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No, a BA in Psy­chol­o­gy and a BS in Psy­chol­o­gy will be the same price if they are earned at the same col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty. The dif­fer­ence between a BA and a BS in Psy­chol­o­gy comes down to cur­ricu­lum. BA in Psy­chol­o­gy pro­grams will pro­vide a lib­er­al arts edu­ca­tion that mix­es sci­ence class­es such as psy­chol­o­gy, sta­tis­tics, and biol­o­gy, with human­i­ties class­es in sub­jects such as law, busi­ness, or anthro­pol­o­gy. BS in Psy­chol­o­gy pro­grams will empha­size upper-lev­el sci­ence class­es and pro­vide their stu­dents with more lab­o­ra­to­ry research expe­ri­ences. Both degrees are large invest­ments of time and mon­ey, so stu­dents should be ful­ly aware of the finan­cial bur­den that they are tak­ing on. While many online degree pro­grams are adver­tised as less expen­sive routes for your bachelor’s degree, prospec­tive stu­dents should make sure that they are not sur­prised by any hid­den expens­es in online col­lege. If you are look­ing for a great deal on a bachelor’s degree in Psy­chol­o­gy, but do not want to sac­ri­fice edu­ca­tion­al qual­i­ty, be sure to check out our list of the 15 Cheap­est Bachelor’s Degrees in Psy­chol­o­gy. Let’s take a clos­er look at a cou­ple schools with the best deals for a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Delta State University

Delta State Uni­ver­si­ty (also known as DSU) is a pub­lic uni­ver­si­ty that was estab­lished in 1924, and is locat­ed in Cleve­land, Mis­sis­sip­pi. The uni­ver­si­ty offers a BA in Psy­chol­o­gy pro­gram that has a strong empha­sis on research, ana­lyt­i­cal, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Stu­dents who major in psy­chol­o­gy are required to com­plete eight required cours­es as well as 15 cred­its of psy­chol­o­gy elec­tives with a grade of C or above. Stu­dents who minor in Psy­chol­o­gy are required to take Intro to Psy­chol­o­gy as well as 15 oth­er cred­its of psy­chol­o­gy cours­es. Required cours­es for Psy­chol­o­gy majors include Research Meth­ods, Sta­tis­tics, and Learn­ing and Cog­ni­tion. Elec­tive cours­es in Psy­chol­o­gy include Psy­chol­o­gy of Human Sex­u­al­i­ty, Sport Psy­chol­o­gy, and The­o­ries of Per­son­al­i­ty. Tuition for the 2017–18 school year at Delta State Uni­ver­si­ty came out to a total of $6,859, though 93% of stu­dents received some form of finan­cial aid. If you feel unsure about how loans and schol­ar­ships will affect your final tuition rate, be sure to check out our info­graph­ic on The Eco­nom­ics of a Bachelor’s Degree

Peru State College

Peru State Col­lege is a pub­lic col­lege that was found­ed in 1865, and is locat­ed in Peru, Nebras­ka. The col­lege offers both a BA and a BS in Psy­chol­o­gy, which are both the same price, and have the same edu­ca­tion­al require­ments. Stu­dents also have the option of minor­ing in Psy­chol­o­gy or Drug and Alco­hol Coun­sel­ing. Before declar­ing the Psy­chol­o­gy major, stu­dents will have to com­plete cours­es in Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems Con­cepts and Appli­ca­tions, as well as Prin­ci­ples of Soci­ol­o­gy, with a grade of C or bet­ter. Required class­es for Psy­chol­o­gy majors include Human Growth and Devel­op­ment, Psy­cho­log­i­cal Tests and Mea­sure­ments, and Abnor­mal Psy­chol­o­gy. Tuition rates at Peru State Col­lege came out to $7,260 for the 2017–18 school year, though 96% of stu­dents received some form of finan­cial aid.


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