Psychology Graduate Programs in Iowa

Iowa has several colleges and universities that award graduate degrees in psychology. The available programs and eligibility requirements for four schools will be explored.

Each of the below programs requires students to hold a bachelor's degree. One of the programs focuses on research, while others allow students to specialize in certain areas of psychology.

School Comparison

Students can compare the locations and tuition rates for three public universities and a private college.

Institution Location Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Iowa State University Ames, IA $10,078 (in-state) / $23,790 (out-of-state)
Loras College Dubuque, IA $10,485
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA $10,960 (in-state) / $29,696 (out-of-state)
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA $10,193 (in-state) / $20,667 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

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Iowa Psychology Graduate Programs

Iowa State University

Iowa State University offers three doctoral degrees in psychology: counseling, cognitive, or social. Each program has a strong emphasis on research. Students will need 72 credits to graduate and will take courses like Human and Computer Interaction and Behavioral Neuropsychology. Those enrolled in the program are eligible for tuition and stipend money for five years if they are in good academic standing.

Students will need a bachelor's or master's degree to apply for admission. Those with only a bachelor's degree must write a master's thesis as part of their curriculum. Prospective students will need to provide the following as part of the admissions process:

  • Graduate application
  • Departmental application
  • College transcripts
  • Three recommendation letters
  • GRE Scores: It is recommended students take the subject exam in psychology.

Loras College

Students can earn a Master of Arts in General Psychology at Loras College, which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. They will need to complete 39 credits and take courses such as Human Growth and Development and Social and Cultural Diversity. Prospective students will need a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.9 for the last 60 credits of coursework to apply. They will also need 9 credits in behavioral sciences. Application materials include official transcripts, personal statement, resume, and three recommendations.

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa awards a doctoral degree in psychology, with three main areas of study: clinical science, cognition, and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Students can also add focused areas in health psychology, social psychology, visual perception, developmental science, and developmental psychopathology. The doctoral program is intended for students interested in positions in research, academia, and industries like healthcare or government. As part of their training, students will be assigned a faculty mentor.

Potential students will first need to select and contact their desired faculty mentor. They will then need to complete an online application and submit a statement of purpose, transcripts, resume, three references, GRE scores, and questions for their desired training track.

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa has a Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in either clinical science or social. Students will need to complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. This program is preparation for students who desire to complete a doctoral degree. Available courses include Biopsychology and Behavior Modification.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology: Those with an unrelated degree can apply if they have 15-21 credits of undergraduate work that are approved by the admissions committee.
  • 3.0 GPA: Those with a lower GPA may be accepted on a conditional basis.
  • GRE scores of 150 on the quantitative and verbal sections are preferred: Lower scores will be considered for students who otherwise have strong applications.

Students in Iowa have their choice of master's and doctoral psychology programs. Some of the schools offer specialization areas, such as clinical science.


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