Lay the groundwork for a graduate degree by earning master’s-level credits as an undergrad.
Once you’ve completed your BS in Psychology program, earning your master’s degree is a smart next step. An advanced degree sets you apart from other candidates, opening the door to more career opportunities as well as doctoral studies. In the Accelerate Into Master’s option, you can take up to five master’s-level courses from 12 Walden master’s programs at the undergraduate tuition rate. Start your master’s program with credits already under your belt—and earn your degree sooner.
Degree Completion Requirements
- 181 quarter credits‡
- General education courses (46 cr.)
- Core courses (30 cr.)
- Concentration courses (25 cr.)
- Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
- General Elective courses (55 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Living and Learning in a Technological World
Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use immediately on their journey toward the completion of their bachelor's degree. *Note: virtual, cyber, digital, and asynchronous are used to describe online environments in this course.
Introduction to Psychology
In this course, students will be introduced to the scientific study of observable behavior and internal experiences such as thoughts and feelings. Psychological facts, principles, and theories associated with methods of analysis, learning, memory, brain functioning, sensation, perception, motivation, emotions, personality, social behavior, human development, and psychological disorders and treatment will be introduced. Students will learn to understand human behavior by examining the integrative influences of biological, psychological, and social-cultural factors. The concepts in this course will prepare psychology majors for more in-depth study of the major areas of psychology, and will provide a foundational understanding of human behavior for non-psychology majors.
In this survey course, BS in Psychology program majors assess their marketable skills, career needs, and career goals. Students learn to make informed choices and plans regarding graduate training in psychology or other related fields of study, as well as job-seeking skills in psychology. Additional topics covered are introductory-level approaches to critical thinking, information literacy skills, and writing in the format and style of the discipline. Students will also reflect on how their chosen major of psychology relates to Walden's mission of social change. This course is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. PSYC 1001 OR PSYC 1001Y.)
Contemporary life requires the ability to relate to people who are different. In this course, students will explore major areas of psychology in light of culture's influence, challenging their own world views and unconscious biases in order to develop greater sensitivity to the impact of cultural differences on interactions in a variety of settings. Topics include definitions and approaches to understanding culture; the role of psychology in understanding bias; cultural aspects of cognition and intelligence; emotion; motivation; development and socialization; disorders; and applications of cross-cultural psychology. (Prerequisite(s): BS in Psychology: (PSYC 1001 OR PSYC 1001Y) AND PSYC 2000 All other programs: PSYC 1001 OR PSYC 1001Y)
Theories of Personality
This course is an introduction to the theoretical approaches to understanding personality. Students examine key theorists and theories including psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, humanistic, trait, biological, behaviorist, and social-cognitive approaches. Perspectives on personality are applied to personal and social issues. BS in Psychology: (PSYC 1001 OR PSYC 1001Y) AND PSYC 2000; All other programs: PSYC 1001 OR PSYC 1001Y
Introduction to Basic Statistics
A hallmark of science is the use of numbers to convey research findings; understanding these numbers has both practical and academic value. In this course, students examine basic statistical principles and vocabulary, differentiating methods of data analysis, and interpreting statistical results. The goal of the course is for students to better understand the importance of statistics in research. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Methods in Psychological Inquiry
A variety of factors may cloud judgment when interpreting experiences.In this course, students learn about research methods that psychologists use to test hypotheses in an objective and systematic manner to minimize biases, providing a framework for more accurate conclusions. Students examine experimental and non-experimental methods, issues related to the validity and reliability of measurement, dependent and independent variables, sampling, and ethical concerns related to psychological research. (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000 or PSYC 3002.)
Choose 25 credits from the list of programs and courses that are eligible for Accelerate Into Master’s. If the chosen AIM program is not 25 credits total, choose from psychology courses from other BS in Psychology concentrations. Students must complete a minimum of two 5000-level courses.
In this course, students integrate knowledge and skills attained through their psychology coursework to create a final Capstone Paper that examines one area of psychology through a professional lens. In addition, students engage in scholarly discourse about key issues and theories, including ethics, learned throughout the program. Finally, students reflect on their experience in the program and consider career possibilities that might utilize their learning while considering ways to contribute to positive social change. (Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001, PSYC 2000, and PSYC 2101.)
Choose 11 courses from general education, BS in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 30 credits must be from 3000, 4000, or 5000 level coursework.
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Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||181 quarter credit hours||$325 per quarter hour||$58,825|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$160||$2,560|
*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 135 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0109.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.
‡The BS in Psychology to MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Accelerate Into Master's (AIM) program option requires one additional credit, for a total of 182 credits.
Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.
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Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You are 21 years of age or older.
- You are less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours.
- You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.
You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
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Being a military spouse, a traditional brick-and-mortar education was not a viable option. I needed a program that would move with me
Samantha Farone BS in Psychology Graduate
I pursued a degree in psychology because I wanted to help people and understand the thought process of why we make the decisions we make.
Michelle Shreeve BS in Psychology Graduate
I appreciate the flexibility and love the care the faculty and staff provide at Walden.
Bethanie Sylvaince BS in Psychology Graduate