Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology

Many students seek post-baccalaureate (post-bac) degrees in psychology because they plan to later pursue graduate training; however, you should be aware that many graduate schools in psychology do not require a major in psychology. If you are planning to go to graduate school we suggest you research the requirements for the schools with your programs of interest.

University Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree

1. Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in residence (excluding credit by examination, e.g., DEP, CLEP, AP, DANTES, IB, etc.) beyond their first degree.

2. Only credit earned at UALR after completion of the first degree will normally apply toward the second degree. However, a student in the final semester of studies toward the first degree may complete the course load for that semester with courses applicable to the second degree provided the student files a written statement of intent with the Office of Records and Registration at the time of registration.

3. A major must be completed. Coursework completed within the previous degree satisfies requirements but does not count as hours toward the second degree.

4. A minor is not required.

5. The traditional UALR core is not required, however, if a United States history or government course was not taken and/or foreign language proficiency not demonstrated as a part of another degree previously earned, those requirements must be satisfied with the post-bac degree. If you took a course similar to these courses for your first degree, bring a copy of the transcripts to the relevant department chair. A course substitution form may be necessary.


All of the following:

PSYC 2300 Psychology & the Human Experience

PSYC 2340 Statistics & Methods I

PSYC 3342 Statistics & Methods II

PSYC 3341 Research Methods

PSYC 3320 Introduction to Applied Psychology

PSYC 4100 Senior Synthesis

ONE of the following:

PSYC 3330 Health Psychology

PSYC 3350 Social Psychology

PSYC 3356 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 3360 Abnormal Psychology

ONE of the following:

PSYC 3305 Sensation & Perception

PSYC 3380 Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 4320 Physiological Psychology

PSYC 4330 Learning & Memory

ONE of the following:

PSYC 3370 Industrial Psychology

PSYC 3375 Consumer Psychology

PSYC 4325 Personnel Psychology

PSYC 4363 Organizational Psychology

PSYC 4380 Human Factors Psychology

Plus 9 additional credit hours of upper level (3000 & above) PSYC electives

Things to remember:

  • All coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to be counted toward post-bac degree.
  • The Department of Psychology MUST assist you in registering for your courses each and every semester. IF YOU ARE REGISTERED AS A POST-BAC STUDENT, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES WITHOUT AN OVERRIDE FROM THE DEPARTMENT.
  • Be mindful of strategic course sequencing. For example, you must take PSYC 2330 (Statistics & Methods I) before taking PSYC 3341 (Research Methods).