BS in Psychology


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At Alvernia University, you can earn your degree and achieve your goals in a format that works for you.

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  • Tuition

    Online B.S. in Psychology tuition is $460 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you. More

  • Salary

    PayScale reports that psychology graduates with five to nine years of experience earn $50,295. More

  • Interactive

    Engage with peers in a pragmatic and ethics-driven learning environment. The program prepares you to serve people in your community. More


The online B.S. in Psychology program requires 123 credit hours, which can be achieved with the following courses.

Liberal Arts  Core Courses (31-55 credits)*
All Alvernia University students are required to complete between 31-55 credits toward the Liberal Arts Core. Transfer work may be applicable for this area. As part of the application process, students receive specific information regarding remaining credits.

General Elective Requirements (as needed)**

Psychology Major Requirements (29 credits)
Required Courses:

PSY 101 – Introductory Psychology
PSY 130 – Exploring Research
PSY 208 – Human Development across the Life Span
PSY 230 – Applications of Research
PSY 250 – Introduction to Psychopathology
PSY 301 – History and Systems in Psychology
PSY 314 – Applications of Theories and Techniques
PSY 412 – Practicum I
PSY 413 – Practicum II
PSY 422 – Ethical and Professional Issues I
PSY 423 – Ethical and Professional Issues II

Each Student Must Complete Five Elective Courses:

PSY 215 – Multicultural Issues in Psychology
PSY 330 – Crisis Management in Mental Health Field
PSY 350 – Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSY 405 – Social Psychology
PSY 430 – Forensic Psychology

*Students entering the program with 70+ transferable credits or an associate degree must complete 30/31 Liberal Arts core credits.
**A total of 123 credits, including 3 credits in a human diversity course, are required to complete a bachelor’s degree. To adhere to Franciscan values, community service hours are also required.
***Students taking PSY 412, PSY 413, PSY 422, or PSY 423 may need to complete a residency or on-campus requirement.


For entrance into the Online B.S. in Psychology program, you’ll need to:

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Online B.S. in Psychology tuition is $460 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you.

Potential Careers

A psychology degree can lead to many career opportunities and graduate school. Possible careers include:

  • Social and Community Service Manager: $64,680 (BLS)

    Coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations.

  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor: $41,070 (BLS)

    Advise people with alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders or other behavioral problems.

  • Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist: $43,020 (BLS)

    Help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and other relationships.