Top 20 Psychology Degree Programs in the Midwest in 2015

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By Kristen Fescoe
Posted June, 2015

Across the United States, almost every college and university offers training in the area of psychology, many at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. The Midwestern Region of the United States is home to some of the most prestigious and most competitive schools in the country. There are hundreds of nationally recognized, fully accredited psychology degree programs to suit the needs of many different kinds of students. There are undergraduate and graduate training programs, online and on campus options and general psychology degrees or more specialized psychology degrees. While a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology is a terminal degree leading to a career in psychology, an undergraduate psychology degree is a stepping-stone to a number of different career options. Those students who have an interest in psychology can complete this largely liberal arts course of study and apply it to fields such as medicine, law, human resources, business and a number of other options. The Midwestern Region, according to US News and World Reports prominent Best Colleges list is comprised of states in the Midwest portion of the United States.

Ranking Methodology

This ranking list has been created to highlight the 20 best psychology degree programs, at both the undergraduate and the graduate level, in the Midwestern Region of the United States. Factors considered:

Overall Cost of Attendance

The first factor being considered is the overall annual cost of attendance. Schools offering a regionally superior academic program while also keeping student costs low are given higher consideration. The data used for comparison is the net cost of attendance as provided by the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator tool.

Points:
Under $20,000 / $20,001 – $28,000/ $28,001 – $35,000:
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

College Ranking

The next consideration was whether or not a school has been granted acknowledgement by a national ranking body. The major source of such national notoriety comes from the US News and World Report Best Colleges For the Midwestern Region of the United States, Top Public School List, Best Value School List and Up-and-Coming School List.

Points:

US News and World Report Best Midwestern College Ranking:
Top 25/ Top 15 / Top 10 / Top 5
1 Point / 2 Points / 3 Points / 5 Points

US News and World Report Top Public School List, Best Value School List and Up-and-Coming School List:
Top 25/ Top 15 / Top 10
1 Point / 2 Points / 3 Points

Accreditation

In order to be included in this ranking list an appropriate ranking body must regionally accredit each college or university. Those schools that have received additional accreditation are given an edge over schools without the stamp of accreditation. Some examples include APA, CACREP, NASP or NCATE. Schools granted program specific accreditation earned 1 extra point per accreditation.

Points:
Program Specific Accreditation: 3 Point

Likelihood of Acceptance

As more and more individuals are pursuing psychology degrees the ability to be accepted to a college program is becoming increasingly competitive. Those schools with higher acceptance rate were given additional points. US News and World Report provided the data for this score.

Points:
Acceptance Rates Above 50% / Above 75% / Above 90%
1 Points / 2 Points / 3 Points

Graduation Rate

Additional consideration was given to those schools that had the highest 6-year graduation rate. A higher percentage means that students entering the program will have a higher likelihood of completing the program within 6 years of beginning. US News and World Report provided the data for this score.

Points:
6 Year Graduation Rate
Above 60% / Above 70%/ Above 80%
1 Point/ 2 Points/ 3 Points

Number of Degree Options or Areas of Specialization

While it may not be imperative in some fields to offer an array of areas of specialization, psychology is not one of those fields. With a vast number of possible specializations and concentrations it is important to Psychology Students to have the ability to pursue a degree specialized to fit their career goals.

Points:
Programs offering both Undergraduate and Graduate Training = 5 points

Class Sizes

Consideration was given to those programs with lower class sizes throughout the school. US News and World Report offers data on the percentage of courses, throughout the college or university, with classes of 20 or fewer students.

Points:
Percentage of Classes with 20 or Fewer Students
More than 60% / More than 50%/ More than 40%
3 Points / 2 Points/ 1 Point

Grading Process

Once the points have been tallied the schools are arranged into groups by the amount of points they have earned. In the cases of ties, preference was given to those schools that were granted higher ranking on the US News and World Report Best Southern Colleges List and then lowest tuition rates. The main purpose of this list is to highlight the top Psychology Degree Programs in the Midwestern Region of the United States. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Ranking Top 20 Psychology Degree Programs in the Midwest

#20 – Dominican College – River Forest, Illinois

Dominican University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Points: 12
Program Website

Students interested in earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Dominican can choose from either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program can choose between General Psychology or Clinical Psychology as their specialization. The BA program provides a solid framework for students with an interest in research, teaching or human services in social science related fields. The degree requirements include 38 semester hours in psychology, including four core courses and 12 hours at the 300 or 400 levels. The Clinical Psychology concentration is for students who wish to provide human clinical services. The degree requirements are also 38 hours and include the same four core courses. Students must also complete one course in developmental psychology, two service learning experiences and one internship in a clinical setting.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program was created for students who plan to pursue doctoral training in psychology. The curriculum is carefully planned to help students prepare for the extremely competitive nature of graduate psychology acceptance. Students will complete all the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in either general or clinical psychology. Additionally, there are three specific courses that must be completed (Behavioral Neuroscience, Learning and Cognition, and History and Systems of Psychology), six hours in mathematics and six hours in biology.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#19 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#8 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $15,882
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Enrollment: 3,470
Acceptance Rate: 60%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 63%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 60.5%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#19 – Saint Catherine University – Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saint Catherine University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Concurrent Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Points: 13
BA Program Website

