Top 20 Psychology Degree Programs in the North 2015

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By Kristen Fescoe
Posted May, 2015

Across the United States, almost every college or university offers training in the area of psychology, many at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. The Northern 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 Northern Region, according to US News and World Reports prominent Best Colleges list is comprised of states in the North Eastern 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 Northern 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. https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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 Northern 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 Southern 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 CACREP, NASP or NCATE. Schools granted program specific accreditation earned 1 extra point per accreditation.

Points:
Program Specific Accreditation: 1 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

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 Northern 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 North

#20 – Mount Saint Mary’s University – Emmitsburg, Maryland

Mount Saint Marys University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe School of Natural Science and Mathematics

Bachelor of Science

Points: 5
Program Website

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree program familiarizes students with the science and practice of psychology. Students learn from a curriculum designed to help them understand the underlying psychological nature of individuals in the context of a liberal arts education. Psychology majors are given the necessary skills to prepare for graduate training in psychology or related professions, as well as a number of psychology courses that offer basic skills rudimentary to other professional areas, including business, law, public administration and research. Students pursing the Bachelor’s in Psychology learn to design and implement research projects as a part of acquiring these basic skills. Students also have the option of pursuing the carefully designed interdisciplinary biopsychology major. Students interested in this major should contact the Associate Provost to plan their program.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#19 Northern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $27,505
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in BioPsychology
Enrollment: 2,240
Acceptance Rate: 67.4%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 66%
Accreditations:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#19 – Le Moyne College – Syracuse, New York

Le Moyne College Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Points: 9
Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Le Moyne offers three training programs in psychology. The first program culminates in a Bachelor of Arts degree and has been designed to suit students who plan to pursue a major in psychology emphasizing general education or who plan to pursue a secondary area of concentration such as social sciences or in the business area. The second program option culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree. This program has been created for students who plan to pursue a major in psychology that highlights the empirically based natural sciences. This program is ideal for students who want a dual major or minor in biology, chemistry or physics, or for planning to attend graduate training in psychology. The final program option also culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree and has been designed for students who are seeking a teaching certification in Child Education. This degree program prepares students to teach in both special education and regular education settings.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#19 Northern Regional Ranking
#6 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $22,987
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Enrollment: 3,319
Acceptance Rate: 61.9%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 74%
Accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#18 – Quinnipiac University – Hamden, Connecticut

quinnipiac University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Points: 9
Program Website

The mission of the Department of Psychology at Quinnipiac is to “introduce students in the major to the broad field of scientific psychology while offering an education in the true liberal arts tradition”. This program includes the more readily known about parts such as clinical psychology, as well as other less known specialties, such as industrial/organizational, developmental, cognitive and physiological. Psychology majors study psychology from different points of view, including as a natural science, as a social science and as an applied science. This helps students learn to appreciate the nuances of the field. The BA in psychology program is geared toward training independent, lifelong learners, where students learn to think analytically and communicate clearly. Students learn to create and conduct research, analyze data using statistical software and use academic search engines. Students in this program have the chance to participate in supervised fieldwork and intensive study within one of two concentrations:

  1. Human Services
  2. Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes the biological and social underpinnings of human behavior. The curriculum integrates the advances that have recently been uncovered at the crossroads of biology and psychology. Behavioral Neuroscience majors must choose one of two tracks depending upon their specific goals and interests:

  1. Natural Science
  2. Psychological Science

US News and World Report Ranking:
#9 Northern Regional Ranking
#1 Up-And-Coming School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $35,117
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience
Enrollment: 8,803
Acceptance Rate: 67.2%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 76%
Accreditations:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#17 – Ithaca College – Ithaca, New York

Ithaca College Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Points: 9
Program Website

