Psychology is the study of individual thought and behavior. Students in this field investigate unconscious and conscious experiences, reactions, and beliefs. Psychologists explore individuals' social, behavioral, and cognitive functions, including mental processes, attention span, emotions, and personality. Psychology students are typically interested in the mind's inner workings and want to understand how cognitive processes impact behavior.

According to PayScale, professionals with an associate degree in psychology earn an average salary of $50,000 per year.

WHAT ARE THE BEST ONLINE ASSOCIATE IN PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS?

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Central Methodist University - College of Graduate and Extended Studies

Fayette, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 53%

CMU's entirely online associate of arts in psychology program prepares graduates for a bachelor's program and entry-level positions in the psychology field. Students who live near the Fayette, MO, campus can earn their degrees in a hybrid format. Full-time students graduate in two years. After earning a bachelor's, graduates go into the criminal justice, human services, and mental health fields. The majority of CMU's recent graduates go on to earn master's degrees.

The 60-credit asynchronous curriculum includes 30 credits of common core courses, 18 credits of psychology courses, and 12 credits of electives. The core curriculum features coursework in leadership, freshman writing, and the humanities. Psychology courses convey knowledge and skills related to theories of human behavior and how psychologists perform research. A Methodist university, CMU requires all undergraduates to complete one course in religion. The university encourages undergraduates to complete internships in their local communities.

Applicants must possess a minimum 2.5 high school GPA and a 21 on the ACT or 1050 on the SAT. CMU also accepts GED scores and uses score cutoffs. The strongest applicants took four years of English and three years of math in high school. Homeschooled students may also apply. CMU accepts transfer applicants; transfer credit must reflect a minimum 2.0 undergraduate GPA. All students pay the same competitive per-credit tuition rate. Online associate degree in psychology students do not qualify for university-funded scholarships or grants.

CMU holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $260/credit
Credit Requirements: 60
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum

Contact
Phone: (660) 248-6251
Email: admissions@centralmethodist.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 47%

Liberty's associate of arts in psychology program boasts many advantages for prospective online students who want to start their educations as soon as possible. The program accepts new students every month, and full-time students can earn their online psychology associate degrees in just 1.5 years. In addition, many associate students earn their bachelor's at Liberty. Liberty graduates enter the advocacy, administration, and mental health services fields, where they can bring a Christian-centered perspective to the psychology profession.

This 60-credit accelerated program uses eight-week courses that do not require set meeting times. The psychology major includes four core courses in areas like general psychology, introduction to research, and psychology of personality. Students then select four psychology electives which allow them to customize their educations. In class, students learn in-demand knowledge and skills related to the latest psychology research and counseling techniques. A Christian university, Liberty requires students to complete three courses in the New Testament, Christian life, and theology. All courses provide students free electronic textbooks, which saves students thousands of dollars on their education.

Prospective students applying as incoming freshmen must possess a minimum 2.0 undergraduate GPA. Liberty does not require standardized test scores or recommendation letters. Transfer students can apply up to 45 credits toward their Liberty associate degrees. All students pay the same tuition rate. Active military personnel and veterans automatically receive a $250 per-credit tuition discount.

Liberty holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $455/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (800) 424-9595
Email: luoundergrad@liberty.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 61%

Students choose Regent's associate of arts in psychology program for the curriculum's emphasis on Christian values. In this accelerated associate in psychology online program, all courses last eight weeks and new students start every month. Full-time students graduate in two years. Graduates who do not continue their educations begin careers as orderlies, youth counselors, home care aides, and other fulfilling positions that help people in need.

The 64-credit asynchronous program includes religious coursework in the New and Old Testaments and theology. Psychology courses include theories of personality, research methods, and marriage and family. No courses include a practicum or internship component. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to stay in good academic standing. At the end of the program, students complete a capstone course in Christian leadership. The program, as a whole, conveys essential interpersonal and research skills that graduates need for furthering their educations and career success.

Applicants must possess either a high school diploma or GED. Applicants do not submit standardized test scores or recommendation letters. The university may request TOEFL scores from international applicants. Regent considers transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Full-time students — students who take 12-18 credits each semester — pay approximately 11% less for their degrees than part-time students. All online students pay a university services fee each semester. Regent proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to provide active military personnel and veterans a lower tuition rate.

Regent holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $450/credit
Credit Requirements: 64 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (800) 373-5504
Email: regentundergrad@regent.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 60%

The AA in applied psychology program at Florida Tech combines psychology fundamentals with a robust liberal arts education. In this individual-paced program, new students can start their education as soon as possible. All courses in this accelerated program run for eight weeks, and full-time students graduate in two years. Recent online associate degree in psychology graduates work as childcare providers and addiction rehabilitation assistants, among other careers.

The 61-credit, 21-course asynchronous curriculum includes an introduction to eLearning course that conveys both technical and academic skills. The liberal arts curriculum features coursework in composition, statistics, and the humanities. Students boast great flexibility in personalizing the psychology program, and besides a required introduction to psychology course, students select all other psychology courses from a list of electives. All students leave the program with in-demand knowledge and skills: research methodology, critical thinking, and the latest psychology theories.

