Free Online Introduction to Psychology Courses from Top Universities

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Psychology courses are offered for free online by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University and Open University. These courses will cover the basics of studying the mind.
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Free Introduction to Psychology Courses

Students interested in studying introduction to psychology courses online for free will find wide-ranging options. Courses are held in the format of audio and video lectures, in addition to text-based lessons.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT brings psychology to light with an intro course centered around audio lectures and the textbook Psychology by Daniel Reisberg, Alan J. Fridlund and Henry Gleitman. Study materials for the course include PDFs of old exams, 'Jeopardy' questions, and textbook review.

Yale University

Yale University's introductory psychology course explores a wide range of topics. Main topics include thoughts, lust, religion, perception, persuasion and dreams. Students can stream or download video lectures given by Dr. Paul Bloom, who is the professor for the course.

Open University

For the first listed psychology course at Open University, students will explore the diversity of psychology in the 21st century. Course topics include psychology methods and ethical situations. This is a 12-hour research-based course. Also, there is an interactive mini course which is part of the Open University's Exploring Psychology course. Students are asked to participate in a range of activities, using the EPoCH (Exploring Psychology's Context and History) resource.

Free Online Introduction to Psychology Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Introduction to Psychology course from MIT Undergraduate Textbook/audio lectures and notes/study materials Yes Yes Yes
Introduction to Psychology course from Yale University Unspecified Audio and video lectures/textbook/readings No Yes Yes
Psychology in the 21st Century course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
EPOCH Psychology History Timeline course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

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    1. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Psychology
      • BA: Psychology - General
      • BA: Psychology - Experimental
      • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
      • BA: Psychology - Developmental
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    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • MS in Psychology
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    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
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    Certificate
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      • Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate
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    3. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science - Psychology
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    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
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      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
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      • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
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      • BS in Psychology
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    5. Northcentral University

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      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
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    6. Regent University

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    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
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    Master's
      • M.S. in General Psychology - Industrial-Organizational Psychology
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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Psychology
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    7. George Fox University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Adult Degree Program - Social and Behavioral Studies
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    8. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Counseling, M.A.
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    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice Behavior Analysis
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    10. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Psychology
      • B.S. - Psychology - Organizational Behavior
      • B.S. - Psychology - Consumer Behavior

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Saint Leo University

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  • BA: Psychology - General
  • BA: Psychology - Experimental

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Purdue University Global

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Brenau University

  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology

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Grand Canyon University

  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • BS in Psychology

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Gender Studies
  • PhD in Psychology - General Psychology
  • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • M.A. in Psychology - Gender Studies

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Regent University

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George Fox University

  • Adult Degree Program - Social and Behavioral Studies

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