Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology

At a glance

  • Credential: degree
  • Credits: 90 or 120
  • Next start: monthly

Discover the fascinating world of human behavior and mental processes with Athabasca University's online BA in Psychology program.

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About Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology

Psychology focuses on the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Athabasca University’s online psychology program is designed to develop or expand your knowledge of this field.

Our courses offer a comprehensive foundation in psychology as a science, enriching your understanding and skill set in a way that's applicable to diverse career paths. Whether you're looking to excel in business, human services, law, or even considering graduate studies, our program provides the grounding you need for a bright future.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for either the 3-year or the 4-year program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Program details


Explore the complexities of human behavior, from emotional well-being to cognitive processes are influenced by various factors. You'll also delve into specific areas like developmental psychology, mental health, social interaction, and even the biological mechanisms behind decision-making, equipping you with a holistic understanding of the human mind.

Routes and options

The Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major is an online degree program, with both a 3-year and a 4-year option. There are no set start dates – you can enrol at any time and register for courses right away.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Concentration (3-year online degree)

  • A 3-year degree is a well-respected and marketable credential in Canada and the United States.
  • It does not provide direct access to graduate-level studies.
  • You can extend your 3-year degree to a 4-year degree at a later date, if you wish. Learn more about degree conversion.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major (4-year online degree)

  • A 4-year degree prepares students for most graduate programs.
  • The 4-year BA program allows you to pursue either a major and minor or a double major.
    • Double majors must meet the requirements for both majors, which may restrict course selection or require additional credits above the 120 required for the BA.
    • You should talk to an academic advisor about your program and courses if you’re considering a double major.
    • To earn a minor you must complete 30 credits in that subject area.
  • List of minors:
    • Anthropology
    • Canadian Studies
    • English
    • French
    • Global Studies
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Inclusive Education
    • Labour Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Economy
    • Political Science
    • Public Administration
    • Sociology
    • Women's and Gender Studies
Note: AU does not offer an Honours BA.

Completion times

Finish the concentration option in 3 years of full-time study, the major option in 4 years, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education or significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This could mean fewer courses to get your AU degree.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits at AU.

Learn about transfer and advanced credit at AU

Request and send your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.

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