School and Ranking Information
To become a certified psychologist in Colorado, students must earn a doctorate degree in psychology from an accredited university and complete 3,000 hours of supervised training to be eligible for the licensure exam. There are about six not-for-profit schools with psychology programs located within 15 miles of Denver. The University of Denver, Regis University, and the University of Colorado - Denver are the top three of these schools based on the number of psychology degrees awarded, school rankings, and variety of psychology programs offered.
- Winner: The University of Denver (UD) is the top pick as it is the only one of these three schools with a nationally ranked graduate psychology program by U.S. News & World Report. UD provides its students with ample research opportunities to work beside experienced faculty members and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degrees in psychology.
- Runner Up #1: Regis University (RU) ranks second due to its online program availability and high graduation rate. The school offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in psychology.
- Runner Up #2: The University of Colorado - Denver (UC - Denver) secured third place because of the high number of psychology degrees awarded in 2012. Students here can choose from bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in psychology.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Denver||Regis University||University of Colorado - Denver|
|Ranking(s)|| 13th for Up-and-Coming Schools, nationwide (2013),
47th for Graduate Clinical Psychology (UD Department of Psychology), nationwide (2012),
83rd for National Universities (2013),
92nd for Graduate Psychology, nationwide (2013),
121st for High School Counselor Rankings, nationwide (2012),
171st for Graduate Clinical Psychology (UD Graduate School of Professional Psychology), nationwide (2012)*
| 29th for Regional Universities (West) (2013),
90th for Best Online Bachelor's Programs (2013)*
| 108th for Top Public Schools, nationwide (2013),
145th for High School Counselor Rankings, nationwide (2012),
189th for National Universities (2013)*
|Location||Denver, CO||Denver, CO||Denver, CO|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$39,177 (undergraduate),
|$7,494 (undergraduate, in-state),
$21,006 (undergraduate, out-of-state),
$7,358 (graduate, in-state)
$20,676 (graduate, out-of-state)**
|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 (all levels) Awarded in 2011-2012||241**||100**||253**|
|Most Popular Psychology Program 2011-2012||Bachelor's in Psychology (68 awarded)**||Master's in Counseling (54 awarded)**||Bachelor's in Psychology (115 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class||78%**||62%**||40%**|
|Noteworthy||Offers multiple scholarships and awards for psychology students||Offers a bachelor level program in psychology on campus and online||Offers a scholarship for qualified psychology students|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: University of Denver
- In 2012, psychology was in the top 5 undergraduate degrees awarded at UD
- In 2012, psychology was among the top 3 majors for first time undergraduate admitted applicants at UD
- 90% of faculty have a terminal degree in their field, according to the school's website
- UD has an overall 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio, according to NCES
- For the 2011-2012 academic year, 85% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid, according to NCES
The University of Denver Department of Psychology awards degrees at the bachelor's and doctoral levels, while the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) awards degrees at the master's and doctoral level. The department offers undergraduate students multiple opportunities to gain research experience through lab participation, volunteering, and internships. Qualified undergraduate students also have the option to participate in the departmental distinction program, which provides students with research experience as well as the opportunity to complete an honors thesis. Undergraduate students in the department have the option to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science, while graduate students may pursue a doctoral degree with a focus on 1 of 4 psychology concentrations. Graduate students may also attend the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), which gives students the option to pursue a PsyD in Clinical Psychology or a master's degree with a focus on 1 of 3 concentrations. Both the UD Department of Psychology and the US GSPP offer doctoral programs in clinical psychology that are APA accredited and prepare graduates for licensure. Additionally, students may choose to join the UD Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, or the Psychology Club.
Runner-Up #1: Regis University
- Psychology department faculty members include a Fulbright scholar
- Based on the number of degrees conferred in 2011-2012, psychology was in the top 10 most popular programs at RU, according to NCES
- RU has a 14 to 1 student to faculty ratio, according to NCES
- For the 2011-2012 academic year, 99% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid, according to NCES
- RU is a Jesuit Catholic university; it is 1 of the 28 Jesuit universities in the United States
Regis University awards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology. Both degrees can be completed on campus, and the BS in Applied Psychology may also be completed online. Additionally, RU awards a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. The Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University prepares students to become Colorado Licensed Professional Counselors. Qualified students are eligible to apply for multiple psychology focused scholarships and awards. Also, students may choose to join the RU Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.
Runner-Up #2: University of Colorado - Denver
- Based on the number of degrees conferred in 2011-2012, psychology was in the top 5 most popular programs at UC - Denver, according to NCES
- UC - Denver has a 17 to 1 student to faculty ratio, according to NCES
- For the 2011-2012 academic year, 73% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid
The University of Colorado - Denver Department of Psychology awards a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. While both programs prepare students for various paths in psychology, the Bachelor of Science program includes additional practical experience requirements and a focus on physical and biological sciences. Additionally, the department awards a master's and a doctoral degree. Though students cannot apply directly to a master's program, they are required to complete a master's degree while working toward their PhD. The department maintains a Psychological Services Center which provides services to the community and provides students with training opportunities. The doctoral program prepares students for licensure. Also, the department is currently seeking APA accreditation for the PhD in Clinical Health Psychology program.