The Bachelor of Arts degree program offers students a strong framework upon which to pursue graduate training or a career in an array of professional fields. Many graduates of this program enter graduate training programs in the mental health fields of counseling or clinical psychology, in school psychology or in experimental areas of the field. Others go on to work towards a professional degree in law, medicine, industrial relations or public health. Psychology majors must complete courses in psychology, biology and philosophy, and are encouraged to participate in a broad, liberal arts curriculum. Many psychology majors complete internships, which are available at a wide range of local social service and health agencies. Internship sites include the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center, the Wilder Foundation, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center, First Call for Help, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation and the Harriet Tubman Center. Psychology students have the option of choosing to double major in psychology and other fields, such as education, art, communication studies, nursing, or social work.

BS/PhD Program Website

Students who plan to pursue a career in Physical Therapy have a very unique degree option at St. Kate’s. They school offers a concurrent Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Therapy. This convenient dual-degree program combines the core courses from psychology with physical therapy. Upon completion of the six-year program students are ready to take on roles as therapists with the training in psychology to help guide their practice.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#13 Midwestern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $23,994
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
3+3 Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy
Enrollment: 5,017
Acceptance Rate: 58.5%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 61%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 65%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#18 – Drury University – Springfield, Missouri

Drury University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Continuing Professional Studies – The Department of Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Science

Points: 13
Program Website

The Department of Behavioral Sciences at Drury University trains students in the disciplines of psychology, criminology, sociology, behavioral neuroscience, and community health. These focus areas address various elements of human thought and behavior that can be combined to form a thorough understanding of the human experience. A major goal of the department is to aid each student to function as efficient, informed “global citizens”. In order to achieve this goal the principles of human behavior are presented “within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts educational program”. The curriculum in the psychology major has been specifically designed to familiarize the student with the scientific investigation of behavior and mental processes. Students with an interest in graduate training in psychology should complete the Psychology Major-Research Track and are encouraged to complete the requirements to gain the department’s “Recognition in Scientific Analysis”. Students who are not pursuing a graduate degree in psychology but are interested in using their knowledge of psychology in other professions, like business, communication, education, law, or social work are encouraged to complete the Psychology Major-Applied Track.

Online Program Website

In addition to the traditional on campus program, the Behavioral Sciences Department Program at the College of Continuing Professional Studies offers an online Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Students can complete their coursework fully online and graduate prepared for either graduate training in psychology or entrance into the work force in a range of career options.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#8 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#1 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $21,357
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Research Track
Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Applied Track
Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Enrollment: 1,993
Acceptance Rate: 73.1%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 64%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 71.1%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#17 – Lewis University – Romeoville, Illinois

Lewis University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts

Points: 14
Program Website

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is an excellent first step toward a career in psychology, counseling, human resource management, and many other options. The psychology BA degree helps students develop communication, interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills through a curriculum that helps students:

  • Understand the broad areas of psychology including: biological bases of behavior, cognition, learning and human development
  • Complete a research project using appropriate research design and analysis
  • Assess major theoretical perspectives and research findings
  • Apply ethical reasoning to psychological work
  • Relate psychological principles to real world applications
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in various formats (essays, correspondence, technical papers, presentations) and for various purposes (informing, defending, explaining, persuading, arguing, teaching)

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health helps students develop as counselors, scholars and ethical professionals. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire:

  • Understanding of significant areas of psychology and counseling, including personality, psychopathology, therapy, evaluation and assessment
  • Skills in interviewing, assessment and therapy modalities
  • Awareness of client’s individuality, multicultural sensitivity, and importance of flexibility in working with clients
  • Appropriate ethics and professional identification

The following concentration areas are available to help students focus their academic plan to meet their specific career goals:

  1. Adult Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration: This counseling degree prepares students to work with adult clients in a wide variety of mental health settings.
  2. Child and Adolescent Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration: This counseling psychology curriculum prepares students to work with children, adolescents and families in both public and private settings.
  3. Clinical and Adolescent Certificate: As a part of this concentration, students will earn their Child and Adolescent Certificate. The certificate is a six-course sequence within in the MA degree program curriculum. This department-issued certificate is conferred upon graduation with the MA degree.
  4. Addiction Studies: Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program can add an Addiction Studies component to their degree.

