Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Downtown LA


Program Description

According to the American Psychological Association, psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Degree Completion) Program at Cal State LA Downtown allows working students and others to complete their degree program by attending classes in the evening.

Some psychologists are primarily concerned with learning about human behavior through scientificadults talking methods, while others are interested in the application of psychological principles such as psychotherapy, behavior modification, and industrial psychology. Specific areas of opportunity for individuals who major in psychology and consider advanced degrees or professional training include clinical and counseling psychology, community psychology (welfare agencies or mental health organizations), developmental psychology, experimental psychology, human factors, psychology, psychometric psychology, and social psychology.

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Who Should Enroll?

The upper-division transfer program in psychology prepares students seeking career opportunities in the following professions or who may already be working in the following capacities: 

  • Human Resources 
  • Social Work
  • Probation and Corrections
  • Professional at-home aid worker
  • Caregiver for the elderly and children
  • Recreational Therapist 
  • Sales and Marketing

Webinars/ Virtual Drop-Ins

Register to view/listen to a live OR prerecorded Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program webinar here.

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Unit $425
Total Program Cost $25,500

Financial Assistance

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities here.

Program Curriculum

Students are able to take between 3 and 12 units each semester.

Four (4) courses are offered during the Fall and Spring Semesters with each course running once per week in the evenings from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Two (2) evening courses are also offered during Summer Session. Students must attend courses in the Fall and Spring Semesters, and Summer Session to complete their degree. Program time to completion is 2-3 years, depending on the load of coursework students take each term and the number of transferable units applied towards their degree (maximum of 10 units).

Note: Students who have not yet taken PSY 1500 and PSY 1700 will be prohibited from taking certain classes in the program as these courses are prerequisites. We strongly encourage all students interested in applying for the Downtown LA Psychology program to complete PSY 1500 and PSY 1700 (or their equivalents) at their local community college before starting the program here. Please note that in order to successfully earn a B.A. in Psychology, students are required to complete all of the courses listed in the BA Psychology Roadmap of courses above.


View Cal State LA Transfer Admissions Requirements. (Major-specific requirements may be applicable and are TBA.)

Note: Due to special requirements, College of Professional and Global Education, and Second Baccalaureate students, are not allowed to change their degree objective nor are they eligible to declare additional bachelor-level majors or minors.

To Apply/Application Deadline

Apply for Fall 2022

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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For more information, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education via email or (323) 343-4915.