Psychology Programs Online and On Campus: Overview

psychology word cloudAre you thinking of working in a job using psychology and looking for suitable psychology programs online or on campus?  This section will help you to find out more about psychology study and to locate suitable degree programs.

What is the meaning of psychology?  "Psycho" means "the human mind" and "logy" means "the theory of", so "psychology" is the theory of the human mind.  And so the importance of psychology is that it can give us some idea of why we behave in a particular way and in this way enable us to help people function more effectively.

Psychology is sometimes classed as a science and sometimes as a social science - in fact there has been a philosophical debate about this for many years. In the end, it really depends on the exact nature of the program, the specializations offered and the department within which it is offered.  Some of the spcializations available include: business psychologyclinical psychologycounseling psychologyeducational psychology, and, health psychology - more specializations are listed below.

Many students who are are unable to attend on campus classes take distance learning psychology degrees rather than on-campus psychology degrees. They prefer their psychology study online because it gives them flexibility and control over their study program. So this page is particularly for those students. However, if you wish to explore the campus-based psychology programs available, you can go to the on campus programs page for more details.

Psychology study online is possible at the associate, bachelor, master and doctoral levels.


Selected general psychology programs online

Many schools offer psychology programs. Make sure the program you take is accredited by an appropriate accrediting body, such as the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), or the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

Here are a few selected schools that offer psychology programs:

More details of these schools and their programs can be found by clicking the relevant "specialization" links in the navigation bar or below.  You can also find more online psychology programs using the search box in the right-hand column.


What do you study in a psychology program?

Psychologists study the human mind and human behavior.  In a general pschology program you learn about physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior.  You are introduced to a variety of research methods including controlled laboratory experiments, observation, interviews, questionnaires, clinical studies, and surveys.  You also learn how to administer personality, performance, aptitude, or intelligence tests.

A typical bachelor's degree program may include: Introduction to Psychology; Statistics; Conditioned Learning; Physiological Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Perception; Motivation, Health Psychology; Psychology of Stress; and, Human Communication.

Psychology masters programs may include the following: Biology; Contemporary Issues in Psychology; History and Systems of Psychology; Statistics; Research Design; The Cognitive Approach; Clinical Psychology; Tests and Measurement; Social Psychology; The Developmental Approach; and, Culture and Psychology.  A thesis may be required in addition to or in place of some of the courses.


Psychology specializations

Psychologists are required in a variety of settings, including health and human services, business, education, law, and sports. They usually specialize in one of a number of different areas. So in addition to studying an online psychology degree program, you would be given an introduction to applied psychology in your choice of many different specialties, including:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


What jobs and salaries do psychology graduates get?

Accredited online psychology degrees provide many career opportunities in private sector (e.g., marketing, personnel management), public sector (e.g., teaching, social/community work, mental health care in hospitals, clinics and schools). The American Psychological Association says that psychology is the third fastest-growing field in America requiring a college degree.

Salaries are high among the more popular specializations, especially for those with masters or doctors degrees.  In the US, with an appropriate PhD psychology degree, forensic psychologists average around US$79,000, clinical psychologists over US$76,000 and school psychologists around US$55,000 (


For more schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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