Ranking Top 30 Public Ivies Offering a Degree in Psychology in 2015

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Badge - Online Psyc Degrees - Top Public IviesBy Kristen Fescoe
Published January, 2015

Many people have heard of Ivy League Colleges but fewer have heard the reference “Public Ivy.” Public Ivies are colleges and universities that offer an Ivy League Education at a fraction of the cost. These schools offer students an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized professors, have access to cutting edge technology and laboratories and participate in ongoing research projects, all while saving a great deal of money. Richard Moll coined the term Public Ivy in 1985 in his book titled Public Ivies: A Guide to America’s best public undergraduate colleges and universities. The goal of the book was to outline universities throughout the United States that offer students an Ivy League caliber education and academic experience at the price offered by public universities. Howard and Matthew Greene expanded the tradition of naming the list of Public Ivies in their books titled Greenes’ Guides. These books factor the academic quality and student experience with the overall cost of attendance. They then name those schools that are fortunate enough to make the prestigious list.

Ranking Methodology

The goal of this ranking list is to highlight the twenty best Public Ivies in the United States offering undergraduate or graduate training in Psychology. The first factor taken into consideration is the placement of the school on the most current Green’s Guide to Public Ivies. The second factor evaluated is the tuition rate. To make the comparison fairest to evaluate, the tuition rates for an Undergraduate Psychology Degree is being used. Tuition information was gathered from US News and World Report’s various Best College Ranking Lists. Also being considered is the average amount of tuition assistance students receive at a particular school as outlined by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The next couple of factors include national recognition by an outside ranking body. Those universities who are ranked on the US News and World Report Best Colleges list or The College Choice Best National Research Universities are given priority. The highest preference is given to those schools who have been named one of US News and World Reports Top Public Schools. Finally, in order to make the ranking list each school must be nationally and/or regionally accredited. Any additional acknowledgement or accolades will be noted. The primary goal of this list is to outline the top ranked Public Ivy Universities while paying close attention to the cost of attendance and the achievements earned by the college or university.

The system controlling how points are awarded is as follows:

APA Accreditation
2 Points

Annual In State Tuition Rates 
$6,000-8,999 / $9,000 – $11,999 / $12,000 and above: 3 Points/ 2 Points/ 1 Point

Average Annual Tuition Assistance 
$6,000 – $10,999 / $11,000 – $15,999 / $16,000 and above: 1 Point / 2 Points / 4 Points

U.S. News and World Report Top Public Schools
Top 100 / Top 50 / Top 25 / Top 10: 1 Point/ 2 Points/ 4 Points/ 6 Points

College Choice National Research Institution Ranking 
Top 50 / Top 30 / Top 20: 1 Point / 2 Points / 3 Points

Ranking Top 30 Public Ivies Offering a Degree in Psychology

#30 – The University of Maryland – College Park, Maryland

University of Maryland Top Public IvyImage Source

Points: 6

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offer both undergraduate and graduate training in psychology. The Undergraduate Psychology Degree Program prepares students with the collegiate and professional skills, as well as the real world, experiential learning required to be successful. Both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs ready graduates for graduate studies or direct entrance into their career. The Graduate Degree Program is grounded by a strong group of nationally and internationally recognized faculty with a wide range of interests and specialty areas. Students are accepted into one of the specialty areas:

  • Clinical, Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social, Decision, and Organizational Science (SDOS)

Each of these training areas exposes students to the many subspecialties and educational opportunities that can be found across several specialty areas.

Region of the Country: Mid Atlantic
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical, Cognitive and Neural Systems
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social, Decision, and Organizational Science
Undergraduate Tuition: $6,552 in-state, annually / $12,336 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
Not Applicable
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking:
Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $6,231
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#29 – The University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona

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Points: 6

UA College of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

UA College of Arts and Science offer psychological training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree depending upon their specific career goals. There are several graduate programs all of which lead to a PhD Degree (no terminal Master’s Degree available). There is a strong focus on teaching and research found throughout undergraduate and graduate training, as students have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research in a laboratory. Students pursuing a PhD degree can choose from the following four concentration areas:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognition and Neural Systems (CNS)
  • Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology (EEP)
  • Social Psychology.
  • Students may also further specialize in one of the sub-programs of specialization, including:
  • Program Evaluation and Research Methods (PERM)
  • Forensic Psychology

The Psychology Department does not offer a degree specialization in Developmental Psychology, however there are numerous faculty members who conduct research with children and have the ability to mentor students in the developmental area.

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Neural Systems
Doctor of Philosophy in Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology

Undergraduate Tuition: $10,581 in-state, annually / $28,379 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#121 US News and World Report Best National University
#58 US News and World Report Top Public School
#31 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#32 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#40 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $10,381
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#28 – Miami University – Oxford, Ohio

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Points: 7

The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

Undergraduate students at the Department of Psychology are expected to possess the following Learning Outcomes upon graduation:

  • Locate, evaluate, and summarize existing research literature.
  • Identify questions in the research literature on a given topic, and design studies that effectively address these questions.
  • Compute (by hand and with statistical software) relevant descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Identify the assumptions and limitations inherent in the application of relevant descriptive and inferential statistics, and when to apply each.
  • Identify specific research designs, when to apply them, their strengths and weaknesses, and when to apply each.
  • Identify the ethical issues associated with the study of human behavior, in general, and with any specific research study, in particular.
  • Identify key design principles in existing literature, describe the rationale for their selection, and identify potential limitations and biases.
  • Communicate the results of empirical research to professional audiences in scientific genres.

Students enrolled in Miami’s graduate psychology program must choose from a PhD in one of three areas:

  1. Brain, Cognitive and Developmental Science
  2. Clinical Psychology
  3. Social Psychology

The program focuses most strongly on research, teaching, and applied work in psychology. There are around 80 graduate students at various stages of training, most of who are a part of cutting edge research across multiple disciplines.

