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Pave the Way to an Advanced Degree With AIM

In the BS in Psychology Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) option, you can take up to five master’s-level courses from certain Walden master’s programs at the undergraduate tuition rate. Start your master’s with credits already under your belt.

This concentration is a great option if you’re interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology or a related field. Many master's programs at Walden are eligible for AIM, including:

  • MS in Psychology
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • MS in Forensic Psychology
  • MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • MS in Developmental Psychology
  • MS in Human and Social Services
  • MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership 
  • MS in Criminal Justice
  • MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • MS in Health Education and Promotion 

Why Walden

Get a Jump-Start

Begin earning credits toward your master’s degree by taking up to five graduate-level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate.

Make a Lasting Impact

Gain practical skills that prepare you to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities.

Prepare for Today’s Field

Our BS in Psychology curriculum follows American Psychological Association (APA) Undergraduate Psychology 2.0 standards.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 13, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Curriculum

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 181 quarter credits (182 cr. for MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling [CMHC] AIM selection)
    • General education courses (46 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 qtr. cr.; 26 cr. for MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling [CMHC] AIM selection)
    • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
    • General Elective courses (55 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.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

First Term Course

HMNT 1001
Living and Learning in the 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.

(6 cr.)

Core Courses

PSYC 2000
Psychology Seminar

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.

Prerequisites

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y

(5 cr.)
PSYC 2001
Cross-Cultural Psychology

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.

Prerequisites

BS in Psychology

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003
  • PSYC 2000

All Other Programs

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003

(5 cr.)
PSYC 2005
Social Influences on Behavior

Individuals are often influenced by others and by the social situations in which they find themselves. Students in this course examine the basic concepts and applications of social psychology, including attitudes, beliefs, and behavior; stereotyping; prejudice and discrimination; interpersonal relationships; group behavior; and the effect of environmental stress on behavior. They also learn how bias can sway objective conclusions as well as how ethical factors influence research in social psychology. Students apply principles and theories presented in the course to case studies and situations in daily life, including instances of stereotyping and discrimination. They also use these theories to understand strategies for helping others and reducing aggressive behavior.

Prerequisites

BS in Health Studies Health Psychology and Behavior Concentration

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003

BS in Human Services Child and Adolescent Development Concentration

  • None

BS in Psychology

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y
  • PSYC 2000

BS in Public Health Psychology and Behavior Concentration

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003

All Other Programs

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y

(5 cr.)
PSYC 2009
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.

Prerequisites

BS in Psychology

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y
  • PSYC 2000

All Other Programs

  • PSYC 1001 OR PSYC 1001Y

(5 cr.)
PSYC 3002
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.

Prerequisites

BS in Human Services Psychology Concentration

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003

BS in Psychology

  • PSYC 1001 or (PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003)
  • PSYC 2000
  • MATH 1030

All Other Programs

  • PSYC 1001 or (PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003)
  • MATH 1030

(5 cr.)
PSYC 3003
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.

Prerequisites

BS in Human Services Psychology Concentration

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003

BS in Psychology

  • PSYC 1001 or (PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003)
  • PSYC 2000
  • PSYC 3002

All Other Programs

  • PSYC 1001 or (PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003)
  • PSYC 3002

(5 cr.)
PSYC 4010
Psychology Capstone

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.

Prerequisites

  • PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1001Y or PSYC 1002 or PSYC 1003
  • PSYC 2000
  • PSYC 2001
  • PSYC 2009
  • PSYC 3002
  • PSYC 3003

(5 cr.)

Psychology Electives

Choose any four 3000-level, 4000-level, or 5000-level courses in the School of Psychology.

Concentration Courses

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.

Electives

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

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Amount
Tuition 181 quarter credit hours $325 per quarter hour $58,825
182 quarter credit hours (MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling AIM) $325 per quarter hour $59,150
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $2,560


  $61,385 - $61,710*

Effective February 28, 2022

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Amount
Tuition 181 quarter credit hours $333 per quarter hour $60,273
182 quarter credit hours (MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling AIM) $333 per quarter hour $60,606
Technology Fee Per quarter $165 $2,640


  $62,913–$63,246*

*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.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 13, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

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 at least 12 quarter credits.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

More information for international applicants.

AIM Higher

Once you’ve completed your BS in Psychology program, earning your master’s degree is a smart next step. An advanced degree can set you apart from other job candidates, opening the door to more career opportunities and doctoral studies. With the BS in Psychology AIM option, you can get a head start on furthering your education while potentially saving time and money on your next Walden degree.

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