Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology

Many seek post-baccalaureate degrees in psychology because they are planning for graduate school. However, many graduate programs in psychology do not require a bachelor’s degree in psychology. If you plan to go to graduate school, first research the requirements for the schools with your programs of interest.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

All students who have received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, including UA Little Rock graduates, and who wish to pursue an additional undergraduate degree or certificate at UA Little Rock are required to apply for undergraduate admission to the university. After all admission requirements have been met, these students will be admitted into post-baccalaureate status. This policy also applies to international students who received an equivalent degree (as determined by UA Little Rock) from an institution outside the U.S. and who wish to pursue a 2nd undergraduate degree at UA Little Rock.

Additional baccalaureate degree(s) may be conferred subject to these provisions:

  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in residence, including courses completed previously at UA Little Rock, but excluding transfer credit, credit-by-examination, experiential credit, and repeated courses.
  • A different major must be completed for each additional baccalaureate degree. Courses completed within the previous degree(s) that satisfy requirements for additional major(s) may be accepted as satisfying major requirements for additional degree(s), subject to approval by the major department.
  • A minor is not required for additional baccalaureate degrees.
  • There is no second language proficiency requirement for students seeking additional baccalaureate degrees.
  • If not taken as a part of another baccalaureate degree, a course in United States History or Government (HIST 2311, HIST 2312, or POLS 1310) must be completed, see “Policy 503.3 General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate and Associate Degrees – U.S. Traditions: United States History or Government Requirement.” However, other general education requirements are not applicable to additional baccalaureate degrees.
  • Academic majors and colleges may specify additional and/or more restrictive requirements.
  • Students who have taken PSYC 2300 (or its equivalent) in the recent past and that course counted towards that degree, may not count those hours towards the post-bac. This means that they will need to take another upper-level elective to reach the required 34 hours in the major.

Key Details

  • All coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to be counted toward a post-bac degree.
  • Be mindful of strategic course sequencing. For example, you must take PSYC 3435 (Statistics & Methods I) before taking PSYC 3341 (Research Methods).
  • The student must be advised by the department every semester. Only after an advising session will the advising hold be lifted.
  • If the introductory course in psychology (the equivalent of PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience) was taken at another institution, the department of psychological science will need to provide a prerequisite waiver so the student can enroll in psychology courses. This will need to be done every semester.