Psychology Degree Programs in Louisville, KY with Course Overviews

The Louisville area has at least five colleges that offer psychology degree programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within five miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Louisville, KY, Area Schools with Psychology Degree Programs

Students in the Louisville area who desire a degree in psychology have multiple school options. This article looks at three schools within 15 minutes of downtown and the degree programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about these institutions, such as tuition, enrollment and the graduation rate, which can be helpful to prospective students. Following this table are the names of a few more nearby schools with relevant programs.

  • The University of Louisville, less than a mile from downtown, offers two bachelor's degree programs and a minor option in psychology as well as doctoral programs in clinical psychology and experimental psychology.
  • Bellarmine University, almost five miles from the city center, offers a bachelor's degree and a minor program in psychology.
  • About two miles from downtown Louisville, Spalding University has a bachelor's degree program in psychology and a doctoral degree program in clinical psychology.

Comparison of Schools

There are several factors to consider when looking for a college. The following table showcases some important aspects of each school that prospective students should consider.

University of Louisville Bellarmine University Spalding University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private, not-for-profit 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 21,402* 3,757* 2,071*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) In-state: $11,264, out-of-state: $26,286* $40,750* $24,000*
% of First-Year Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 97%* 100%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 75%* 89%* 59%*
Retention Rate (2017) Full-time 81%, part-time 48%* Full-time 72%, part-time 100% * Full-time 65%, part-time 24%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Began in 2011) 54%* 65%* 45%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.

University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a research facility that awards graduate and undergraduate degrees. The school offers psychology degrees through its Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, which houses one of the University of Louisville's largest undergraduate degree programs. Research opportunities are available to both undergraduate and graduate psychology students. Programs are available in online formats.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

This program is offered as an online and on-campus degree. Students will need to complete a total of 121 credits. Coursework will cover areas like brain-behavior relationships, human development, brain abnormalities and human cognition.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology will be prepared for a career in a science or a health-related field. Students in this major take classes like biology and chemistry, along with core psychology and general education classes. This major requires at least 121 hours of coursework.

Psychology Minor

This minor is comprised of six psychology classes. Students can also complete one elective psychology course. The application process is the same for psychology majors.

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Following the guidelines from the American Psychological Association (APA) for psychologist training, this doctoral program requires supervised clinical training, research in a major area including health psychology, psychopathology or mental health and academic coursework. In addition to completing a clinical internship and a dissertation, students take seminars in assessment and interviewing, cognitive processes and behavioral neuroscience.

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology

Research is the primary focus of the experimental doctoral program; students aren't required to complete clinical training. Students can focus their studies on areas like vision and hearing sciences and cognitive and developmental sciences through electives. This program requires a preliminary exam and dissertation. Course requirements include developmental psychology, perception and advanced neuroscience.

Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University's Department of Psychology has an undergraduate psychology program available in three concentrations. All of the paths require a supervised research project.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Psychology majors at Bellarmine University have three areas of concentration to choose from. These include a focus in human services, a traditional track that prepares students for graduate-level study in psychology and a business-related human resources emphasis. Both the human services and human resources concentrations require an internship in order to graduate.

Psychology Minor

Unlike the psychology major, the psychology minor doesn't allow students to concentrate in an area of interest. To meet minor requirements, students must complete two introductory psychology courses, along with 12 credit hours from selected psychology course options.

Spalding University

Spalding University's School of Professional Psychology offers a bachelor's and a doctoral degree in psychology. The faculty, who are largely licensed clinical psychologists, hold small classes for concentrated learning.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Undergraduate psychology majors at Spalding will receive a broad understanding of human behavior and a specific concentration on applied psychology. Students can choose from either the traditional format or the accelerated format that allows students to meet on evenings and weekends.

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Students in Spalding's Doctor of Psychology program will concentrate on the area of clinical psychology, but can also receive training in areas like forensic psychology, health psychology and family psychology. The program is accredited by the APA.

Other School Options

Louisville students may also want to investigate Kentucky State University in Frankfort, which is about 33 miles from Louisville or travel roughly 38 miles to Saint Catharine College in the city of Saint Catharine. Both schools offer bachelor's degree programs in psychology.

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