Top 5 Online General Psychology Degree Programs

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The field of general psychology looks at behavioral disorders and general human behavior. A student will be instructed on the development of the mind, the way people absorb knowledge and the different things that motivate people. Within these programs, topics such as behavioral studies, psychology subfields,testing and assessment, research and statistics and analysis and treatment for certain behavioral disorders and problems are usually included. Furthermore, the program includes certain specializations, including such things as community psychology, personality psychology, comparative psychology, experimental psychology, social psychology, forensic psychology, and more. General psychology studies can be pursued as an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and finally a Ph.D. Those who want to study towards this degree have the option of doing so online through different colleges and universities. Studying online gives people the opportunity to better combine their personal, professional and educational life. It is very important, however, to choose a school that is fully accredited in order to actual have a valid degree.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 online general psychology degree programs.

#1 Sacred Heart University

Master of Science in Applied Psychology

Sacred Heart University is one of the largest Catholic universities in New England. It was founded in 1963 with the goal of offering quality and affordable education. Although their focus is still mainly on conventional education, they are now starting to offer online degree options, which are being very well received. The university has received numerous awards since it was first founded.


The Master of Science in Applied Psychology program has a tuition fee of $725 per credit.

#2 Angelo State University

Master of Science in Applied Psychology

Angelo State University belongs to the top 15% in our country. It was founded in 1928 and is now part of the university system of Texas Tech. It is regionally accredited and offers 34 different graduate programs and 100 undergraduate programs. Their online program is becoming increasingly popular.


In state students pay $304.50 per credit in tuition. Out of state students pay $655.50 per credit.

#3 Union College

Master of Arts in Psychology

Union College, a Methodist Church university, is found in the Appalachian Mountains and is a reasonably small but very impressive liberal arts college. It was founded in 1879 by a group of people who felt the community of Barbourville would be best served by having excellent quality education. From its humble beginnings, it has grown into a very impressive university and is now including online programs, too. These programs try to mimic traditional study programs, which means there is a strong focus on allowing interaction between students, their peers and their professors. They also offer a number of very interesting specializations, including the Chemical Dependency Counselor program, which allows students to work with those with a substance abuse problem.


Each credit hour costs $410.

#4 Grand Canyon University

Master of Science in Psychology

Grand Canyon University is a non-profit liberal arts college that was privately funded in 1949. The school was sold during the Great Depression, however, which turned it into an institution that was for profit instead. It continues to be a private, for profit institution to this day, which offers both online and traditional degree programs in a variety of subjects. It is an inter-denominational university of Christian faith. Although small, it is very good and their focus is on ensuring all students are able to reach their full potential and to find their purpose in life. The focus of the degree program is very much on critical thinking and it prepares students to be leaders in their field.


The full online MS in Psychology program costs $18,370.

#5 Palo Alto University

Master of Science in Psychology

Palo Alto University was initially founded as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in 1975. However, the name was changed in 2012 in order to reflect the fact that they offer graduate programs as well, which means it needs to be a university rather than just a school. It offers one of the country’s most flexible online degree programs, which allows students to complete the program in either one or two years. This means that it is particularly suitable for those who are already in some form of employment, which is often the case with students who try to achieve their Master’s Degree. They also specifically focus on students who want to study on towards their Ph.D., offering fully transferable credits.


Each unit in the Online Masters in Psychology program costs $1,046.

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