The Master of Arts in School Counseling degree program teaches students to become effective school counselors who will help students select classes, manage social issues, determine future plans after graduation and refer students to outside services as necessary. This MA program is based upon experiential learning, with 100 hours of the practicum and supervised internship hours spent in the schools (400 hours for certified professionals; 600 hours for non-certified professionals). Following the American School Counselor’s Association recommendations, the School Counseling curriculum is designed to help students:

  • Develop skills in inquiry, assessment and guidance
  • Learn social and emotional counseling practices for individual, group and mediation settings
  • Understand personality differences and learn flexible counseling styles for engaging each student differently
  • Make ethical decisions when counseling dilemmas arise

US News and World Report Ranking:
#23 Midwestern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $19,015
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in School Counseling
Enrollment: 6,525
Acceptance Rate: 55.9%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 63%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 65.8%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#16 – Bethel University – Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bethel University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts

Points: 14
BA Program Website

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology offers students the opportunity to investigate mental processes and behavior in a deeper and more thorough manner. The program assesses psychological methods and perspectives in both theory and in practice. The program uses a broad scope approach, which helps it shed light on many situations faced in everyday life.

MA Program Website

The Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology degree program is designed to guide students toward a profession that improves the quality of life of others. The program is designed for people who plan to work as professional counselors or use the counseling skills obtained in related fields, or to prepare for doctoral training. Students gain a foundation in counseling theory, research, and practice through either a 2- or 3-year schedule, while also having the opportunity to specialize in child and adolescent or community/mental health counseling. The two optional areas of concentration include:

MA in Counseling Psychology: Child and Adolescent Counseling Concentration – In this concentration students develop the specialized understanding and skills required to assess the mental health needs of children and adolescents, and learn to apply effective evidence-based interventions in an array of settings.

MA in Counseling Psychology: Community Counseling Concentration – In this concentration students develop specialized understanding and skills necessary to assess adults’ mental health needs and apply evidence-based practices to promote healing and change in a wide variety of settings.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#20 Midwestern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $28,837
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – Child and Adolescent Counseling Concentration
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – Community Counseling Concentration
Enrollment: 5,331
Acceptance Rate: 94.9%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 71%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 52.3%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#15 – University of Evansville – Evansville, Illinois

University of Evansville Top Psychology Program MidwestWilliam L. Ridgeway College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Points: 14
Program Website

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology are both designed for students who have an interest in human behavior, thoughts, and social interactions. The undergraduate psychology program prepares students to be competitive in graduate admissions as well as the workforce. Upon graduation from this program students are prepared for graduate training in a wide variety of disciplines within psychology. Eventual career options include teaching and research as a university psychology faculty, employment with a social service agency, and practice as a physician or other health care provider. Students can choose from the optional concentrations in behavior neuroscience/pre-medical, clinical psychology, clinical social work, forensic psychology/pre-law, and industrial business psychology.

  • Behavioral Neuroscience / Pre-medical – This specialization prepares students for careers in health-related fields such as medical practice or for graduate training in disciplines within behavioral, cognitive, or molecular neuroscience.
  • Clinical Psychology – This specialization prepares students for graduate study in clinical or counseling psychology. These psychologists typically practice psychotherapy in a private practice, hospital, or mental health setting.
  • Clinical Social Work – This specialization trains students in the profession of social work (upon completion of a master’s degree) and offers opportunities for training in psychotherapy, social service administration, and child protective services.
  • Forensic Psychology / Pre-Law – This specialization teaches students about the assessment and/or treatment of persons who are involved in the legal process or legal system. Professionals in this area are employed in a variety of settings including state forensic hospitals, court clinics, mental health centers, jails, prisons, and juvenile treatment centers.
  • Industrial Business Psychology – Students choosing this specialization typically follow a career in industrial and organizational psychology where they consult in business and industry.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#9 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#4 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $21,224
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Optional Concentrations in:
Behavioral Neuroscience / Pre-medical
Clinical Psychology
Clinical Social Work
Forensic Psychology / Pre-Law
Industrial Business Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Optional Concentrations in:
Behavioral Neuroscience / Pre-medical
Clinical Psychology
Clinical Social Work
Forensic Psychology / Pre-Law
Industrial Business Psychology
Enrollment: 2,630
Acceptance Rate: 84.1%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 63%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 64.1%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#14 – University of Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana

University of Indianapolis Top Psychology Program MidwestThe School of Psychological Sciences

Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology

Points: 15
Program Website

The School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Indianapolis confers psychology degrees at the Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctoral level. The school has adopted a school-wide set of core values all of which are integrated into the various programs and curriculum. These values reflect the beliefs and aspirations put forth by the psychology faculty members. The values include:

  • Mutual Respect and Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Flexibility and Innovation
  • Dedication to Excellence and Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Service to Others
  • Professionalism and Ethics

Students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology can work toward either a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences, depending upon their career goals. Both programs embrace a set of core domains in psychology. The program immerses students into the carefully laid out curriculum of study. Students complete courses in the Scientific Foundations of Psychology (Research Methods and Statistics) and in the core domains of (1) Biological Bases of Behavior (Brain and Behavior), (2) Cognition (Cognitive Psychology), (3) Individual and Group Differences in Behavior (Social Psychology), and (4) Developmental Differences in Behavior (Lifespan Development).

