Program Description

The BS in Psychology focuses on math and science within the psychology field. Students study behavior as it relates to health and well-being, child and adolescent development, education, social situations, the workplace, and the use of technology. Due to Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. the department is especially active in research that informs public policy and national defense.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $558.50 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,536.00 per credit hour for Non-VA residents. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

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Program Summary

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Program: Psychology

Degree: BS

College/School: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Credits: 120 total

Who should apply?

The Department of Psychology seeks students who are interested in studying the brain and behavior. Required coursework will provide students with a background in Psychology. Additionally, to better prepare for a career in the field, Psychology majors are encouraged to choose a concentration from the following areas: Clinical Psychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Human Factors Psychology, or Work/Organizational Psychology.

Why choose George Mason?

All students have opportunities for research, global engagement, public service, and career preparation.

  • Conduct an independent research project in close collaboration with a faculty member through honors in the major. Read more >>
  • Work in a faculty lab to get hands-on research experience. Read more >>
  • Do a service learning course, putting classrooom learning into practice. Combine a class in abnormal psyc with service learning in a mental health facility, for example. Read more >>

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Transfer credits are accepted for many general education (Mason Core) courses that have been completed at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education. Please use the Transfer Search Engine to check course equivalency.

Requirements: 120 credits total

  • 39 credits basic psychology courses, applied psychology courses and electives

A minimum of 24 credits must be upper-level courses (300-level or above).

For detailed information on the degree requirements for the BS in Psychology, visit Mason’s Psychology website.

You can find a degree worksheet for the BS in Psychology here and a four-year graduation plan here.

Tuition (2019-2020)

Virginia Resident$377.50
Non-Virginia Resident$1,355.00
Distance Education Fee$35
Mandatory Student fee$146
Total Cost Per Credit for Virginia Residents$558.50
Total Cost Per Credit for Non-Virginia Residents$1,536.00
Undergraduate New Student fee$300.00 (non-refundable, one-time fee charged to all students)

Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described above, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on how to apply to scholarships, see the Mason Scholarship page.

For information on other loans, scholarships, and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Students who graduate with the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology go on to work in a wide range of fields and positions, including human resources, data analysis, user interface design, and social media and marketing. The courses prepare students for a well-rounded educational experience, which allows them to earn positions in a variety of fields. Mason graduates of the Psychology program are employed by:

  • George Mason University
  • Department of Justice
  • American University Counseling Centre
  • MITRE Corporation
  • FedBid
  • Professional Solutions, LLC
  • CGI

Students can find out more about careers in Psychology, as well as read about alumni accomplishments, here. An active Career Blog, maintained by the department, can be found here.

Students are also encouraged to take PSYC 399: College to Career, a course that provides extensive career guidance for the social sciences.

Program ContactDr. Erin Murdoch
College ContactCollege of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS)
Phone: (703) 993-8720
Program Website
College Website

Application Materials

  • Undergraduate application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • High school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores (students who graduated from high school more than five years prior to enrollment at Mason are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores)