Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology - Online Degree Program

The BA in Psychology can be completed online, by transfer students, if certain prerequisites and additional degree requirements are met.  This online degree program is available for two concentrations within the psychology major: the Standard BA Concentration and the Human Development BA Concentration.

Admission criteria for online programs

In order to be eligible for the BA in Psychology online format, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a transfer student with a minimum of 45 quarter hours/30 semester hours of transfer credit
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Be in good standing at the last school attended


Transfer students are encouraged to complete writing courses equivalent to DePaul’s WRD 103 and WRD 104 Composition & Rhetoric I and II (i.e. English Composition 101, and 102) requirements prior to beginning the online courses.  Additionally, students will need to complete college algebra equivalent to DePaul’s MAT 100 or MAT 101 (or a higher math course) before enrolling in the online program.  Students who have successfully completed Statistics and/or Calculus will not need to take the math placement test. 
Students should plan to complete all, or almost all, of their psychology courses at DePaul.  Some elective and liberal studies courses may be completed with transfer credits.  Consult the Transfer Course List for transferrable courses that may apply to Liberal Studies Program (LSP) and elective course requirements. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements will need to be fulfilled in addition to the online course offerings:
  • Complete the lab science course requirement through transfer course work, or credit by exam (CLEP/AP/IB).   (Students may earn college level credit through taking College Level Equivalency Exams (CLEP) to validate knowledge previously acquired.)
  • Complete the Modern Language requirement through transfer course work, proficiency, or credit by exam.  (Proficiency may be documented by a satisfactory rating in a language proficiency examination administered, or accepted, by DePaul University.)
Graduation requirements for the BA in Psychology online degree program are identical to those for all psychology majors in the Standard Psychology or Human Development concentrations (see the Degree Requirements).  DePaul bachelor’s degrees require 192 quarter hours.
To complete the degree requirements online in a timely fashion, students will need to follow the recommended online degree plan.  Degree plans are available through the Psychology department.
Transfer students should select the Psychology Online Degree Program as their major when submitting a transfer application for admission to DePaul. 

WRD 103


An introduction to the forms, expectations, and conventions of writing at the college level. Emphasis on audience analysis, rhetorical stance, and the nature of the composing process.

WRD 104


Developing a convincing argument with information and evidence drawn from a variety of sources. Emphasis on effective research strategies and professional use of sources.
WRD 103 or HON 100 is a prerequisite for this course.

MAT 100


An introduction to the algebra needed for quantitative reasoning with a focus on functions and modeling. This course emphasizes the applications of elementary algebra and the use of functions to model and analyze real-world situations. Topics include functions from graphical, tabular, and symbolic points of view and models using linear, quadratic, power, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphing technology is used extensively. This course is prerequisite to LSP 120 and is intended for students continuing on to LSP 120. This course is not recommended for students whose plan of study includes calculus.
MAT 094or placement is a prerequisite for this course.

MAT 101


Functions, factoring, rational expressions, roots, radicals, quadratic equations, quadratic inequalities. Course meets for an additional 1.5 hour lab session each week for enrichment and problem solving.
MAT 095 is a prerequisite for this class.