Those high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in psychology may want to consider the five-year BA/MA program. Qualified students will be admitted into this rigorous program where they will earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Mental Health Counseling track) in a five-year period of study. Students admitted into this advanced program must preserve high academic achievement throughout their first three years of study in order to continue into the graduate program.

The School of Psychological Sciences also offers a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with four tracks, each has been carefully designed to help students reach their individual educational and professional goals.

  1. Foundational
  2. Research
  3. Mental Health Counseling
  4. Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Counseling

The school also offers a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree program. The curriculum in the PsyD program has been created inside the framework of guidelines for professional psychologists set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA). The curriculum gives doctoral students a solid foundation of core knowledge and assessment, intervention skills and research skills through a structured sequence of classes and experiential learning opportunities.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#26 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#157 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Overall Cost of Attendance: $22,336
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Psychology
Doctor of Psychology
Enrollment: 5,444
Acceptance Rate: 81.5%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 57%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 62.2%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#13 – Creighton University – Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Points: 15
Program Website

Students interested in a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences have the opportunity to earn a generalist psychology degree or a specialized degree in the area of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. The learning objectives for both disciplines include:

  1. Understanding psychology as a discipline. (Content): Psychology majors are expected to obtain an understanding of the core content of the discipline, and to master the basic content of at least five core areas of the discipline. The major is designed to ensure that students are exposed to a broad sample of each of the core areas of psychology. These core areas of the discipline include: cognitive, learning, physiological/neuroscience, social, developmental (infant/child, adolescent/adult), abnormal, personality, sensation and perception.
  2. Understanding and applying the methods of the discipline (Method): Psychology majors are expected to understand and be able to apply empirical, quantitative, and technological methods in the investigation of psychological research.
  3. Becoming proficient in fundamental intellectual and social skills (Process): Psychology majors are expected to gain basic skills that are (a) essential for a career in psychology, (b) required for achievement in the world of work, and (c) integral to life-long learning.
  4. Developing an appreciation for ethical action (Values): Psychology majors are expected to understand the ethical standards of psychologists. Specifically, they are expected to: “demonstrate ethical treatment of subjects in research and conform to the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association, when participating in human service activities”.

The optional minor in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuropsychology provides a comprehensive introduction to the “neural basis of mental functioning and behavior, both normal and abnormal”. The curriculum includes research from experimental work done with humans and animals, as well as findings from clinical human studies. The goal of the minor is to offer a balanced, integrated, and multi-disciplinary view of what is known about the brain and its relation to cognition and behavior.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#1 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#3 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $25,057
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minor in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Enrollment: 8,019
Acceptance Rate: 76.7%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 76%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 48.7%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#12 – Grand Valley State University – Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley State University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Psychology Department

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education and Specialist in School Psychology

Points: 17
Program Website

The Psychology Department offers students a wide range of options for earning a psychology degree. Students at the undergraduate level earn a Bachelor of Arts of Sciences in either Psychology or Biopsychology. Psychology majors are exposed to different content areas within the field, such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, neuropsychology, industrial/organizational psychology, educational psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and cross-cultural psychology.

The Behavioral Neuroscience Major is an interdisciplinary degree program that investigates the interplay between physiological and psychological systems. The curriculum outlines the “neural mechanisms of behavior and cognition, evolutionary development of the nervous system, and mechanisms of nervous system and their application to the treatment of disorders”. This major trains students for graduate study in neuroscience, neuropsychology, or related fields, and for careers requiring a solid foundation in science.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling program trains students to work as school counselors in K-12 public and private school systems. Upon graduation students have the school counselor endorsement or a school counselor license in Michigan to be used in a school setting.

The Psychology Department at Grand Valley also offers a Masters of Science degree (MS) and a Specialist in School Psychology degree (PsyS). These programs offer students rigorous training via coursework, practicum, and research experiences in the assessment, prevention, and intervention of academic, social, and mental health problems that affect a wide range of students. Students in the school psychology program are automatically admitted to the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate Program.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#26 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#3 Top Public School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $15,664
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology
Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology
Master of Arts in Counseling
Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate
Specialist in School Psychology
Enrollment: 24,477
Acceptance Rate: 82.6%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 66%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 24.5%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

#11 – Baldwin Wallace University – Berea, Ohio

Baldwin Wallace University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Points: 18
BS Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Baldwin Wallace offers both undergraduate and graduate training in a number of areas. All courses within the department have been designed to:

  • Increase students’ knowledge about themselves and others
  • Acquaint them with the latest research in the area of human motivation, cognition, psychotherapy, neurophysiology and behavior
  • Engender in students extensive skills applicable to a wide array of careers
  • Develop an appreciation of the scientific method in the investigation of cause and effect relationships in human behavior
  • Develop insights and understanding of individual differences, cultural differences and developmental changes.

Neuroscience Program Website

The Neuroscience program is a dynamic, rigorous training program based in psychology, biology and chemistry. The program is grounded in strong academics, experiential learning, research and one-on-one mentoring. ˇhe curriculum focuses on the brain and its functioning, including the structure, physiology, pharmacology and cognitive/behavioral functions. The Neuroscience Program was recognized by the Society for Neuroscience as the 2012 International Undergraduate Program of the Year.

BA/MA Program Website

The 3+3 Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree program is affiliation with Case Western University, and ends with a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace and a master’s degree in social service administration (professional social work). Students complete three years of study at Baldwin Wallace and in the third (junior) year they apply for admission to the Senior Year in Absentia Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#13 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#11 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $19,503
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
3+2 Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Psychology
Enrollment: 4,053
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 71%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 60.2%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#10 – Elmhurst College – Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst College Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Points: 18
Program Website

The undergraduate training program in psychology at Elmhurst offers students a solid understanding of “psychological science in both laboratory and experiential environments, psychology majors are able to tailor their coursework to areas that include abnormal psychology, social psychology, cognition, personality studies or many other areas”. The curriculum offers practical knowledge in statistics and research methods, which means that psychology majors are adequately trained to entire the workforce as clinicians, teachers or continue on to graduate school.

Throughout the department an active learning style is used with small classes between eight and 30 students. Psychology majors participate in classroom projects and presentations that apply psychological theory to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior. They also participate in active fieldwork, allowing them to pursue their own research interests, and work very closely faculty members who share research interests.

Qualified students can pursue the accelerated major in psychology, which has been created for busy working adults who have an interest gaining an understanding of the causes and consequences of human behavior by studying the methods and content of scientific and applied psychology. The curriculum has been designed to offer students varied career training, a strong academic framework in psychology. The accelerated major also offers students the opportunities for advanced readings, research projects, field work experiences, contacts with mentors, and collaboration with faculty on research. The goals for the accelerated major in psychology include:

  • Students will understand basic psychological theories and principles
  • Students will apply psychological theories to everyday circumstances and social issues
  • Students will critically evaluate and express psychological content in written and oral communication
  • Students will utilize the scientific method in the design of research studies and recognize appropriate methodology, statistics, and interpretation of results
  • Students will be able to apply importance of the ethical and professional practice in the field of psychology

The industrial and organizational psychology option at Elmhurst offers graduate training in this exciting and expanding field. Students prepare for careers as innovative and effective problem solvers within the workplace. Students are trained to tackle challenging problems such as low morale, high turnover and poor productivity. The course work is designed to be “immediately relevant” as it focuses on the knowledge and skills that practitioners consider most important in the workplace. While enrolled in this program, students will design and implement organizational interventions, complete cutting-edge real world projects and develop critical thinking and communications skills.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#11 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#10 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $20,551
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
Enrollment: 3,210
Acceptance Rate: 71.8%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 74%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 64.2%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#9 – University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls, Iowa

University of Northern Iowa Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Education

Points: 19
Program Website

At the undergraduate level, the Psychology Department offers a psychology degree, a minor and a certificate program. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is considered a generalist degree program, while the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Certificate offers a more specialized degree program.

The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Psychology is designed to offer advanced training in the major applied and basic areas of psychology. The program is rooted in a strong scientific orientation, with an emphasis on competence in research methodology, and requires that each graduate student complete a formal thesis. The program mirrors the strengths and areas of training of department faculty. Students completing this program are properly trained to either enter the work force immediately or pursue doctoral level training in the field. Students in the MA program may choose one of three optional areas of emphasis:

  • Clinical Science
  • Social
  • Individualized Study

US News and World Report Ranking:
#18 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#2 Top Public School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $14,299
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Master of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts in Psychology with emphasis in Clinical Science
Master of Arts in Psychology with emphasis in Social Psychology
Master of Arts in Psychology with emphasis in Individualized Study
Master of Education in School Counseling
Enrollment: 12,159
Acceptance Rate: 83.4%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 66%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 47.4%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#8 – Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion, Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Points:
BS Program Website

The Department of Psychology, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree program for students who are interested in studying the science underlying the brain and behavior. In addition to the general training program offered to all undergraduate students, there is also an opportunity for students to choose an area of concentration. The optional areas of concentration include:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Pre-Art Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

BS Addictions Program Website

There is also a Bachelor of Science in Addictions, which is offered fully online. Upon graduation from the Addictions Counseling program, graduated are prepared to:

  • Explain the bio-psychosocial-spiritual elements of addictions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the faith based approach to treating addictions and maintaining recovery
  • Integrate assessment and enhancement of client motivation within a broader context of assessment, treatment planning, and client/system change
  • Choose from and evaluate theories underlying addictions counseling and apply them to practice
  • Discuss the pharmacological properties of major drugs and their impact on the brain and behavior
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical practice with diverse populations and explore the psychopathology behind addiction
  • Effectively facilitate group therapy for cases of substance abuse, addictive disorders and for addiction recovery

