Public and private, non-profit universities in Maryland offer psychology degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Several of these schools offer both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs, with the Bachelor of Science degree programs requiring additional or specialized coursework. Senior seminars may be required, and internships could be available. Students who pursue master's degrees in psychology can expect to participate in field experiences or internships, complete a thesis or take exams. Many of the master's programs provide pre-licensure coursework for students interested in becoming licensed as counselors, while some doctoral programs prepare students for licensure exams for psychologists. Summaries of psychology programs at ten of the largest schools in Maryland are found below.
Bowie State University
The state university in Bowie offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science program in psychology, with 40-52 credits of major coursework respectively. Currently, the Department of Psychology is composed of eight faculty members, and students also have access to a national honor and psychological society.
Both programs culminate in a senior seminar and include common coursework in cognitive, developmental and experimental psychology. Students in the Bachelor of Science program take a course in social psychology and complete nine credits of psychology electives.
Through the College of Education, graduate students in the 60-credit mental health counseling program can pursue pre-licensure coursework and field experiences (1,000) hours. Qualified graduates of the advanced certificate and degree program in school psychology may be eligible for state certifications.
Both the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and the Master of Education in School Counseling programs require 48 credits of coursework and include an exam, an internship and a research paper.
Frostburg State University
At the state university in Frostburg, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology program that includes the opportunity for an internship. Under the direction of approximately 12 faculty members, undergraduates complete foundational courses in critical thinking, research and scientific inquiry. Areas of emphasis include, among others, applied and developmental psychology, biological foundations, cognitive learning and socio-cultural studies. In lieu of the internship, undergraduates can participate in a senior seminar, pursue research applications or study the history and systems associated with psychology.
The 49-credit Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program includes an internship, and additional opportunities for research can help with admission to a doctoral program. A 60-credit option is also available, and qualified graduates may be eligible to take the National Counselor Examination and become state-approved, licensed professional counselors.
Johns Hopkins University
The first psychological laboratory in the United States was established at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1883, and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Bachelor of Arts curriculum includes a 1-year sequence in lab work and statistics, as well as courses in cognitive, developmental, physiological or social psychology. Additional requirements include a 3-credit independent study, internship, research practicum or seminar.
Graduate students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychological and Brain Sciences. The curriculum emphasis is on advanced research and the sub-disciplines of psychology, and students should be aware in advance that it does not provide any clinical training. Areas of concentration include biopsychology or cognitive and developmental psychology.
At Loyola University in Baltimore, the psychology major is one of the most sought-after programs, and the present faculty consists of 54 professors and adjuncts active in clinical practice and research. Relevant facilities include biofeedback and computer laboratories.
The Bachelor of Arts program is designed to prepare students for a career or for graduate study and requires courses in personality studies, psychopathology, social psychology and research. Students also take select courses in applied and developmental psychology, multicultural and social psychology, behavioral neuroscience and cognitive studies.
The Master of Science programs in clinical and counseling psychology allow for a thesis or a practitioner track that trains students for supervised work in the field or to become licensed clinical professional counselors. The 5-year doctoral program includes 20 hours a week of clinical training and leads to a license in Maryland, as well as any state in the country.
Morgan State University
Baltimore-based Morgan University offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology program that includes 65 credits of major coursework. Under the direction of ten faculty members and lecturers, students learn about the history and systems of psychology and take a 2-course sequence in statistics. They also study the psychology of learning and perception and complete junior and senior seminars. Unique to the program are electives in, among other areas, African-American, health and interviewing psychology, a study of exceptional children and pharmacology. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in a cooperative education seminar, conference or cooperative education experience.
A department chair and 17 faculty members currently oversee the Psychology Department at this public university in Salisbury, and program offerings include a Bachelor of Arts. All psychology majors take courses in brain science, general psychology, research and statistics. Distribution requirements include electives in clinical, developmental and social psychology that may cover topics in autism, childhood disorders and religion. Other program features include clinical practicums, faculty-student research activities or independent study.
