Psychology (ASPIRE)

16 Months to a Degree in Psychology (on campus and online)

ASPIRE's Psychology degree is designed to accelerate your career path by delivering a basic understanding of the theories, methods and applications of modern psychology. You'll increase your understanding of human nature, as well as gain a foundation for further study at the graduate level.

  • On-Campus Program Structure

    ASPIRE's unique class structure is designed to accommodate busy adults. You'll take one class at a time — one night a week for 5 weeks, with each class designed to build on the knowledge gained in the previous class. In this way, you'll move through your degree program in a step-by-step, structured class schedule that allows you to focus your full attention on the material you need to know in your chosen field. It’s a process that optimizes learning, leading to greater assimilation and stronger retention of the knowledge and tools you need to compete in the marketplace.

  • Online Program Structure
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    The online Psychology program allows you to pursue your education without changing your schedule. As a completely online program, you can complete your degree on time – your time.

    After taking a short online Orientation course, you will be prepared to participate in the online courses. The Psychology major consists of 12 online courses and a capstone portfolio. Each course is five weeks long, running from Monday through Sunday and students take one course at a time. Find out more about this option under our Online Delivery page.

  • 12-Month On-Campus Program

    First Semester

    • Introduction to the Bible
    • Statistics for Behavioral Science
    • Research Methods
    • Foundations in Psychology (11-weeks online)

    Second Semester

    • Social Psychology
    • Child Development
    • Christianity and World Religions
    • Learning and Motivation (11-week online)

    Third Semester

    • Theories of Personality
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Counseling Theories
    • Adult Development (11-weeks online)
  • 16-Month Online Program

    First Semester

    • Foundations in Psychology
    • Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
    • Research Methods

    Second Semester

    • Introduction to the Bible
    • Learning and Motivation
    • Christianity and World Religions

    Third Semester

    • Theories of Personality
    • Child Development
    • Adult Development

    Fourth Semester

    • Social Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Counseling Theories

    *This program requires participation in a program long capstone project. Reflection papers are written each semester and a final paper is submitted at the end of the program.

View our Catalog for full course descriptions.

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will prepare you for careers in a variety of fields, including:

Marriage and Family Therapy

Forensic Psychology

Alcohol and Drug Counseling


Human Resources Administration

Community Relations Director

Hospice Coordinator

Employee Training/Recruitment



Research Analyst

Crisis Intervention

Career Counseling

Clinical Psychology

Guidance Counseling

Operations Management

Social Work

Victim Advocacy

Hotel Management

Media Planning

Technical Writing


Some of these occupations may require additional coursework in another area.

"I enjoyed every aspect of the ASPIRE program online. I liked being able to work at my own pace, and despite being online it never felt like I was disconnected in any way. I could easily email my instructor if I had questions or another classmate with just a click of the mouse."Amber Wilson, Class of 2016

"I chose the online method because I have four young children, and it was very convenient for me. I really liked being able to set my own schedule." Elizabeth Senzell, Class of 2016

"I feel it is quality education taught by quality teachers. The teachers not only taught the information well but were encouraging in the process. I really feel like I’ve had several coaches along the way." Gregory Morales, Class of 2015

"It is a great way to get a degree in a shortened period of time. The fast pace and intensity are well worth it. Also, the class size and cohort structure is exceptionally valuable and helpful." John Cravens, Class of 2014

"I chose to attend Simpson because I knew it was time to follow my passion of working with children and families,” she said. “I decided to major in psychology, a subject that I have loved since high school."Tiffany Wright, Class of 2013

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