MA Program Website

Students at the graduate level have a number of psychology and counseling degree options to choose from. Each of the degree programs is designed to train students for employment as caring and effective counselors. Indiana Wesleyan offers Master’s of Arts degrees in the following areas of study:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Community Counseling
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
  • School Counseling
  • Student Development Counseling and Administration

US News and World Report Ranking:
#26 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#7 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $24,546
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling
Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in Community Counseling
Master of Arts in Counseling
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
Master of Arts in School Counseling
Master of Arts in Student Development Counseling and Administration
Enrollment: 8,018
Acceptance Rate: 96.7%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 71%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 63.2%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#7 – Truman State University – Kirksville, Missouri

Truman State University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Points: 19
Program Website

There are three overall objectives of the Psychology program:

  1. Provide a broad-based education in the discipline: For many years psychology has been recognized as a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This is due to Psychology’s investigation of human behavior and conscious experience. The curriculum used at the undergraduate level reflects the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science’s recognition of the subject matter of the discipline.
  2. Instruct students in the scientific method: In an effort to better understand the domains addressed by the discipline, Psychology employs the empirical scientific method and statistical inference and analysis to gather and assess data. Upon graduation, students should understand and appreciate the rationale and methodology of scientific study.
  3. Prepare students for success in graduate school and in the workplace: Core course work is geared toward preparation for graduate school. The content areas in psychology reflect those sampled by the Graduate Record Exam Advanced Test in Psychology. Psychology majors are strongly encouraged to become involved in psychological research and internship opportunities that are available.

MA Program Website

The Master of Arts in School Counseling Program is designed to train students to become reflective practitioners in the art and science of school counseling. Students in this program gather the skills, knowledge, and experience to serve the academic, career, personal and social needs of culturally diverse students in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The comprehensive curriculum allows students the opportunity to explore theories, research, and techniques that focus on individual and group counseling; appraisal, assessment, and measurement; multicultural/diversity issues; parent consultation; professional ethics and legal issues; and guidance program planning, management and evaluation.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#9 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#5 Best Value School
#1 Up-And-Coming School
#1 Top Public School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $13,060
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling
Enrollment: 6,225
Acceptance Rate: 72.2%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 72%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 44.9%
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#6 – John Carroll University – University Heights, Ohio

John Carroll University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Master of Education

Points: 21
Program Website

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program helps students better understand how to investigate and analyze human behavior and mental processes. The curriculum provides a framework for a range of academic and professional fields, such as psychological research, counseling, clinical psychology, social work, business and industry, medicine, human resources, and law. Psychology majors gain a solid foundation in psychological concepts and theories, statistics, and experimental design. Students can also choose from advanced seminar and lab courses with topics including sensation and perception, child and adolescent development, personality theories, human memory and cognition, and mind, brain, and behavior. Students can choose from one of six track to help cater their academic training to meet their career goals.

  1. Child and Family Studies
  2. Eating Disorders
  3. Forensic Psychology
  4. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  5. Mental Health Services
  6. Psychology and Sports Sciences

MA School Counseling Program Website

The Master of Arts in School Counseling degree program consists of 48 semester hours. The program is designed to train current educators and other qualified applicants for licensure as counselors in the school setting.

MEd Program Website

The mission of the Department of Education and School Psychology is to “provide educational leadership for a more just society in schools and community agencies”. In order to achieve this mission, the department is committed to the following outcomes:

  • To provide professional education in a liberal arts context
  • To uphold traditional values yet be responsive and sensitive to society’s changing needs
  • To focus on the personal as well as professional development of the individual

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Website

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is made up of 60 semester hours of academic coursework. The program is designed to meet the current academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the licenses of Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). This degree program also meets the academic requirements for the National Counselor Certification (NCC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors. In some states, counselors licensed as PCCs can function at an independent practice level, allowing them to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#7 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#6 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $23,924
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minor in Neuroscience
Master of Arts in Psychology
Master of Education in School Psychology
Enrollment: 3,723
Acceptance Rate: 83.3%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 75%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 43.7%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE): Initial and Advanced Programs.

#5 – Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe School of Psychology

Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology

Points: 21
Program Website

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program is designed to provide a framework for advanced studies in various fields that require comprehension of human psychology. Some of these include clinical psychology, vocational and educational guidance, medicine, education, social work and personnel work in business and industry. Psychology majors are required to complete an introductory course and 34 semester hours in upper division courses in psychology. All students must complete the liberal arts core curriculum, consisting of courses in history, fine arts, literature, mathematics, biology, modern language, philosophy and theology.

The Master of Arts in General Experimental Psychology degree program allows students to explore methods used to study behavior and mental processes. Students in this program gain an understanding of research design, data collection, and data analysis. Some graduates of the general experimental concentration enter doctoral programs in this field, however the majority of students are prepared, upon graduation, for work in such areas as psychological research, human factors, market research, and product research.

