Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

California Baptist University's division of Online and Professional Studies gives you the opportunity to study psychology online. Reach your professional goals and earn your psychology degree now.

Tailored for the working adult, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree-completion program from California Baptist University prepares students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop professionally and personally. A widely recognized and respected degree within and beyond the region’s psychology community, CBU’s B.A. in Psychology competitively positions individuals to advance in their existing careers, transition to new ones, and reach their professional goals.

Joshua Knabb, Psy.D., Psychology
Joshua Knabb, Psy.D., Faculty Lead

What is a psychology degree?

The Psychology major prepares graduates for employment in human and social service careers, and for graduate study in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology. Students emerge from the psychology bachelor's degree online program equipped with important skills including the ability to assess client needs, keep thorough and accurate records, and express care and empathy in order to act as an advocate for clients. Students will learn basic behavioral science principles, general psychology principles, and the theories of different areas of psychology, as well as critical thinking skills and their practical applications.

With classes emphasizing Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Theories of Personality, students will have the ability to explore many areas of psychology.  

Relevant and well-rounded curriculum

The B.A. in Psychology degree-completion program offers working adults the opportunity to develop their acumen through advanced behavior science courses, with minimal prerequisite requirements and no time limits on transferable units.

  • Designed to prepare psychology students to be well rounded  and well-versed in the key principles of today's dynamic society
  • Psychology courses cover a full gamut of key behavioral science topics
  • Build skills in strategy, innovative problem-solving, and critical thinking relevant to today’s psychology environment
  • Dynamic forums for discussion and interaction
  • Rigorous curriculum prepare students to be competitive in the workforce
  • Program connects aspiring professionals with successful psychology professionals, mentors, and accomplished faculty
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accredited

Finish what you started

CBU's B.A. in Psychology is a specially designed degree for working adults who are looking to finish what they've already started. An accelerated degree program which can be completed in as little as 16 months, the B.A. in Psychology is aimed to be helpful for students who desire to earn their degree while working. A degree in Psychology from CBU's Online and Professional Studies allows students to earn their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace CBU offers courses in a variety of settings: purely online, blended (hybrid) or in traditional classroom settings. With a variety of different settings, CBU allows students to integrate schooling into their lives, as well as keeping a balance of faith, work and family. 

Professors with working knowledge

Dynamic forums for discussion and interaction, online psychology courses through CBU’s B.A. in Psychology degree-completion program connect aspiring professionals and accomplished faculty. CBU's faculty consists of quality professors who help to make sure that earning your degree online is an enriching and enjoyable experience.  As successful professionals, mentors, as well as instructors, professors bring practical, applicable working knowledge into the classroom, and into the hands of students. 

Dr. Joshua Knabb, Program Director of Psychology for Online and Professional Studies, recently published "The Relationship Between Personality and Marital Adjustment Among Distressed Married Couples Seen in Intensive Marital Therapy: An Actor-Partner Interdependence Model Analysis." Dr. Knabb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands; a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Purposeful Education

In keeping with CBU’s Christian-based mission, the B.A. in Psychology distance learning degree program integrates faith into coursework as it applies to developing professionals with strong work ethics and moral character, who are prepared to find and fulfill their purpose — professionally as well as personally.

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • 24 transferrable units preferred
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Speak with an Admissions Counselor to discuss options at 951.343.3900 or cbuonline@calbaptist.edu
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 48 units to graduate depending on transferred units
  • Costs vary depending on the number of units transferred
  • Per unit cost is $511
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Major Program (48 units)

Prerequisites to Program

Composition
Intermediate Composition
Intermediate Algebra
General Psychology

Methodology Requirements (17 units)

Foundational Skills in Behavioral Science I
Foundational Skills in Behavioral Sciences II
Epistemology and Worldview
Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science with SPSS
Methods of Research with SPSS

Upper Division Requirements (24 units)

History and Systems of Psychology
Life-Span Development
Theories of Personality
Tests and Measurements
Cognitive Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Theories of Counseling
Psychophysiology

Additional Program Courses (7 units)

Overview of the Bible
Foundations of Christian Thought

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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