Psychology degree programs are generally standardized; therefore, most psychology bachelor's degree programs provide coursework in general psychology, statistics and research methods as well as coursework in a variety of psychology disciplines.
Not only can students in Arkansas earn a bachelor's degree, but there are also master's and doctoral degree programs in psychology, which generally focus on an area of psychology such as mental health or school psychology. There are generally no special requirements for the bachelor's admissions. Master's candidates need to have completed certain undergraduate psychology courses, while doctoral degree programs require a master's degree and letters of recommendation.
Arkansas requires psychologists and counselors to be licensed. Licensing requirements generally require a specific course of study from an accredited institution that the licensing board recognizes, passing criminal background checks and submitting fingerprints and passing a written examination, interview and an oral examination. Applicants must also have completed minimum required supervised hours of experience in the field for which they are being licensed. The following universities prepare students for licensing examinations.
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
The main campus of Arkansas State University is situated in Jonesboro. The university offers a bachelor's degree program in psychology and a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with a major in psychology. The Ed.S. degree has three tracks, including school psychology, mental health counseling and flexible options related to counseling or psychology. Since the Ed.S. program is a graduate program, applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology or related field.
Arkansas Tech University
The Department of Behavioral Sciences at Arkansas Tech University offers undergraduate and graduate psychology programs at its campus in Russellville. Baccalaureate psychology majors may minor in anthropology, sociology, rehabilitation science or criminal justice. The master's degree program is a thesis-based program that requires applicants to have a minimum of 18 undergraduate semester hours in psychology.
Hendrix College is a private, not-for-profit college located in Conway. The school offers psychology as a major and a minor degree. The bachelor's degree major requires ten psychology-related courses, including selections from behavioral psychology, social and cultural psychology specialties. Electives include advanced practicums, research or psychology coursework. Students who minor in psychology are required to take six psychology courses.
John Brown University
John Brown University in Siloam Springs is a private, not-for-profit Christian college. The bachelor's degree program in psychology is offered as a traditional four-year program or an accelerated three-year program, where students attend classes during the summer. Psychology curriculum includes general psychology coursework and specialized psychology disciplines coupled with Christian-based curriculum. The school also offers an accelerated five-year graduate program conferring a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling.
Ouachita Baptist University
Located in Arkedelphia, Ouachita Baptist University is another private college offering bachelor's degree programs in psychology. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science psychology majors both require the completion of 36 credit-hours of psychology-related courses, while the psychology minor requires 18 credit-hours. These degrees qualify graduates for graduate study or entry-level positions in the workplace.
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
The main campus of Southern Arkansas University is located in Magnolia. The school maintains a 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio, providing personalized attention. The university's Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers a bachelor's degree in psychology that prepares graduates for jobs in the mental health industry, social work and positions in the private sector.
University of Arkansas
The Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas offers a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's and doctorate programs in experimental psychology or clinical psychology. The bachelor's degree program require students to take 33 semester hours of psychology-related core courses. The school also provides an honors program in psychology where honors candidates carry out independent study and research and participate in special honors classes and seminars. Honors candidates are also required to complete and defend a thesis. The school also offers psychology as a minor that is satisfied by taking 18 semester hours of psychology-related courses. The master's degree program is a thesis-based program that requires applicants to have had at least 18 semester hours in psychology. Master's candidates must complete 24 semester hours of psychology coursework and submit a research thesis. Doctoral candidates must complete advanced psychology coursework and a dissertation.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The second largest campus in the University of Arkansas system, the Little Rock campus is also the only metropolitan campus. The university offers psychology as a bachelor's degree major and as a minor. It also offers a non-graduate, post-baccalaureate program in psychology for students who already have a bachelor's degree. Students who are taking psychology as a minor must complete 18 credit hours of psychology-related coursework. Psychology majors must complete 34 credit hours of psychology-related core coursework.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The main campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is located in Pine Bluff, with an extended campus in North Little Rock. The school maintains small class sizes, with a 20:1 student to teacher ratio. Psychology majors are required to complete 45 semester hours of psychology core and elective courses. Students who minor in psychology are required to take 24 credit hours of psychology related-courses. The bachelor's degree program in psychology is included in the statutory guaranteed eight-semester degree completion program. Students must expressly accept or waive participation in this guaranteed program.
University of Central Arkansas
The University of Central Arkansas is located 30 miles north of Little Rock in Conway. The University offers bachelor's degrees in psychology with flexible schedules, including a three-year completion plan that requires students to attend summer classes. The school also offers a master's degree in psychology. In order to receive the master's degree, students must complete 60 semester hours of coursework, including a one-semester full-time internship and pass a comprehensive examination. Master's graduates are qualified to become Licensed Professional Counselors.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Psychology Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Arkansas State University-Main Campus||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Specialist in Education with a Major in Psychology
|$8,607 in-state; $15,297 out-of-state (undergraduate); $6,210 in-state; $11,016 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Arkansas Tech University||4-year, public; remote town|| Bachelor's degree in Psychology,
Master of Science in Psychology
|$7,254 in-state; $12,678 out-of-state (undergraduate); $6,485 in-state; $11,597 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Hendrix College||4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$45,790 (undergraduate)*|
|John Brown University||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Psychology||$26,928 (undergraduate)*|
|Ouachita Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
|Southern Arkansas University Main Campus||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Psychology||$8,756 in-district; $8,786 in-state; $12,866 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of Arkansas||4-year, public; distant rural|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Arts in Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
|$9,130 in-state; $25,168 out-of-state (undergraduate); $8,612 in-state; $21,526 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$9,544 in-state; $21,754 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Psychology||$8,038 in-state; $14,398 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of Central Arkansas||4-year, public; fringe town|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology;
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
|$8,752 in-state; $15,275 out-of-state (undergraduate); $6,238 in-state; $11,045 out-of-state (graduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator