Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs are available in various fields of psychology for New Hampshire students. Most psychology programs include practicum requirements such as clinical rotations, internships, research projects, teaching assistantships, or other work experiences. Depending on the degree level, capstone projects, theses, and/or dissertations may also be needed. Many schools offer concentrations or specializations within the field of psychology, and programs delve heavily into research. Some schools offer online options.
Profiled below are the programs available at the largest public and private psychology schools in New Hampshire.
Hanover's Dartmouth College offers bachelor's and doctoral degree programs through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. As part of the Bachelor of Arts degree program, undergraduates can study areas such as development psychology, data analysis, abnormal psychology, behavioral neuroscience and human brain mapping. Laboratories and research projects are included in the program. The college also has a Ph.D. program in psychology that takes four to five years to complete; doctoral degrees are in experimental psychology or cognitive neuroscience. Graduate students may conduct research in behavioral, cognitive or social psychology and are required to serve in four teaching assistantships. Doctoral degree candidates complete courses in computational methods, affective neuroscience, brain evolution and ethical research.
Franklin Pierce University
Franklin Pierce University in Rindge has a bachelor's degree in psychology program that includes specializations in addiction, terrorism, sports psychology and other areas. Courses include perception, psychology of learning, theories of personality and evolutionary psychology. A thesis and/or internship may be required. Students can participate in undergraduate research programs. A Franklin Pierce chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, organizes weekly meetings, lectures, trips and tutoring help. Students working toward a Bachelor of Science degree take more mathematics courses than those working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree do.
Granite State College
Undergraduates at Granite State College, located in Concord, can pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology with courses in research methods, the brain and human development. Students may also study subjects such as educational psychology, child and adolescent development, art therapy and occupational stress. A capstone course is mandatory to complete the program. Psychology-related minors are also available in the areas of human development, adult learning, human services and development or family studies.
Keene State College
Keene State College in Keene offers a Bachelor of Arts in psychology through its School of Sciences and Social Sciences. Program participants can take required and elective courses in the history of psychology, counseling, aging, motivation and psychology of women. Majors may also participate in practicum experiences and conduct independent research under faculty direction. Students complete several psychology courses before formally applying and gaining acceptance to the program during their sophomore year.
New England College
The bachelor's degree program at Henniker's New England College offers concentrations in general psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology and criminal behavior. This program includes courses such as writing and research, juvenile delinquency, exceptional children, forensic psychology and aggression prevention. Students must complete an internship or conduct independent study. A 20-credit psychology minor is also available at this school.
Plymouth State University
Plymouth State University in Plymouth offers two degree options for psychology students. The Bachelor of Arts program includes courses in behavior measurement, lifespan development, learning and social psychology. Undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science program may focus their studies in psychology and law, mental health or developmental psychology. This program culminates in a capstone course, which is fulfilled by an internship, advanced seminar or research project.
Rivier University, located in Nashua, has psychology programs at several degree levels. The bachelor's degree program, which is offered on campus and online, has courses in statistics, experimental psychology and neuroscience. The master's degree programs in clinical psychology and experimental psychology include an internship or thesis component and cover testing and assessment, counseling practice, neuroscience and professional ethics. Students with an existing bachelor's or master's degree and relevant work experience may also earn a Doctorate of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology from the university.
Saint Anselm College
Manchester's Saint Anselm College offers a bachelor's degree in psychology with courses in psychology of gender, addiction and dependency, political psychology and humanistic psychology. The school's Department of Psychology has seven faculty members. Additionally, the college has a chapter of Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society; students who meet specific standards can join this group, which sponsors research competitions and provides opportunities for members to present research papers at conferences.
Southern New Hampshire University
Psychology students at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester may choose a concentration in mental health, addictions, applied psychology, social psychology, forensic psychology or child and adolescent psychology. Courses include educational psychology, scientific investigation, special needs, criminal psychology and human sexuality. The program emphasizes real-world experiences such as internships, volunteer work and faculty-assisted research. Students can also get involved with the school's chapter of Psi Chi or the Psychology Student Association.
University of New Hampshire
The University of New Hampshire's main campus in Durham offers undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology. Bachelor's degree candidates study topics such as social psychology, counseling, visual perception, language and mood disorders. Students have opportunities for independent study, which they may present at annual conferences. Ph.D. candidates can choose to specialize in development, social or cognitive psychology. Graduate students teach several introductory and mid-level courses, complete a dissertation and conduct additional publishable research. The school's psychology department has 38 faculty members.
To be licensed to practice as a psychologist in this state, individuals must earn a doctorate from a regionally accredited school; two years of supervised experience, an exam and good character are also required. However, not all psychology doctoral degree programs are targeted toward becoming a practicing psychologist.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Psychology Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Dartmouth College||4-year; private, not-for-profit; remote town|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Ph.D. in Psychology
| $49,506 undergraduate;
|Franklin Pierce University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; fringe rural|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
|Granite State College||4-year; public; fringe town||Bachelor of Science in Psychology|| $7,257 in-state,
|Keene State College||4-year; public; distant town||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology|| $13,228 in-state,
|New England College||4-year; private, not-for-profit; distant rural||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$34,606*|
|Plymouth State University||4-year; public; remote town|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
| $13,128 in-state,
|Rivier University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology,
Master of Science in Experimental Psychology,
Doctorate of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology
| $29,700 undergraduate;
|Saint Anselm College||4-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$37,904*|
|Southern New Hampshire University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$30,386*|
|University of New Hampshire||4-year; public; small suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Ph.D. in Psychology
| $16,986 undergraduate in-state,
$30,256 undergraduate out-of-state;
$15,315 graduate in-state;
$28,275 graduate out-of-state*
Source: *NCES College Navigator