North Central University is an online university with a base in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The university was founded in 1996 as an online center of learning that aimed to connect students from many backgrounds and many countries. All of their faculty have achieved doctoral or terminal degrees in their teaching area. The university is unique in that it pairs each student with a faculty member for each of the different courses they take. The university is also unique in that it does not hold residency requirements which means that all students pay the same fees regardless of their state or country of origin.
North Central University Accreditation Details
North Central University has been awarded accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The business programs at North Central University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
North Central University's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and their Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy have been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
The Master of Education program that is taught by North Central University has been awarded accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
North Central University Application Requirements
To apply to North Central University, students will need to have completed a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. The requirements for admission will vary depending on the background of the student, including schooling and job experience. All students must complete an online application and send whichever official transcripts are required. If the student comes from a military background, the university will help them to obtain the required military transcripts. After all of the paperwork is received, students will receive an academic evaluation and a consultation from an enrollment advisor.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The tuition fees vary depending on which program the student is enrolled in.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology degree are estimated to pay $1,296 per course and $26,270 for the programs full tuition.
Non-degree seeking students will pay $1,296 for each course.
North Central University offers preferred tuition options for students who have served in the military.
North Central University accepts the following forms of financial aid and payment:
- Payment Plans
- Tuition Assistance at Work
Online Degree(s) Available
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is designed to provide a general and basic understanding of psychology concepts to students. The aim of this program is to help students understand human behavior as well as learn to apply psychological principles in the modern, global world. This degree offers curriculum that meets the expectations for undergraduate degrees set by the American Psychology Association.
The goals of this program are to encourage both individual and academic growth in students. Students will be provided with the training they need to be a future professional, and they are treated as such. Students will spend time learning about the application of major concepts to real life scenarios and will be encouraged to learn through practice and self-reflection. The official intended learning outcomes are the following:
- Students will obtain a broad base in general psychology from which they may draw upon in their field of specialization.
- Students will be able to identify and apply basic concepts and research methods.
- Students will hone their critical and analytical thinking skills.
- Students will be able to apply basic principles to social, personal and organizational psychological issues.
- Students will gain knowledge of the ethical issues in psychology and be able to understand the use of empirical evidence in the field.
- Students will hone their information literacy skills and their communication skills through theory and practice.
Students are required to successfully complete 120 credit hours to complete their degree. These credit hours will be comprised of 30 credits of required courses as well as elective courses.
- Foundations for Undergraduate Study
- Abnormal Psychology
- Human Development
- Basic Research Methods in Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Ethics and Professional Issues
- Multicultural Psychology
- Introduction to Statistics in Psychology
- Evolutionary psychology
- Capstone in Psychology
- Overview of Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Forensic Psychology
- Community Psychology: Prevention and Change
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Adult Aging
- Principles of Mental Health
- Critical Thinking and Personal Development
- Psychology of Learning
- Human Sexual Behavior
- Psychology and Health
- Research Project
The final required project is titled the Capstone in Psychology. This course is designed to allow students to utilize all of their acquired knowledge during their undergraduate degree and integrate it into this course. Students will examine the current and future standing of a career in psychology and they will also begin to examine psychology as a science as well as its relationship to progress in other cultural fields.
This program is estimated to be completed in 51 months. The amount of time needed to complete the course is flexible and depends on the amount of time students need to complete all the courses. This can also vary depending on the amount of transfer credits and whether or not they are accepted by the school. This program is suitable for adults who are in employment, and the school will work with each student to make sure that the schedule for a degree program is suitable for their needs. To successfully complete the degree, students will need to have met the following requirements:
- Successfully complete all 30 credits of the required courses
- Maintain a GPA of 2.0
- Ensure that all of their transfer credits are on file for the university
- Ensure that all tuition and fees have been fully paid to the university
A bachelor degree in psychology will prepare students to enter entry-level positions both in the field of psychology and in business, education and science.
North Central University aims to provide a comprehensive and personalized education to students of all backgrounds and geographical locations. North Central University pairs teachers with students so that they can complete accredited degrees on their own time and in their own homes.