Prospective students should possess either a high school diploma or GED. Florida Tech does not charge an application fee. Applicants with at least 24 undergraduate credits may apply as transfer students. A private school, Florida Tech charges the same per-credit tuition rate to all online students. Therefore, students who take longer to complete their degrees do not pay more than full-time students. All online students pay distance learning fees. Florida Tech awards some need-based grants to incoming online students. Active-duty military personnel receive a 50% tuition discount.

Florida Tech holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology
Tuition: $510/credit
Credit Requirements: 61 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (855) 300-1469
Email: information@floridatechonline.com
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Waxahachie, TX Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 44%

SAGU's online associate degree in psychology program combines psychology fundamentals and a Christian worldview. In class, students learn psychology principles, developmental milestones, basic counseling skills, and personality traits, all from a Christian-centered perspective. Full-time students graduate in two years. Most graduates go on to earn their bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology.

The 57-credit, mostly asynchronous degree plan includes 45 credits of general education courses in diverse areas like rhetoric, history, and mathematics. A Christian university, SAGU requires undergraduates to complete four courses in the Bible, Christianity, biblical literature, and Pentecostal doctrine. The psychology curriculum stresses counseling skills, developmental psychology, personality, and applying Christian teachings to the profession. Psychology research surveys help students identify their academic interests and potential career paths. Students who go on to earn a bachelor's in psychology at SAGU can minor in addiction counseling. All professors possess advanced degrees.

Prospective students must possess either a high school diploma or GED. Other application requirements include placement test scores. Applicants with excellent ACT or SAT results do not take university placement tests. A private university, SAGU charges the same per-credit tuition rate to all students. In 2019, SAGU lowered its tuition rate by nearly 10%, making its online psychology associate degree an even more attractive option for budget-conscious prospective students. First-time and transfer students receive academic scholarships if they graduated high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA and an 18 ACT score. Some online students receive as much as $28,000 in university-funded scholarships.

SAGU holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science in Psychology
Tuition: $499/credit
Credit Requirements: 63 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (888) 937-7248
Email: info@sagu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Cochise College

Douglas, AZ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 25%

At Cochise, students can earn an AA in social and behavioral science degree with an emphasis in psychology in just 18 months. Regardless of emphasis, students learn many in-demand skills including data analysis and research. This specialized online psychology associate degree attracts prospective students planning to earn a bachelor's. Prospective students who plan to end their education after earning an associate should research other programs.

The 64-credit, asynchronous curriculum stresses liberal arts coursework in history, mathematics, and English, while the psychology emphasis includes courses in research methods and an introduction to sociology. The program provides students tremendous flexibility to select relevant psychology and general education electives. Although students can take most courses in any order they choose, Cochise's degree map helps motivated students graduate as fast as possible. Students use Moodle to access lectures, interact with professors and peers, and turn in assignments. Most courses use set meeting times to mimic the on-campus learning experience. Online students benefit from both 24/7 technology support and tutoring services.

Applicants submit high school transcripts or their GEDs. Cochise does not require standardized test scores or recommendation letters. Transfer applicants' undergraduate transcripts must reflect a C average grade for credit to transfer. New students can start the program in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Arizona residents save 75% on their degrees compared to out-of-state students. Cochise awards need-based grants and merit-based scholarships each year. Students interested in university-funded financial aid should submit a STARS application.

Cochise holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences with an Emphasis in Psychology
Tuition: $123/credit
Credit Requirements: 64 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Contact
Phone: (800) 966-7943
Email: adm@cochise.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Allen Community College

Iola, KS Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 30%

The associate of arts with an emphasis in psychology program at Allen prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities as upperclassmen. Allen boasts generous transfer policies with many public Kansas colleges and universities. Full-time students graduate in four semesters. After earning their bachelor's degrees, graduates enter the clinical psychology, human services, and social services fields.

The 64-credit curriculum includes liberal arts coursework in the humanities, English, and math. General education and psychology electives give students the ability to explore their interests and discover new ones. The psychology curriculum features coursework in general psychology, behavioral science, and social science. Full-time students take 15-17 credits each term. Although this online school for associate in psychology uses an asynchronous curriculum, the suggested course sequence helps students plan a balanced course load. NetTutor provides students online academic support at all times. All professors hold advanced degrees. Online students use the Blackboard learning system and can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Allen requires that prospective students submit either high school transcripts or GED scores. Applicants may submit ACT or SAT scores. Students without ACT or SAT scores take the ACCUPLACER exam to determine initial math and English course placements. Kansas residents and out-of-state students pay the same low per-credit tuition rate and a small technology fee. New students may apply for a Presidential, Deans, or Merit Academic Scholarship. All scholarship opportunities use the same application.

Allen holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Psychology
Tuition: $65/credit
Credit Requirements: 64 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER

Contact
Phone: (620) 365-5116
Email: admissions@allencc.edu

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Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, IA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 65%

Students choose NCC's associate of art pre-professional psychology program for its flexibility and accessibility. New students can start the program at any time, and full-time students can graduate in just four semesters. A hybrid program, students spend one day per week — either Tuesday or Thursday — taking classes on the Sheldon campus. The program's curriculum prepares graduates for both bachelor's programs and entry-level careers. The majority of NCC graduates go on to bachelor's programs at Midwestern colleges and universities.

