According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for psychology related careers is expected to grow at a faster than average rate, making psychology degrees a worthwhile investment for the future. Some of the fastest growing opportunities available to psychology degree holders include positions in career counseling, special education, industrial and organizational psychology, genetics counseling and forensics investigation.
More and more people are choosing to pursue college degrees online because of their greater flexibility and affordability. For someone looking to earn an online psych degree, we’ve put together a list of the best online college and university programs of 2016. Our rankings are based on several factors, including school reputation, student satisfaction, peer and instructional quality, and overall affordability. Only fully accredited schools were considered.
Ranked # 24 in our list of the top 24 online colleges and universities of 2011 and #3 in our list of the top 10 online Catholic colleges and universities, Saint Leo University Online has established itself as a premier online school. St. Leo University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology prepares graduates to either pursue a course of graduate study or to gain employment in an entry-level psychology position, such as an admin job in a mental health research facility; such opportunities set grads of the program up for a long and fruitful career in the field.
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Recognized for its online programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2010 and ranked #14 by the Online Education Database, Walden University Online is known not only for its quality online degree programs, but also for its commitment to social change. Walden University Online currently offers Master of Science degrees in Psychology with 12 distinct concentrations, including Social Psychology, Health Psychology, and Media Psychology among others.
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#4. UMass Online
U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Massachusetts among its top 100 universities for 2011 and our editors gave UMass Online the #13 spot in our list of the top 25 online colleges and universities of 2011. UMass Online currently offers Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, one of its most popular undergraduate degree programs, along with a number of master’s level degrees in therapy and counseling.
#5. Ohio Christian University Online
Ranked #8 on our list of the top 10 online Christian colleges and universities of 2011, Ohio Christian University approaches all of its classes from a distinctively Christian perspective. Ohio Christian University Online currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology that prepares students to conduct their own research in psychology or do counseling from a Christian perspective.
#6. Brandman University Online
Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review as one of the top universities in the Western U.S., Brandman University has quickly established a strong reputation for its online programs. Brandman University Online currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology designed to prepare students for a future in social work or graduate study in psychology.
#7. Northcentral University Online
Northcentral University Online is known for its faculty mentored approach to online education, allowing for greater individualized attention for students. Northcentral University Online currently offers several online master’s and doctoral degrees in General Psychology, Gender Diversity Studies, Health Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
A U.S. News & World Report tier 1 university and GetEducated.com’s “Best Buy, ” Southern New Hampshire University Online has established a reputation for quality and affordability in online education. SNHU Online currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development.