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Brain, Cognitive and Developmental Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $14,287 in-state, annually / $30,394 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#76 US News and World Report Best National University
#30 US News and World Report Top Public School
#11 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#104 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#101 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $7,490
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#27 – Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan

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Points: 6

The College of Arts and Letters

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

Program Website

The Psychology Department at Michigan State offers undergraduate students a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Psychology. Students who plan to pursue graduate training and have a particular interest in science and math, would be a good fit for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Program. Those students with more of an interest in humanities and enjoy learning about people and cultures, would make an ideal fit for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree Program.

Michigan State online learning department offers a fully online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Program Evaluation, which prepares graduates for a career in program evaluation. Gradates of this program can enter the rapidly expanding field, which is in high demand. It is a 37-credit program that can be completed in as little as 16 months. Accomplished and respected professionals in the field deliver all coursework entirely online. The Graduate Psychology Department offers six graduate programs:

  1. Behavioral Neuroscience
  2. Clinical Psychology
  3. Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience
  4. Ecological/Community Psychology
  5. Organizational Psychology
  6. Social/Personality

Graduate students enrolled in this program are financially supported (including summers) with either teaching or research positions. This helps graduates of the program become very competitive for university-level fellowships; this program has been awarded more of those types of fellowships than any other psychology department over the past decade. Graduate students are engaged in publishing results of their research in peer-reviewed journals and presenting results at scientific conferences.

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Online Master of Arts in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Ecological-Community Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social / Personality Psychology

Undergraduate Tuition: $13,200 in-state, annually / $34,980 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#85 US News and World Report Best National University
#35 US News and World Report Top Public School
#47 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#46 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#1 US News and World Report Best Graduate Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $8,979
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#26 – Rutgers University – New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rutgers University Top Public IvyImage Source

Points: 6

The School of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University have many varying career goals and follow different career paths upon completion of the program. Therefore, the curriculum has been created to allow students the flexibility in choosing coursework to best suit their individual needs. The goal of the department is two-fold:

  1. To prepare students for graduate professional training in neurobiology, cognitive, social, or clinical psychology or a closely related disciplines
  2. To equip all of our students with the basic concepts and skills in psychology appropriate to match the ever-changing demands of their fast-paced world.

The goal of the Graduate Psychology Department is to prepare students at the highest level in one of the four specialty areas offered in Psychology. Upon completion of the doctoral, the students will be thoroughly prepared for post-graduate training and to eventually assume teaching and/or research positions in academia or industry. The goals for all graduate psychology students enrolled in the department are:

  • Attain scholarship in one of four areas of Psychology: Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive or Social
  • Attain research expertise in one of four areas of Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive or Social
  • Attain teaching expertise in one of four areas of Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive or Social
  • Entrance into the job market

Region of the Country: Northeastern
Degrees Offered: in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $13,813 in-state, annually / $28,591 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#70 US News and World Report Best National University
#26 US News and World Report Top Public School
#42 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#60 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $10,654
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#25 – University of Minnesota – Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Points:6

The College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota trains psychology students at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. The undergraduate programs were designed for those Liberal Arts students who want to focus a large portion of their undergraduate coursework on the study of human behavior with attention being paid to quantitative reasoning and the scientific method. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) 
degree program is a liberal arts focused degree program, which includes a breadth of coursework within the discipline of psychology. The Bachelor of Science (BS)
degree program places an emphasis on scientific studies, both in and outside the discipline of psychology. Eligible students may also pursue an Honors BA or BS.

The graduate training programs in Psychology at Minnesota represent a wide range of psychological perspectives. They range from cognitive neuroscience; to the biological and physiological bases of behavior; to clinical and counseling psychology; to behavior in social and work environments, to behavior genetics; to the assessment of individual differences in personality, abilities, and interests; to the quantitative modeling of individual performance in a variety of settings. Students must choose a doctoral specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Biological Psychopathology
  • Clinical Science & Psychopathology Research
  • Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Personality, Individual Differences, & Behavior Genetics
  • Quantitative/Psychometric Methods
  • Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Psychopathology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Science & Psychopathology Research
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Personality, Individual Differences, & Behavior Genetics
Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative/Psychometric Methods
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $13,626 in-state, annually / $20,876 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#71 US News and World Report Best National University
#27 US News and World Report Top Public School
#6 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#9 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#1 US News and World Report Best Graduate Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program
#1 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $6,966
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#24 – University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado

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Points: 7

The College of Natural Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree Program offers students the essential understanding of the principles of cognition, emotion, behavior, social interactions, and the relationship between the mind and brain. The nationally recognized faculty teaches upper division courses in areas of expertise that include, but are not limited to, behavioral genetics, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, child development, women’s health, and judgment and decision making.

The Neuroscience Degree program offers understanding of brain function that comes from knowledge of the relationship between the molecular, cellular, and systems–level operation of the nervous system. Upper division courses in this area include, but are not limited to, learning and memory, addiction, mental illness, stress, neuroendocrinology, neuropharmacology, and behavioral neuroscience.

Students entering the graduate training program must choose between the following degree areas of focus:

  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Genetics
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $10,789 in-state, annually / $33,151 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#88 US News and World Report Best National University
#38 US News and World Report Top Public School
#18 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#30 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $9,345
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#23 – Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana

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Points: 7

The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The College of Arts and Sciences offers several degree options for those students interested in psychology. The first degree offered is the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, which offers a broad curriculum of empirical scientific psychology and strategies used to acquire knowledge in the field. The program allows students flexibility in choosing courses. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program is designed for highly motivated psychology majors. The program focuses on the depth of scientific preparation as well as the development of math and computer skills that are required for success in the field. It also requires more advanced courses and laboratory work in psychology than the BA program. Graduates of the BS in psychology program will be prepared for graduate training in psychology and related fields, for professional schools, and for jobs that use scientific training and quantitative techniques.