The 60-credit program includes 45 credits of general education courses and 15 psychology credits. New students only select a pre-professional program after taking some general education courses, giving them the chance to explore their interests. The general education curriculum features communications, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities courses. In the psychology major, students become experts in developmental, abnormal, social, and educational psychology. These diverse courses prepare students to select a concentration or minor in their bachelor's programs. To stay in good academic standing, students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. Near graduation, students work with a college transfer specialist to select bachelor's programs that accept the most transfer credit.

Prospective students with high school diplomas or GEDs may apply. NCC considers transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Unlike many other public schools, NCC charges the same per-credit tuition rate to all online students regardless of residency. Students interested in scholarships and grants apply through the NCC Foundation. These scholarships award up to $5,000 to eligible students.

NCC holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Pre-Professional Psychology
Tuition: $198/credit
Credit Requirements: 62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Asynchronous online learning and face-to-face instruction

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT or ACCUPLACER

Contact
Phone: (800) 352-4907
Email: admissions@nwicc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

9

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, CO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 50%

CCU's psychology associate degree, A.S. attracts prospective students who desire an excellent academic and spiritual education. Professors teach courses from a Christian perspective. Graduates possess a deep understanding of interpersonal relationships, human behavior, and prejudice's causes and effects. Most full-time students graduate in two years or less. Graduates go on to entry-level positions or bachelor's programs. CCU offers both a bachelor's in applied psychology and a master's in counseling program.

The 60-credit online associate degree in psychology includes 18 psychology credits, 36 general education credits, and six elective credits. All accelerated courses last five weeks, and students take one course at a time. Courses use set meeting times, always in the evening so students can continue working full time. Colorado students can take the program entirely online or in a hybrid format at the university's regional centers throughout the state.

Prospective students applying as freshmen must possess a minimum 2.8 high school GPA and a 21 on the ACT or 1060 on the SAT. Other requirements include one recommendation letter and an essay. Adult applicants — those over 21 — with or without prior college experience, submit either high school transcripts or GED scores. CCU boasts a generous credit transfer policy. A private university, CCU charges the same tuition to all online students. The university does not award scholarships or grants at this time but connects new students with multiple outside scholarship and grant opportunities.

CCU holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science in Psychology
Tuition: $469/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.8 minimum
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (303) 963-3311
Email: admission@ccu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

10

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 56%

At Foothill, prospective psychology students select from two options for their associate of arts in psychology: a traditional psychology associate or an associate degree for transfer - psychology. The latter prepares students to transfer to a California State University (CSU) school. Students in both degree pathways can graduate in two years or less.

Both programs include core and support courses. In core courses, students learn valuable math and research skills. In support courses, students choose from over a dozen psychology electives including the psychology of sports, human sexuality, and the psychology of women. In the transfer program, students take more general education credits to fulfill CSU transfer requirements. Students stay in good academic standing by earning a minimum C grade in all courses. Typical full-time students take 15 credits per academic quarter.

Prospective students can apply for the spring or fall semester. Application requirements include all prior high school transcripts, college transcripts, and GED scores, if applicable. Although out-of-state students can apply, they might consider other programs on this ranking as Foothill's transfer program aligns solely with CSU transfer requirements. New students can earn transfer credit through prior college coursework or challenge examination. This online college for associate degrees in psychology charges in-state students 75% less for their degrees than what out-of-state and international students pay. Each September, Foothill posts new scholarship and grant opportunities applicable to online students.

Foothill holds regional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $194/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Contact
Phone: (650) 949-7325
Email: cervantesanthony@fhda.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas

De Queen, AR Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 41%

UA Cossatot offers some of the best online degrees in Arkansas. In the fully online associate of science - psychology program, graduates can transfer seamlessly into a bachelor's program at Southern Arkansas University, the University of Central Arkansas, or Arkansas Tech University. Prospective students planning to earn their bachelor's at other schools should inquire with UA Cossatot's transfer department to learn more about this online associate degree in psychology's transferability. Full-time students who do not take developmental courses graduate in two years.

The 61-credit curriculum includes three components: developmental courses, general education state core courses, and psychology courses. Students' standardized test or placement scores may exempt them from some if not all developmental courses in English and math. In core courses, students receive a foundational education in literature, the fine arts, and history. The eight-course, specialized psychology curriculum stresses community health, sociology, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology, among other topics.

Prospective students with high school degrees apply as freshmen, while those with GEDs apply as adult education students. Applicants without ACT scores take the Compass test to determine initial English and math course placements. The college considers transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. New students can start their educations in the spring, fall, or summer semester. Compared to in-state students, out-of-state students pay only slightly more for their degrees. UA Cossatot accepts university-funded scholarship applications starting April 1st. All honorably discharged veterans and their dependents receive an automatic 50% tuition discount.

UA Cossatot holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science in Psychology
Tuition: $90/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Contact
Phone: (870) 584-4471
Email: aaylett@cccua.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Holmes Community College

Goodman, MS Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 37%

The AA psychology program at Holmes Community College provides students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for entry-level careers or bachelor's-completion programs. The college's Social and Behavioral Science department also offers a social work/psychology program; students in both programs take courses together, fostering valuable professional relationships. Students who live near the Goodman, MS, campus may complete the program in a hybrid format. Full-time students graduate in four semesters.

