Learn in Portland

Starting Fall 2018, Oregon State University psychology undergraduates can blend online learning with face-to-face sessions at Pioneer Square.

The Portland + Online Experience 

OSU students have access to one of the most popular majors on campus in Corvallis and Bend, as well as through our nationally ranked fully online Ecampus program. An innovative new opportunity offers the best of both worlds – rigorous and flexible online classes and face-to-face sessions I Portland at Pioneer Square.

While you still have the option of earning a nationally ranked Oregon State psychology degree 100% online, Portland area students who want to live and learn in Portland can earn an Oregon State University psychology degree (BA/BS) in Portland.  

Access to an Excellent Education 

The OSU School of Psychological Science is committed to creating access to an excellent psychology education for all students across Oregon. By leveraging technology to extend our reach and blending professional development into the educational process, we're fulfilling that commitment to serve our state, meeting students where they are and providing choice in how they learn. Additionally, the program supports the diversity of Portland area learners to enhance their unique cultural experiences.

You’ll Love What We’re Planning

We started with students - your interests, your responsibilities in and outside the classroom, and, your career and graduate school goals. You want to make a difference in a diverse world. You need flexibility in when, where, and how you learn. OSU’s online classes are great, but real life interaction is great, too. You’re looking for classes that are both rigorous and flexible, with more opportunities to learn in the real world about real careers. 

Then we looked at graduate schools and employers. Again and again, we found that graduate schools and employers are looking for psychology graduates with critical thinking and communication skills, who can work with people of different ages and cultural backgrounds, who are overcoming trauma and adversity, and who have disabilities. More and more, it’s clear that these are common experiences, and affect people’s health, education, work, and family lives. 

Then we got to work. We assembled a team to redesign courses for Portland that collectively have real-world experience in clinical and counseling psychology with youth and adults, as well as course design, science communication, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. We bring not only deep expertise in psychological science, but a love of teaching and communicating psychological science in innovative and effective ways. 

We chose classes that move you toward your goals, fast. Take lower-division classes through Ecampus, in Corvallis or Bend, or through a community college. Then, take statistics and methods, while completing upper-division classes that, together, allow you meet the Qualified Mental Health Associate competencies and real-world experience you need for entry-level careers in mental health. 

New Hybrid Classes in Portland

Look for new and redesigned classes in 

  • Psychological Statistics  
    Returning to curriculum after 20 years – stats just for psychology 

  • Research Methods 
    A real scientific study, from idea to hypothesis to final report in one term

  • Psychotherapy 
    One of our most popular classes 

  • Developmental Psychopathology  

  • Soon to be a new Writing in the Major course  

  • Behavioral Modification 

  • Essential skills for parenting, education, mental health, and human resources

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Perfect for students blending Psychology and Business 

  • Internship 
    All new opportunities in Portland  

Built-in Flexibility

After you complete College, University, and Psychology requirements, you’ll have credits left over to: 

Check back for more options coming to Portland some great new options are on the way.

Benefiting Students, Employers and Our Community 

The innovative option offered through the new face-to-face components of our undergraduate online degree benefits students, employers and our communities: 

Students: by helping them develop and enhance the necessary skills to enter the workforce as mental health and behavioral support specialists or pursue a graduate degree in a wide variety of psychology programs (e.g., clinical, research, counseling).

Employers: The need for a stronger workforce pipeline is often cited by Portland businesses as the greatest challenge to growth. Our program will partner students with businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations, to build the school-to-intern-to-employee pipeline.

Our communities: and the businesses are strengthened when we graduate a diverse set of skilled, compassionate students. Our community’s wellbeing is enhanced when caring, effective mental health care is accessible to all. 


OSU alumni and community partner participation is a critical component to our Portland programs. If you are interested in engaging with the School of Psychological Science in Portland to help build community and support student success, we’d like to hear from you. Tell us more about how you'd like to be involved.  Sign Me Up!


If this innovative option sounds like the right opportunity for you — the right mix of an excellent psychology education, convenient online courses and valuable professional guidance — let us keep you in the loop with program updates and application information. And be ready to join OSU's powerful community of Beavers in Psychology in Fall 2018.  Request More Info