Top School for a Psychology Degree - Phoenix, AZ

Jul 19, 2020

School and Ranking Information

There are few schools in the Phoenix area that offer psychology programs. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, degree levels available and program offerings:

  • Winner: Arizona State University (ASU) is the top overall pick because it is ranked highest of the three schools by U.S. News & World Report. Students can pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral studies in psychology, and ASU had the highest graduation rate in psychology. In 2020, ASU's psychology graduate program was ranked No. 39, and the clinical psychology graduate program was rated No. 27 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • 1st Runner-up: Prescott College (PC) is 1st runner-up due to its low student-faculty ratio and unique program offerings, including an equine-assisted mental health focus. Prescott students can study psychology on the bachelor's and master's levels.
  • 2nd Runner-up: Midwestern University - Glendale (MUG) secured third place because it offers master's and doctorate degrees in psychology. Midwestern University - Glendale also offers its students an opportunity for real-world experience through internships and other experiential offerings.

School Comparison Chart

Category Arizona State University Prescott College Midwestern University - Glendale
Ranking University ranked 117th in the nation in 2020** #87-#113 in Regional Universities West in 2020 #208 in Graduate Clinical Psychology
Location Tempe, AZ (8.4 miles from Phoenix) Prescott, AZ (78.9 miles from Phoenix) Glendale, AZ (15.1 miles from Phoenix)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition (2019-2020) $11,338 (undergraduate, in-state), $29,428 (undergraduate, out-of-state), $11,720 + $888 fees (graduate, in-state), $26,160 + $888 fees (graduate, out-of-state)* $32,553 (undergraduate), $21,696 + $590 fees (graduate)* $46,825 + $687 fees (graduate)*
Psychology Award Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees, post-master's certificates Master's and doctoral degrees
Psychology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2018-2019) 498* 29 (bachelor's awards only, no figure available for masters and post-master's certificate awards)* 45 (includes 22 master's degrees awarded as part of doctoral requirements)*
Most Popular Psychology Program (2018-2019) Bachelor's in Psychology - General (465 awarded)* Bachelor's in Psychology - General (29 awarded)* N/A
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2013 Entering Class 63%* 33%* N/A
Noteworthy Six scholarships available for psychology students Student-faculty ratio of 8:1* Program is American Psychological Association (APA) accredited

Sources: *NCES, **U.S. News and World Report

Winner: Arizona State University

  • Students can join Psi Chi, psychology's honor society
  • Undergraduate honors psychology track is offered

In addition to the psychology programs on ASU's main campus, bachelor's programs are offered at the university's Lake Havasu campus, and the West campus located in Phoenix. Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) awards are available in general psychology, and at BS in Psychological Science is available as well. Students can also study psychology through the university's interdisciplinary studies program. The bachelor's in psychology requires a total of 120 credit hours, with 37 of those hours in psychology courses focusing on topics like behavior, genetics, learning, and culture as they relate to the field.

At the graduate level, students can pursue a Master of Science in Psychology at the West campus, and seven concentrations, including law and psychology, are among the doctorate-level study options. Outside of the psychology department, a master's program in counseling and a doctoral program in counseling psychology are offered through the university's College of Letters and Sciences.

Runner-Up #1: Prescott College

  • Students can concentrate in equine-assisted mental health
  • University's Peer Education and Resource Center (PERC) offers students peer support in their academic and personal growth

Students at PC can choose from undergraduate programs in counseling psychology and ecopsychology. Students who study ecopsychology also take environmental course work. PC's graduate degree program requires a total of 60 credits. Graduate study in counseling psychology is done on a limited-residency basis with time split between core courses and at least 900 total hours in clinical work and internships. Adventure-based psychotherapy and somatic psychology, which offers a holistic approach to the field, are among the five concentrations available at the graduate level.

Runner-Up #2: Midwestern University - Glendale

  • University operates a clinic in Glendale offering psychology services
  • Program can be completed in four years
  • Students interning at the Arizona State Hospital can apply for a $7,000 scholarship

MUG specializes in healthcare education, and the doctoral program in clinical psychology is a relatively new program that graduated its first class in 2011. Instead of offering a separate master's program in psychology, the university awards the master's in progress toward the doctorate award. Doctoral study at MUG is interdisciplinary to give students a broad scope of experiences within the field of psychology. Clinical rotations and practicum are part of the curriculum intended to aid students' progress toward successful licensure.

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