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience is designed for students who have an interest in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and who are interested in pursuing graduate training in neuroscience, attending medical school, or obtaining a research-related position in biotechnology, the life sciences, or the pharmaceutical industry.

The mission of the Graduate Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is “to lead scientific advances through state-of-the-art experimentation and theory with the goal of understanding how the entire brain-behavior system works – from molecular neuroscience to cognition to the social behavior of groups”. Students can choose from one of the following areas of specialized doctoral training:

  1. Clinical Science
  2. Cognitive Neuroscience
  3. Cognitive Psychology
  4. Developmental Psychology
  5. Mechanisms of Behavior
  6. Molecular and Systems Neuroscience
  7. Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanisms of Behavior
Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Systems Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $10,388 in-state, annually / $33,241 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#76 US News and World Report Best National University
#30 US News and World Report Top Public School
#11 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#18 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#26 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#11 US News and World Report Best Graduate Cognitive Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $10,361
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#22 – Binghamton University (State University of New York – SUNY) – Vestal, New York

Binghamton University Top Public IvyImage Source

Points: 8

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

Students entering the undergraduate training program will be on track to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with flexible curriculum requirements which allow students to develop a plan of study that reflects their areas of interests and specific ability. Graduates of this program are prepared to enter the workforce in a variety of careers or pursue graduate studies. The program provides psychology majors with an experimental background, which is considered a necessary framework for postgraduate study and training in all areas of psychology. The undergraduate psychology major track in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) prepares students interested in children’s services for graduate school and careers in human services.

Graduate training at Binghamton applies a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to graduate training where all students are exposed to faculty from each of the three areas of specialization. Students have the ability to choose their area of concentration from Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Cognitive and Brain Sciences, while also learning about the other two. The goal of this approach is to provide students with the opportunity to earn theoretical and practical expertise from a number of different outlooks in psychology. Each of the three graduate programs trains students to carry out basic and applied research and effectively communicate psychological concepts.

Region of the Country: Northeastern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Applied Behavioral Analysis Track
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Undergraduate Tuition: $8,619 in-state, annually / $20,251 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#88 US News and World Report Best National University
#38 US News and World Report Top Public School
#15 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#37 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#67 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $6,460
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#21 – The University of Delaware – Newark, Delaware

University of Delaware Top Public IvyImage Source

Points: 8

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware offers many options for earning a degree in psychology. Psychology majors are provided with “an understanding of the principles of behavior, of the scientific methods used to derive and refine those principles, and of appropriate ways in which to apply such knowledge”.

Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Graduate students will be exposed to hands-on research opportunities, a rewarding academic atmosphere and the support of experienced and respected faculty members. Each graduate student must choose from the following areas of study:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Science
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Mid Atlantic
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $12,342 in-state, annually / $30,692 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#76 US News and World Report Best National University
#30 US News and World Report Top Public School
#47 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#67 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $13,765
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#20 – University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa

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Points:8

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology Degree is designed for students who plan to pursue a broad undergraduate education with a special emphasis in psychology. Students who wish to enter a graduate training program in a field that emphasizes applied skills more heavily than research training and experience may also choose this program. The BA program may be combined with specialized work in one or more other disciplines, such as education, social work, business, journalism or nursing.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program is intended for students with an interest in pursuing graduate study in psychology or a related discipline. Students with interest in the natural sciences and mathematics are encouraged to select the BS program. This program requires an introductory psychology course, a biological psychology course, a course in statistical methods, and a course on research methods, as well as lower and upper level elective courses in psychology. The BS program also requires successful completion of a lab course in experimental psychology and senior seminar and specific courses from outside the department in mathematics (calculus) and specified options for satisfying the natural science requirement of the General Education Program.

Graduate training in Psychology at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is for those students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree, rather than a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Students who are accepted into the PhD program may chose to receive a Master of Arts (MA) degree once they have completed the MA requirements. The doctoral program places a strong emphasis on preparation for research, teaching, and scholarly endeavor, whether in academic settings or in industrial, governmental, or medical institutions. Graduate training in the Psychology Department is organized in six broad training areas:

  1. Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  2. Clinical Psychology
  3. Cognition and Perception
  4. Developmental Science
  5. Health Psychology
  6. Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered: in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $8,079 in-state, annually / $27,409 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#71 US News and World Report Best National University
#27 US News and World Report Top Public School
#10 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#18 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#30 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $7,875
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#19 – University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia

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Points: 8

Franklin College of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The department of Psychology is among the most popular at the University of Georgia (UGA), offering students a comprehensive, empirically founded program of study that can be applied to a range of careers. The curriculum used in the undergraduate Psychology program covers areas as diverse as clinical behavior problems, child development, workplace violence, self-esteem, the effect of nutrition on vision, racial prejudice, memory, how people make decisions, anxiety disorders, cognition in primates, and the effect of different drugs on neurotransmitters in the brain. The psychology department is proud to have faculty members studying each of these areas as well as many others.

Motivated students hoping to begin a career in Industrial and Organizational Psychology may apply to the UGA Industrial / Organizational Master’s in Psychology (IOMP) Degree program. This degree program was created to meet the need of working professionals who hope to pursue graduate training while having the ability to work. Students are given hands-on, practice-oriented graduate training in Workforce Management and Leadership Development tracks.

