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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.

For incoming Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 B.A. Community Psychology students ONLY: Your tuition fees are locked in and will not change over the course of your program at Pacific Oaks.

120 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.

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 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.

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 has a high school diploma or GED from an accredited school. Applicants may have zero-87 units from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must also have demonstrated a minimum of three years of life and/or work experience. This will be evaluated by Personal Statement, Resume and Letters of Recommendations. Applicants providing proof of an earned Associates degree will be expected to demonstrate an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received (and no degree was earned) to support evaluate transfer credit. (See POC Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).

Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral – high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of an earned Associates degree. Proof of qualifying conferral must be provided in one of the following ways:
  • Official high school transcript showing an earned high school diploma 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 9 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 close of census. 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
  • Letter showing the date of graduation written on high school letterhead and signed by a high school administrator with an academic title
  • Form DD214 showing the high school name and date of graduation, if listed.
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume
  • One-two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement