School and Ranking Information
A few schools with psychology degrees are found within roughly a 50-mile radius of Albuquerque. The following schools are regarded as being the top three on account of tuition, rankings and degrees awarded in psychology:
- Winner: University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is at the top of the list resulting from the vast number of awarded degrees in the field, being nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 and 2014 and for degree level choices.
- Runner Up #1: Central New Mexico Community College, located in Albuquerque, is the first runner up by reason of its location and for being a public institution.
- Runner Up #2: Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe comes in third place due to its tuition rates and the school's academic support services.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of New Mexico||Central New Mexico Community College||Santa Fe Community College|
|Rankings||#101 among top public school in the country (2014), #92 among graduate psychology programs (2013)*||N/A||N/A|
|Location||Albuquerque||Albuquerque||Santa Fe (50 miles from Albuquerque)|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$6,050 (in-state, undergraduate); $20,688 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $6,642 (in-state, graduate); $21,258 (out-of-state, graduate)**||$1,310 (in-state); $6,464 (out-of-state)**||$1,329 (in-district); $1,689 (in-state); $3,084 (out-of-state)**|
|Psychology Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and doctoral degrees||Associate degree||Associate degree|
|Psychology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||359**||14**||12**|
|Most Popular Psychology Degree Program (2011-2012)||Bachelor's degree (328 awarded)**||Associate degrees (14 awarded)**||Associate degrees (12 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||46% (for 2006 Entering Class)**||10% (for 2009 Entering Class)**||10% (for 2009 Entering Class)**|
|Noteworthy||Students can concentrate on addiction counseling within program||Program prepares students to transfer to a 4-year university or college||Free tutoring available to students in need of academic support|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics.
Winner: University of New Mexico
- Ranked as the 181th best national university in the country for 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report
- Graduate program in clinical psychology was ranked as #70 in the nation in 2013, per U.S. News & World Report
- Honors program designed for advanced psychology students
- Research is a common part of psychology curriculum
Undergraduate students who enroll at this public university can earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The B.S. program typically has a stronger emphasis on science and math courses. In general, courses cover social psychology, statistics, history of psychology, and research. Students can also focus specifically on addition counseling to prepare to work as addiction specialists after graduation. The university also has a doctorate program where students can concentrate on clinical, evolution, health psychology, or developmental psychology. It should be noted that the school currently does not have a master's degree program in psychology, although graduate students may earn a master's degree as they work on their doctorate degrees in psychology. The graduate program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and qualifies graduates for the licensure exam.
Runner-Up #1: Central New Mexico Community College
- Career Resource Center helps students match studies to potential careers
- Distance education allows students to take classes online
- Campus computer labs are open to students of all disciplines
This public community college offers an Associate of Arts in Psychology. Students need to earn up to 64 credits to earn this degree. Upon completion, students may be able to transfer to a 4-year university or college to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology. As part of the program, students take a series of English, math, and biology courses in addition to their psychology electives and courses. The psychology classes cover social psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, and behavior.
Runner-Up #2: Santa Fe Community College
- Advising center supports first-time students and those who want to transfer to 4-year schools
- Career resource center guides students looking for jobs after graduation
- Campus tutoring center helps students succeed in their academic pursuits
Students can also pursue an Associate of Arts in Psychology at this community college. The school requires students to complete at least 61 credits of courses before being awarded the degree. From that, 18 hours are dedicated to core psychology courses that cover cultural psychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. There are a number of psychology electives that students can take to learn about case management, crisis intervention, and human services. In addition to the psychology courses, students must complete general education requirements that involve the humanities and sciences.