The Psychology Department at Ithaca offers students two options to pursue an undergraduate Psychology Degree. The first option is a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program that offers coursework as well as a rigorous, three-semester team research project. Students are led by faculty members to study topics such as mental health, social judgments, humor, cross-cultural development, neural activity, human motivation, infant perception, and the effects of the media. The second option is the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in applied psychology. This program is a multidisciplinary integration of psychology, economics, business, and communication courses. This BS degree offers the chance for extensive experiential learning with the goal of preparing students for careers in organizational psychology, business, and other fields.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#9 Northern Regional Ranking
#13 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $32,769
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology
Enrollment: 6,723
Acceptance Rate: 66.6%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 76%
Accreditations:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#16 – Saint Joseph’s University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saint Josephs University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

Points: 10
Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Saint Joseph’s offers undergraduate and graduate training based in a diverse, stimulating, and rigorous curriculum. Students have access to a broad range of courses that offer opportunities for studying Psychology as a scientific endeavor as well as a “corporate discipline”. The curriculum focused on pertinent, modern research that can be applied to experimental, clinical, counseling, health care and corporate settings. There is a comprehensive curriculum at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level, covering the full range of subjects and issues facing psychologists in todays modern era. The Department offers a traditional full-time undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program, a full-time graduate Master of Science (MS) program, as well as a 5-year accelerated BS/MS degree program with an emphasis on experimental psychology and a focus on the fields of behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology and neuropsychology, behavioral pediatrics, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#11 Northern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $34,347
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Clinical Concentration
Bachelor of Psychology with Behavioral Neuroscience Minor
5 Year Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology
Enrollment: 8,954
Acceptance Rate: 78.7%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 79%
Accreditations:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#15 – Rider University – Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Points: 11
Program Website

The Psychology Department at Rider maintains an overall goal to address the various needs of psychology majors throughout the department. Central to the department is the development of a broad understanding of various topical areas within the field of psychology. As stated by the Department of Psychology, the program is committed to helping students:

  • Understand and appreciate both the scientific foundations and human service aspects of the field of psychology
  • Develop and apply oral, written, analytical and critical-thinking skills applied to psychological issues, questions and problems
  • Understand issues in contemporary psychology and recognize and apply psychological knowledge in order to provide solutions to real world problems
  • Develop both interpersonal and intrapersonal knowledge through academic experiences and extra-curricular activities that foster self-awareness and personal growth, the development of leadership skills, and a respect and understanding for human development and human diversity

The psychology faculty helps students become active in research projects. Many Psychology majors who plan to pursue graduate training receive offers of substantial financial aid in the form of assistantships and tuition waivers. This is largely because psychology majors throughout the department shoulder much of the work in such high quality psychological research.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#23 Northern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $28,980
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology
Enrollment: 5,410
Acceptance Rate: 69.4%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 65%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

#14 – Manhattan College – Manhattan, New York

Manhattan College Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe School of Arts

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

Points: 11
BA/BS Program Website
MA/MS Program Website

The Undergraduate Psychology Program at Manhattan College offers a degree program rooted in both the humanistic and scientific aspects of psychology. This degree plan is built to suit the needs of students who want to study and understand human behavior, who plan to enter the field of psychology, or who view psychology as adequate liberal arts training for further training in other professions. Students pursuing a psychology major can choose whether the BS or BA is more suitable for their needs. Additionally, the Department offers an optional concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. There is also a specific track for Education students concentrating in Psychology. The goals of the department are to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Learn psychological concepts, principles, theories and research strategies
  • Develop skills in analyzing, evaluating and applying psychological principles and theories to their professional preparation and personal lives
  • Conduct independent study, research and internships
  • Explore career opportunities in psychology and related areas

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is an excellent option for students who plan to pursue a career as a professional counselor. This 60-credit program helps students become properly trained to work in mental health settings such as mental health centers, hospitals, university counseling centers, substance abuse centers, and residential treatment centers. The curriculum prepares Master’s level practitioners in assessment and intervention and graduates of the program are eligible to gain licensure.

