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Start on your path to a bachelor's degree in psychology with NOVA

Prepare to transfer to a college or university to major in psychology with NOVA's associate degree. Our program is aligned with APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.


Associate Degree in Psychology

Prepare to transfer to a four-year institution to major in psychology with NOVA's Associate of Science (AS) in Psychology degree program. Our program covers major concepts, methods, ethics, diversity and communication skills in the psychology field. You also develop knowledge and skills in scientific inquiry and critical thinking.

Two Years
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge
Curriculum Details

Why Study Psychology at NOVA?

Qualified Psychology Faculty

You'll learn from qualified and experienced NOVA faculty with expertise in a broad range of psychology subfields and specialties. They're also caring mentors who will be there to guide you.

Well-Rounded Psychology Courses

You'll take courses in psychology, statistics, biology, and behavioral sciences so you're prepared to transfer into a bachelor's degree program successfully.

Affordable Psychology Programs

You'll receive an affordable psychology education. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships to offset the cost of tuition and fees.

Program Details

Students are prepared to transfer to a college or university to major in Psychology. Specifically, students should demonstrate the following skills. Students will: (1) demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral phenomena; (2) develop knowledge and skills in the methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking; (3) demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to a psychologist’s ethical responsibility in work and society; (4) demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to a psychologist’s social responsibility to multicultural and global concerns; and (5) demonstrate written and/or oral communication skills on topics within the study of psychology.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in psychology. NOVA's program is also aligned with APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.

Psychology Program Career Outcomes

By earning your associate degree in psychology at NOVA, you could work in roles such as mental health technician, psychiatric technician, case manager, social services assistant and human resources assistant. You'll open the door to more career opportunities by earning a four-year degree in the field. With a bachelor's degree in psychology, you could work as a substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor, mental health counselor, and a child, family, and school social worker.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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