Top Degree Programs in the Psychology Field - San Jose, CA

There are at least 4 schools in the San Jose area that offer degrees in psychology. Find the best program for you by reading about the top school's rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

The majority of schools near San Jose that offer programs in psychology are public, but there is one private, for-profit school. Based on the research laboratories and program options, the following school is considered a top school for psychology:

  • Winner: San Jose State University, located in downtown San Jose, includes a department of psychology that offers bachelor's and master's programs. It offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Category San Jose State University
Rankings #8 Top Public Schools (2015)**
Location San Jose, California
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $7,323 (in-state); $18,483 (out-of-state)*
Accounting Degrees Offered Bachelor, Master
Accounting Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013-2014 326*
Most Popular Accounting Degree Program Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor (314 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 48%*
Noteworthy NASA-Ames Research Center provides many internship opportunities***

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***San Jose State University

San Jose State University

  • Students have access to a psychology clinic and multiple computer labs
  • Psychology Department's faculty has received countless awards, such as the CoSS Teaching Excellence Award and the CoSS Meritorious Service Award.
  • The Alan E. Kazdin Endowed Lecture in Psychology helps inspire influential psychologists from across the nation

Established in 1857, San Jose State University is approximately an hour's drive from San Francisco. The Psychology Department houses many laboratories, and as of 2014, it has a student population of 32,471. The university is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system.

The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - which requires students to take basic statistics, biopsychology, clinical psychology, general psychology and child psychology. At least nine units of psychology electives must also be completed. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is geared towards those looking for extra training in research. Two additional semesters of laboratory courses in advanced experimental methods must be completed.

A Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology is also available, which is designed for those looking to obtain their doctoral degree. Courses include statistical data analysis, experimental psychology and child psychology. A Master's thesis must be completed. The Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology prepares students for immediate employment. Issues worked on include employee satisfaction, survey design, personal productivity and hiring and organizational development. An internship in the Silicon Valley area must be completed.


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