The Master of Arts in School Counseling prepares students for work in pre-school, elementary and secondary school settings. Upon completion of this 36-credit MA Degree Program students meet the minimum requirements for provisional certification as a school counselor in NYS for five years.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#18 Northern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $26,151
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Education Track
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Education Track
Master of Arts in School Psychology
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Enrollment: 3,883
Acceptance Rate: 66.2%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 74%
Accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#13 – Bryant University – Smithfield, Rhode Island

Bryant University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Points: 11
Program Website

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree Program at Bryant offers a strong theoretical framework in psychology, while also outlining the practical applications of methods and skills. Psychology majors learn to apply their skills and knowledge in clinical settings, including sports, legal systems, education, business, health promotion and many more. Applied Psychology Majors receive continuous academic advising and career guidance from a psychology faculty member. Students also have the opportunity to work alongside faculty in an applied internship or applied research project seminar in the senior academic year. The Psychology concentration and minor allow students to complement their degree program with the in-depth study of human behavior. These majors begin to understand how to apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, research ethics, data analysis, and interpretation.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#11 Northern Regional Ranking
#4 Up-And-Coming School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $32,486
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology with Psychology Concentration
Enrollment: 3,454
Acceptance Rate: 76.6%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 82%
Accreditations:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#12 – Gallaudet University – Washington, D.C.

Gallaudet University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy and Specialist in Psychology

Points: 12
Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Gallaudet approaches Psychology as an empirical and applied field that involves various aspects of human behavior, including sensory, cognitive, physiological, developmental, and social processes. The curriculum used at both the undergraduate and the graduate level covers an array of topics related to different career objectives. The department offers several degree options at both the graduate and undergraduate level including:

  • The BA Degree in Psychology
  • The PsyD Degree in School Psychology
  • The PhD Degree in Clinical Psychology

The Mission of the Department of Psychology is to “instill in all students a scholarly understanding of the discipline of psychology and its application to the lives of deaf and hard of hearing persons”. The faculty maintains a commitment to producing scholarly work in empirical and applied areas of psychology. There are specific goals for students at all levels of training so they may gain the knowledge, skills and critical and analytic thinking skills in a psychological context. Students in this department are trained in all aspects of the field of psychology in a bilingual, diverse, multicultural educational context.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#17 Northern Regional Ranking
#191 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
Overall Cost of Attendance: $12,528
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Specialist in Psychology
Enrollment: 1,561
Acceptance Rate: 65.5%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 48%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

#11 – Simmons College – Boston, Massachusetts

Simmons College Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Points: 12

BA Program Website

Neuroscience & Behavior Program Website

Behavior Analysis Program Website

The College of Arts and Sciences in home to a plethora of degree options for students interested in psychology, neuroscience and human behavior. Students have both undergraduate and graduate degree plans where they investigate psychology from “neurons to neuroses” and learn to apply newly acquired skills to everyday problems. Neuroscience and Behavior Majors learn to combine a blend of social, natural, mathematical and life sciences to face the ever-evolving and challenging issues related to behavior and experience. The multidisciplinary program integrates elements of psychology and biology to work toward the roots of the biological bases of behavior, conscious experience and the interplay between physical and mental health. Graduates of this program have entered exciting careers in a range of research and clinical settings as well as pursuing graduate training in biology, psychology, medical, dental or veterinary fields.

The Behavior Analysis program is a nationally recognized program that trains students to take on leadership roles in the execution, assessment, and organization of applied behavioral analytic principles and methods. The rigorous curriculum outlines modern research in the field as well as a fusion of applied behavior analysis with other scientific fields. Many students in the Applied Behavior Analysis programs pursue careers in the fields of education and special education, however there is potential to apply this degree to fields such as behavioral medicine, organizational behavior management, instructional design, and animal training. The course sequence used in this program is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ and meets the minimum coursework requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst™ (BCBA) examination.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#16 Northern Regional Ranking
#11 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $29,907
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science Neuroscience and Behavior
Master of Science in Behavior Analysis
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavior Analysis
Enrollment: 4,655
Acceptance Rate: 49%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 71%
Accreditations:
Association for Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#10 – Marist College – Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe School of Social and Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Points: 12
Program Website