The 62-credit synchronous curriculum includes both general education and psychology courses. Students can personalize their degrees by selecting from multiple electives. Psychology electives include human growth and development, social problems, and child psychology. Unlike other programs on this ranking, this online psychology associate degree features a fine arts elective in art, music, or theatre. Throughout the program, social science students collaborate through the college's online forum. Finally, ambitious students can apply for the social and behavioral science honors program.

Applicants must possess either a high school diploma or GED. To determine initial English and math placement, new students either take placement tests or submit ACT scores. Full-time, out-of-state students pay approximately double the in-state tuition rate. All full-time students save money on tuition compared to their part-time peers. Holmes Community College automatically considers all new students for scholarship opportunities; students do not submit a separate scholarship application. New students start the program in the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Holmes Community College holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $120/credit
Credit Requirements: 62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (662) 472-2312
Email: kabates@holmescc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Troy University

Troy, AL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 39%

Prospective students can choose Troy's associate of science in general education-psychology as a stepping stone toward a bachelor's degree. This program includes valuable general education courses and at least nine credits of psychology courses that students can take online or through a hybrid program.

The 60-credit program can include traditional courses, portfolios, and challenge exams. Troy's introductory psychology courses, of which students can take up to 10 of during the program, provide an opportunity to explore the field's many facets. Consequently, students enter a bachelor's program with a clear picture of the psychology specialization they want to pursue.

At Troy, all courses last nine weeks, and full-time students typically graduate in two years.

Unlike other colleges and universities on this ranking, Troy requires that applicants possess a high school diploma that reflects a minimum 2.0 GPA. Other application requirements include a 20 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT. Transfer applicants may apply up to 15 outside credits toward their online associate degree in psychology.

A public institution, Troy charges the same per-credit tuition rate to all students. Full- and part-time students pay the same for their degrees, as well. Incoming freshman, transfer students, and military veterans qualify for university-funded scholarships; these scholarships require a separate application. All veterans automatically receive a 25% tuition reduction. Troy holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science in General Education with an Emphasis in Psychology
Tuition: $338/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online and Hybrid
Instruction Style: Asynchronous and Synchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (800) 414-5756
Email: ask@troy.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Cowley College

Arkansas City, KS Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 37%

The associate of arts degree in psychology at CC attracts prospective students who want to earn a bachelor's and those who plan to enter the workforce after graduation. No matter the post-graduation plans, all students complete the same psychology transfer pathway. Students who pursue a bachelor's can start these programs as juniors.

The 63-credit asynchronous online psychology associate degree includes 39 credits of general education requirements. Students take courses in English, the humanities, sciences, and the social sciences. The psychology component features required coursework in developmental and cognitive psychology. Students take an additional six hours of psychology electives as well as a one-credit course in college success skills. Finally, college advisers work with students to craft a program that results in maximum transfer credit at a four-year college or university. CC students in associate programs generally graduate in two years.

Prospective students submit all official transcripts and, if available, ACT scores. Incoming students meet with an admissions representative to plan initial coursework. CC requires that new students with low placement or ACT scores take remedial coursework; remedial courses may extend the program by one or more years. An Arkansas community college, CC charges double the in-state tuition rate to out-of-state students with international students paying the highest per-credit tuition rate. Full-time students may qualify for a college or departmental scholarship. CC holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $300/credit
Credit Requirements: 62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT (recommended)

Contact
Phone: (620) 441-5303
Email: admissions@cowley.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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South Texas College

McAllen, TX Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 15%

The AA in psychology degree at South Texas College prepares graduates to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students explore psychology's different subfields, which will help them determine the psychology concentration they want to pursue as upperclassmen. Full-time students graduate in two years, and after earning bachelor's degrees, graduates can work as human resource managers, advertising executives, and law enforcement personnel.

The 60-credit asynchronous program includes 42 general education credits and 18 psychology credits. Students examine diverse psychology topics such as lifespan growth and development, human sexuality, and psychology of adjustment. They round out their educations by taking a language, philosophy, or culture elective. Although students can complete courses in any order, the college uses a five-semester recommended course sequence to keep students on track for graduation. Associate in psychology online students at South Texas College uses the Blackboard virtual learning system.

High school graduates and prospective students with GEDs may apply. All new students take the TSI Assessment Exam to determine initial course placement. Students who need remedial math and English courses take longer than five semesters to graduate. At South Texas College, in-district students pay the lowest per-credit tuition rate followed by out-of-district Texas residents. Out-of-state students pay approximately 300% more for their degrees than in-district students. However, even out-of-state students save on their educations compared to some private colleges and universities on this ranking. South Texas College holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $80/credit in-state; $200/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 61 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Contact
Phone: (956) 872-8323
Email: cblanco9@southtexascollege.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Casper College

Casper, WY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 35%

The associate of science in psychology program at Casper boasts small class sizes and experienced professors. Students learn many in-demand skills, such as psychological research, and can earn a dual associate degree in psychology and addictionology, which prepares them for careers as substance abuse counselors. Full-time students graduate in two years, and many online associate degree in psychology students continue their educations by earning a bachelor's at the University of Wyoming at Casper. Casper also boasts transfer agreements with many colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The 61-credit asynchronous program features 32 general education credits and 28 psychology credits. A Wyoming public college, Casper requires all associate students to take one course in the state's constitution. The psychology curriculum includes coursework in developmental, abnormal, and social psychology. Students also take two statistics courses to prepare for bachelor's-level research projects.

