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Psychology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Rohnert Park, CA, United States
The goal of the Psychology program at Sonoma State University is to empower students with the psychological knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to be effective agents of change in the world.
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Psychology is the study of the mind, behavior and experience. The historical roots in humanistic psychology of the Psychology program at Sonoma State University have evolved to include contemporary topics such as health and wellness, mindfulness, ecopsychology, optimal development, and multi-cultural competence. Psychology is an extremely diverse field that attracts people with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and skills. 

The department, founded in 1960, originally emphasized the humanistic and existential traditions in psychology. The department offered the first graduate program in humanistic psychology and helped to pioneer that field, with four faculty who served as president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, an international organization. Department faculty pioneered work in such areas as somatics, client-centered therapy, expressive arts, biofeedback, organization development, ecopsychology, Jungian and archetypal psychology, transpersonal psychology, student-directed learning, experiential learning, and learning-community approaches.

Careers in Psychology

A career in psychology opens opportunity—opportunity to break new ground in science, opportunity to better understand yourself and others, opportunity to help people live richer and more productive lives, and the opportunity for ongoing personal and intellectual growth in school and throughout your career.

Some psychologists find it rewarding to work directly with people—for example, helping them to overcome depression, to deal with the problems of aging, or to stop smoking. Others are excited by research questions on topics such as health and well being, decision-making, eating disorders, brain functioning, parenting skills, forensic work, and child development. Still others find statistics and quantitative studies to be the most fascinating areas.

Traditionally, psychologists have been employed in universities, schools, and clinics. Today, more than ever before, they can be found working in businesses, hospitals, private practice, courtrooms, sports competitions, police departments, government agencies, private laboratories, and the military, among other settings.

Psychologists fill many different roles. For example, they work as teachers, teaching the discipline of psychology in universities, four- year and two-year colleges, and high schools. Psychologists work as researchers employed by universities, government, the military, and business to do basic and applied studies of human behavior. Psychologists also work as psychotherapists, helping people to individuate and resolve conflicts. Psychologists work as counselors in school settings, working with students and their families to provide support for the students’ social, cognitive, and emotional development. In addition, psychologists work as administrators, functioning as managers in hospitals, mental health clinics, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, universities, and businesses. Psychologists also work as consultants hired for their special expertise by organizations to advise on the subject or problem in which the consultant is an expert, including such tasks as designing a marketing survey or organizing outpatient mental health services for adolescents.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Holistic courses 
  • Clinical / Counseling courses 
  • Developmental courses 
  • Social / Personality courses
  • Cognitive / Biological courses 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete a high/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, and earn a graduation diploma or certificate
  • Complete high school curriculum with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on the 4.0 grading scale
  • Submit official high school transcript (academic record), showing all courses with grades or marks, and graduation diploma or certificate. Official transcript must be in the original language of issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant's native language and has attended for at least three years’ full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7724 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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National: $1,665 per 1-6 units

Living costs for Rohnert Park

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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