Undergraduates at the university in Towson can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program that includes either a clinical area of focus or a research-based honor's thesis. The curriculum requires 41 credits of major coursework in biopsychology, clinical and cognitive studies, diversity and human development.
Towson also offers Master of Arts programs in clinical, counseling, experimental or school psychology. Curricula requirements include 30-49 credits of coursework, and depending on the degree plan, students may also have to participate in internships or practicums, take an exam or write a thesis.
University of Baltimore
The University of Baltimore is part of the University System of Maryland, and the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs are available through the Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Under the direction of seven faculty members, undergraduates in the Bachelor of Arts program study psychology within the framework of the natural and social sciences and complete 45 credits of major coursework. They can also take clinical courses in, among other areas, industrial, community or forensic psychology and complete an honors seminar or a project.
The Master of Science programs require 42-48 credits to complete and allow for tracks in industrial and organizational or counseling psychology. The latter includes a 60-credit option that can help students acquire the training they need to become licensed clinical professional counselors, both within Maryland and throughout the greater United States. Both areas of study require a practicum, and qualified students may receive research assistantships or fellowships.
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
This county branch of the University of Maryland is based in Baltimore, and the Department of Psychology is composed of approximately 35 members. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with 36 and 68 credits of major coursework respectively. The core curricula are similar to those of the aforementioned schools, and students can also pursue a concentration in biopsychology, developmental or human services psychology.
The 2-year Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis program includes topics in developmental disabilities and substance abuse and requires a practicum. Students in the 30-credit industrial and organizational psychology also complete a practicum and pursue topics in decision-making, ethics, human resources and law.
The doctoral program in applied developmental psychology focuses exclusively on children and allows for concentrations in early development and intervention, educational contexts and socio-emotional interactions. Areas of focus associated with the doctoral program in human resources psychology include community and applied psychology, behavioral medicine and clinical studies.
University of Maryland - College Park
The University of Maryland, located in College Park, offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program in psychology. The Bachelor of Arts program requires 35 credits of major coursework and includes thematic studies in the developmental and social sciences, cognitive studies and mental health. A similar course of study can be found in the Bachelor of Science program, where students complete an additional 17 credits in math and science.
A Master of Science in Psychology program is offered as an interim degree to students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy. Areas of specialization include social, decision and organizational science (SDOS), cognitive and neural systems (CNS) or clinical, counseling or developmental psychology. Students seeking a terminal degree may be interested in the new Master of Professional Studies in Clinical Psychological Science program that can be completed online and through evening study in as little as 15 months.
Practicing psychologists in Maryland must be licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Eligibility requirements for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam include a doctoral degree in psychology. However, bachelor's and master's programs can still be useful to students who are interested in, among other fields, careers in human resources, research and social work. Comparisons of psychology programs at ten of the largest schools in Maryland are found below.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Psychology Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bowie State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
| $7,660 in-state; $18,142 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$8,956 in-state; $14,176 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Frostburg University||4-year, public; small suburb||Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
$20,588 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$9,234 in-state; $11,196 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychological and Brain Sciences,
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychological and Brain Sciences
|Loyola University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Science (clinical or counseling psychology),
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
|Morgan State University||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Psychology||$7,508 in-state; $17,182 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Salisbury University||4-year, public; small suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology|| $9,086, in-state;
$17,432 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|Towson University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Science in Psychology
$20,788 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$8,820 in-state; $15,984 out-of-state (graduate)*
|University of Baltimore||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Science in Applied Psychology
$19,744 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$14,496 in-state; $20,219 out-of-state (graduate)*
|University of Maryland - Baltimore County||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis,
Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy (applied developmental or human services psychology)
$23,770 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$12,798 in-state; $19,692 out-of-state (graduate)*
|University of Maryland - College Park||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Professional Studies in Clinical Psychological Science,
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
|$9,996 in-state; $31,144 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$12,896 in-state; $26,054 out-of-state (graduate)*
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics