Bachelor of arts University of Missouri-Columbia
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Courses for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Your degree requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

The courses you take will include:

Transfer students

The number of credits you need to take will depend on the type of previous credit earned and the institutions' accreditation and transfer equivalencies. The admissions office will determine your transfer credit once they receive your official transcripts and application. Visit the University of Missouri Course Equivalency site to determine credit equivalencies from courses taken at other Missouri institutions.

Course planner

See a sample psychology BA “Semester Plan” of study. Personal degree plans will be developed with your academic adviser.

The chart below shows when core courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise noted. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


This program culminates in a capstone psychology lab course. The goal of the capstone course is to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize the knowledge gained from their course work, and to use that knowledge in the process of data collection.

Course spotlight

PSYCH 4210 Physiological Psychology

Instructor: Matthew Will

In Physiological Psychology, students are introduced to neuroscience and the relationship between the brain and behavior. In his research, Dr. Will investigates the motivational aspects of food and exercise. What motivates us to exercise and to make our diet choices? How are these influenced by genetics and brain circuitry? These are investigated in depth, in addition to emotions and stress, health and immunology, abnormal psychology, drugs, nervous system development, and memory and cognition.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Psychology