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Psychology Schools and Training Programs

Psychology is a journey of discovery in the way human beings think, feel and ultimately act. Exploring human behaviors demands compassion, curiosity and excellent communications skills. Psychologists are responsible for helping diverse clients understand and cope with human mental health, sometimes face to face, sometimes as a third-party observer, and more recently, through a 21st century electronic looking glass. Some psychologists focus on research to advance the science, while some teach future practitioners and others interested in the field.

Choices for Psychology Careers

Psychology is an occupation with many assorted specialties, which may involve both research and practice. The American Psychological Association lists nearly 20 specialties that range from cognitive and perceptual psychologists to community, educational, evolutionary and forensic psychologists. As further examples of specializations, a social psychologist could work in an advertising agency to determine how a product might sell, or an industrial psychologist would study the workplace and organizational behavior.

A stereotypical image of a psychologist depicts a patient lying on a couch, but this would be within the specialty of clinical psychology. According to the APA, the largest number of psychologists are in teaching and research positions and have limited exposure to regular patient traffic.

Where Psychologists are Employed

Psychologists perform their work in almost any environment, for example, where products are sold or manufactured, or where health care is dispensed. The APA reports that clinical psychologists are for the most part, self-employed, whereas most psychologists with doctoral degrees work in educational institutions -- teaching, researching and administrating behavioral studies. Another large segment of experts with psychology degrees work for government agencies and government health care providers.

The age of broadband Internet has created a new area for psychological analysis. Telehealth programs allow psychologists to reach into remote areas and perform one-on-one or group therapy from their offices. This assists those with mental health issues that may live great distances from the nearest therapy facility.

Training and Certification for Psychologists

Out of the many specialties in this field, a few may require only undergraduate work, such as social psychologists working in business, or organizational psychologists studying the workplace. For those entering some of the industrial and corporate sectors, certification is not always necessary.

To become a licensed psychologist, a graduate education such as a doctorate is required in most states. A doctorate degree alone does not give graduates the immediate ability to hang out a shingle as an independent clinical psychologist. Licensing boards require at least two years of supervised experience in a psychological field. In most states and Canadian provinces, clinical psychologists must be licensed. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards can provide specific information on licensing requirements.

Opportunities and Salaries for Psychologists

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2011) expects employment opportunities for psychologists to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations; increased need for help with school and lifestyle issues could bring more clients to see psychologists. The bls.gov reports that general psychologists earned a mean annual salary of $68,640 in 2010.

The majority of those holding bachelor's degrees in psychology pursue careers outside the field, the APA says. An undergraduate psychology degree can be a ticket to a number of career options, including human resources, corporate management and community development. If nothing else, psychology training could give you skills to achieve successful relationships at home and at work.

Additional Resources for Individuals Seeking a Degree in Psychology:
American Psychological Association
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

Campus and Online Psychology Schools

 
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Grand Canyon University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Phoenix
Programs:
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Geropsychology
  • More
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Capella University

[Online]
Programs:
  • MS - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • BS - Psychology
  • MS - Applied Research
  • More
Quick Summary: An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession.

South University, Online Programs

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Savannah
Programs:
  • Psychology (BA)
Quick Summary: As a student at South University, Online Programs, you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

[Campus]
Locations:
  • San Diego
Programs:
  • M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization
Quick Summary: Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

Keiser University Graduate School

[Campus]
Programs:
  • PhD in Psychology
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Quick Summary:

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.


George Mason University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
Quick Summary:

Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.


Ohio Christian University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Circleville
Programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Quick Summary: Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

Sacred Heart University - Online

[Online]
Programs:
  • MSAP - General Track
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology - Community Psychology
  • More
Quick Summary:

Sacred Heart University Online 


Liberty University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Lynchburg
Programs:
  • AA in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science: Psychology: Criminal Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science: Psychology: Life Coaching
  • More
Quick Summary:

100% Online & No Standardized Testing


Northcentral University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • San Diego
Programs:
  • Psychology - BA
  • General Psychology - PhD of Psychology
  • Health Psychology - PhD of Psychology
  • More
Quick Summary:

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.


Argosy University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Phoenix
Programs:
  • Psychology (BA) (Online)
  • Forensic Psychology (MA) (Online)
Quick Summary:

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.


Saint Xavier University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Clinical Leadership Certificate
Quick Summary:

Saint Xavier University, Chicago’s oldest Catholic university, has a long history of educating students to prepare them for professional success and lay the foundation for personal fulfillment.


Antioch University

[Online]
Programs:
  • MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Quick Summary:

A private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) institution, Antioch University serves approximately 5,000 adult students online and at five campuses in four states. All benefit from an education immersed in our core values of inclusiveness, social justice, experiential learning, and socially engaged, global citizenship.  


Intercoast Colleges

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies
Quick Summary: Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

Our Lady of the Lake University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Master of Education in School Counseling
Quick Summary:

Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio.


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