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

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master: Psychology/General Psychology
      • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
      • MS in Educational Psychology
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
      • BS in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis
      • BSCJ: Forensic Psychology
    Certificate
      • Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Psychology
      • MS in Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology
      • MS in Psychology - Child and Developmental Psychology
      • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Psychology
      • BA Psychology w/conc in Applied Psychology
      • BA in Psychology - Mental Health
      • BA in Psychology - Addictions
      • BA in Psychology - Social Psychology
      • BS in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA-Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Psychology
      • BA/Applied Behavioral Science - No Concentration
      • BA/Cognitive Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Health Psychology
      • MS in Psychology: Industrial & Organizational Psychology
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Trauma
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
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    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology
      • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
      • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Psychology
      • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology
      • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Forensic Psychology
      • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Psychology
      • B.S. - Psychology - Organizational Behavior
      • B.S. - Psychology - Consumer Behavior
  • Online Programs Available
    6. University of the Rockies

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Psy.D. in Non-Profit Management
      • Psy.D. in Business Psychology
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Psychology - General Psychology
      • MA Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology
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      • MA Counseling
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    7. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Gender Studies
      • PhD in Psychology - General Psychology
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      • PhD in Psychology - Health Psychology
    Master's
      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
      • M.A. in Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology
      • M.A. in Psychology - Gender Studies
      • M.A. in Psychology - Health Psychology
      • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in General Psychology
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Coaching and Mentoring
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS Criminal Justice with Behavior Analysis Specialization
    Certificate
      • Certificate - Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health

Featured Schools

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Kaplan University

  • MS in Psychology
  • BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MS in Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA Psychology w/conc in Applied Psychology

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Ashford University

  • MA-Psychology
  • B.A. - Psychology
  • BA/Applied Behavioral Science - No Concentration

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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
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology

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Colorado Technical University

  • B.S. - Psychology
  • B.S. - Psychology - Organizational Behavior
  • B.S. - Psychology - Consumer Behavior

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University of the Rockies

  • Psy.D. in Non-Profit Management
  • Psy.D. in Business Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Psychology - General Psychology
  • MA Psychology - Industrial Organizational 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 - Industrial Organizational Psychology

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Regent University

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  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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