Bachelor of Science in Psychology

A fascinating major and an applied science, psychology prepares students for careers in virtually any industry. It also prepares you for life by teaching important skills like communication and critical thinking. In addition to participating in real-world learning through internships and service learning experiences, psychology majors at Alvernia conduct collaborative research alongside faculty scholars.

When you earn an online bachelor's degree in psychology, you acquire the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in numerous fields. Most psychology majors pursue careers in healthcare, criminal justice, forensics, education, business and the nonprofit arena. Others continue their education to earn advance degrees in specific areas of healthcare, counseling and education. The program’s online format gives students flexibility to study on their own time.

For those interested in Alvernia’s on-campus undergraduate program, click here to learn more. For the Adult Education program, click here to learn more.

Estimated Program Length2-4 years
Credit Hours123
Course Length7 weeks
Transfer Credits Accepted75
Cost per Credit$650*

*Tuition discount available. Ask for details!

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Online Programs

Getting Started

Application Instructions

For admission into Alvernia’s online psychology degree, you must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. To apply:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide evidence of high school completion/graduation. Documentation may include high school transcript, diploma, GED scores, or equivalent.*
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable)
  • Submit a copy of DD214 from military (if applicable)

*This requirement may be waived if an official college transcript is provided to validate completion of 15 credits or more from an accredited school.

Financing Your Education

There are options to assist in financing your education and making the tuition affordable. Visit our Student Financial Services page for a detailed overview of the process, including a link to complete the FAFSA application, as well as more information about tuition, the tuition payment plan and the tuition deferment program we offer. Alvernia’s Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003233. The Office of Student Financial Services is available to help with any questions you may have. Call 610-796-8201 or email

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Online Learning
Online Learning Benefits
• A nationally ranked comprehensive regional university, Alvernia offers a growing number of online programs to advance your career or prepare you for a new one.
• Online learning with Alvernia offers a high-quality education at an affordable price, with the flexibility to study at your own pace.
• Alvernia's rolling admissions policy allows you to apply at any time. The university continually accepts and reviews applications to fit your schedule, with many programs offering starts throughout the year.
• As an Alvernia online student, you’ll have access to an array of resources including our online bookstore, online library and our Office of Career Development.

Program Overview

Topics of Study

As you complete your psychology degree online, you’ll be exposed to a variety of topics, including:

  • Basic processes underlying human behavior, as well as basic skills and concepts for interpreting behavior, such as descriptive and correlational research design principles
  • Physical, cognitive, social, personality and moral development through one’s lifespan
  • How to conduct scientific research in psychology and evaluate the research of others
  • Mental illnesses and maladaptive behavior and their respective treatments
  • How to develop techniques necessary to be effective in professional settings and the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in the field
  • Ethical, clinical and professional concerns in psychology
Curriculum: Liberal Arts Core/General Electives Requirements

The online psychology degree is made up of a total of 123 credits. The Liberal Arts Core makes up 31 to 55 of the program’s credits, and the major requires 45 credits.

Liberal Arts Core (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. Students entering the program with 70 or more transfer credits or an associate degree must complete 31-55 Liberal Arts Core credit hours.

General Elective Requirements (as needed)

  • A total of 123 credits, including three credits in a human diversity course, are required to earn a bachelor’s degree. To adhere to Franciscan values, community service hours are also required.
Curriculum: Major Requirements

Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PSY 130: Exploring Research (3)
  • PSY 208: Human Development Across the Life Span (3)
  • PSY 230: Applications of Research (3)
  • PSY 250: Introduction to Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 301: History and Systems in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 314: Applications of Theories and Techniques (3)
  • PSY 408: Research Seminar (3)
  • PSY 450: Professional Ethics for the Helping Professional
Curriculum: Psychology Electives

Electives (15 credits)

  • Note: PSY 270 may not be used as a PSY elective for the major.
  • Alvernia is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Career Outlook

After earning your Bachelor of Science in Psychology online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Training and development
  • Healthcare
  • Criminal justice
  • Teacher
  • Human resources
  • Social worker

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the range of jobs available with a bachelor’s degree in psychology is projected to grow up to 22 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage in those professions in 2021 ranged from $50,000 to $81,000.

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