Online Psychology Degree





Why an Online Degree?

Online learning offers convenience so the working adult has the ability to further his/her education while balancing all that life demands.  Students that participate in an online program are held to the same high standards expected of the McKendree campus students.  An online degree offers you unlimited possibilities.

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Why McKendree?

McKendree University provides outstanding student support services.  Each online student has an advisor that will provide assistance from application through graduation.  Tutoring and writing support services are available to all students.  McKendree University has been serving Southern Illinois and the St. Louis region since 1828.





Why an Online Psychology Degree?

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  It develops theories and discovers laws to understand, explain, predict, and change behavior.  Students in the online psychology program will develop the ability to express themselves in oral and written form and to think critically about human behavior, including causes, development, and outcomes.  Also, students will gain a greater self-awareness, an understanding of others, and some fundamental skills relevant to behavior change. 


student on home laptop Flexible Course Format

Courses are delivered entirely online using the course management system BlackBoard.  All courses for the online psychology program are offered over an eight week period.  Many students choose to take two courses during each eight week session.





Advancement Opportunities

The online psychology degree prepares students to enter graduate school in psychology and other relevant areas:


Industrial Organization




Health Psychology


Clinical social work

Occupational Therapy

Sport Psychology



Criminal Justice


Career Opportunities

Online psychology majors go on to a variety of careers including:


Mental Health Clinics

Crisis Centers

Substance Abuse Programs

Social Work Agencies

Eldercare Facilities

Human Resources & Personnel Departments

Criminal Justice Facilities

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GraduateProgram Requirements

McKendree University requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for online degree completion.  58 of those hours must be at the university level, with 40 of them at the 300 or 400 level and a minimum of 32 hours with McKendree.  Students must fulfill the general education requirements.


Interesting Classes

Abnormal Psychology

Military Psychology

Psychology of Human Sexuality

Social Psychology

Sport & Health Psychology



Tuition for the online psychology program is $360 per credit hour.  All online courses have a $60 per credit hour fee. Total cost is $410 per credit hour for the online psychology degree.

Military students eligible for Tuition Assistance will receive a discounted tuition of $250 per credit hour.


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Follow these steps to have your eligibility determined for all financial aid including loans:

  1. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at  You will be using the previous year's Federal Income Tax forms.
  2. List McKendree University on the FAFSA.  McKendree's school code is 001722.  ISAC will then send you a letter indicating your eligibility for any State Aid.  You may be eligible for State Aid even though you are not eligible for Federal Aid.  Please file your FAFSA as soon as possible.  State budget limitations at times cause funding shortages.  (The reference to 'State Aid' is implied for only those students residing in Illinois.)
  3. You will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report).
  4. Once the student has registered for classes, McKendree's Office of Financial Aid will review your SAR to determine your eligibility.  There may be additional paperwork to complete at this time.  The Office of Financial Aid will notify you of what is needed.  Once all documentation is received, an award letter will be prepared and sent to you.

To check on the status of your FAFSA you may call:  1-800-433-3243.



General Education Requirements


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CSI 120 Computing Concepts and Apps.

ENG 111 Composition I

ENG 112 Composition II


HIS 262 US History Since 1865

PSY/SOC/PSI - 6 hrs from 2 of 3 areas

Philosophy or Religion

MTH 105 Intermediate Algebra

MTH 310 Statistics

HPE 158 Health and Wellness

SPC 310 Bus & Professional Presentations

BIO 101 Introductory Biology with Lab

SCE 205 Earth and Astronomical Science



McKendree University Entryway MonumentEvaluation of Transfer Credit

McKendree University gives careful consideration to your previous coursework and will transfer in as many credits as possible.  Courses are individually evaluated to determine which are transferable and what requirements have been met.  Transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of Academic Records and the Division Chair of the department.

Official evaluations are completed once you have been admitted to McKendree University.  McKendree Online staff can provide you with an unofficial evaluation at your request.  Please note the following:

  • Only courses with a letter grade of 'C' or better may be accepted in transfer.   Pass/fail courses will not be accepted.
  • At least 120 credit hours are required for graduation, with a minimum of 50 hours from a 4-year institution, 32 of which must be from McKendree.
  • You may receive a maximum of 70 credit hours in transfer from a two-year institution, including credit for military experience (with transcripts), CLEP, AP and DANTES.
  • Up to 96 credit hours may be accepted in transfer from an accredited 4-year institution.
  • Proficiencies earned at other institutions are not accepted.

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