The graduate training offered at the Department of Psychology is a nationally recognized department with top-notch professors dedicated to providing the a top quality graduate education to all graduate students. Students can choose to earn a PhD in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Clinical Psychology or Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Region of the Country: Southern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $10,836 in-state, annually / $29,046 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#62 US News and World Report Best National University
#20 US News and World Report Top Public School
#32 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#52 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $7,686
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#18 – University of Connecticut – Storrs, Connecticut

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Points:8

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Psychology Department at UConn is the home to most popular major at the entire university, psychology. Enrollment is typically around 1,600 students. To keep up with so many students, the Psychology Department is one of the largest departments found at the university, with more than 50 faculty members. Undergraduate and graduate students alike engaged in their education by becoming active in research from the beginning of the academic career. Research experience begins early in General Psychology I, when students are exposed to ongoing research and become participants in actual research projects conducted by faculty and graduate students. Undergraduate students have six degree options, including:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Standard Plan (BA Standard)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Research Concentration (BA Research)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Honors Plan (BA Honors)
  • Bachelor of Science – Standard Plan (BS Standard)
  • Bachelor of Science- Research Concentration (BA Research)
  • Bachelor of Science- Honors Plan (BA Honors)

Students planning on pursuing a Master’s Degree also have options in how they would like to earn their degree. Students must choose from two plans of study for their academic plan:

  • Plan A (with thesis) Plan of Study – This program includes a minimum of 15 content course credits and a minimum of 9 credits of GRAD 5950 Master’s Thesis Research. Some degrees require more than 15 credits of content course work.
  • Plan B (non-thesis) Plan of Study – This plan of study includes a minimum of 24 content course credits and no Master’s Thesis coursework.

Students who plan to attend the Doctoral Training Program in Psychology must choose a PhD from one of the following areas of specialization in Psychology:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Ecological Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Language and Cognition
  • Neurosciences
  • Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Northeastern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Standard, Research and Honors Options)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Standard, Research and Honors Options)
Master of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology
Master of Arts in Ecological Psychology
Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Master of Arts in Language and Cognition
Master of Arts in Neurosciences
Master of Arts in Social Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Ecological Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Cognition
Doctor of Philosophy in Neurosciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $12,700 in-state, annually / $32,880 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#58 US News and World Report Best National University
#19 US News and World Report Top Public School
#47 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#52 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $9,953
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#17 – College of William and Mary – Williamsburg, Virginia

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Points:8

The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts

Program Website

The College of Arts and Science offers several degree options for students pursuing a psychology degree. Undergraduate Psychology Students can choose from a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Program. Many Psychology majors enrolled in this school choose to create a program of coursework and study which emphasizes another field on the natural side (such as Biology, Kinesiology) or the social side (such as Anthropology, Sociology). This helps cater a psychology degree even more to meet the needs of the individual students. A concentration in the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience is also a popular choice at the Psychology Department. Both programs offer students various opportunities to directly participate in hands-on research.

The Psychology Department also offers a terminal Master of Arts in Psychology Degree. Most students enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program are interested in research careers, therefore the program and its curriculum is designed to prepare students for admission to Ph.D. programs in all research areas of psychology. Faculty members support student interests in a wide range of research areas, including behavioral neuroscience, social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology. Laboratory facilities include observation and research rooms, an animal colony, laboratories for studies in human and animal physiology, perception and cognition, and social psychology. There are also developmental psychology laboratories devoted to infant, child, and adolescent research.

Region of the Country: Southern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $17,656 in-state, annually / $39,360 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#33 US News and World Report Best National University
#6 US News and World Report Top Public School
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #40
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $14,382
Accreditations:
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#16 –Pennsylvania State University – University Park, Pennsylvania

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Points:8

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate Psychology students the option of pursing either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. The BA degree offers a broad-based training program in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Many of the BA and BS requirements are identical, however, the BA degree requirements includes an additional 12 credits of a foreign language, and additional credits of arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and other cultures.

The Department of Psychology also offers doctoral level training in several areas of psychology. Students applying to the program must declare which of the following PhD programs they would prefer to enter:

  • Clinical (Adult and Child)
  • Clinical Program
  • Cognitive
  • Developmental
  • Industrial/Organizational
  • Social

Region of the Country: Northeastern
Degrees Offered: in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $17,502 in-state, annually / $30,452 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#48 US News and World Report Best National University
#14 US News and World Report Top Public School
#2 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#18 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#30 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#5 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $6,218
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#15 – The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio

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Points: 9

The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Department of Psychology at Ohio State is known for a rich history of excellence in research, teaching, and service. The department is home to 50 faculty, 150 graduate students, and 1,800 undergraduate majors, making it one of the biggest departments at Ohio State. The nationally ranked department offers a vast array of course offerings and a plethora of research opportunities in seven areas of study. Faculty members in this department research and train in diverse areas of human and animal cognition, emotion, and behavior and engage in many multidisciplinary research projects. Undergraduate students can choose from either a Bachelor of Arts or Science.

Graduate Psychology students can choose from eight programs for doctoral degrees. These include:

  1. Behavioral Neuroscience – With main emphasis areas including behavioral neuroscience, behavioral endocrinology, neuropsychopharmacology, and neuroimmunology
  2. Clinical Psychology – With main emphasis areas including systematic research on clinically relevant problems; assessment and treatment of problematic behavior. There are three subspecialties: adult, child, and health.
  3. Cognitive Psychology – With main emphasis areas including cognition/memory/learning; human performance; and perception
  4. Developmental Psychology – With main emphasis areas including cognitive development, including attention and memory, learning and conceptual development, language acquisition, and the interactions among these processes. Secondary areas of emphasis include social cognition, moral development, and parent-adolescent relationships.
  5. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Psychology – The IDD Psychology Graduate Program is designed to train research psychologists in the area of IDD and with a doctoral degree in IDD Psychology.
  6. Quantitative Psychology/Judgment and Decision Making – There are three areas of specialization within the quantitative program: (1) traditional quantitative methods; (2) judgment and decision making, including modeling and experimental studies of human judgment and decision processes; (3) mathematical psychology, including development and application of mathematical models of psychological processes.
  7. Social Psychology – With main emphasis areas including attitudes and persuasion, social cognition, attribution, political psychology, intergroup relations and personality processes and individual differences
  8. Decision Psychology – A cross-area training program in Decision Psychology.

