Psychology Courses in Atlanta, GA with Degree Program Summaries

Jan 25, 2019

Schools in the Atlanta Area with Psychology Programs

Students in the Atlanta area who are interested in studying psychology have many school options. This article looks at three schools that are no more than 20 minutes from downtown. There is also a table of information that someone considering a school should know, such as tuition, enrollment and the graduation rate. At the end of the article is a listing of other Atlanta-area schools that offer psychology programs.

  • Students can choose to study at Emory University, almost five miles from downtown Atlanta. Emory offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology.
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology is about four miles from the heart of downtown Atlanta. It offers bachelor's and Ph.D. programs in psychology as well as a minor in psychology.
  • Georgia State University is located in the downtown area. Its psychology offerings include two bachelor's degree programs, a Ph.D. and a minor option.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students must look at many factors when choosing a school. The following table presents pertinent information in a way that makes it easy to compare these schools.

Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 14,263* 29,376* 32,816*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $49,392* In-state: $12,418, out-of-state: $33,014* In-state: $9,112, out-of-state: $23,971*
% of Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 58%* 76%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 22%* 23%* 70%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) Full-time students: 93%* Full-time students: 97%, part-time students: 67%* Full-time students: 83%, part-time students: 53%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011) 91%* 85%* 53%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Emory University

Emory University was founded in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia, and moved to its current location in Atlanta in 1915, thanks to a donation from the Coca-Cola Company. The university enrolls more than 14,000 students in its nine schools. Emory offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology through its Department of Psychology, found in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students majoring in psychology at Emory will need to complete 12 courses in psychology. This includes four required core courses; one course each in the three subsections of social, personality, and applied psychology; neuroscience and animal behavior; and cognition and development; and five elective psychology courses. Students will gain a broad overview of the subject of psychology, as well as some in-depth knowledge in each of the three subsections.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology

The clinical psychology major is one of three doctorate programs offered through the Department of Psychology. Clinical psychology students are trained in biological and social aspects of human behavior. Courses focus on assessment, intervention and treatment. Some of the coursework covers the history of psychology, ethics and research methods.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology is recognized as a top U.S. research university. The school was founded in 1885 and enrolls more than 29,000 students. The school offers psychology degree programs through its College of Sciences.

Minor in Psychology

Earning the minor in psychology requires two required psychology courses and 15-18 credit hours of electives. The course in applied experimental psychology and experimental analysis of behavior are excluded from the list of available advanced options.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

This program builds a technical overview of psychology on a firm foundation of science and mathematics. Required courses are taken in biopsychology, human sensation, cognitive psychology, and learning and memory. Graduates generally move on to study psychology in graduate school, though other graduate-level majors may be available with this degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Since Georgia Tech doesn't offer a terminal master's degree program, students who complete the master's program are awarded the degree, but must continue to the doctorate level where they can choose between five specializations. These areas of concentration include cognitive aging, engineering psychology, cognition and brain science, industrial/organizational psychology and quantitative psychology. The core curriculum is the same among all of the specializations. Obtaining the master's degree and completing the doctoral program typically takes five years.

Georgia State University

Located in Atlanta, Georgia State University hosts an annual undergraduate conference where students are given the opportunity to present their research to the larger school community. Other school features include an honors program with the possibility to study abroad.

Minor in Psychology

A total of 15 semester hours are needed to earn a minor in psychology. Of the 15 hours, nine should include advanced psychology courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The B.A. in Psychology offers an area of concentration in community psychology. General coursework addresses human development, applied psychology, human sexuality and psychology careers. Graduates can pursue an advanced degree or enter the workforce in a psychology-related field.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Community psychology and pre-medicine are areas of specialization for this program. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs share the same core courses, but this program includes general education classes in biology, chemistry and physics with laboratories. Some of the psychology content examines drug abuse, personal growth and human behavior.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

There are seven specialized tracks for students to choose from: clinical-neuropsychology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, clinical, community, developmental, clinical-community or cognitive sciences. Despite the specializations, all psychology Ph.D. programs share in clinical research and interact at interdisciplinary social events.

Other School Options

Psychology students in Atlanta may also want to explore the programs offered by Oglethorpe University or Clark Atlanta University, both located in Atlanta. Life University in Marietta and Agnes Scott University in Decatur both offer psychology degree programs as well. All options are less than 20 miles from downtown Atlanta.

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