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Marist offers both undergraduate and graduate training in both psychology and Counseling. Students have ability to earn a Generalist Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology or pursue graduate training in Educational Psychology, School Psychology or Mental Health Counseling. The School of Social and Behavioral Science also offers initial certification and professional-level certification in Education, Mental Health Counseling, and School Psychology. All of the strong degree programs offered ready graduates for a range of career options in mental health, human services, community organizations and education. Graduates from these various programs have gone on to secure employment in research and corporate environments, as well as advancing their academic studies through doctoral degree programs.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#11 Northern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $33,526
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Educational Psychology
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in School Psychology
Enrollment: 6,365
Acceptance Rate: 37.5%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 80%
Accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

#9 – Providence College – Providence, Rhode Island

Providence College Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

Points: 13
Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Providence College supports a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Psychology. The program is grounded in a robust curriculum that offers a solid framework in the principles of behavior. This allows students that ability to use their knowledge and skills in the study and practice of psychology in post-graduate occupations and graduate training. Qualified students are encouraged to complete independent learning experiences through seminar courses, active research, and internships. Graduates of this program will have gained the skills needed to advance in careers like business, human services, and government. Students are also adequately prepared for graduate training in psychology to create even more opportunities in areas of mental health, education, industrial planning, and research.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#2 Northern Regional Ranking
#7 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $34,388
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Enrollment: 4,245
Acceptance Rate: 59.8%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 85%
Accreditations:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#8 – State University of New York – Geneseo, New York

Suny Geneseo University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

Points: 14
Program Website

The Department of Psychology offers excellent undergraduate training in Psychology, making this major the largest liberal arts major at SUNY-Geneseo. The curriculum includes general training in the fundamental ideas of psychology in addition to the development of quantitative, analytic, communication and writing skills. Psychology Majors have the opportunity to further develop interest and skills by completing research projects with the faculty, qualified internships, and directed independent studies. Psychology student are encouraged to participate in the Psychology Club, Psi Chi Honor Society, colloquia, internships, career and graduate school workshops, and Departmental governance. Graduates of this program have advanced to careers in human services, education, and business settings. Psychology graduates have also pursued graduate training in a variety of fields, including clinical/counseling, school, developmental, experimental, and industrial/organizational psychology and social work. The Psychology Department also offers training to students of other disciplines, offering service courses to education and business majors and contributing to several of the interdisciplinary programs, including Cognitive Science, Human Development, Organizational and Occupational Behavior, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#11 Northern Regional Ranking
#2 Top Public School
#2 Up-And-Coming School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $15,917
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Enrollment: 5,644
Acceptance Rate: 52.8%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 78%
Accreditations:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#7 – College of New Jersey – Ewing, New Jersey

College of New Jersey Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

Points: 14
BA Program Website

BioPsychology Program Website

The Department of Psychology offers Undergraduate Psychology Degrees in both General Psychology as well as Biopsychology. The Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology Degree program focuses on the empirical science underlying behavior, cognition, and emotion. Students participate in an in-depth investigation of psychological theory and research, including experiential learning opportunities in research laboratories, supervised internships, and community-based projects. This helps psychology majors gain the important skills and tools required for a deeper understanding the nuances of behavioral phenomena. The Psychology Department trains students to comprehend and appreciate the necessity of critical thinking combined with scientific evidence in the understanding of human and animal nature. The curriculum covers a wide variety of topics in the field ranging from behavioral, biological, cognitive, developmental, humanistic, organizational, psychodynamic, social, and sociocultural perspectives.

