Psychology, BA

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 119 - Finite Mathematics

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Uncover, discover and understand behavior. You'll explore the why behind actions and thoughts while learning from top-tier faculty about tackling addiction, enhancing child development, improving the ways people interact with one another, and more.

Program Description

The BA in psychology program offers a deep understanding of human and animal behavior. Alongside distinguished faculty, students explore topics such as stress, emotions, conflict and the pivotal role of body image in shaping identity.

What sets this program apart is its robust support network that connects students to an engaged community of alumni. Internships complement classroom learning and provide practical experience that bridges psychology education with careers in business, health care and the various helping professions.

A foundation in psychology empowers graduates for personal and professional growth, paving the way for success in work, relationships and family roles. The program also positions students to excel in professional graduate degree programs, particularly in law, business, social work and counseling.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Freshman admission requirements for this program are the same as the university's freshman admission requirements.

Transfer applicants must meet university transfer admission requirements.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Global Management

Gain hands-on experience and learn from the diverse perspectives of a global cohort of classmates. This program offers applied learning opportunities, 17 concentration options, and internships in real-world global settings.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Arts in psychology empowers students with a versatile skill set encompassing analytical thinking, effective communication, teamwork and leadership. Graduates are well-prepared for a wide array of career paths, including roles in law, business, health care and the helping professions.

This program's rigorous curriculum not only hones students' practical skills in writing and public speaking but also lays a strong foundation for success in competitive graduate-level programs, enabling students to apply psychological concepts and principles across various fields.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: 49710
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Specialists

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 64240
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

  • Growth: 13.4%
  • Median Salary*: 68230
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselors

  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: 49710
  Bright Outlook

Occupational Therapists

  • Growth: 11.5%
  • Median Salary*: 93180
  Bright Outlook

Physician Assistants

  • Growth: 26.5%
  • Median Salary*: 126010
  Bright Outlook

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: 59860

Psychiatric Aides

  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: 37160
  Bright Outlook

School Psychologists

  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: 81500

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Study abroad allows students in the psychology program to acquire additional skills and knowledge. They are exposed to unique differences in human behavior, are able to improve language and cross-cultural skills for effective communication, and are challenged to adapt to new social and cultural circumstances.

The expanded education that students acquire through a Global Education program will be a valuable enhancement to their resume, helping them stand out when applying for graduate school or when pursuing their choice of careers.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these programs for students majoring in psychology.

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