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Top School in San Bernardino, CA, for a Psychology Degree

The San Bernardino, CA, area has a number of schools with programs in psychology. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

While there is only one school offering psychology programs right in San Bernardino, there are many schools within a 50-mile radius. University of California Riverside, California State University San Bernardino, and University of Southern California University are the top three schools offering psychology degrees near San Bernardino based on proximity to the city, school rankings, and the number of psychology degrees awarded.

  • Winner: University of California Riverside takes the top spot on this list due to its psychology program's ranking from U.S. News & World Report and close proximity to San Bernardino at 14.8 miles away. UC Riverside offers bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in psychology.
  • Runner Up #1: California State University San Bernardino came in second place due to its central San Bernardino location as well as the high number of undergraduate psychology degrees it awarded in 2015. This school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology.
  • Runner Up #2: University of Southern California's psychology program is also ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report and the school has the best graduation rate of the three, but its high tuition and more distant location of 55 miles away from San Bernardino land it in third place. USC offers bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in psychology.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of California Riverside California State University San Bernardino University of Southern California
Ranking(s) Ranked 63rd among national psychology programs in 2013* N/A Ranked 40th among national psychology programs in 2013*
Location Riverside (14.8 miles from San Bernardino)** San Bernardino Los Angeles, California (55.1 miles from San Bernardino)**
School Type 4-year, public** 4-year, public** 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $13,527 (in-state, undergraduate) $11,220 (in-state, graduate)** $6,577 (in-state, undergraduate) $6,738 (in-state, graduate)** $50,277 (undergraduate) $39,984 (graduate)**
Psychology Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees** Bachelor's and Master's degrees** Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degrees**
Psychology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2014-2015 423** 453** 251**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2008 Entering Class 73%** 52%** 92%**

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: University of California Riverside

  • 91% student retention rate
  • 19-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Popular psychology program

UC Riverside has about 21,000 students, admitting 56% of its fall 2015 applicants. Undergraduate psychology study at UC Riverside includes both a B.S. and B.A. option, with the former focused on research methodology, experience and theory and the latter incorporating a law and society interdisciplinary approach that includes study of legal relationships and institutions. The psychology department also offer a neuroscience degree concerned with various operations of the nervous system.

Graduate psychology study options at UC Riverside include specializations in systems neuroscience as well as cognitive, developmental, and social/personality psychology. There are also interdisciplinary study tracks in quantitative and health psychology. Graduate psychology study typically takes students around four to five years to complete. For students interested in teaching, the doctoral programs at UC Riverside offer the chance to gain experience as a teaching assistant, with at least three quarters of such work required.

Runner-Up #1: California State University San Bernardino

  • High percentage of applicants admitted
  • Popular psychology program
  • 87% student retention rate

Cal. State University San Bernardino is made up of over 20,000 students, with around 4,000 of those students graduating annually. The psychology department produced the 2nd most graduates in 2014 and is one of the most populated programs at CSUSB in both faculty and students.

The psych. department offers undergraduate majors of general psychology and human development, with master's programs focusing on child development, clinical/counseling, general experimental, and industrial/organizational psychology.

Runner-Up #2: University of Southern California

  • 9 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 96% student retention rate
  • 5 doctoral programs

USC is the hardest school to get into of the three, with only an 18 percent rate of admission. in 2015-2016, the school boasted 19,000 undergraduate students and 24,000 graduate and professional students.

The undergraduate psychology program at USC provides three B.A. concentration options of study: general psychology, cognitive science, and social sciences (with a psychology emphasis). At the master's level, the school offers both a residential and online degree in applied psychology. For students pursuing a doctoral-level education, USC provides a bounty of studying options, with programs focusing on: brain and cognitive sciences, clinical science, developmental psychology, quantitative methods, and social psychology.


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