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Program Overview

The University of New Mexico offers an online Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree completion program in Psychology. People have many different reasons for choosing to major or minor in Psychology. Some are fascinated with behavior - they love to watch the world around them and are curious to learn about why people behave as they do. Some want to learn more about themselves and become healthier people. Some plan to start an educational path on their way to pursuing an advanced degree and future psychologist licensure. Others are planning to go into one of the many professions where a psychology background can be helpful: business, teaching, medicine, nursing, law, social work, engineering and human factors, counseling, child development, biology, and administration.

Special features of the Psychology Managed Online Program include:

  • All courses are offered in an 8-week online format and are taught by regular faculty members in the Psychology Department (i.e., not part-time instructors or adjuncts).
  • The Department has been offering online courses for over 10 years. All courses in the Managed Online Program have undergone a rigorous quality peer review process.
  • The program is targeted towards a diverse student population and incorporates cultural and ethnic diversity elements throughout the curriculum.
  • This degree program can be started during any 8-week session (five times a year).
  • The tuition for this high quality program is very affordable.

Individuals who study psychology are interested in the emotional, cognitive, social, and biological aspects of human behavior. They may serve in health service provider fields provide mental health care in hospitals, clinics, schools, or private settings. They may also be employed in applied settings, such as business, industry, government, or nonprofits, provide training, conduct research, design systems, and act as advocates for psychology.

Like students in other science disciplines, our students learn to formulate hypotheses and ask critical questions to test their validity. They examine research methods that vary with the topic under study. For example, students may learn about gathering information through controlled laboratory experiments or by administering personality or intelligence tests. Students also may become familiar with the use of neuroscience methods (EEG, MRI, fMRI) to study brain-behavior relationships. Finally, students will learn the importance of  observation, interviews, questionnaires, clinical studies, and surveys. Students apply their knowledge to a wide range of endeavors, including health and human services, management, education, law, and sports. In addition to working in a variety of settings, psychology graduates usually specialize in one of a number of different areas.

 Our faculty and staff in the Department of Psychology are here to help you learn and to help you pursue the study of psychology as you approach your personal and career goals. Our faculty holds doctoral degrees from major universities, and represents a broad range of specializations. Among the main research interests represented in the department are:

  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Quantitative Psychology

The UNM BA in Psychology Degree Completion Program does not alone qualify a graduate for licensure as a psychologist. If you have questions about psychology licensure requirements, please contact the licensing board in your state.

Learning Goals

The broad mission of the Department of Psychology is the discovery and dissemination of knowledge. From the perspective of any psychology department, the knowledge being sought concerns the individual organism, and most typically the behavior of the individual person. Our broad learning goals for the undergraduate degree reflect this mission.

A.  Students will develop an understanding of empirically known factors that underlie, shape, and sustain their individual sense of self and their relationships to others.

B.  Students will develop a conceptual understanding of important behavioral principles, theories, and applications.

C.  Students will recognize and understand principles of scientific and critical thinking and be able to appreciate how this knowledge applies to their lives.

D.  Students will become clear and effective communicators.

Student Learning Objectives

A.1. Students can identify how we become aware of ourselves, how we learn to interact with others, and how we influence others and how they influence us.

B.1. Students can identify how psychologists study human behavior and how this knowledge can be used to explain, predict, and influence behavior.

C.1. Students identify and critically evaluate psychological research methods.

C.2. Students analyze empirical data.

C.3. Students assess the significance and importance of research reports.

D.1. Students communicate clearly and effectively in a written format.

Program Details

The Psychology Managed Online Program offers all of the courses associated with the major requirements needed to complete the BA in an online, eight-week format.  To qualify, students must have already completed a majority of UNM core curriculum, as well as college and minor requirements.  These hours can be completed at UNM and/or transferred from another institution.  A student with an associate's degree or at least 60-70 transferable college-level credit hours is ideally positioned for eligibility. Please see the information provided in the Degree Requirements tab. 

The major requirements for completing the BA degree in Psychology total 36 credit hours.  Special course sections are scheduled for Managed Online Program students and offered on a cyclical basis.  Look for the courses in the current schedule of classes with a course comment that reads "Limited to managed online program students only."  Below is a listing of all of the required courses and the planned offerings.  

Course NameCredit Hours
PSY 105General Psychology3
PSY 200Statistical Principles3
PSY 220Developmental Psychology3
PSY 240Brain and Behavior3
PSY 265Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 271Social Psychology3
PSY 302Psychological Research Techniques3
PSY 331Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSY 332Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 344Human Neuropsychology3
PSY  374Psychology of Personality3
PSY 443Psychology of Emotion3
PSY 454Positive Psychology3

 The UNM BA in Psychology Degree Completion Program does not alone qualify a graduate for licensure as a psychologist. If you have questions about psychology licensure requirements, please contact the licensing board in your state.

Additional Course Information

UNM operates on a semester calendar of Summer, Fall, and Spring.  Course schedules are available during each semester's registration period.  Registration opens in early April for the Summer and Fall Semesters and early November for the Spring Semester.   

View information for the current schedule of registration dates.

If you are interested in learning more about other online course offerings, in addition to the ones associated with the Psychology managed online program, see the current schedule of all online classes.  Please note that the special tuition rate is only applied to courses associated with the managed online programs.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a BA degree in Psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. UNM requires approximately 37 hours distributed between seven areas to complete the University Core Curriculum. The university also requires completion of a 3 credit hour U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion requirement. Students may transfer course work from other accredited institutions to fulfill these requirements.   The Psychology Managed Online Program is designed for students who have completed an associate's degree or have at least 60-70 transferable college-level credit hours.  See program details for more information.

The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of 96 credit hours taught within its departments. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must declare a major and a minor, or two majors, or a special curricula approved by the College. Half of the major must be completed at the University of New Mexico. A quarter of the minor must be completed at the University of New Mexico.

College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements

For individuals seeking a second bachelor’s degree in Psychology, the coursework will focus on fulfilling the Psychology major requirements and the accompanying requirements required for a minor.  UNM requires a minimum of 30 new hours for a second award.  

To earn an undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, the following requirements must be met: 

  • A minimum 30 hours of coursework completed at UNM (UNM Residency Requirement)
  • 50% of the Major completed at UNM
  • 25% of the Minor completed at UNM

In addition to the UNM undergraduate admissions requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences requires the following:

  • A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation
  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer grade point average
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional grade point average

There are no additional requirements for admission to the Psychology program. For more information on degree and admission requirements, please refer to the UNM Catalog.

 Managed Online Program

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 36 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit Hour: $349.04
Course Cycle: 8 Weeks

Tuition: Special tuition and fees apply


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*To qualify for admission to the major, students must complete additional core and college requirements (see Degree Requirements tab for more information)