Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Your pathway to online degree completion

Next Session Start Date:

Apply by: 06/11/24

Document Deadline: 06/14/24

Confirmation Deadline: 06/21/24

Start Session: 07/01/24

Program Overview

Discover our 100% online Psychology program

Gain a deeper understanding of human interaction while you prepare for career opportunities by leveraging the YourPace online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. Designed to instill a strong grounding in the science of human behavior and mental processes, this competency-based program also provides a solid foundation for graduate school.

Online coursework for this accredited online program sharpens your critical thinking and develops your ability to interpret, analyze, and communicate in a wide variety of professional and academic settings. You will also explore topics related to the social-services aspects of psychology, including social and cognitive psychology, lifespan and personality development, research methods, assessment, as well as drugs and behavior.

What Is Competency-Based Education?

Designed to leverage your previous knowledge, college coursework, and work experience, competency-based education enables you to earn your degree at your pace as you demonstrate mastery of relevant academic content.

How our YourPace online programs save you time and money:

  • Prove your knowledge, move ahead—the faster you advance, the more you save
  • Flat tuition rate per 8-week session, no matter how many courses you complete
  • With no weekly deadlines, you control the speed of completion

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

As a graduate of this YourPace online program, you will:

  • Examine the scientific study of behavior and mental health
  • Develop skills in research and analysis as it applies to behavioral science
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamentals and theories affecting sex, gender, personality, disability, and cognitive psychology
  • Explore the treatment approaches for substance abuse counseling
  • Take part in real-world application of the skills you have learned in a supervised field practicum

Career opportunities with a psychology degree:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Case Worker
  • Behavioral Health Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Other roles in areas such as forensic psychology or organizational psychology
  • Graduates will also be prepared to advance into graduate level degree programs to prepare for more advanced roles. An undergraduate degree in Psychology can also serve as a strong foundation for a graduate degree in Social Work.

$1,500* per session

Flat-Rate Tuition

12 months**



Credit Hours

UMPI is ranked among the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the North for graduates with the least debt. – U.S. News & World Report, 2023.

“I have an extensive work and business background. The flexibility of completing my degree online and at my own pace and convenience was exactly what I needed.”

-Perry Leavey, UMPI YourPace Online Student


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Learn more about our affordable tuition

The B.A. in Psychology YourPace online program offers highly affordable tuition with a flat rate regardless of how many courses you complete each session. No hidden fees or extra textbook costs. The faster you finish, the more you save!

*Tuition and fees are subject to change

Tuition breakdown:

$1,500* per session

Flat-Rate Tuition


Dates you need to know

There are six opportunities throughout the year to begin our YourPace online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline. Please note, application and document deadlines are the same. UMPI must receive all documents including official transcripts by the document deadline to be considered. Transcripts can often take 10 or more business days from the request date to be received by UMPI, please plan accordingly.

TermApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineConfirmation DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineStart DateClass End DateTerm Length
Spring 202/06/2402/09/2402/16/2403/05/2403/07/2403/11/2405/03/248 weeks
Summer 104/02/2404/05/2404/12/2404/30/2405/02/2405/06/2406/28/248 weeks
Summer 206/11/2406/14/2406/21/2406/25/2406/27/2407/01/2408/23/248 weeks
Fall 107/26/2408/02/2408/09/2408/27/2408/29/2409/03/2410/25/248 weeks
Fall 209/20/2409/27/2410/04/2410/22/2410/24/2410/28/2412/20/248 weeks

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Requirements for this online bachelor’s in psychology program

We’ve made the admission process simple and streamlined so it’s easier for you to get started. Those interested in earning their B.A. in Psychology should have the equivalent of a high school diploma and possess some prior college credit and/or work experience.

Admission Requirements:

No Application Fee

Minimum 1.75 GPA

Admissions Requirements and Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs

  • Students must be 20 years of age at the time of application.
  • High school diploma or equivalent (e.g., HiSet, GED)
  • Minimum cumulative college of GPA 1.75 from most recently attended institution
    • Submission of all official transcripts:Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly to UMPI from the granting institution or their electronic ordering service. Student-submitted transcripts are not accepted.
    • College credits with a cumulative GPA of less than a 1.75 must also submit a resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent). An interview may be required.
  • Students who do not have any college credits must submit the following:
    • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
    • A resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent)

Instructions for international students:

  • Submit Transcripts for Credential Evaluations
    • At UMPI, we require all international applicants to submit a credential evaluation report for high school and university transcripts because we do not do evaluations in-house. (There are a few exceptions; please see below for details.) There is a fee for this process that can range from around $85 to over $275 (if you have transfer credit). This evaluation report will translate your grades into US equivalencies.
    • If you are planning on using another provider, they must be endorsed by NACES or  AICE
    • What evaluation should I order?
      • Course-by-course evaluation: students with college/university work completed outside of the United States.
      • Course-by-course evaluation: students with a high school transcript AND advanced level work; advanced level work could include A-levels, CXC’s, CAPE exams, etc.
      • Document-by-document evaluation: students with only a high school transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • All international students are required to show proof of English language proficiency. There are several ways an international student can do this.

Note: If you are using WES and are from the Caribbean, CXC results need to be sent directly to WES from CXC ( China Credentials Verification (CSSD) evaluations cannot be considered. The length of time an evaluation will take varies so please plan accordingly.

Additional guidelines for international applicants may be found here.

**Student under 20 years of age do not meet the requirements for the YourPace programs. We do offer other programs that may meet your needs. If you would like more information about our traditional programs, please visit You can also reach out to the Admissions Office at or by calling 207.768.9433.

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A look at the online B.A. in Psychology curriculum

To earn your B.A. in Psychology, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. Each course is built around a series of competencies. Once you have mastered the series, you complete the course. This program includes general education courses, psychology core competencies, and general electives. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

The program includes 40 credit hours of general education courses, 45 credit hours of Psychology/core courses, and 35 credit hours of electives.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Provides a general introduction to psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The course presents major theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and key findings in physiological, cognitive, motivation, learning, developmental, personality, abnormal, and social psychology.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Considers the processes by which individuals interact with others, influence and are influenced by others, and are shaped by society. Includes topics such as the self, attitudes, prejudice, stereotypes, interpersonal attraction, group dynamics, and persuasion.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Surveys changes in cognitive, personal, and social functioning from before birth through old age. Using a life-span framework, emphasizes the principles, theories, and methods psychologists use.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Examines the classification, determinants, and indications of mental illness and its treatments. Topics include schizophrenia, personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety-related disorders and substance-related disorders.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Presents fundamentals of research design, measurement, and data analysis. Applications of research methods within the behavioral sciences, including scientific writing and professional ethics.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Surveys information of recreational and therapeutic drugs and their effect at various levels including that of the nervous system, individual behavior, and broader society consequences.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Presents principles and issues in scientific study of personality. Emphasis on description and assessment, classical theories, controversial issues, and recent research.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the many aspects of assisting clients with various disabilities as they transition from adolescence, or are rehabilitated as adults, to the adult world of work. Working with individuals who may have mental illness or with cognitive, physical, or developmental disabilities or substance abuse issues is explored. Emphasis is placed on assessing and working with their strengths, needs, interests, and aptitudes. The supports and barriers of society, government and private agencies, and individuals will be examined, with an overarching goal of helping clients to reach their full potential, while maintaining their personal dignity.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Investigation of gender in North American society. Feminist, social constructionist, sociobiological, and social psychological perspectives will be explored. Focus is on the creation of gender identities, inequalities, cultural expectations, and cultural representations of gender. Other topics include childhood socialization, sexualities, gender activities, and social power.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Introduces theories and techniques of psychological counseling. Considers the counseling relationship and the personal and professional issues involved in becoming a counselor. Emphasis on determinants and evaluation of counseling success.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the definition, causes, theories, and treatment approaches to the process of addiction, with emphasis upon dual diagnosis clients. Working with mentally ill and substance misusing clients in various settings is explored. Emphasis is on application of recent research to the philosophy and methods of treatment.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Explores the relationship between behavior and activity of the nervous, sensory, and endocrine systems. Topics include behavior genetics, learning and memory, emotions, sleep, and behavioral disorders.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Surveys research and theory on human cognition. Laboratory exercises will include attention, memory, problem solving, language, and creativity and other topics. Format includes lectures and laboratory activity.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Supervised field experience in a social service or other setting where psychology background and skills are especially useful. May be repeated for a total not to exceed six credits.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Data collection through sampling and experimentation, ethics of sampling experimentation, bias and precision, graphical and numerical summaries of data, confidence statements, association and causation between two variables, probability.

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*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

**Time to completion varies by student and is based on several factors including prior college coursework, relevant work experience, amount of time dedicated to studying, and the number of courses completed each session.