Earn Your Psychology Degree Online

In today's fast-paced world, offering flexible online learning opportunities allows us to bring our person-centered psychology program to all students, regardless of location.

Our comprehensive online psychology program prepares you for a wide variety of career paths, offering you multiple opportunities to learn and practice your skills throughout the academic program.

Agile Ambrose

  • Adaptive: We embrace innovation and fresh curricular approaches.
  • Accessible: We engage students, offering one-on-one, approachable, flexible support.
  • Affordable: We offer the power and life-long benefits of an Ambrose education to all learners.
  • Active: We commit to growing future leaders that are well-informed, well-rounded, and ready to commit to their workplace and community.
  • Anchored: We provide a specialized education that prepares principle-centered leaders and ethical decision-makers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect to learn?

As you progress through the program, we believe that you benefit from increasingly advanced expectations, as well as underlying processes that lead to critical thinking in science. You will be expected to read, watch, review, discuss, and critically apply coursework to real-world research and practice experiences, including analysis of books, articles, case studies, naturalistic observations, service learning, and finally, Capstone projects.

How long will it take me to complete this degree?

If you are enrolled full-time and are completely finished with other degree requirements (i.e. only needs psychology coursework), then you can finish in four semesters. Additional time may be required if you need additional coursework to fulfill elective credits or general education credits. The total number of credits St. Ambrose University requires to graduate with an undergraduate degree is 120.

How long are the courses?

Most online psychology courses will be 8 weeks, but one is 16 weeks. PSYC 105 (Introduction to Psychology) is a prerequisite for all other courses.

When are courses offered?

There are 34 credits in the psychology program. They are offered on a rotating basis, as follows:
Most online psychology courses will be 8 weeks, but one is 16 weeks. PSYC 105 (Introduction to Psychology) is a prerequisite for all other courses.

Course Number 

Course Name When is it offered?
PSYC 105 Core Intro to Psychology Summer, Fall and Spring
STAT 213 Core Statistics for the Applied Sciences Summer
PSYC 215* Core Research Methods Fall Even Years
PSYC 255 Core Brain and Behavior Spring Odd Years
PSYC 212 Category One Lifespan Developmental Psychology Spring Odd Years
PSYC 314 Category Three Human Motivation Fall Odd Years
PSYC 324 Category Two Abnormal Psychology Fall Odd Years
PSYC 350 Category Four Health Psychology Spring Even Years
PSYC 332 Elective Tests and Measurements Spring Even Years
PSYC 323 Elective Personality Theories Spring Even Years
PSYC 425 Capstone Professional Development and Integration Fall and Spring
What do psychology graduates do?

The short answer is - a lot! Most SAU psychology students do one of two things after graduation:

  • Use an undergraduate psychology major as a "stepping stone" to a graduate degree in psychology, a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, or a health science program such as Occupational Therapy; or
  • Work in social service, education, human resources, government, etc., with children, adolescents, families, individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions, prevention programs, public awareness or education programs, etc.
What kind of students are successful in an online program such as this?

Here are some things to consider. Ask yourself if the following statements which are shown to support success, describe you.

  • I have a working computer with consistent internet access.
  • I am self-motivated and am a good time manager.  I read my syllabus and assignment instructions early and often. I don't need reminders about what I need to do and when.  I like to be prepared and get things done ahead of time. I don't have problems with procrastination.  
  • I would describe my reading skills as above average.  I don't mind the challenge of reading new material, even if I have to look up what words mean.  I know how to figure out the meaning of what I am reading without help.
  • I try to figure things out for myself, using the information and resources I have available before asking for help.
  • I express myself well in formal writing.  I can follow writing instructions and follow formatting guidelines easily.  I consider myself a good writer.
  • I am good at using technology, including proficiency in finding information on the internet and communicating with others electronically.  I know how to troubleshoot any issues that my computer has.
  • I am persistent, even when tasks are hard and content isn't very interesting.  When I start something, I finish it, even when others don't.
  • I understand information best by reading it.  I prefer reading information myself rather than hearing someone talk about it or trying it to figure it out without instructions.
  • I have no problem focusing on what I need to do, even with minimal interaction with others.  I can turn off distractions and concentrate on my work without much difficulty.

So, what's next?

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