Students pursuing a Psychology Degree with the Biopsychology Specialization explore the ways in which biological mechanisms relate to a range of topics, including sensation, cognition, sleep, motivation, emotion, addiction, and clinical disorders. This specialization exposes students to the interplay between biology and psychology and prepares them for careers in various related fields as well as in clinical psychology, medicine, or pharmaceuticals. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research opportunities (with humans and animals), and specialized courses include cognitive neuroscience, health psychology, neuroanatomy, addiction, psychopharmacology, human neuropsychology, neurological disorders, animal behavior, psychopharmacology of drug abuse, and schizophrenia. Students enrolled in this specialization will gather the skills and knowledge that they will need when entering challenging careers and graduate/professional studies. Graduates of this program are prepared for careers in fields including clinical psychology, medicine, neuropsychological testing, and pharmaceuticals as well as graduate studies in neuroscience, health psychology, psychopharmacology, genetics, clinical psychology and psychoneuroimmunology.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#3 Northern Regional Ranking
#1 Top Public School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $18,464
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with BioPsychology Specialization
Enrollment: 7,340
Acceptance Rate: 43.1%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 85%
Accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#6 – Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, New York

Rochester Institute of technology Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

Points: 15
BS Program Website

School Psychology Program Website

The College of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate and graduate psychology degree plans in General Psychology and School Psychology. The Bachelor of Science degree in General Psychology offers students a strong foundation in the broad field of psychology, combined with an emphasis on technological know-how. Once accepted into the program each student is assigned a faculty adviser to guide him or her through the program. Students have the ability to choose their course plan and have ongoing career discussions with their faculty mentor. Students choose from the following interdisciplinary tracks: biopsychology; clinical psychology; cognitive psychology; social psychology; or visual perception. Each track is grounded in current research and technology to create a more focused and career-oriented psychology program. These tracks represent just a few of the major areas of research in psychology, and students earn a strong framework for graduate school and employment in related fields.

The Master of Science Degree in School Psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The program has been designed to train students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists, while offering students a strong background in psychological foundations, the program develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation. Graduates from this program are prepared to work with young children (birth to age five); elementary, junior high, and high school students, teachers and administrators, parents and professionals. Students learn how to use diagnostic testing, counseling skills, consultation, and intervention to help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help enhance students’ adjustment to school and their community.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#8 Northern Regional Ranking
#5 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $27,639
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Science in School Psychology
Enrollment: 16,583
Acceptance Rate: 60.2%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 66%
Accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#5 – University of Scranton – Scranton, Pennsylvania

University of Scranton Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Points: 15
Program Website

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Program approaches the field as both an applied and academic field that emphasizes the complexities of mental processes and behavior. The curriculum is based in the science of how humans think, act, and feel, while considering environmental, physiological, and genetic factors that affect all three. The curriculum covers many of the diverse specializations available in the field. All students enrolled in this program will learn to:

  • Use scientific methodology to study mental processes and human behavior
  • Analyze data to draw meaningful conclusions
  • Understand the emotional, intellectual, and behavioral norms of human nature
  • Communicate effectively through spoken and written word
  • Help others based on the most current knowledge

US News and World Report Ranking:
#7 Northern Regional Ranking
#5 Up-And-Coming School
#12 Best Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $32,348
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Enrollment: 5,663
Acceptance Rate: 75.1%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 82%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#4 – Fairfield University – Fairfield, Connecticut

Fairfield University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Art

Points: 16
BA/BS Program Website

School Psychology Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Fairfield offers undergraduate and graduate training programs founded in the “content and methods of the science of psychology”. Psychology majors learn to explore the processes, behavior and experience of humans, and how that information can be applied to improve individual’s mental health and overall well being. Students at the undergraduate level can pursue either a BA or BS, with the curriculum in both program based in the content and methods of the empirical science of psychology. Students learn the fundamentals of developing theories, designing research, collecting data, analyzing the data and research report writing. Students in this program can choose from one of four distinct tracks: Mental Health Research and Practice, Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience, Social/Development Research and Policy and General Psychology.

