Top School with a Degree in Psychology - Seattle, WA

Many schools in the Seattle area have psychology programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for psychology, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

There are several schools offering an education in psychology within 15 miles of Seattle. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, the number of program levels available and the amount of degrees awarded in the field:

  • Winner: University of Washington in Seattle secures the top spot due to its tuition rates, number of degrees conferred in psychology and for being ranked nationally in numerous categories by U.S. News & World Report .
  • Runner Up #1: Seattle Pacific University, found in Seattle, takes the first runner up spot on account of its degree level variety in psychology and for the institution's graduation rate.
  • Runner Up #2: Seattle University in Seattle comes in third for its regional rankings by U.S. News & World Report and its low student-to-faculty ratio.

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Category University of Washington - Seattle Seattle Pacific University Seattle University
Ranking(s) 2nd for graduate clinical psychology programs, nationwide*
13th for Top Public Schools, nationwide*
14th for graduate psychology programs, nationwide*
14th for graduate educational psychology programs, nationwide*
46th for National Universities*
2nd for Best Value Schools, Regional Universities (West)*
15th for Regional Universities (West)*
164th for graduate clinical psychology programs, nationwide*
7th for Best Value Schools, Regional Universities (West)*
10th for Regional Universities (West)*
Location Seattle, WA Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $12,383 (undergraduate, in-state)
$29,938 (undergraduate, out-of-state),
$14,358 (graduate, in-state),
$26,768 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$32,067 (undergraduate),
$20,546 (graduate)**
$34,800 (undergraduate),
$19,338 (graduate)**
Psychology Degree and Certificate Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees; post-graduate certificates
Psychology Degrees and Certificates Awarded (all levels) in (2011-2012) 455** 127** 100**
Most Popular Psychology Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's in Psychology (434 awarded)** Bachelor's in Psychology (69 awarded)** Bachelor's in Psychology (66 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 80%** 74%** 71%**
Noteworthy Maintains six centers and institutes to further research and provide research opportunities SPU offers B.A and B.S. program options in psychology as well as the option for a psychology minor at the undergraduate level. Motivated students with a qualifying GPA can enroll in a departmental honors program that provides more contact with faculty, as well as research opportunities.

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report (2013 and 2014 rankings), **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: University of Washington - Seattle

  • The Department of Psychology has 52 faculty members, 64 adjunct and associate faculty members, and 115 clinical faculty members
  • The university has a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, according to NCES
  • Faculty members include American Psychological Association and National Institutes of Health award winners

In spring 2011, the University of Washington - Seattle's Department of Psychology enrolled 956 undergraduates and 107 graduate students. The department has programs at the bachelor's and doctorate levels. Students pursuing a doctorate also have the option to earn a Master of Science in Psychology, as part of their Ph.D. programs. Undergraduate students are provided the opportunity for hands-on experience through a teaching program, internships, and/or undergraduate research opportunities. The department's faculty members also receive over $10 million annually in grant funding.

Runner-Up #1: Seattle Pacific University

  • The Psychology Department maintains three faculty-run research labs
  • SPU is a Christian university with students and faculty from over 50 denominations

Based on the 2012 fall enrollment and acceptance information, Seattle Pacific University's undergraduate psychology major is the school's most popular program. The School of Psychology, Family, and Community awards psychology degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctorate levels, as well as graduate certificates and an undergraduate minor. The undergraduate psychology program can provide students with hands-on research opportunities and the chance to participate in and present at research conferences.

Runner-Up #2: Seattle University

  • SU has a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, according to NCES
  • For the 2010-2011 academic year, NCES indicated that 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduates received financial aid
  • The school is 1 of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities in the United States

Seattle University was ranked among the top 10 regional universities in the west by US News & World Report. The Psychology Department awards degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels, as well as an undergraduate minor. Students here can complete hands-on learning opportunities through an internship program. The college of education also offers a post-graduate program in school psychology leading to an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.), as well as state and national certifications in school psychology.

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