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Online B.A. in Community Psychology Degree

This Online B.A. in Community Psychology program prepares graduates to use social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and international influences to promote positive change and address community issues.

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120-148 credits required for completion

Full time or part time

Fieldwork experience

Online B.A. Community Psychology Degree Program

The Online B.A. Community Psychology degree program helps students complete their degree while balancing work or other commitments with the flexibility to complete coursework on their schedule. Community psychology online classes are offered for these students who need greater flexibility. You will learn to apply the principles of psychology at a systemic level and discover how to empower entire populations.

By recognizing the needs of a community—this can be as concrete as the need for water or as abstract as the need for cohesiveness—you will learn to use research to positively impact its future.

Online Community Psychology Specializations


The B.A. in Community Psychology degree program is designed to go beyond an individual focus by integrating sociological, economic, cultural, environmental, political and global influences to promote positive change, health and empowerment at multiple levels.  The Generalist Concentration allows for nine (9) units of course choices, so students can take a variety of classes in the human development and education departments, with topics ranging from early childhood education, trauma, and lifespan development.

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Concentration in the B.A. in Community Psychology degree program prepares students for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  This education curriculum is based on a constructivist framework that is responsive to multiple sources of diversity in the education of children. By engaging in supervised learning experiences, students in this concentration learn about essential principles of pedagogy and child development with a strong grounding in community psychology.

Advocacy & Social Justice

The Advocacy & Social Justice Concentration creates mental health and social service advocates for change in traditionally underserved communities who can challenge the range of social justice, equity, and inclusivity issues at local, national, and global levels.  With a foundational knowledge base in community psychology, adding this concentration will train leaders, advocates, organizers, and dreamers for future leadership positions in these areas of critical need.

Sample Online Community Psychology Courses

Introduction to Community Psychology

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction in to the field of community psychology. The history of the community psychology, research methodologies, theories and key concepts will be discussed. The ways in which individuals, social systems and communities are interconnected will also be discussed.

Mapping Communities

This course aims to begin unpacking some of these relationships around the concept of “community” by conducting a community-based mapping project. Maps can be powerful tools to tell stories and know about communities we live. By creating a framework to understand and represent our communities better, we can collect, analyze, and represent valuable knowledge about the communities around us. By developing a community-based mapping projects with these new technologies, students will reveal new insights about communities that were not so visible before mapping.

Community Mental Health

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction in to the field of community mental health. This course will provide an overview of emerging issues in community mental health counseling, and will learn ways in which to address systemic issues within a person’s community and surroundings that affect their mental health.


Online Community Psychology Admission Requirements

Admission to the Online B.A. Community Psychology program at Pacific Oaks College’s is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. However, applicants with a cumulative high school GPA below 2.0 will be considered for admission with the submission of additional required documents (see below). Applicants with college level studies will be expected to demonstrate an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. It is required that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received to support the application and request for transfer credit. (See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).

Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Completed application and $55 application fee
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral of high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of an earned Associate degree. Proof of qualifying conferral must be provided in one of the following ways:
    • Official high school transcript recognized by the U.S. Department of Education showing an earned high school diploma, 2.0 GPA or higher, and date of graduation. A copy of a high school diploma, if transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day 5 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Associate degree transcript from a regionally-accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
    • Official college transcript from a regionally-accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • Official NACES or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document. A copy of the student’s GED Certificate, or unofficial GED score issued by the state, can be submitted with a contingency that the Official GED document will be on file prior to day 5 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation
    • Applicants must submit a resume showing three or more years of significant professional or life experience or an official transcript confirming 30 transferrable units from a regionally accredited university.
    • Personal statement

Applicants with a cumulative high-school or undergraduate GPA below 2.0 or applicants without three years of significant professional or life experience are required to submit additional documentation:

  • One letter of support from someone (a non-relative) familiar with your ability to be successful in this program
  • An additional essay three pages, double spaced typed (approximately 500-750 words). In your essay, please answer the following question:
    • What life and professional experience do you possess that would enable you to be successful in the Pacific Oaks classroom focused on application of experience to course content.
    • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes social justice, cultural humility and respect for every individual (refer to the Mission and Vision statement of Pacific Oaks College).
  • Interview with a member of the Admissions Committee