Psychology Degree Programs in Metairie, LA: Program Overviews

Dec 14, 2018

Research psychology degree programs in Metairie, LA, which currently has more than five colleges in the area offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 10 miles of downtown Metairie and decide which program is right for you.

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Metairie-Area Psychology Programs

Students in the Metairie, Louisiana, area who wish to pursue degrees in psychology can find a number of schools with related programs in nearby New Orleans. This article looks at three, all within 20 minutes of downtown Metairie, and the psychology programs they offer. There is also a table of information about each school, such as enrollment, school type, tuition and graduation rate, that could be helpful to individuals who are considering which school to attend. At the end of the article are the names of a few additional Metairie-area schools for psychology education.

  • Southern University at New Orleans is just under 10 miles from downtown New Orleans. Students can earn a major and minor in psychology.
  • Xavier University offers a bachelor's degree in psychology. It is four miles from Metairie.
  • Nearly seven miles from downtown Metairie, students can earn a bachelor's and a doctorate in psychology at the University of New Orleans.

Comparison of Schools

The following table showcases statistics about these schools that are important to individuals who are deciding which is their best option.

Southern University at New Orleans Xavier University of Louisiana University of New Orleans
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 2,546* 3,044* 7,964*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,421 in-state; $15,322 out-of-state* $23,606* In-state: $8,484, out-of-state: $13,320*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 100%* 99%* 93%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 25%* 64%* 57%*
Retention Rate (2017) Full-time: 52%, part-time: 40%* Full-time: 72%, part-time: 50%* Full-time: 62%, part-time: 35%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (In Six Years) (Students began in 2011) 20%* 44%* 32%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Southern University at New Orleans

This four-year public school offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university has a total enrollment of about 2,500 students with 2,108 undergraduates.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The psychology major at this university adheres to 10 goals from the American Psychological Association. Students will need to earn a minimum of 42 credits to earn the degree. The four-year bachelor's program focuses on teaching students the necessary comprehension and analytical skills for employment in public, private and academic organizations. Students can also participate in the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology via monthly meetings to introduce graduate studies or career prospects. The degree includes 18 hours of psychology electives and a written exit exam before graduation. A minor in psychology is also available with this degree.

Xavier University

Xavier University is a private Catholic university that was founded in 1915 by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The school enrolls more than 3,000 students per year. Xavier offers one undergraduate psychology program through its College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science program at Xavier is designed to prepare students for further education at graduate school. Students are required to complete 48-63 credit hours of psychology department courses. Some of the courses required include introductory psychology, human sexuality, and analytic research.

University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans is a public institution that enrolls around 8,000 students annually. The university was founded in 1956 and is considered a major research institution. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology through its College of Sciences.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology

Students complete 30 credit hours of various psychology courses. The program may also provide students with research opportunities in psychological service settings. The Bachelor of Science program is primarily designed to prepare students for graduate study.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Psychology

This program offers a concentration in integrative biology. Coursework covers areas like scientific communication, 12 credits of dissertation research and a four-credit graduate seminar. Students will need to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Graduates might find work in research, professional service or education.

Other Options

Metairie students interested in studying psychology may also want to consider Loyola University or Dillard University, also located in New Orleans. Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux also offer psychology degree programs.

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