Intro to Psychology

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  • College Credits

    Earn 3 transferable college credits

  • On Your Schedule

    Flexible pace. Designed to inspire

  • $400 Per Course

    Fully refunded if you don't pass*


From the co-founder of MasterClass, embark on a journey into the most complex system in the known universe: the human mind.

Covering topics from Consciousness to Happiness to Serial Killers, this course offers real-world case studies and the latest tools to understand what makes us… us. 

Experience 12 world-class instructors available on-demand in cinematic video. A gorgeous interactive textbook based on evidence-backed active learning principles will help you go deeper, and competency-based retakable quizzes will  etch these lessons into your long-term memory.

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We’ve hand-selected a dream-team of 12 renowned instructors from schools like Yale, NYU, and Columbia to take you deep inside the human psyche. 

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How it

First, choose between a 14-week term or 7-week intensive. 

Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass).

Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on evidence-based active learning principles. 

When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule. 

Earn 3 transferable college credits provided by University of Pittsburgh, a Top 60 school.

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Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors. 

(And, if you do all the work but do not pass, we will offer a full refund*)

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Transferable credits from a top 60 school

You'll earn college credits from the University of Pittsburgh upon course completion.

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Traditional course Outlier Intro to psychology

Cost per course

$2,400 on average

Cost per course



Usually 3-4 credits from your school


3 transferable credits from University of Pittsburgh


Pay full price after the drop deadline


Full refund if you don’t pass*


In-person, Zoom, or pre-recorded lectures


Immersive, interactive digital experience


1 per class


Multiple per class


Specific time and place


On-demand, anywhere


Specific hour


Flexible window

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Full refund if you don’t pass

If you’ve put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course but do not receive a passing grade, that’s on us and you will receive a full refund. You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (12 days from start for 14-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses).

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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the basic principles and latest Psych topics you’ll need for college credit, like Research & Methods, Neurobiology, Emotions, Learning + Memory, Abnormal Psych, and more (see the syllabus for a complete list), plus:

  • How to strengthen personal relationships using social psychology

  • How recreational and prescription drugs affect brain functioning

  • The psychological profiles of serial killers (and other criminals)

  • Why Carl Jung was great at guessing, but terrible at science

  • Evidence-based techniques for improving memory and study habits

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  • ... engaging and beautifully-produced online courses that earn students real college credit.”

  • ... accessible college classes at a fraction of the cost.”

  • ... making distance learning as good as the real thing.”

Frequently asked questions

  • $400 per course, for now. Our goal is to reduce the cost of college and reduce student debt, but there are many factors to consider as we plan for 2020 and beyond. TLDR: if you want the introductory price of $400, enroll asap!

  • Yes, you can be anywhere in the universe (with wifi) and you'll be able to complete the course.

  • If you've put in the time and effort to do all the work for the course but do not receive a passing grade, that's on us and you will receive a full refund! You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (12 days from start for 14-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses). For more information on refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • We are excited to be partnering with the University of Pittsburgh for our courses. Upon successful completion, you will receive 3 college semester credits from the University of Pittsburgh, transferrable to other colleges and universities subject to review and approval by the receiving institution.

    When you transfer your credits, it will come as an official transcript from the University of Pittsburgh for Fundamentals of Calculus I (MATH 6210) and Introduction to Psychology (PSY 6010).

    Not sure how to approve your credits or where to start? We’ve created a Transfer Credit Tool Kit for each step you would need to complete when approving and transferring your credits (checklist included).

    Once you've completed the course, you may request a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh and they will send an official E-Transcript to your school of choice.

  • We have technology built into our courses that allows us to prevent academic dishonesty and detect it if it occurs.

  • Yes, we welcome international students from most countries, subject to certain limited restrictions under U.S. trade law.

  • Unfortunately, no.

  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact Please include specifics regarding the accommodation you are seeking. Additionally, if you have a disability accommodations letter from a school you are currently attending, you may send that to us as well.

    Outlier is committed to ensuring that learners with accessibility needs have equal opportunity to succeed in our courses.

  • Early on in the process of designing Outlier, we found that many students use their laptops late at night, and don’t feel like staring into a lightbulb. Too much white in the background of videos and active learning would be fatiguing and unpleasant. We also think it’s pretty neat that we decided to do this before Apple shifted everything to dark mode.

  • Unlike most things that sound too good to be true, this is for real — $400 for 3 college credits that you can transfer to your school of choice. Our team has been working tirelessly to build a product that will make world-class education more equitable and more accessible, and change the way people define excellent education.