Prospective applicants must have a high school diploma that reflects a minimum 2.0 GPA or GED scores. Although Casper does not require ACT scores, students with high scores can skip remedial courses. The college accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited schools that reflect a minimum "C" grade.

New students can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Wyoming residents and out-of-state residents who live in Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) member states pay the lowest tuition rates. Other out-of-state and international students pay approximately 250% more for their educations. Wyoming and WUE residents can apply for university-funded scholarships. Casper holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science in Psychology
Tuition: $128/credit in-state; $316/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (800) 442-2963
Email: admissions@caspercollege.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Barton Community College

Great Bend, KS Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 31%

The associate of science with emphasis of study on psychology program at BCC prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university. To help students take their educations to the next level, college advisers work with students to research which bachelor's in psychology programs accept the most transfer credit.

The 64-credit asynchronous program includes a flexible general education curriculum wherein students select humanities, social science, and natural science courses from a list of electives. The 25 credits of psychology courses include human sexuality, developmental psychology, and death and dying — very few online schools for associate in psychology offer the latter course. Full-time students graduate from this associate in psychology online program in two years. However, new students with low ACT or BCC course placement scores take remedial coursework that can extend their associate program by one or more years.

Application requirements include either a high school diploma or passing a high school equivalency exam. New students can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. A Kansas community college, in-district and in-state students pay the lowest tuition rates. However, out-of-state students spend only 30% more per credit than in-state students, making BCC an attractive option to all prospective students. New students interested in university-funded scholarships should apply for a Foundation Scholarship by the June 1 deadline. BCC awards other-merit-based scholarships to incoming students with excellent ACT scores. BCC holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science with an Emphasis in Psychology
Tuition: $150/credit
Credit Requirements: 64 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT or ACCUPLACER

Contact
Phone: (800) 748-7594
Email: admissions@bartonccc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Drury University

Springfield, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 55%

Students at DU can complete the associate of science in psychology online or in a hybrid format, with the hybrid option involving on-campus courses in the evenings. After completing a bachelor's degree, DU graduates go on to work as school counselors, case managers, and health counselors, among other careers.

The 62-credit asynchronous curriculum for the associate degree in psychology comprises 27 credits of general education courses including writing, the humanities, mathematics, and the social sciences. In the remaining 35 credits, students have flexibility to explore psychology electives that match their academic interests and career paths. Students must complete at least 21 credit at DU and maintain a "C" average to stay in good academic standing. Full-time students graduate in two years or less.

Application requirements include official transcripts, FAFSA submission, and ACT scores. The university uses the latter for initial course placement. New students can begin the program in the fall, winter, spring, or summer semester, making DU an excellent choice for prospective students who want to start their educations as soon as possible. A private university, DU charges the same per-credit tuition to all students regardless of residency. New students with a minimum 3.0 GPA may apply for a university-funded scholarship; each scholarship requires a separate application. DU holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science in Psychology
Tuition: $308/credit
Credit Requirements: 62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (417) 873-7879
Email: drury@drury.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 41%

At University of the Cumberlands, students can earn an online associate degree in psychology and learn how to analyze data, design research, and improve their critical thinking skills. They also receive a broad overview of many psychology topics, preparing them to select a minor or concentration during their bachelor's program. After earning their bachelor's degrees, graduates typically work as clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.

The 61-credit curriculum for the asynchronous online associate degree in psychology includes 18 credits of psychology courses and features coursework in psychology of personality, social psychology, and introduction to counseling. Students can take an additional 12 hours of psychology electives or explore other academic areas. By the program's end, all students can perform research, understand significant psychology concepts, and use their critical thinking skills to solve problems. New students can start their educations as six points throughout the year.

Prospective students must possess a high school diploma, and those 23 and older do not submit ACT scores. International applicants living in non-English-speaking countries submit TOEFL scores. A private school, University of the Cumberlands charges the same low per-credit tuition rate to all students. Incoming students with a minimum 3.5 GPA and 27 on the ACT can apply for the Patriot Scholars Program, which provides full tuition for both associate and bachelor's students. The University of the Cumberlands holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Science in Psychology
Tuition: $199/credit
Credit Requirements: 61 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (855) 791-7201
Email: gradadm@ucumberlands.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Sussex County Community College

Newton, NJ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 33%

The associate of arts in liberal arts with an emphasis on psychology program represents only one of 16 fully online associate degrees Sussex offers. In the general education curriculum, students hone their communication and analytical skills as well as start learning at least one foreign language. Although anyone can apply, the program best matches students who plan to attend a New Jersey public college or university. Full-time students graduate in two years, ready to either start a bachelor's program or entry-level career.

