Psychology regularly ranks among the top three most popular majors in the country, and virtually every degree-granting institution in the U.S. offers degree programs for students who hope to enter this professional field. However, not all colleges and universities are created equal ― and today’s students are urged to heavily research all of their academic options before choosing one particular school. This article will discuss some of the accreditation requirements for online psychology degree programs, the best places to study this field, and some statistical data related to the number of psychologists in the U.S. and the salaries they generally earn.
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It’s important to ensure that every college or university you seriously consider has earned regional or national accreditation from a recognized agency. In addition, psychology programs should earn accreditation from at least one of the following organizations, each of which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation:
In addition to clinical psychology, students who graduate with a degree in psychology can pursue careers in fields like social work, counseling, and education. Here are some of the most popular job choices for psych degree-holders, as well as some employment and salary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Job Title||National Employment||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Wage|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||103,590||$34.72||$72,220|
|Postsecondary Psychology Teachers||38,060||$37.12||$74,240|
Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.
Online college education has become increasingly popular in recent years, and as a result, many traditional colleges and universities have begun to supplement their brick-and-mortar programs with web-based counterparts. The following schools offer some of the most reputable online psychology programs in the country.
Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Florida / Online
Florida Tech was one of the first traditional schools to embrace online education, and today it is a leader in the academic eLearning community. In addition to a generalized bachelor’s degree in applied psychology, Florida Tech Online offers six specialized undergraduate degrees that focus on areas like child advocacy, forensic psychology, and the human factors of psychology. All of these options are 100% online, and do not require any campus visits whatsoever.
University of Massachusetts Online
Various cities in Massachusetts / Online
UMass Online invites undergraduates to enroll in the online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program; other web-based B.A. programs include degrees in areas of applied psychology and child development and learning. A graduate certificate in victim’s studies and five master’s programs ― school counseling, family therapy, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and autism studies ― are also available through UMass Online.
Irvine, California / Online
Brandman University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program, as well as undergraduate degrees in related areas like social science, criminal justice and victim advocacy, and early childhood education, all of which may be completed exclusively online (as well as on-campus). Although all of Brandman’s psych-related master’s degrees are only available as brick-and-mortar programs, the school offers several online graduate certificate programs in areas like global human resources, human resource management, and family psychiatric and mental health.
For students who would rather study in a classroom than at home, there are plenty of high-quality brick-and-mortar psychology programs offered at college and university campuses across the country. The following schools are generally considered among the best of the best when it comes to a traditional psychology education.
Palo Alto, California
Stanford faculty work with bachelor’s students to develop their psychology-related competencies for different career paths, such as business, education, law, or medicine, as well as clinical psychology, counseling, and social services. The coterminal M.A. psychology program is open to undergraduates who have completed at least 120 credit hours, and is comprised of 45 units of upper-level coursework. The Stanford School of Psychology also offers Ph.D. programs focused in five areas of psychology: cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, affective science, and social psychology.
University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
UCLA’s undergraduate offerings in the field of psychology include a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and two Bachelor of Science degrees, Cognitive Science and Psychobiology. Although the school does not offer an M.A. in this field, there are Ph.Ds in 10 different areas of psychology (including behavioral neuroscience, specialization in computational cognition, and social psychology) available through the UCLA Department of Psychology.
The Ph.D. in psychology program offered at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is one of the most extensive in the country. Students can choose a research specialization from a list of 29 fields that range from cognitive aging and emotional disorders to motor control and psychophysiology. All students (both clinical and non-clinical psychology fields) must submit a dissertation accompanied by an oral defense.