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Psychology Courses in Arkansas with College Degree Information

Arkansas has nineteen colleges that offer psychology programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for the ten largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Psychology degree programs are generally standardized; therefore, most psychology bachelor's degree programs provide coursework in general psychology, statistics and research methods as well as coursework in a variety of psychology disciplines.

Not only can students in Arkansas earn a bachelor's degree, but there are also master's and doctoral degree programs in psychology, which generally focus on an area of psychology such as mental health or school psychology. There are generally no special requirements for the bachelor's admissions. Master's candidates need to have completed certain undergraduate psychology courses, while doctoral degree programs require a master's degree and letters of recommendation.

Career Requirements

Arkansas requires psychologists and counselors to be licensed. Licensing requirements generally require a specific course of study from an accredited institution that the licensing board recognizes, passing criminal background checks and submitting fingerprints and passing a written examination, interview and an oral examination. Applicants must also have completed minimum required supervised hours of experience in the field for which they are being licensed. The following universities prepare students for licensing examinations.


Arkansas State University-Main Campus

The main campus of Arkansas State University is situated in Jonesboro. The university offers a bachelor's degree program in psychology and a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with a major in psychology. The Ed.S. degree has three tracks, including school psychology, mental health counseling and flexible options related to counseling or psychology. Since the Ed.S. program is a graduate program, applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology or related field.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
    Specialist in Education with a Major in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,180 in-state; $12,610 out-of-state (undergraduate); $5,198 in-state; $9,338 out-of-state (graduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

Arkansas Tech University

The Department of Behavioral Sciences at Arkansas Tech University offers undergraduate and graduate psychology programs at its campus in Russellville. Baccalaureate psychology majors may minor in anthropology, sociology, rehabilitation science or criminal justice. The master's degree program is a thesis-based program that requires applicants to have a minimum of 18 undergraduate semester hours in psychology.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree in Psychology,
    Master of Science in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $5,286 in-state; $9,774 out-of-state (undergraduate); $4,548 in-state; $8,418 out-of-state (graduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town

Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private, not-for-profit college located in Conway. The school offers psychology as a major and a minor degree. The bachelor's degree major requires ten psychology-related courses, including selections from behavioral psychology, social and cultural psychology specialties. Electives include advanced practicums, research or psychology coursework. Students who minor in psychology are required to take six psychology courses.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $36,200 (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town

John Brown University

John Brown University in Siloam Springs is a private, not-for-profit Christian college. The bachelor's degree program in psychology is offered as a traditional four-year program or an accelerated three-year program, where students attend classes during the summer. Psychology curriculum includes general psychology coursework and specialized psychology disciplines coupled with Christian-based curriculum. The school also offers an accelerated five-year graduate program conferring a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $21,774 (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town

Ouachita Baptist University

Located in Arkedelphia, Ouachita Baptist University is another private college offering bachelor's degree programs in psychology. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science psychology majors both require the completion of 36 credit-hours of psychology-related courses, while the psychology minor requires 18 credit-hours. These degrees qualify graduates for graduate study or entry-level positions in the workplace.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $21,440 (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

The main campus of Southern Arkansas University is located in Magnolia. The school maintains a 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio, providing personalized attention. The university's Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers a bachelor's degree in psychology that prepares graduates for jobs in the mental health industry, social work and positions in the private sector.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,146 in-state; $10,176 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town

University of Arkansas

The Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas offers a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's and doctorate programs in experimental psychology or clinical psychology. The bachelor's degree program require students to take 33 semester hours of psychology-related core courses. The school also provides an honors program in psychology where honors candidates carry out independent study and research and participate in special honors classes and seminars. Honors candidates are also required to complete and defend a thesis. The school also offers psychology as a minor that is satisfied by taking 18 semester hours of psychology-related courses. The master's degree program is a thesis-based program that requires applicants to have had at least 18 semester hours in psychology. Master's candidates must complete 24 semester hours of psychology coursework and submit a research thesis. Doctoral candidates must complete advanced psychology coursework and a dissertation.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
    Master of Arts in Psychology,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,554 in-state; $18,434 out-of-state (undergraduate); $7,106 in-state; $15,697 out-of-state (graduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; distant rural

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The second largest campus in the University of Arkansas system, the Little Rock campus is also the only metropolitan campus. The university offers psychology as a bachelor's degree major and as a minor. It also offers a non-graduate, post-baccalaureate program in psychology for students who already have a bachelor's degree. Students who are taking psychology as a minor must complete 18 credit hours of psychology-related coursework. Psychology majors must complete 34 credit hours of psychology-related core coursework.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,854 in-state; $16,066 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The main campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is located in Pine Bluff, with an extended campus in North Little Rock. The school maintains small class sizes, with a 20:1 student to teacher ratio. Psychology majors are required to complete 45 semester hours of psychology core and elective courses. Students who minor in psychology are required to take 24 credit hours of psychology related-courses. The bachelor's degree program in psychology is included in the statutory guaranteed eight-semester degree completion program. Students must expressly accept or waive participation in this guaranteed program.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $5,724 in-state; $11,124 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting:4-year, public; small city

University of Central Arkansas

The University of Central Arkansas is located 30 miles north of Little Rock in Conway. The University offers bachelor's degrees in psychology with flexible schedules, including a three-year completion plan that requires students to attend summer classes. The school also offers a master's degree in psychology. In order to receive the master's degree, students must complete 60 semester hours of coursework, including a one-semester full-time internship and pass a comprehensive examination. Master's graduates are qualified to become Licensed Professional Counselors.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology;
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
    Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,333 in-state; $12,830 out-of-state (undergraduate); $5,257 in-state; $9,322 out-of-state (graduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; fringe town

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Psychology Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Arkansas State University-Main Campus 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Specialist in Education with a Major in Psychology
$7,180 in-state; $12,610 out-of-state (undergraduate); $5,198 in-state; $9,338 out-of-state (graduate)*
Arkansas Tech University 4-year, public; remote town Bachelor's degree in Psychology,
Master of Science in Psychology
$5,286 in-state; $9,774 out-of-state (undergraduate); $4,548 in-state; $8,418 out-of-state (graduate)*
Hendrix College 4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town Bachelor of Arts in Psychology $36,200 (undergraduate)*
John Brown University 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town Bachelor of Science in Psychology $21,774 (undergraduate)*
Ouachita Baptist University 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
$21,440 (undergraduate)*
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 4-year, public; remote town Bachelor of Science in Psychology $7,146 in-state; $10,176 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
University of Arkansas 4-year, public; distant rural Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Arts in Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
$7,554 in-state; $18,434 out-of-state (undergraduate); $7,106 in-state; $15,697 out-of-state (graduate)*
University of Arkansas at Little Rock 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Psychology $6,854 in-state; $16,066 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Psychology $5,724 in-state; $11,124 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
University of Central Arkansas 4-year, public; fringe town Bachelor of Arts in Psychology;
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
$7,333 in-state; $12,830 out-of-state (undergraduate); $5,257 in-state; $9,322 out-of-state (graduate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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