The curriculum comprises 65-67 credits and provides students the flexibility to choose their math, science, and history courses. Turning this associate degree into an associate in psychology degree involves 15 elective credits. Some courses may require students to take proctored exams at testing centers in their home communities. To select the right psychology electives, students consult with Sussex advisers. New students start the program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Prospective students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 23 on the ACT automatically receive unconditional admission, while applicants with lower GPAs or GEDs must first meet with an enrollment adviser. New students without ACT scores take the ACCUPLACER exam. Sussex accepts up to 33 transfer credits that reflect a minimum "C" grade. Sussex County, NJ, residents pay the lowest per-credit tuition rate followed by out-of-county New Jersey residents. Out-of-state and international students pay double the in-county tuition rate. Incoming students interested in university-funded scholarships should apply during the Jan. 28-March 3 application window. Sussex holds regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with a Specialization in Psychology
Tuition: $210/credit in-state; $280/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 67 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
GPA: 3.0 (recommended)
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT (recommended)

Contact
Phone: (973) 300-2100
Email: admissions@sussex.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 41%

Students in UIU's associate of arts in psychology program use their degrees to pursue entry-level human resources careers or earn a bachelor's in psychology. The 60-credit curriculum boasts over three dozen psychology courses from which students create a custom-tailored degree. Students take courses asynchronously and can view lectures at any time of day, though some courses require students to take tests at an authorized proctoring center. Students stay in good academic standing by maintaining a 2.0 GPA and earning at least a "C" grade in all courses, and those attending full-time can graduate in less than two years.

Prospective students should have either a high school diploma or GED. The university requires ACT or SAT scores without exemption and accepts up to 45 transfer credits. Applicants can submit materials up to 30 days before their desired start date. A private university, UIU charges the same per-course tuition rate to all students, and distance education students do not pay additional fees. The university posts new scholarship opportunities on its financial aid website, so interested students should check back often for new scholarships. UIU holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $471/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT or SAT

Contact
Phone: (800) 553-4150
Email: info@uiu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Bucks County Community College

Newtown, PA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 17%

The associate of arts in psychology interpersonal emphasis at Bucks may appeal to prospective students who plan to work in counseling-related positions after earning a bachelor's or master's degree. Full-time students who follow the recommended semester sequence graduate in just four semesters.

The 60-credit curriculum includes a college success seminar in the first semester that conveys crucial academic and technology skills students need. The psychology program features coursework in psychology of personal awareness, introduction to group dynamics, and electives that students use to further customize their educations. Although an asynchronous program, some courses have prerequisites, and students who need remedial coursework take longer than four semesters to graduate.

Bucks accepts applicants with high school diplomas or GEDs, and new students without ACT or SAT scores take placement tests. All new students speak with an academic adviser before paying tuition. Bucks County residents pay the lowest tuition rate, followed by out-of-county residents and out-of-state residents. Out-of-state residents pay 300% more for their degrees compared to Bucks County residents. Other fees and expenses apply to online students, as well. There are four financial aid application periods each year and the college awards some need-based grants to eligible students. Bucks holds regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Available Concentrations: Interpersonal; pre-professional
Tuition: $300/credit in-state; $450/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Contact
Phone: (215) 968-8000
Email: info@bucks.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Hillsborough Community College

Tampa, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 30%

Prospective students looking for a comprehensive and transferable associate of arts in psychology online degree should look no further than HCC. The program conveys research and statistical analysis skills that students use to complete bachelor's and advanced psychology degrees. Although a Florida community college, HCC designed its online associate degree in psychology to transfer to in- and out-of-state colleges and universities.

The 60-credit asynchronous curriculum uses a suggested course sequence to keep students on track. In the general education curriculum, students take English, history, and humanities electives. The program also features two statistics courses, as statistics play a significant role in psychological research. In the psychology major, students complete coursework in educational and abnormal psychology. Students can take additional psychology electives in the final two semesters. Full-time students earn their degrees in two years, but those who need remedial coursework typically take 1-2 extra semesters to graduate. Throughout the program, students work closely with HCC academic advisers to pick courses with maximum transferability.

Application requirements include a high school diploma or GED and undergraduate transcripts, if applicable. Before starting classes, new students can earn credit through transfer or challenge exams. In-state students save approximately 70% on tuition compared to out-of-state students. HCC does not charge different tuition rates to full- and part-time students. Florida residents may qualify for state- and university-funded financial aid programs, and HCC uses a tuition installment plan to help students spread out their tuition payments. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits HCC.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology (Transfer Track)
Tuition: $104.39/credit in-state; $379.61/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Contact
Phone: (813) 253-7000
Email: bradvising@hccfl.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton, CA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 26%

At Delta, students have two options for their AA psychology program. The college boasts both a transfer and general track, the latter for students who plan to work at entry-level jobs after earning their associate degrees. Delta offers both a mental health specialist and substance abuse counselor certificate of achievement students can pursue while earning their associate degree. Graduates who earn bachelor's and advanced degrees often work as mental health counselors, healthcare social workers, and substance abuse counselors, among many other fulfilling professions.

At Delta, both the transfer and general tracks include a 60-credit asynchronous curriculum with students in the transfer track taking two additional psychology courses. Students select at least five psychology electives from nearly 20 options, and unique courses include psychology of aging, drugs and society, and introduction to child abuse counseling. Those who maintain a "C" average remain in good academic standing. Psychology students leave the program with basic counseling skills and in-depth knowledge of psychological theories.

New students can start this online associate degree in psychology program in the spring, summer, or fall semester. The psychology program transfers automatically to institutions within the California State University system. Students planning to attend other colleges and universities should consult a Delta academic adviser concerning credit transferability. California residents save 80% on tuition compared to out-of-state students. Delta does not award university-funded scholarship and grants but does connect eligible students with outside financial aid opportunities.

