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Psychology Degree Programs in Reston, VA with School Overviews

The Reston, VA, area has more than ten colleges that offer psychology degree programs. Learn about the psychology degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 20 miles of downtown Reston to make an informed education decision.

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Reston, VA, Psychology Schools

Students in the Reston, VA, area who are interested in pursuing a degree in psychology have a variety of school options available nearby. Get the details on three of the closest schools, all of which can be found less than 30 minutes from downtown Reston. Near the end of the article is a table comparing valuable school statistics, as well as a brief paragraph discussing three additional school options.

  • George Mason University, located nearly 12 miles from downtown Reston in Fairfax, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts or Sciences and Accelerated Master of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology.
  • Marymount University is just over 16 miles from downtown Reston and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology.
  • The psychology department at Georgetown University, which is 20 miles from downtown Reston in the District of Columbia, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology.

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  • Environmental Psychology
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  • Forensic Psychology, General
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Medical Psychology
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  • Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
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Comparison of Schools

The table below can make it easier to choose the right school by comparing important school statistics, such as school type, enrollment numbers, tuition rates and more.

George Mason University Marymount University Georgetown University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 33,729* 3,441* 17,858*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) In-state: $10,952, out-of-state: $31,598; in-state: $10,328, out-of-state: $28,448 (graduate)* $28,310 (undergraduate), $16,380 (graduate)* $48,611 (undergraduate), $44,712 (graduate)*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 70%* 95%* 51%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 67%* 84%* 17%*
Retention Rate (2014) 88%* 81%* 96%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (In Six Years) 67%* 51%* 95%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

George Mason University

George Mason University is a public 4-year institution that was founded in the 1950s and is named after George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the school's psychology department. The department offers two undergraduate psychology degree programs and two graduate psychology degree programs, as well as one accelerated program that awards a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology

Students pursuing a B.A. in psychology complete 36 psychology program credits in addition to the normal credit requirements for a B.A. degree. Students in this program take classes in basic concepts in psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology, among others.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology

The B.S. in Psychology program is very similar to the B.A. program. Students are required to complete normal university requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, they complete 38 credits of psychology coursework.

Bachelor of Arts or Sciences and Accelerated Master of Arts in Psychology

This accelerated program allows students to earn either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in psychology while also earning an M.A. degree in psychology. The M.A. program focuses on cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Students who wish to apply for the accelerated program must have completed at least 75 credits toward the undergraduate degree.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology

Students working toward a master's degree in psychology at George Mason University have six concentrations from which to choose. Students focus on applied developmental psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, human factors/applied cognition, industrial/organizational psychology or school psychology, and take classes geared towards whichever one of these concentrations that they choose. Students complete 32-46 credits to earn the M.A. in Psychology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology

Students seeking a Ph.D. in psychology choose from the same concentrations that are available to M.A. students, with the exception of school psychology. Ph.D. students complete 72-76 credits in their area of concentration. Students are also required to complete a dissertation that should total 12-24 credits.

Marymount University

Marymount University is a private 4-year Catholic university that enrolls more than 3,000 students. The university offers psychology degrees through its School of Education and Human Services. Psychology students at Marymount can earn a bachelor's degree in psychology or a master's in forensic psychology.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology

Marymount University's undergraduate program in psychology includes general psychology courses, such as social psychology and research design, combined with core courses. Students also complete an internship or laboratory instructor practicum in their final year of study.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Forensic & Legal Psychology

Students of Marymount University's graduate program in forensic & legal psychology complete courses on general psychology and the legal system, examining topics such as public policy and sociology as well as psychology. Students also might have an opportunity to participate in internships, field research and observations with nearby Federal Bureau of Investigations, Naval Criminal Investigation Service or U.S. Department of Justice agencies, among others. This program also offers the option of a study abroad program in London.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is a private 4-year Catholic and Jesuit college that enrolls more than 17,000 students. Georgetown's psychology department is located within its academic school known as Georgetown College. Undergraduate students can choose to major in psychology for their B.A., and the school also offers a psychology minor. Graduate students can earn a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology

Undergraduate students majoring in psychology complete 31 credits of psychology coursework. Students take core courses such as general psychology along with other department offerings such as abnormal psychology or cultural psychology. Students can also participate in extracurricular offerings such as the Psychology Student Association.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology

This program is full-time and is designed to be completed in five years. Ph.D. students choose a concentration in either human development and public policy or lifespan cognitive neuroscience, and coursework reflects the student's chosen concentration. Georgetown also offers a dual degree program for students who wish to earn a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) along with their Ph.D. in Psychology.

Other Options

There are a variety of other schools in the nearby area that also offer psychology degrees. Reston students may also want to look into American University, located less than 15 miles from Reston, or the University of the District of Columbia, about 15 miles from Reston. Also nearby is the Institute for Psychological Sciences, located less than 17 miles from Reston in Arlington, VA.

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