Explore Our Distinctive Curriculum

As psychologists, we know that what makes a program outstanding are its people – students, faculty and staff alike – and the experiences they create. The common denominators among our faculty are a love of Psychology, excellence in teaching and scholarship, an approachable and supportive advising style, and an unwavering commitment to student success.

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.

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Admission Requirements

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How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Apply Psychology Outside the Classroom

Share our focus on applications of psychology outside the classroom. We don’t only teach Psychology. We also provide a “user’s guide” – through courses and experiences that emphasize real-world applications.

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Major Requirements

Rider’s B.A. in Psychology program helps to develop the fundamental skills that predict success across many professions, from human services, counseling and clinical psychology, to education, graduate school, and corporate careers. Whatever your background and interests, we welcome you to explore the enriching possibilities of a major in Psychology at Rider.

Enriching Possibilities

  • Courses in the five "pillar" areas of Psychology—Biological, Cognitive, Development, Social and Personality, and Mental and Physical Health—provide a foundational springboard for more specialized interests in targeted areas within Psychology.
  • Three courses in statistics and research design build highly desirable skills to understand scientific evidence and manage spreadsheets. Employers love this skill set!
  • A professional development course, required of all sophomores, prepares students for their future beyond Rider. Each student gets to apply their knowledge of Psychology to their own life and career trajectory. As a bonus, we weave in work with Rider's Career Development and Success center that yields a professional resumé and a plan for life after graduation.
  • Diverse, student interest-driven capstone options for internships and independent research projects.
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Minor Requirements

A minor in Psychology offers not-so-minor benefits that extend far beyond college. Indeed, the combination of scientific training with an understanding of people provides a valuable complement to any major. Graduates with a minor in Psychology can pursue successful careers across many domains, from Business and Education to Law, Healthcare, and the Arts. Whatever career path you choose and wherever your personal journey takes you, the study of Psychology can pay off dividends for a lifetime.

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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 often 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, national and even international conferences.

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

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escorpio [at] rider.edu


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