Psychology School Options in Minneapolis
Individuals interested in psychology have several options in the Minneapolis area. This article looks at three schools no more than 20 minutes from downtown and the undergraduate and graduate degree programs they offer. There is also a table of important information about each school, including tuition, enrollment, percentage of applicants who are accepted and percentage of students who graduate on time. At the end of the article are a few facts about some other Minneapolis schools that offer psychology degrees.
- Only six miles from downtown Minneapolis, Hamline University offers a bachelor's degree in psychology.
- The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, about two miles from the city center, has degrees at the bachelor's and doctoral levels.
- The University of St. Thomas is just over six miles from downtown Minneapolis. It, too, has degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents information about each school that could be useful to prospective students.
|Hamline University||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||University of St. Thomas|
|School Type||Four-year; private not-for-profit||Four-year; public||Four-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||3,734*||51,848*||9,878*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$40,332*||$14,417 in-state; $26,603 out-of-state*||$41,133*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||100%*||81%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||69%*||50%*||84%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||84% for full-time students*||93% for full-time students*||88% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students beginning in Fall 2011)||67%*||80% (12% transfer-out rate)*||77% (17% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Students in Hamline's psychology program have access to a testing area in the dedicated laboratories. The school also has internships in service areas, human resource positions and data analysis positions.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
While earning their psychology degree, students are required to complete courses in general psychology and statistics, as well as an upper-division seminar. Other courses students can take include topics in lifespan development, personality theories, abnormal psychology, learning theories, emotion studies and sleep studies. Students can build their research skills with research apprenticeships under the university's faculty. Students can complete this bachelor's degree online.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Research areas in the University of Minnesota's (U of M) psychology program include biological pathopsychology, social psychology, counseling psychology and cognitive and brain sciences. The university has its own psychology publication and opportunities for students to learn abroad.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Courses in the bachelor's degree psychology program include psychology of language, adolescent psychology, introduction to functional MRI and human sexuality. The Bachelor of Science degree is focused on cognitive/quantitative and biological sciences, while the Bachelor of Arts is a liberal arts degree that focuses on determinants of human behavior. Included in both programs is an honors internship/externship.
During the Ph.D. program in psychology students also earn a Master of Arts in Psychology during the course of the curriculum. Students in this program choose from a lengthy list of possible program specialties that include clinical science and psychopathology, cognitive and brain sciences, behavior genetics, industrial and organizational behavior, psychometrics, counseling psychology, school psychology and social psychology. In order to complete the program, students must complete such courses as social psychology, social cognition and psychological data analysis as well as a series of Ph.D. seminars in the specialization they have chosen; 12 credits in a minor or supporting program must also be completed. Ph.D. candidates must also pass some exams and complete and defend their independently-researched doctoral dissertation.
University of St. Thomas
Students have the chance to study abroad in Germany, London, Rome and Ireland while at the University of St. Thomas. The university is has an American Psychological Association-accredited program that offers a doctorate degree in counseling psychology.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The bachelor's program at St. Thomas requires students to complete 44 credits (which translates to 11 courses) in psychology. Courses in the bachelor's degree program include general psychology, research methods, learning and memory, the study of infancy and childhood, psychopathology and theories of personality. Students can also complete an independent project in psychology before they finish the program.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
The master's degree program meets the requirements necessary for becoming a licensed professional counselor. Students also complete a practicum or internship while earning their degree. The program offers three tracks to choose from: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT) and joint LPC and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).
Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology
This program is a specialized doctorate in psychology known as a Psy.D. that places emphasis on individual and cultural differences, intervention strategies and scientific psychological practices. The program's courses can be completed during late afternoons, weekends and evenings. A cohort program is utilized, allowing students to learn as a group. There is also a practicum experience that takes place in the second and third years of the program while students are enrolled in what are called 'Practice Development Seminars.'
Other School Options
Psychology degrees are also available at Carleton College, found 38 miles from Minneapolis, Metropolitan State University, which is 11 miles from Minneapolis and at University of Northwestern-St. Paul, found six miles from Minneapolis.