Psychology Degree Programs in Reston, VA with School Overviews

Jan 10, 2019

The Reston, VA, area has nearly 15 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.

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. Below is a table comparing valuable school statistics; near the end of the article is 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, 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 & Legal 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.

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 (2017) 35,984* 3,375* 19,005*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) In-state: $11,924, out-of-state: $34,370 (undergraduate)
in-state: $14,480, out-of-state: $34,184 (graduate)*
$30,876 (undergraduate), $17,748 (graduate)* $52,300 (undergraduate), $48,331 (graduate)*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 75%* 94%* 53%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 81%* 92%* 16%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016) 88%* 78%* 96%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (For students who began studies in 2011) 71%* 53%* 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 120 credits of psychology courses and the courses included in 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 27-36 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 four concentrations from which to choose. Students focus on applied developmental psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, human factors/applied cognition or industrial/organizational psychology, and take classes geared towards whichever one of these concentrations that they choose. Students complete 30-32 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 addition of clinical psychology. Ph.D. students complete 72-76 credits in their area of concentration. This includes 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 Sciences, Mathematics and Education. Psychology students at Marymount can earn a bachelor's degree in psychology or a master's in forensic and legal 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 and legal psychology complete courses on general psychology and the legal system, examining topics such as public policy and forensic assessment as well as psychology. Students also might have an opportunity to participate in internships, field research and observations with nearby intelligence agencies.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is a private 4-year Catholic and Jesuit college that enrolls more than 19,000 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.

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

A variety of other schools in the nearby area offer psychology degrees. Reston students may also want to look into the University of the District of Columbia, about 15 miles from Reston. Also nearby is the Trinity Washington University, located 19 miles from Reston in Washington, D.C.

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