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Psychology/Judgment and Decision Making
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Decision Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $10,037 in-state, annually / $26,537 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#54 US News and World Report Best National University
#18 US News and World Report Top Public School
#5 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#32 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#21 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#1 US News and World Report Best Graduate Social Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $8,170
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#14 – University of Texas – Austin, Texas

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Points: 9

UT College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

Psychology majors At UT may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. The differences between the two degrees are minimal and choosing which program is right comes down to what your career aspirations include. The BS requires a student to take 6 hours of Clinical, Social, Developmental, Evolutionary Psychology and 6 hours of Cognition, Language, Neuroscience, Perception Psychology with an additional 9 hours of the student’s choice from any of the areas listed. The BA requires 21 hours from the following areas: Clinical, Social, Developmental, Evolutionary, Cognition, Language, Neuroscience, Perception Psychology.

The overall goal of doctoral training program at the Department of Psychology is “to prepare students for academic or other scientific careers in research and teaching”. Students develop specialized training in one of several areas of specialization: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology, Perceptual Systems, and Social Psychology.

Region of the Country: Southern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in 
Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in 

Cognitive Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in 

Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Perception, Brain and Behavior
Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Personality
Undergraduate Tuition: $9,798 in-state, annually / $34,722 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#53 US News and World Report Best National University
#17 US News and World Report Top Public School
#4 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#11 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#14 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $8,627
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#13 – University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin

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Points: 9

The College of Letters and Science

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

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The Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Program is the largest major found at the College of Letters and Science. The curriculum for this rigorous program focuses on five specific areas in the field of Psychological Science including: Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology and Social & Personality Psychology. The mission of the Undergraduate Program in Psychology is to provide students with opportunities to:

  • Learn about the multiple content areas of scientific psychology
  • Develop the ability to think critically and quantitatively
  • Enhance written and oral communication skills
  • Prepare for the most rigorous graduate and professional programs
  • Apply the science of psychology to the well being of citizens of the state and the global community

The Psychology Department also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. The requirements for this PhD program consist of three unique segments:

  1. Content courses including seminars
  2. Methodology courses
  3. Workshops

The goal of this design is to offer students a broad framework in psychology, which will allow them to become familiar with faculty members and fellow students from specialty areas other than their own. The Seminar portion offers breadth in areas of special interest to the student. Methodology courses are geared towards providing skills necessary for designing and analyzing research projects. Last but not least, the workshops offer training in the ethical conduct of research and professional development.

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered: in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $10,410 in-state, annually / $26,660 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#47 US News and World Report Best National University
#13 US News and World Report Top Public School
#2 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#9 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#5 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
#9 US News and World Report Best Graduate Behavioral Neuroscience Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $7,596
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#12 – University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida

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Points: 10

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

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Psychology majors at the University of Florida receive a broad, empirically based liberal arts education. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree Program curriculum outlines the principles and applications of psychological information, as a natural science and a social science. Students are given a broad framework in psychology and have the chance to investigate specific areas in greater detail. Psychology majors are encouraged to participate in activities such as research projects in the field or laboratory, colloquia, and various paraprofessional activities, such as the Psychology Club, Psi Chi (an honor society for psychology majors), and volunteer work in the community. This major is one of the most popular on the University of Florida campus. The department is backed by faculty with expertise in five different areas of specialization, including Behavior Analysis, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, and Social Psychology.

The Department of Psychology offers motivated doctoral candidates a 90 credit doctoral degree in Psychology as well as a 90 credit PhD in Counseling Psychology. Students pursuing the PhD in Psychology may choose from four specialty areas: behavior analysis, developmental, neurobehavioral and cognitive sciences, and social psychology. Once admitted to the PhD program in psychology students also have the option to develop a co-major with another training program in the department. This doctoral training program is competitive in securing federal funding for faculty, national fellowships for students, and excellent positions for graduates.

Region of the Country: Southern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavior Analysis
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Neurobehavioral Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $6,313 in-state, annually / $28,591 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#48 US News and World Report Best National University
#14 US News and World Report Top Public School
#37 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#40 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: Not Applicable
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $6,128
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#11 – University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

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Points: 10

The College of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The UW Psychology Department offers undergraduate degrees with a focus on empirical and statistical skills that will aid students in evaluating data, claims, and theories in academic and popular literature and publication. Psychology majors in both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science department have the opportunity to participate in research, applied fieldwork and supervised teaching opportunities. The curriculum provides adequate training for students to enter various career paths including areas such as counseling, education, and basic research, as well as pursuing graduate training in psychology or many other areas.

The Psychology Department provides graduate students doctoral training in Psychology in a flexible program format. The curriculum is designed to prepare doctoral candidates for careers at the cutting edge of research and scholarship. Many students in the program earn the Master of Science in Psychology while working toward their PhD, however they do not admit students whose goal is a terminal Master’s Degree. The Department offers the following specific sub-disciplines within psychology:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Child Clinical
  • Cognition and Perception
  • Developmental
  • Quantitative Psychology
  • Social and Personality

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $12,394 in-state, annually / $33,513 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#48 US News and World Report Best National University
#14 US News and World Report Top Public School
#2 US News and World Report Best School for Veterans
#2 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#14 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #39
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $14,178
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#10 – University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign, Illinois

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Points: 10

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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

Program Website

The Psychology Department offers four unique degree programs for students interested in pursing Psychology as a focus of student. The Department has been in place for over 100 years and since its formation it has been at the forefront of psychological training. The program has distinguished itself with nationally renowned faculty, exciting research opportunities, a top level staff, and the best and brightest students in the country. At the undergraduate level students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, which is offered by the Psychology Department. The curriculum is founded in the air of both collaborative and independent research and outstanding scholarship. The breadth of the curriculum offers students the chance to investigate their interests throughout the discipline.