The Master of Arts program in psychology offers concentrations in a variety of areas in psychology, including industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. The I-O program uses a balanced academic approach in research and practical application, as both an internship and a thesis are required for completion of the degree.
The major goal of the graduate I-O Psychology program is to train students to become successful professionals and to create the best possible graduate program in the country.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#5 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#145 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Overall Cost of Attendance: $28,162
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in General Experimental Psychology
Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Enrollment: 6,671
Acceptance Rate: 70%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 76%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 52.9%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#4 – Drake University – Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

Points: 22
BA/BS Program Website

The Psychology Department at Drake offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology. The coursework requirements within both programs are essentially the same, however the Bachelor of Science degree program requires students to complete an additional 12 hours of natural science coursework outside of psychology. For students planning to pursue a scientific career, the BS degree is a better option.

The Neuroscience program offers a Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in Neuroscience. Students enrolled in the BS program will complete all required neuroscience classes, as well as enroll in year-long course sequences of general chemistry, biology, and organic chemistry. Students work closely with their academic advisor to create a functional sequencing of program requirements. There are also several multidisciplinary concentrations with specific areas of focus to further offer opportunities to address career interests. Interdisciplinary concentrations include Human Resource Management, Behavioral Analysis of Developmental Disabilities, and Animal Behavior.

MS Program Website

The mission of the Master of Science in Counseling degree program is to “provide for the education and training of counseling professionals who will work to alleviate distress and dysfunction and improve the lives of individuals in the community”. Students pursuing the graduate degree in counseling can choose from two areas of specialization. The objectives of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization include:

  • This specialization will train students to enter the profession as clinical mental health counseling professionals as defined by accrediting bodies and professional associations
  • This specialization will actively involve individuals from the community as guest lecturers, instructors, and through service at established practice sites. Including individuals with mental health concerns, individuals from diverse backgrounds, as well as individuals working in a wide range of mental health counseling settings.
  • This specialization will periodically conduct follow-up with graduates and area needs assessments. It will incorporate those results into its curriculum planning to ensure it meets the needs of clients and employers.

The Objectives of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization include:

  • This specialization will prepare students to enter the rehabilitation profession as clinical rehabilitation counseling professionals as defined by CORE and expose them to professional issues relevant to participation in professional associations and work settings.
  • This specialization will actively involve people from the community on its boards, as guest lecturers, and instructors. These shall include people with disabilities; people from diverse backgrounds; people working in public rehabilitation, not for-profit rehabilitation, for-profit rehabilitation; and employers.
  • This specialization will periodically conduct follow-up with graduates and area needs assessments. It will incorporate those results into its curriculum planning to ensure it meets the needs of local consumers and employers.
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling faculty will work closely with rehabilitation agencies through in-service training, consulting, and research.

The Master of Science in Counseling with a School Counseling specialization offers three options based upon each students experience and needs:

  • Currently licensed teachers in Iowa who will complete a 48-credit hour master’s degree to receive both elementary and secondary licensure
  • A 48-credit hour option is available to licensed Iowa teachers who wish to receive only secondary or only elementary licensure
  • Students who do not hold a teaching license can receive the degree with six additional credit hours of coursework

US News and World Report Ranking:
#3 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#13 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $26,330
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Master of Science in Counseling with Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration
Master of Science in Counseling with Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization
Master of Science in Counseling with School Counseling Concentration
Enrollment: 5,139
Acceptance Rate: 66%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 73%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 51.7%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#3 – Bradley University – Peoria, Illinois

Bradley University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Points: 23

The Department of Psychology at Bradley offers undergraduate training leading to either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The program provides students with a comprehensive, empirical understanding of human behavior. The breadth of the curriculum creates excellent groundwork for students training to enter careers in:

  • Clinical and counseling settings
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Education
  • Research

The curriculum is designed to offer core courses, which address physiological, cognitive, and societal influences on behavior and how these various elements interact. There are many specialized course offerings in specialty areas such as forensic psychology, child psychopathology, environmental psychology, neuroscience, and many others.

MA Program Website

The Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors who are capable of working with diverse populations of clients in a variety of educational, community, and mental health settings.

The department uses a counseling model to train counselors, which helps students to recognize the interplay between people and human systems. Students engage in practicums and internships to further offer development of a special area consistent with a student’s plans for future employment. Students pursuing the this specialization complete the same 51 semester hours of core courses as those students pursuing the School Counseling program and complete their program by taking 9 semester hours especially for clinical counselors. All graduates are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) the semester in which they graduate.

The Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors to work with a varied population of clients in a range of educational, community, and mental health settings. Practicum and internship opportunities allow students to develop a special area of focus consistent with a student’s plans for future employment. Students enrolled in the School Counseling program complete the same 51 semester hours of core courses as those students pursuing the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and complete their program by taking 9-10 semester hours designed specifically for school counselors. All graduates are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) the semester in which they graduate. Once certification is received, applications for the first tier of counselor state licensure can begin.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#4 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#9 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $25,683
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)
Master of Arts in Counseling – School Counseling (MA)
Enrollment: 5,459
Acceptance Rate: 66.9%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 76%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 55.2%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
American Psychological Association (APA)

#2 – Butler University – Indianapolis, Indiana

Butler University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science

Points: 24
Psych Program Website

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program outlines the basic tenets of human behavior, thought and emotion. Psychology majors engage in a rigorous investigation of the content and methods of psychology in preparation for graduate training and professional pursuits. The curriculum offers the skills and knowledge to help students pursue careers in such fields as psychology, social work, counseling, management, human resources, public relations, sales, and health administration. The Goals of the psychology curriculum include:

  • To offer a thorough breadth of exposure to the psychological literature, offering each student a common core of psychological knowledge
  • To provide each student with basic methodological skills
  • To deliver an intensive, sophisticated knowledge of at least one specialty within psychology

Combined Majors Program Website

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology have the option to pursue a a combined major in many areas, including:

  • Psychology and Anthropology
  • Psychology and Criminology Combined Major
  • Psychology and Philosophy
  • Psychology and Political Science
  • Psychology and Specialization in Social Work and Social Policy

MS Program Website

The Master of Science in School Counseling degree program accepts 24 students each year in a cohort model program of study. The 48-credit-hour program can be completed in as little as three years, however there is an optional fast-track option, to reduce the length of the program by 1 or 2 semesters. Up to 10 students from each cohort group can be accepted into the fast-track option.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#2 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#14 Best Value School
#3 Up-And-Coming School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $30,991
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Science in School Counseling
Enrollment: 4,902
Acceptance Rate: 66.1%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 74%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 55.4%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#1 – Valparaiso University – Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University Top Psychology Program MidwestThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Dual Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts and Master of Arts

Points: 25
Program Website

Topping the list of best psychology programs in the midwestern portion of the United States is the Psychology Department at Valparaiso University. At the undergraduate level, students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Throughout the department the faculty and staff work to offer a nationally recognized undergraduate academic experience in the exciting field of psychology. The program is grounded in both diversity and professional orientation making it a comprehensive academic experience. There is personalized attention, with a focus on teaching excellence. The psychology curriculum emphasizes a strong science and research orientation to properly train students for graduate training in the field of psychology. The curriculum is based in a “Scientist-Practitioner Model” of Education, which balances “experimental” & “clinical” elements.

In addition to the traditional undergraduate options, there is an “early-entry program” available to undergraduate psychology majors at Valparaiso. This program allows qualified students to apply for early entry into the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. If accepted, students can complete up to 12 credits of graduate coursework toward the degree during their senior year of the undergraduate program. Only students who have completed general psychology, statistics, research methods, abnormal psychology, and one experimental psychology course by the end of their junior year are eligible to apply.

The Department of Psychology also offers a Master of Arts in counseling degree that offers coursework and experiential training to prepare students for careers in the counseling profession. The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is specifically designed for students who plan to meet state licensure requirements as a Mental Health Counselor. Valparaiso’s CMHC program is the only program of its kind in the region housed within a psychology department, and the CMHC degree is the only counseling specialty that leads to licensure.

Additionally, the Psychology Department offers interdisciplinary degree options that include Law and Psychology/Counseling Programs. These degree options are designed to address the various aspects of the legal system that involve a psychological dimension, such as interviewing, empathy for clients, inferring motivation, predicting behavior, selecting juries, and understanding psychological reports and testimony. There are two dual degree options that offer graduate training in psychology and counseling. These degrees are offered through collaboration between the Graduate School and the Law School.

  • Joint J.D./M.A. in Psychology
  • Joint J.D./M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (eligible for licensure)

US News and World Report Ranking:
#5 Midwestern Regional Ranking
#2 Best Value School
#1 Up-And-Coming School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $21,869
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Dual Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in Community Counseling
Joint Law/ Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Joint Law/ Master of Arts in Psychology
Enrollment: 4,508
Acceptance Rate: 79.7%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 70%
Percentage of Classes With 20 Students or Fewer: 52%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

Opportunities for a Psychology Degree in the Midwestern Region of the United States

The states that make up the Midwestern Region of the United States are home to some of the most respected and innovative colleges and universities throughout the country. Students who are hoping to pursue an undergraduate or graduate program in psychology will have a wide variety of options to choose from. Students can choose to pursue a General Psychology Degree or find a program that offers a specialization or concentration area in one of the specialty fields of Psychology. Students will also have the ability to choose whether a traditional on-campus program or an online or hybrid format suits their lifestyle. Psychology majors and graduate students can also use their degree to pursue a career in psychology or branch out to different areas of study and employment, such as medicine, law enforcement, human resources, career counseling and many others. A Graduate or Undergraduate Psychology Degree from a top rated Midwestern College or University is an excellent move towards a growing career in many fields.

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About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen Fescoe began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field she accepted a teaching position at a local college where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.

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