The Master of Arts in School Psychology Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Psychology help students cultivate their abilities in the areas of assessment, consultation, and direct intervention. The curriculum reflects the conceptual framework of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, which emphasizes the scientist–practitioner model, reflective practice, primary prevention, developmental and systems theory, and becoming agents of change.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#3 Northern Regional Ranking
Overall Cost of Attendance: $36,853
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Art in School Psychology
Enrollment: 4,919
Acceptance Rate: 70.4%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 82%
Accreditations:
Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#3 – Rowan University – Glassboro, New Jersey

Rowan  University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

Points: 17
Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Rowan offers a range of Psychology Degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The primary objectives found throughout the Psychology Department are to “provide its students with the opportunity to appreciate psychology as both a liberal academic science and as an applied art, to fulfill their professional ambitions, to develop integrity, to understand and appreciate diversity and multiculturalism in all that they learn and practice, and to learn the skills and values that will equip them to benefit others”. Psychology majors and Graduate Students learn in a close-knit academic community of learners and teachers, that offers articulate courses and plans of study at both the undergraduate and graduate level. All of the degree programs are designed to provide students with the academic skills and knowledge required for scientific investigation, the pursuit of advanced study, a socially responsible profession, the development of a better understanding of social relationships and for greater self understanding.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#19 Northern Regional Ranking
#3 Top Public School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $19,164
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Concentration in Neuroscience
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Specialization in Behavioral Services for Children and Family
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in School Psychology
Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Enrollment: 13,349
Acceptance Rate: 60.2%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 70%
Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

#2 – Villanova University – Villanova, Pennsylvania

Villanova  University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

Points: 17
Program Website

The Department of Psychology housed at Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Science offers six unique Psychology degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as a minor in Psychology. All of these programs follow the guidelines of Psychology as the basic and applied science of mind and behavior. Students at all levels become familiar with the methods of both natural and social science so they may advance their knowledge and comprehension of cognition, emotion, and behavior. Students have the ability to choose from a Generalist Psychology Degree, an Accelerate BS/MS Degree, A Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Degree or a Human Resource Development Degree.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#1 Northern Regional Ranking
#1 Value School
Overall Cost of Attendance: $30,587
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Dual – Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology
Enrollment: 10,697
Acceptance Rate: 48.9%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 90%
Accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#1 – Loyola University – Baltimore, Maryland

Loyola University Top Northern Psychology SchoolThe Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Psychology

Points: 19
Program Website

Earning the top spot on the list of Best Northern College or University offering a Psychology Degree, Loyola offers training at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Level. Bachelor’s Level Students learn to explore many areas of the broad field of psychology. Because the majority of careers in psychology will require an advanced degree, the department emphasizes the breadth and depth of the field to equip students with a strong framework for graduate study as well as for immediate entrance into a variety of related fields. Upon graduation, 40 percent of psychology majors pursue employment in areas such as personnel, social services, law enforcement, marketing and many more. Many graduates pursue psychology or related programs at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Approximately 60 percent of psychology majors pursue a graduate degree.

The Master of Science Degree can be earned in either clinical or counseling psychology. This Master’s Level Programs focuses heavily on the empirical study of individual and social behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. The curriculum offers students a background in the creation and implementation of psychological theories, empirical scientific methodology and the principles of psychological science. Students in this program receive strong pre-doctoral training and builds practitioner-oriented competencies.

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree is a professional doctorate in clinical psychology. The PsyD program at Loyola is a very rigorous, practitioner-based program, that trains graduate students in the most efficient ways to function in a variety of professional roles.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#3 Northern Regional Ranking
#15 Best Value School
#114 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
#141 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
Overall Cost of Attendance: $31,306
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Science
Accelerated Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Psychology
Master of Science in Clinical or Counseling Psychology- Practitioner Track
Master of Science in Clinical or Counseling Psychology- Thesis Track
Master of Science Plus with Certificate of Advanced Study Programs
Doctor of Psychology in Psychology
Enrollment: 5,977
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 84%
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

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

The states that make up the Northern 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 Northern College or University is an excellent move towards a growing career in many fields.

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Ranking Top 20 Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology in 2014

Ranking Top 20 Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology in 2014

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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