Students hoping to pursue a terminal Master’s Degree in Psychology have two options; A Master of Arts and a Master of Science. The unique Master of Science (MS) degree program is offered without the requirement for a formal thesis. The MS degree in applied personnel and applied measurement is awarded as a terminal degree to candidates who successfully complete 32 hours of graduate training (students must also have completed an accredited applied psychology undergraduate program). The Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology Degree requires that students complete a formal thesis in order to graduate. The MA degree is awarded to candidates who complete 32 hours of graduate coursework and complete an acceptable thesis. The thesis should be a report of original empirical research. The goal of the Master of Arts Degree program is to be a stepping-stone towards a doctoral degree in Psychology. Also, note that while the Psychology Department does not require students to obtain a Master’s Degree, the equivalent of a Master’s Thesis must be submitted to the Department as part of the PhD program.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology is granted to doctoral candidates who complete an approved program in their area of specialization and meet all Department and Graduate College requirements for the degree.

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $15,602 in-state, annually / $30,228 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#42 US News and World Report Best National University
#11 US News and World Report Top Public School
#6 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#7 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#3 US News and World Report Best Graduate Cognitive Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #45
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $11,411
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#9 – University of California – Irvine, California

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Points: 10

The School of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The School of Social Sciences is home to both the Department of Cognitive Sciences and the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior. Each of these departments offer students unique degree program options. The Department of Cognitive Sciences specializes in mathematical and computational modeling, cognitive neuroscience, vision and auditory research, language sciences, cognitive development, and cognitive robotics. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science Degree, which prepares students for a career researching the many areas of cognitive science. Students can focus on any of the current approaches of the field by pursing one of the following areas of concentrations:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
 – This area of concentration is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the relationship between mind and brain.
  • Computational and Mathematical Modeling
 – This area of concentration allows researchers the ability to construct mathematical or computer models of human cognition and behavior.
  • Experimental Psychology – This area of concentration allows researchers to experimentally investigate mental operations such as sensation, perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning and decision making by measuring changes in human behavior as a function of changes in the environment.
  • Language Science – In this area of concentration, researchers investigate the psychological and neurological bases of the complex system of human language knowledge, from sounds to words to sentences and beyond.

The Department of Cognitive Sciences offers two options for a doctoral degree:

  1. PhD in Psychology
  2. PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience

Doctoral training at the Department of Cognitive Sciences readies students for careers in research and teaching in academia, industry, and government. The curriculum emphasizes cutting edge techniques for experimentation and theory construction. Students are provided with hands-on research experience and sophisticated mathematical and computing skills. The Department of Psychology and Social Behavior specializes in developmental psychology, health psychology, psychology and law, social and personality psychology, environmental psychology, and psychopathology and behavioral disorders. Undergraduate students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior. There are over 1,200 students enrolled in this major alone. The curriculum begins with core courses in developmental, social, health, and abnormal psychology. Students then move on to advanced courses that cover specialized topics in these fields, as well as in environmental, clinical, and community psychology. Several of the advanced courses delve into the psychological aspects of important societal issues and problems, such as child abuse, violence, divorce, work and family, and community health. The Department offers a broadly oriented degree program that leads to the PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior. The curriculum in this program offers students with a foundation for a specialization in one of four core areas:

  1. Health psychology
  2. Developmental psychology
  3. Social / Personality psychology
  4. Affective science

Students must also select another area as a secondary, or minor, field of specialization. The program works to provide students with a foundation of the theories, methods, and knowledge base of these four core areas in order to understand the antecedents and developmental course of adaptive or maladaptive behavior in diverse sociocultural contexts. Another main objective of the degree program is to offer training in the translation of basic research to guide the formulation and evaluation of social interventions, programs and policies that have the potential to promote health and well being.

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered: in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Computational and Mathematical Modeling
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Experimental Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Language Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Social Behavior
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Social Behavior with a Concentration in Health psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Social Behavior with a Concentration in Developmental psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Social Behavior with a Concentration in Social / Personality psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Social Behavior with a Concentration in Affective science
Undergraduate Tuition: $14,757 in-state, annually / $37,635 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#42 US News and World Report Best National University
#11 US News and World Report Top Public School
#30 US News and World Report Best Value School
#30 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #41
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $16,047
Accreditations:
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#8 – University of California – Davis, California

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Points: 12

The College of Letters and Science

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The UC Davis Psychology Department has several primary objectives, including:

  • Presenting an introduction to the study of individual and group behavior
  • Providing a liberal arts curriculum for students looking for employment in business, government, personnel work, and other fields directly after obtaining their bachelor’s degree
  • Preparing students for graduate study in various areas of psychology, leading to teaching, research and applied work.

The Psychology Department offers Psychology majors a Bachelor of Arts program for students interested in the liberal arts and a Bachelor of Science program designed for students with an interest in either biology or mathematics. The main objective of both programs is a broad introduction to the scope of contemporary psychology.

