Psychology is the study of human behavior and the mind. Graduate and undergraduate programs are available at 2 and 4-year schools in Arizona. Within a psychology degree programs, there may be additional emphases or concentrations. Some programs are available online.
Psychology programs offer students a chance to gain practical experience through labs, clinicals, practicums and internships. In addition, students may have access to research opportunities. Some programs may require students to complete a project, dissertation or thesis. Associate's degree programs may have transfer agreements with state universities.
In Arizona, students can select from a multitude of schools that offer a selection of associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral degree programs in psychology. The following are ten of the largest options.
Arizona State University
At Arizona State University in Tempe, students can select from psychology bachelor's and doctoral degree programs through the Department of Psychology. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in psychological science or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with concentrations in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive science, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, quantitative psychology and social psychology. The clinical program will lead to licensure in the field.
In addition to programs, students have access to the school's psychology centers, including the Clinical Psychology Center and the Child Study Lab. The university has roughly 34 psychology research labs. Clubs pertaining to psychology include the Arizona State Neuroscience Society, the CAP GSA, the Positive Psychology Coping Club, Psi Chi or Student Networking in Applied Psychology.
Located in Douglas, Cochise College strives to create an environment where students can learn, grow and explore. Enrollees can pursue an Associate of Arts in Psychology. The program includes courses in personality research and theories, psychological research, experimental psychology and developmental psychology. It will not lead to licensure. Students can also participate in the Psychology Club.
Coconino Community College
Coconino Community College in Flagstaff offers an Associate of Arts in Psychology program that students can use to transfer to a bachelor's degree at three Arizona State Universities. Through the program, students explore psychological theories and terms, acquire critical thinking skills and discover how nature and nurture influence behavior. Courses include drugs, society and human behavior; abnormal psychology; personality development; social psychology and the psychology of women. Further education is required for licensure.
Eastern Arizona College
At the Thatcher-based Eastern Arizona College, students can pursue a 64-credit Associate of Arts in Psychology program, which is designed to meet the first two years of a bachelor's degree in psychology from a four-year college or university. Offered through the Department of Psychology, the program includes courses in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, statistics, humanities and experimental psychology. Students also complete labs. Completion of this program will not prepare students for licensure.
Midwestern University - Glendale
The Glendale campus of the Midwestern University offers a clinical psychology program through the College of Health Sciences. The American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program takes four to five years to complete with a full-time commitment. This program will prepare students for licensure through coursework, clinical rotations and a practicum. Within the program, students will learn research and evaluation, professionalism, assessment, intervention and communication.
Mohave Community College
Kingman's Mohave Community College is located in northwest Arizona, where students from Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah can take courses. Enrollees can earn an Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Science, which provides them with a foundation in psychology and sociology that can lead to a bachelor's degree program in the field. The courses include marriage and family, child growth and development, human sexuality, social psychology, abnormal psychology, personality and modern social problems. Associate's holders will need to complete further education for licensure as a psychologist.
Northern Arizona University
At Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, undergraduate students can engage in a psychological sciences program with courses at various levels of study. The graduate program in this area of study offers students the chance to engage in research and teaching assistantships. The master's program is also available for undergraduate students as a 3+2 program.
Ottawa University - Phoenix
At Ottawa University's Phoenix campus, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The program trains them to understand mental health care, including mental development, personal development and social development. Students take courses in psychology theories, personality theories, abnormal behavior, developmental psychology and social psychology. Students also complete a seminar in psychology. Offered through the human services and counseling department, the program is available in an online format and does not lead to licensure.
Prescott College is committed to educating students and preparing them to become conscientious global citizens. The university offers a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and students can select from concentrations in adventure-based psychotherapy, eco-psychology and eco-therapy, equine assisted mental health, expressive art therapy or somatic psychology. The limited-residency program is 60 credits and trains students to apply therapeutic skills and counseling theories. This program may lead to licensure as a mental health counselor; however, it does not lead to licensure as a psychologist.
University of Arizona
Students at Tucson's University of Arizona have abundant research opportunities, faculty that has been awarded Nobel and Pulitzer prizes and community outreach prospects. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Psychology, in addition to various doctorate programs. Four concentrations in the Doctor of Philosophy program are clinical psychology, cognition and neural systems, ethology and evolutionary psychology, and social psychology. Other specializations are forensic psychology and program evaluation and research methods.
To become a practicing psychologist, a master's, specialist or doctoral degree program in psychology is required, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aspiring psychologists also need to acquire professional experience and complete an exam to earn licensure. Specialty certifications are available in more than 13 areas of psychology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Psychology Degree Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-16)|
|Arizona State University||4-year, public; midsized city|| Bachelor of Arts or Science in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Psychological Science),
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
| $10,158 in-state, $25,458 out-of-state (undergraduate);
$11,304 in-state, $23,274 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Cochise College||2-year, public; distant rural||Associate of Arts in Psychology||$1,848 in-state, $6,000 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Coconino Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Arts in Psychology||$2,970 in-state, $9,870 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Eastern Arizona College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Arts in Psychology||$2,080 in-state, $9,580 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Midwestern University - Glendale||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Doctor of Psychology||$39,912 (graduate)*|
|Mohave Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences||$2,112 in-state, $6,972 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Northern Arizona University||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor's Program in Psychological Sciences,
Master's Program in Psychological Sciences
| $10,358 in-state, $23,348 out-of-state (undergraduate);
$9,071 in-state, $18,182 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Ottawa University - Phoenix||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$12,085 (undergraduate)*|
|Prescott College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology||$19,704 (graduate)*|
|University of Arizona||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts or Science in Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with various concentrations
| $11,403 in-state, $32,630 out-of-state (undergraduate);
$12,048 in-state, $30,370 out-of-state (graduate)*
Sources: *NCES College Navigator