Delta holds regional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $46/credit in-state; $270/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: San Joaquin Delta College Skills Assessment

Contact
Phone: (209) 954-5151
Email: acourtright@deltacollege.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

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Truckee Meadows Community College

Reno, NV Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 28%

Prospective students planning to earn their bachelor's in psychology at the University of Nevada-Reno should look no further than the fully online AA in psychology degree at TMCC. Throughout the program, students work closely with TMCC advisers to select transferable courses.

The 60-credit asynchronous curriculum uses a suggested four-semester course sequence. In the sequence, students take general education courses alongside the program's psychology requirements. The psychology major features coursework in introduction to statistical methods, research methods, and child psychology. The program also allows students to switch out certain psychology and general education courses to better meet their academic interests and career plans. While earning their associate degrees, students can also minor in addiction treatment. Full-time students earn their degrees in two years, and a minimum 2.0 GPA is necessary to remain in good academic standing.

Prospective students applying as freshmen submit high school transcripts or GED scores. Applicants who took the ACT should submit scores to determine English and math course placements. New TMCC students without ACT scores take the ACCUPLACER test before starting classes. Transfer students may apply up to 45 outside credits toward their TMCC associate degrees. In-state students save 66% on tuition compared to out-of-state students. All full-time students are charged a flat tuition rate, while part-time students pay a per-credit tuition rate. TMCC holds regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Arts in Psychology
Tuition: $98.75/credit in-state; $207.50/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous elements

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER

Contact
Phone: (775) 673-7042
Email: ahughes@tmcc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Twitter; Facebook

What Else Can I Expect From an Online Associate in Psychology Program?

Most online psychology associate degrees require 60-65 credits, which students can complete in about two years. Learners typically take courses in cognitive psychology, cognitive development, self and identity, and child psychology. Common concentrations include developmental psychology and social psychology. Students also take a variety of general education courses.

Curriculum for an Online Associate in Psychology

Students earning an online associate degree in psychology generally complete at least 60 credits in about two years. Curricula vary by school, but most programs require about 40 credits in general education and core competency requirements. The remaining credits comprise required psychology courses. The section below contains five common classes for psychology students.

  • English Composition: A required topic for all students, English composition teaches the basic writing skills needed for college success. In addition to reviewing grammar and language mechanics, students explore paragraph organization, argument development, and writing styles and tones. They also learn methods to critically assess and revise their own essays.
  • Human Biology: This common general education requirement trains students in basic biological principles, including cell and tissue structure, human genetics, body functions, reproduction and development, and human ecology. Learners apply scientific knowledge to solve problems, and develop critical-thinking skills.
  • Introduction to Psychology: Students in this fundamental course explore the relationships between biology, behavior, and the environment. They study topics related to the brain, including neurons, mental states, perception, and sensation. This class also covers human behavior in cultural and social contexts, with an emphasis on learning and conditioning. Additional topics include psychological research and approaches to therapy and treatment.
  • Developmental Psychology: This class explores cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional growth during a person's lifespan, from conception to death. Students learn about developmental milestones and analyze these benchmarks using major psychological theories. They also develop an understanding of the debate between nature and nurture and explore contemporary issues, including younger menarche and childhood obesity.
  • Psychology of Personality: This class introduces theories of personality development. Students explore the impact of personality on an individual's behavior, relationships, and vocation. The class also focuses on research analysis, training students to identify and relate findings to social problems and their own personal development.

Accreditation for Online Associate in Psychology Degrees

To confer valid degrees, colleges and universities earn and maintain national or regional accreditation. Postsecondary schools obtain accreditation from agencies recognized by the Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Six bodies confer regional accreditation, depending on location. For example, Alaska colleges apply for regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, whereas Michigan universities earn regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Students attending online schools for associate in psychology degrees can look for programs with specialized accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Currently, the American Psychological Association (APA) only accredits doctoral programs. However, students can ask academic advisers whether their associate degree plan aligns with APA guidelines for undergraduate psychology majors. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs also evaluates psychology degrees, but like the APA, the organization only accredits graduate programs.

Formed in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, ED is a cabinet-level organization within the national government. The department does not directly create colleges and universities, but it ensures these institutions follow federal regulations. Without ED's support, postsecondary schools cannot access government funds, including student loans and grants.

CHEA was founded in 1996 as a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization. CHEA establishes and enforces independent academic standards. Through its 60 partner organizations, CHEA also facilitates regional and programmatic accreditation. For more details on accreditation, students can visit the ED and CHEA websites.

What Can I Do With an Associate Degree in Psychology?

Career Paths for Graduates of Associate in Psychology Degrees

Students pursuing online associate degrees in psychology obtain the theoretical knowledge and fundamental technical skills necessary to occupy entry-level positions in human services and psychiatric care. Graduates often work as technicians and assistants, helping licensed psychologists and social workers diagnose, treat, and support patients. Graduates may also become youth counselors and community educators. Professional counselors need a bachelor's degree, and clinical psychologists must earn a doctoral degree. These positions also require post-degree practicums and state licensure.

Psychiatric Technicians and Aides

These mental health professionals often work with severely disabled individuals who require intensive care and with patients undergoing rehabilitative treatment. Psychiatric technicians and aides monitor patients' conditions and assist them with daily activities, such as bathing and eating. Technicians also lead patients through therapeutic activities, including group counseling and restorative exercises.

