Baltimore Psychology Schools
Students in the Baltimore, Maryland, area have many undergraduate- and graduate-level options for colleges if they plan on pursuing a degree in psychology. Read about the curriculum focus and coursework in programs at three universities that are within a 15-minute drive of downtown. A table of facts and figures, including tuition rates, for the profiled schools, is included, as is info on a few other area college options.
- The University of Baltimore offers a bachelor's degree and master's degree in psychology and applied psychology, respectively. The campus is located in downtown Baltimore.
- At Goucher College, located 7.5 miles from central Baltimore, students can pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology as well as a minor in the field of study.
- Situated roughly four miles from Baltimore's downtown area, Notre Dame of Maryland University offers bachelor's-level programs in psychology and behavioral neuroscience. This school also offers a minor in forensic psychology.
Comparison of Schools
Now that you've gotten details on the psychology degree options, check out this table to get additional info on the profiled schools. There are facts on student enrollment, acceptance rates, graduation numbers and more.
|University of Baltimore||Goucher College||Notre Dame of Maryland University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||5,565*||2,236*||2,475*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $8,824 in-state,
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||92%*||100%*||98%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)||81%*||79%*||71%*|
|Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017)||68% for full-time*||78% for full-time students*||82% for full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began studies in Fall 2011)||33%||66%*||43%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
University of Baltimore
Located in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, the University of Baltimore is part of Maryland's university system. It offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in psychology through its Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Graduates can continue on to advanced studies in the behavioral sciences or pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including counseling, social work and human resources.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
The BA program's curriculum explores psychology from the perspectives of both the natural and social sciences. Students can take applied psychology courses in community, industrial and organizational, forensic and health psychology, as well as in counseling. Human sexuality, theories of learning and psychopathology are elective options.
Master of Science (MS) in Applied Psychology
Students in this MS program must complete 42-48 credits to earn the degree. There are required courses in behavior, learning and cognition, intermediate statistics and research methods. Students also choose a specialization track in either counseling psychology or industrial and organizational psychology. Graduate students can compete for merit-based research assistantships that provide stipends and funding for tuition.
Founded in 1885, Goucher College is a liberal arts and science school with its campus located in Towson, where it moved from downtown Baltimore in 1954. Both the major and minor programs in psychology offer study abroad opportunities.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
In this bachelor's degree program, students can take courses in cognitive, developmental, health and social psychology. Two courses in professional development must also be completed. Students select a practicum from among an internship, mentored research, self-directed projects or thesis.
Minor in Psychology
Students in this 24-credit program must take an introductory psychology course in addition to 20 credits of psychology electives. These can be selected from among various seminars in different areas of psychology as well as courses in relational psychology, neuroscience, perception and sensation, psychological disorders and educational psychology.
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Notre Dame of Maryland University is a Catholic institution that was originally a women's college; it was the first such college in the country to award 4-year bachelor's degrees. Although present-day Notre Dame is a co-ed institution, it still maintains its undergraduate women's college. This school offers two bachelor's degrees in psychology.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The undergraduate program in psychology focuses on human experience and behavior, providing an overview from both clinical and applied perspectives. A practicum is required in settings such as guidance counseling, biopsychology or animal research. Graduates are prepared for either graduate-level work or entry-level positions in professions related to psychology.
Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience
The major program in behavioral neuroscience concentrates on the relationship between the brain and human behavior. Students learn research techniques and apply them to both biological and psychological sciences. In the last two years of the program, students participate in a field experience focusing on their area of interest. A practicum that combines biological and psychological research is required. Graduates are prepared for graduate study or for medical or veterinary school.
Minor in Forensic Psychology
This program requires students to complete 28 credit hours worth of coursework. Students study topics such as psychometrics, crime theories and social deviance, counseling techniques, psychopathology, research methods and personality theories.
Students may also want to explore the psychology programs offered at Coppin State University or Loyola University - Maryland, both located in Baltimore. Towson University, about seven miles from downtown Baltimore, and Bowie State University, about 40 minutes northeast of the city, both offer psychology degree programs as well.