Qualified students may also apply to receive doctoral training in a number of areas. The Department has developed five major areas of emphasis:

  1. Perception Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology, which involves the study of awareness and thought, and includes such topics as perception, learning, memory, and consciousness
  2. Biological Psychology, covers a broad spectrum of topics including evolutionary, neurobiological, and molecular mechanisms of behavior
  3. Social-Personality Psychology, which involves the study of the individual in his or her social environment
  4. Developmental, which includes imaging the developing brain, children’s psychological understanding or theory of, children’s language development, children’s social development
  5. Quantitative, which includes experimental design and the analysis of variance, regression analysis, and multivariate analysis

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $13,896 in-state, annually / $36,774 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#38 US News and World Report Best National University
#9 US News and World Report Top Public School
#50 US News and World Report Best Value School
#21 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #38
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $16,235
Accreditations:
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#7 – University of California – San Diego, California

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Points: 12

The Division of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Department of Psychology at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), offers advanced training in research in a variety of areas of experimental psychology. The department is home to modern laboratories in a state of the art setting. Undergraduate Psychology Students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Both of these degree programs prepare students to pursue graduate studies in psychology or a related field, or they may enter a career requiring a good understanding of people, such as advertising, industrial or human relations, social work, or teaching. Psychology-related careers include research, psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and psychiatry. Some of the major research interests of the department members fall into the following categories:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Social Psychology

The only graduate degree offered by this department is the PhD in Experimental Psychology. Students interested in one of the many other areas of graduate training in Psychology may pursue a Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, which is administered through San Diego State University and the Psychiatry Department at UCSD. More information can be found on San Diego State’s website. Another possible are of specialization can be attempted by applying for the interdisciplinary PhD program in the Department of Cognitive Science. This PhD degree is awarded jointly for studies in psychology and cognitive science.

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $13,302 in-state, annually / $36,180 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#37 US News and World Report Best National University
#8 US News and World Report Top Public School
#49 US News and World Report Best Value School
#26 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#14 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#3 US News and World Report Best Graduate Cognitive Psychology Program
#1 US News and World Report Best Graduate Behavioral Neuroscience Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #35
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $15,920
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#6 – University of California – Santa Barbara, California

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Points: 14

The Department of Psychology and Brain Science

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Students pursuing the psychology major at UCSB can choose from a Bachelor of Arts or Science. Both programs are designed to offer students a deeper understanding of the scientific study of behavior. The general field of psychology represents a very broad discipline, ranging from the study of the behavior of simple organisms to the behavior of humans and groups of humans in social settings. At UCSB, the undergraduate program of study focuses specifically on Experimental Psychology. The degree program offers exceptional preparation for graduate study in any area of the discipline, or for careers ranging from law enforcement to education to sales and marketing. The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is a top ranked graduate program consisting of four specific research training areas:

  1. Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience
  2. Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology
  3. Neuroscience and Behavior
  4. Social Psychology

The graduate program is large enough to offer a full range of graduate courses and seminars, yet small enough to offer a strong feeling of community and a high level of faculty attention per student. In the Fall of 2014, there were 28 faculty members supervising just over 70 graduate students. The low student-to-faculty ratio helps create an enriched and personal graduate training experience. The Department does not admit students who plan to pursue a terminal Master’s degree. Students admitted to the PhD program have the option of completing a Master of Arts while they are enrolled.

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience and Behavior
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $13,746 in-state, annually / $36,624 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#40 US News and World Report Best National University
#10 US News and World Report Top Public School
#40 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#86 US News and World Report Best Global University for Psychology and Psychiatry
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #37
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $18,382
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#4 – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Points: 14

UNC College of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

Psychology majors at the UNC College of Arts and Science can choose from a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science, depending upon their specific career and academic goals. The curriculum found in both undergraduate programs of study emphasizes a broad familiarity with the behavioral sciences, not specific specialization areas. The subject matter is designed to prepare students for a career in psychology either in basic research and teaching, or in any number of professional applications to various human problems. This major is also useful for individuals planning to pursue other professional careers such as medicine, law, education, or business, as well as to those who seek a broad cultural background in the behavioral sciences.

The PhD program in Psychology is designed to offer students the knowledge, skills, and judgment required to become active contributors at the highest level to research, teaching, public and professional service, and (for students who receive clinical training) clinical practice in the behavioral science field. Students can choose from one of the six sub-fields:

  1. Behavioral Neuroscience
  2. Clinical Psychology
  3. Cognitive Psychology
  4. Developmental Psychology
  5. Quantitative Psychology
  6. Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Southern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $8,374 in-state, annually / $33,624 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#30 US News and World Report Best National University
#5 US News and World Report Top Public School
#17 US News and World Report Best Value School
#2 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#12 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#5 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #34
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $12,583
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#4 – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Points: 15

The College of Literature, Science and the Arts

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Psychology Department at the The College of Literature, Science and the Arts offer undergraduate student the choice between a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Science. Psychology Majors can pursue their Bachelor’s degree in two individual areas of study:

  1. Psychology
  2. Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN)

The Psychology Department also offers a doctoral degree program in six specialty areas of psychology. Students in this degree program prepare for careers in both academic and applied settings. Some of these positions include colleges and universities, governmental agencies, industrial plants and unions, research organizations, clinics and schools.
The general objectives of the Ph.D. program are to permit the student to achieve:

  • Competence in organizing, interpreting, and communicating effectively
  • A general knowledge of the broad subject matter of psychology
  • Mastery of a specialized field
  • Competence in research skills and creative work
  • Professional skills relevant to their field of specialization
  • The department is organized into six areas:
  • Biopsychology
  • Clinical Science
  • Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality & Social Contexts
  • Social Psychology

Region of the Country: Great Lakes and Midwest
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Biopsychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Personality & Social Contexts
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $13,977 in-state, annually / $41,811 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#29 US News and World Report Best National University
#4 US News and World Report Top Public School
#26 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#4 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#3 US News and World Report Best Graduate Cognitive Psychology Program
#2 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
#5 US News and World Report Best Graduate Behavioral Neuroscience Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #29
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $13,298
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#3 – University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Virginia

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Points: 15

The College of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

Psychology is among the most popular Liberal Arts Major at the University of Virginia, with more than 250 students graduating each year with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology Degree. The BA in Psychology is considered a general Liberal Arts Degree with training in the subject matter and methodology of psychology (including experimental methodology and statistics and an appreciation of the different views of human behavior). Students enrolled in this program gain practical skills including critical thinking skills, writing proposals and reports, designing and conducting research projects, collecting and analyzing data, reading and understanding basic research in psychology, and applying psychological principles in the workplace.

