Foster Self-Awareness and Personal Growth

Rider’s Psychology program is designed to meet the needs of various types of students and to develop a broad understanding of the many topic areas within psychology. The program is committed to helping students understand and appreciate both the scientific foundations and human service aspects of the field of psychology. By understanding the issues in contemporary psychology, students will be able to recognize and apply psychological knowledge in order to provide solutions to real world problems.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Major Requirements

Rider’s B.A. in Psychology program helps to develop the fundamental skills that predict success in the profession of psychology, human services, corporate jobs, education and graduate school. This program emphasizes the development of writing, technical and interpersonal skills and offers a wide range of instruction including statistical analysis and research design, use of online software for creation of controlled experiments and surveys, and skill in the use of presentation software.

From Human Development To Developing Research

About three-fourths of the graduating psychology majors each year will secure employment, while about one-fourth go on to further graduate and professional training at the master's and doctoral level. Rider psychology majors have been very successful in gaining admission to graduate programs. All seniors that sought admission to graduate school were accepted by at least one of the schools to which they applied, including many of the most prestigious universities in the country.

Many psychology students take advantage of our 4+1 program option, or remain at Rider to complete a second major in a related field, most often in the College of Education and Human Services, to later pursue a career in education.

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Explore A World Of Opportunity

Many of our psychology majors conduct independent empirical research under the supervision of the faculty. This is an important part of their undergraduate education for those seeking further education because graduate schools seek applicants with prior research experience and provide these students with substantial financial aid in the form of assistantships and tuition waivers. Rider students have co-authored journal publications with the faculty and presented papers at regional and national conferences. Laboratories are always open for students and faculty supervision is always available.

Victoria Kreutzer ‘21

Why Rider?

“The best part of being a Psychology major at Rider is the faculty, by far. Every school will tell you that they have great professors, but when I say that the faculty at Rider care--they really do. I was never on my own in making the decisions that I did, and I felt that the connections with my professors really furthered by success at Rider."

— Victoria Kreutzer '21

Flexible Learning Options for Adults

Rider also offers a flexible version of this program tailored to fit the busy schedules and learning needs of non-traditional, adult learners.

How to Apply

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for psychology?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.


Psychology (B.A.)

Elaine Scorpio

Associate Professor, Department Chair


Science Hall 319D

escorpio [at]


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