• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $284.80
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $366.58

An undergraduate degree in psychology opens the door to a variety of occupations. With MUs online bachelors program, you can gain diverse skills necessary to understand what makes people tick and

  • Learn to gather, organize, analyze and interpret data;
  • Use science-based reasoning to interpret behaviors and solve problems;
  • Increase understanding between individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, nations and cultures.

No matter where you are in your career, a bachelors degree in psychology from Mizzou will help you stand out. Prepare to enter the workforce, change your career or advance your current position with MU. Our faculty and staff are active in conducting psychology research that helps them provide a high-quality education to our students. 


This degree may help you qualify for positions in

  • Counseling
  • Advertising
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Social services
  • Teaching
  • Writing

Program structure and topics

The online bachelors in psychology is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Online courses have varying lengths. The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Focus on research

Psychologists are scientists. The outcomes from psychological science contribute to every aspect of our lives helping business, promoting health, serving communities and understanding the world around us. Our courses are based in psychological research and its application to the real world. Instructors are working in their laboratories to understand behavior and bring their discoveries to the online classroom.

Beyond the laboratory, training in psychological science helps our students be critical thinkers who look for and evaluate evidence when making decisions. A science education aids in understanding statistics and the use of data in decision-making. Students in this program have the opportunity to get involved with making new discoveries in many psychology disciplines clinical, developmental, neuroscience, social/personality and quantitative.

Learn more about the Department of Psychological Sciences research: https://psychology.missouri.edu/research

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor of psychology program as a freshman. If you have 24 or more credit hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply as a transfer student.
  2. For freshmen: Earned the minimum test score on the ACT or SAT. Completed 17 specific high school courses with good grades. For a list of test scores and high school courses, review the Freshman Admission Requirements: https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply-freshmen/admission-requirements/
  3. For transfer students: Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

Fall
July 15
Spring
November 15
Summer
April 15

Courses

Core
  • PSYCH 1000General Psychology3 Credits

    Survey of theories, principles, and methods in the study of human behavior.

  • PSYCH 3010Research Methods3 Credits

    Introduction to scientific reasoning, assessing validity and reliability in research, and basic research methods.

  • PSYCH 3020 Research Methods3 Credits

    Continuation of PSYCH 3010 and required for all further labs in psychology.

  • PSYCH 4980WHuman Relationships Capstone3 Credits

    Students design a study, collect data, and describe their research on some aspect of human relationships. Emphasis on survey research techniques.

Elective
  • .Brain & Cognitive Science Area:
  • PSYCH 2110Learning, Memory & Cognition3 Credits

    Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of learning, memory and cognition, and will be able to recognize important historical figures and their contributions. Students will also learn how the principles can be applied to their everyday lives.

  • PSYCH 2220Drugs & Behavior3 Credits

    Basic principles of drug action on the nervous system; the effects of important psychoactive drugs; drug use and society.

  • PSYCH 3830Health Psychology3 Credits

    A hands-on approach to the study of health psychology including research on a topic of current relevance to the field.

  • PSYCH 3870Sleep & Sleep Disorders3 Credits

    This course provides a critical review of the current research on both normal sleep and sleep disorders.

  • PSYCH 4210Physiological Psychology3 Credits

    An introduction to neuroscience with an overview of the relation between the brain and behavior. Topics include intercellular communication, drugs and reward, emotions and stress psychoimmunology, psychopathology, nervous system development and repair, perception, cognition, learning and memory.

  • .Clinical, Developmental & Social Science Area:
  • PSYCH 2310Social Psychology3 Credits

    An introduction to how people's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the actual or imagined thoughts, feelings and behaviors of others.

  • PSYCH 2410Developmental Psychology3 Credits

    Origins and development of child behavior, emphasizing basic physical, cognitive, affective and social processes, and theory and research rather than application or guidance.

  • PSYCH 2510Survey of Abnormal Psychology3 Credits

    Basic survey of maladaptive human behavior and experience, including personality disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety and mood disorders, sexual dysfunctions, and thought disorders.

  • PSYCH 3310Intergroup Relations3 Credits
  • PSYCH 3340Social Development in Childhood3 Credits
  • PSYCH 3350 Positive Psychology3 Credits

    This course introduces students to the science of positive psychology, including its origin and the historical imbalances it addresses within the broader field of psychology. A wide variety of topics are covered, including happiness, materialism, purpose, flow, courage, humility, positive emotions, curiosity, mindfulness, savoring, gratitude, forgiveness, personal strengths, resilience, and compassion.

  • PSYCH 3830Health Psychology3 Credits

    A hands-on approach to the study of health psychology including research on a topic of current relevance to the field.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $284.80
  • Fees: $54.57
  • Total: $339.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $854.40
  • Fees: $163.71
  • Total: $1018.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $366.58
  • Fees: $54.57
  • Total: $421.15
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1099.74
  • Fees: $163.71
  • Total: $1263.45
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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