Median Annual Salary: $29,330

Projected Growth Rate: 6%

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

These professionals help patients address addiction and behavioral disorders. Counselors assess patient conditions and implement treatment plans. They also educate a patient's loved ones and operate outreach initiatives to help community members identify and avoid destructive behaviors. Mental health counselors often work with a particular patient group, such as children, college students, or the elderly.

Median Annual Salary: $43,300

Projected Growth Rate: 23%

Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

These advanced psychology careers require a graduate degree and licensure. Clinical psychologists treat patients suffering from psychosis and other serious mental health issues. Counseling psychologists typically work with healthy individuals, helping patients resolve problems related to work and family. School psychologists assist students with depression, anxiety, and other socio-emotional challenges.

Median Annual Salary: $73,270

Social and Human Service Assistants

These professionals work in fields including social work, community services, and psychology. They help clients identify and access relevant aid. A social service assistant's duties vary by client type. For example, professionals who work with immigrant families or the homeless help clients access food stamp programs, affordable housing, and employment opportunities.

Median Annual Salary: $33,120

Projected Growth Rate: 16%

Educational Paths for Graduates With Associate in Psychology Degrees

For many students, earning an online associate degree in psychology is the first step in their academic training. While a two-year degree qualifies graduates for some entry-level jobs, most psychology professions require at least a bachelor's degree. In addition to more job opportunities, advanced college degrees can lead to higher earning potential.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals with a bachelor's degree earn approximately $17,500 more than associate degree holders. To help graduates transition into bachelor's programs, many community colleges maintain direct transfer pathways to state universities.

  • Bachelor's in Psychology: A bachelor of science or arts in psychology is a popular choice for undergraduate students. Students learn how to identify and affect human behavior, and many pursue concentrations in areas such as behavioral health, forensic psychology, and addictions and recovery. Programs may also offer pre-counseling tracks in areas such as school counseling and family therapy.
  • Bachelor's in Social Work: These bachelor's programs train students to support individuals, families, and communities, with an emphasis on marginalized and underserved populations. Core classes explore topics such as social welfare policy, case management, and diversity and social justice. Students also complete hands-on training required by the Council on Social Work Education, which prepares learners for the Association of Social Work Boards examination.
  • Bachelor's in Criminal Justice: Students earning a bachelor's in criminal justice learn about types of crime including homicides and cyberterrorism. Students also explore the U.S. criminal justice system and complete coursework on topics such as criminal investigations and the judicial process. Students personalize the curricula by pursuing advanced topics and concentrations in areas such as juvenile justice, homeland security, and criminal psychology.

Employment Outlook for Associate in Psychology Graduates

Associate in Psychology Salary

The following table includes median salaries for five psychology professions. These median numbers come from limited samples and do not reflect factors such as industry, employer, individual qualifications, and geographic location. According to PayScale, Portland psychologists earn a median salary $32,183 above the national average, while Denver professionals earn a median of $5,125 less than the national average.

While students considering any of the careers below can begin their education by earning an online associate degree in psychology, positions including substance abuse counselor and school psychologist require additional academic and professional training. Psychiatric technician is the most lucrative career among the three jobs listed below.

Associate in Psychology Salary
Job Title Overall Median Salary Median Salary for Entry-Level Median Salary for Mid-Career Median Salary for Late-Career
Psychiatric Technicians and Aides $35,856 $30,991 $44,827 $57,767
Substance Abuse Counselors $38,642 $36,262 $40,150 $46,014
School Psychologists $59,901 $54,134 $61,029 $73,094
Social and Human Service Assistants $32,730 $29,000 $30,000 $34,000
Corrections Officers $38,101 $34,772 $39,388 $50,695

Professional Organizations

Students attending online colleges for associate degrees in psychology gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue careers and further education in the field. Distance learners can improve their career opportunities by joining professional organizations. Membership usually requires an annual fee, but members often have access to student scholarships and research funding.

These organizations also provide networking opportunities such as conferences, special interest groups, and online forums. Additionally, members benefit from career and educational resources, such as the college planning tools from the American Psychological Association.

Financing Your Online Associate in Psychology Program

Even with affordable tuition rates and generous transfer credit policies, associate in psychology online programs require a substantial financial investment; however, distance learners can receive government funding through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. By submitting the FAFSA form, students can simultaneously apply for multiple need-based grants, low-interest loans, and work-study positions. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens can access federal funds. Additionally, many nonprofit organizations, professional associations, and private companies offer scholarship opportunities for psychology students.

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Best Online Associate in Psychologys Programs of 2018
Ranking School Location
1 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
2 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
3 Odessa College Odessa, TX
4 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
5 Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, CA
6 South Texas College McAllen, TX
7 Allen County Community College Iola, KS
8 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX
9 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
10 Palo Alto College San Antonio, TX
11 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
12 Florida Institute of Technology-Online Melbourne, FL
13 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
14 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
15 Fisher College Boston, MA
16 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
17 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
18 Hobe Sound Bible College Hobe Sound, FL
19 American River College Sacramento, CA
20 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
21 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
22 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
23 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
24 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
25 Eastern Oklahoma State College Wilburton, OK