Systems of Psychology 3.0
    PSY 325 Psychology of Learning 3.0
    PSY 330 Cognitive Psychology 3.0
    PSY 360 Experimental Psychology 3.0
    PSY 380 Psychological Testing and Assessment 3.0
    Advanced Psychology Electives 12.0
    Any non-required PSY course at the 200-level or above  
    Senior Seminar Sequence OR Psychology Electives **  
    PSY 490 Psychology Senior Thesis I 4.0
    PSY 491 Psychology Senior Thesis II 4.0
    PSY 492 Psychology Senior Thesis III 4.0
    Total Credits 180.0

    *Due to online course offerings, actual courses applied to these categories may differ. Please check with your academic advisor to confirm which courses will fulfill this degree requirement.

    **If you do not wish to elect the research seminar sequence, you're required to take four additional advanced psychology electives instead.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • GPA of 2.5 or above
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores no more than five years old
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $530 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $883 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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