The purpose of the graduate Psychology training programs is to prepare students for research, both basic and applied, and teaching. The Psychology Department offers PhD programs in seven areas of psychology:

  1. Clinical Psychology
  2. Cognitive Psychology
  3. Community Psychology
  4. Developmental Psychology
  5. Quantitative Psychology
  6. Sensory and Systems Neuroscience
  7. Social Psychology

Students can choose from one or various combinations of these specialties, depending upon each student’s academic and professional goals. Students should apply to one of these seven areas of specialization as a primary major.

Region of the Country: Southern
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Community Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Sensory and Systems Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $12,998 in-state, annually / $42,184 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#23 US News and World Report Best National University
#2 US News and World Report Top Public School
#27 US News and World Report Best Value School
#18 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#26 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#5 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #23
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $16,834
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#2 – University of California – Los Angeles, California

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Points: 15

UCLA College of Life Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The UCLA College of Life Sciences supports a number of degree options for Psychology majors. Students have a choice of three undergraduate Psychology majors:

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  2. Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science
  3. Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology

These three degree programs have areas where there is overlap in certain fundamental and basic knowledge bases. However for the most part they have significant differences in their focus (i.e. the extent to which certain areas of psychology and related disciplines are studied) and in terms of the different student interests and needs they satisfy.

The UCLA Psychology Department offers graduate PhD training with area emphases in:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Quantitative Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Each of these areas of study holds the same central objective “to train researchers dedicated to increasing the body of scientific knowledge upon which the discipline of psychology rests”. The doctoral training program at UCLA is designed to prepare psychologists who will function efficiently as researchers, college and university instructors, and professional research psychologists. The program is founded in rigorous scientific training, with strong encouragement for student participation in the activities of a number of related departments, schools, or organized research units of the University. For instance, the Brain Research Institute, the interdisciplinary Neuroscience and Cognitive programs, the Institute for Social Science Research, and the Neuropsychiatric Institute provide extensive research facilities for interested students.

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered: in Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $12,702 in-state, annually / $35,580 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#23 US News and World Report Best National University
#2 US News and World Report Top Public School
#1 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#2 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#9 US News and World Report Best Graduate Cognitive Psychology Program
#3 US News and World Report Best Graduate Social Psychology Program
#5 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #26
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $16,760
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#1 – University of California – Berkeley, California

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Points: 16

The College of Letters and Science

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

The Psychology Department at Berkeley reflects the diversity of the discipline’s mission covering 5 key areas of research:

  1. Behavioral Neuroscience
  2. Change, Plasticity & Development
  3. 
Clinical Science
  4. Cognition, Brain, & Behavior
  5. 
Social-Personality Psychology

The program objectives and goals for Psychology Majors are as follows:

  • Define basic concepts that characterize psychology as a field of scientific inquiry
  • Develop an understanding of the central questions, issues in contemporary psychology.
  • Be familiar with the range of methods used to investigate psychological questions.
  • Develop skills to critically evaluate the presentation of scientific ideas and research in the popular media.
  • Develop competence in reading and evaluating original scientific papers.
  • Become familiar with the basic concepts of statistics.
  • Develop and articulate a testable hypothesis, or an argument drawing from an existing body of literature.
  • Develop competence in interpreting graphical data to understand what is being compared/manipulated (independent variables) and what is being measured (dependent variables).
  • Be familiar with the history of psychology as a field and different theoretical and empirical frameworks that have defined and shaped the field.
  • Apply a psychological principle to an everyday problem.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of one of the major content areas of psychology.
  • Develop an understanding and an appreciation of how social (e.g., environmental/cultural), and biological (genes, hormones) factors jointly shape human behavior.
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of science to humanity while recognizing its limits.

The Goal of the Doctoral Degree Program in Psychology at Berkeley is “to produce scholar-researchers with sufficient breadth to retain perspective in the field of psychology and sufficient depth to permit successful independent and significant research”.

Region of the Country: Western
Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Change, Plasticity & Development
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognition, Brain, & Behavior
Doctor of Philosophy in Social-Personality Psychology
Undergraduate Tuition: $13,844 in-state, annually / $25,064 out-of-state, annually
US News and World Report Rankings:
#20 US News and World Report Best National University
#1 US News and World Report Top Public School
#26 US News and World Report Best Value School
#11 US News and World Report Best Graduate Clinical Psychology Program
#2 US News and World Report Best Graduate Psychology Program
#12 US News and World Report Best Graduate Cognitive Psychology Program
#8 US News and World Report Best Graduate Social Psychology Program
#5 US News and World Report Best Graduate Developmental Psychology Program
College Choice Top National Research University Ranking: #20
Average Rate of Financial Aid: $16,141
Accreditations:
The American Psychological Association (APA)
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Opportunities for a Psychology Degree from a Public Ivy

Attaining a quality, accredited Degree in Psychology should not be limited to only those people who can afford an expensive education. While Ivy League Universities offer students an excellent opportunity to earn a degree, they are not necessarily the best option. When students can earn a similar education at a fraction of the tuition, it is something to consider. Public Ivies often have the same caliber of instruction, variety of courses, opportunity to study abroad, access to the best technology and labs and top-notch student experience. Students have most of the benefits of an Ivy League academic experience. The biggest difference is that the rate of loans after graduation is significantly lower. This ranking list makes it easy to find those programs that offer the degree you are considering while outlining the strengths of the program. For those students who are thinking about beginning the path towards an undergraduate or graduate Psychology Degree, one of these Public Ivy Schools might be the ideal fit.

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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 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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