Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Downtown LA

BA in Psychology

B.A. in Psychology | Degree Completion Program

Program Description:
Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program in Psychology provides students with the communication and interpersonal skills needed to enter a variety of professions in distinct fields that range from human services and education to business operations and rehabilitation services. Throughout the program, students will be prepared to implement valuable problem-solving techniques and to collect, organize, analyze and interpret data to gain a better understanding of human behavior. 

Note: Courses are generally offered once per week in the evenings Monday - Thursday. Students are able to take between 3 and 12 units each semester.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for individual 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 Therapy

Tuition & Fees

Course Cost: $425 per unit

Financial Aid

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To be considered for admission into the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs, applicants must be considered an “upper-division transfer student.”

Applicants who have completed 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college coursework are considered upper-division transfer students. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission. Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU.

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet the following requirements. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be denied admission:

  • Complete at least 60 transferrable semester (90 quarter) units, including the necessary coursework to fulfill Cal State LA’s  lower-division General Education requirements
  • Earn grades of “C” or better in college-level English Composition, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and college-level Mathematics courses
  • Have an overall minimum transferrable college grade point average of at least 2.00
  • Be in good standing and eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university attended; and
  • Regardless of residency, if you have not attended a high school/secondary level education institution where English was the principal language of instruction for at least three years full time, or have not completed a transferable college-level English Composition course from a United States post-secondary institution, with a grade of 'C' or better, you must obtain a minimum English Language Proficiency Exam score
  • F-1 student visas are not available to study in this program

Transferring courses from a California Community College:
Applicants who completed coursework at California community colleges are strongly urged to complete a GE Certification Plan and/or consult with their college transfer counselor regarding meeting the California State University (CSU) admission requirements for upper-division transfer admission. “Certification” is the official notification from a California community college or another CSU campus that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division General Education requirements.

Students may transfer a maximum of 70 semester units. If you have additional units, you may not receive unit credit, but course credit may still be offered.
To view how your California community college courses can be articulated at Cal State LA, please visit

For Students Who Are Not GE Certified or Do Not Possess an AA-T or AS-T Degree:
Verification that prior coursework fulfills Cal State LA’s lower-division General Education requirements will not officially be made until the conclusion of students’ first semester. Please note that students who are found to be missing General Education requirements during this verification process must complete all missing GE coursework at a Community College or other institution before they can earn the baccalaureate degree. Please contact us at if you’d like to speak to someone for an unofficial evaluation of your prior college coursework.

Important Notes: Students pursuing their degree on Cal State LA’s Main Campus may not take courses at Cal State LA Downtown as part of their degree program. Only students admitted to programs offered in Downtown may attend courses at Cal State LA Downtown after paying all required fees. Current Cal State LA students are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA Downtown in addition to their degree, but additional fees will apply. Programs offered at Cal State LA Downtown are not transferable to Cal State LA's Main Campus. Students admitted to a program at Cal State LA Downtown are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA's Main Campus, but an additional application is required.

Program Curriculum

View the Psychology Program Curriculum.

To Apply/Application Deadline

Download and review Step-by-Step Application Instructions

Fall 2017 Application Deadline: May 31, 2017


Please submit all Official Transcripts to:

Cal State LA – BA Psychology
5151 State University Drive, Golden Eagle Room 215
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8619