Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Complete coursework 100% online

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of two- and four-year institutions

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Finish your degree in as few as 2 years (with transfer credits)

Open the door to the human mind — and so much more.

Communities continue to grow — in numbers and diversity. As they do, the challenges they face can grow as well. A deeper understanding of the science behind the human mind can open the door to a world of different career opportunities.

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online from Rider University can help you gain a deeper knowledge of human behavior that can equip you to make a real difference in individual lives, families and communities. You’ll be able to focus on the theory and methodology behind psychology, and how it can be used to solve real-world challenges.

Rider University is recognized as a 2020-2021 College of Distinction.

Rider University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Why choose Rider for your online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology?

Earning your online bachelor’s degree in psychology can help prepare you for new career opportunities or advancements, or even graduate school. The program is designed to help expand your skill set by developing your critical thinking and communication tools — and applying psychological theories to finding practical solutions.

Small class sizes at Rider allow for an intimate atmosphere with most classes being taught by full-time faculty. This allows for a higher faculty-to-student engagement than many other programs.

If you’re looking for on-campus or hybrid learning options, please see the on-campus BA in Psychology website for courses offered at our Lawrenceville, NJ location.

We’re here for you

Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online bachelor’s in psychology program. Your enrollment advisor can help set you up for success by guiding you toward any necessary prerequisites. We’ll even work with you to transfer as many as 90 credit hours toward your degree. It’s our goal to make the process as simple as possible so you can get started on your path to success.

Learn on your schedule

Our 100% online bachelor’s degree in psychology offers you the flexibility to continue your education and enhance your skills around your life. We make it even more flexible by offering six start dates, allowing you to join the program in the fall, spring or summer and work at your own pace on a full-time or part-time basis. With Rider, you can change your life without having to rearrange it.

“I started my journey at Rider as a single mother of two toddlers while working three part-time jobs. The flexibility of the online program allowed me to manage my time and balance the rest of my busy life. The counselors and professors offered constant support and encouragement. I formed connections with my class cohort, which led to lasting friendships. Graduating from Rider gave me a new level of confidence and opened up an entire world of opportunities.”

— Melissa Rosen, BA in Psychology ’18

The Value of Your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online 

When you earn your bachelor’s in psychology online from Rider University, you’ll have explored the insights and knowledge to prepare you for a personally rewarding career in the social services.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018, there were 168,800 job postings for social and community service managers alone based on the 2018 to 2028 employment projections.

This is about more than just earning a degree; it’s about following your passion. Your psychology bachelor’s degree online can help give you the competitive edge you need to qualify for a variety of roles — and open up new opportunities for your future.

A host of career opportunities 

The demand for those with a degree in psychology continues to grow. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for social and community service managers nationwide to grow 13% from 2018 to 2028 — much faster than the average.

We’ve designed our BA in Psychology to help you gain the skills and experience you need to not only stand out as a candidate, but also thrive in your career. Your bachelor’s in psychology online degree can qualify you for the following roles and median salaries*:

Social and Community Service Manager


Social/Human Services Manager


Mental Health/Behavioral Counselor


Case Worker


*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics **According to 

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Curriculum

Rider’s online curriculum is designed to equip you with real-world skills and experience that can prepare you for life-changing positions. Develop your critical thinking and communication skills to set yourself up for challenging and fulfilling positions.

Our psychology program is taught by a faculty with diverse backgrounds in the field — including clinical psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, applied behavior analysis and health psychology.

Explore our curriculum page.

Admission requirements

Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online is a great opportunity for those looking to expand their career options and make a difference in the lives of others. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible to anyone who desires to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher*
  • A completed application with a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended. Transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits must also submit an official high school transcript or copy of GED certificate.

*Prospective students who do not meet this requirement can speak with an enrollment advisor regarding alternate paths for admission.

Pick a start time that works for you.

The program you choose has to fit around your schedule. So, in addition to making our BA in Psychology degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree online from Rider University, you can expand your career opportunities as well as your earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.