Salt Lake City Psychology Degree Programs
While there aren't diploma programs available, there are three schools in Salt Lake City that offer degree programs in psychology. This article examines those schools, all within a 15-minute drive of downtown Salt Lake City, and the programs they offer. Important statistics about these schools, such as size, costs, the acceptance rate and the graduation rate, are presented in a table so prospective students can easily compare them. Information on a few more nearby schools that offer relevant programs is presented at the end of the article.
- Salt Lake Community College - Taylorsville Redwood Campus (SLCC), just two miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree in psychology.
- About three miles from the city center, the University of Utah offers a relevant certificate program, a minor and a bachelor's degree in psychology and several doctoral programs in psychology.
- Westminster College, offers a bachelor's degree and a minor in psychology as well as a master's degree in mental health counseling. This school is located downtown.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents information about these schools that prospective students need to know.
|Salt Lake Community College - Taylorsville Redwood Campus||University of Utah||Westminster College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Four-year; public||Four-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||29,620*||32,800*||2,570*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Midsize city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,781 in-state; $12,020 out-of-state*||$8,884 in-state; $28,127 out-of-state*||$33,860*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||65%*||85%*||98%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions policy*||66%*||93%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||59% for full-time students*||90% for full-time students*||80% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||22% (students who began in 2014) (13% transfer-out rate)*||67% (students who began in 2011)*||62% (students who began in 2011)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Salt Lake Community College - Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Although SLCC has thirteen campuses, only the Taylorsville Redwood Campus offers a degree program in psychology. This associate's degree program is designed for transfer to a four-year university, but any SLCC student may also take any psychology course as a stand-alone.
Associate of Science in Psychology
This 61-credit program is designed to teach not only relevant content in psychology, but also communication skills, research methods, critical thinking skills and civic engagement as it relates to the field of psychology. Students will complete 12-15 credit hours in core general education courses, three institutional requirement courses and three additional credit hours in each of five different distribution areas. Within the major itself, students must take one mandatory introductory class, 12 credit hours from a list of approved classes in psychology, and 12 credit hours in electives. Course options in psychology include topics such as abnormal psychology, brain and behavior, human growth and development, social psychology and eco-psychology.
University of Utah
At the University of Utah, undergraduate and graduate students can select from psychology programs that incorporate research and practical training. There's an honors track for undergraduate students in this field looking to earn academic distinction. The school's Psychology Advising Center guides students in course selections, graduation requirements and course transfers.
Human Factors Certificate
This certificate program is designed to help the student develop an understanding of human psychology that may augment performance in such professional fields as medicine, safety, product development and the military. All students who pursue this certificate must complete 22-24 credit hours, beginning with a prerequisite introductory course. Students will then take five additional required courses and an elective. All courses must be passed with a C or better.
Minor in Psychology
Before declaring a psychology minor, students first need to complete the general psychology course with at least a C. Other requirements include a 2.8 cumulative GPA and 10 credit hours of coursework. Once admitted, a 2.8 GPA must be maintained while completing psychology minor classes.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
All bachelor's degree programs at University of Utah consist of at least 122 semester hours. Students pursuing this degree plan must complete pre-major requirements, which include at least 15 credits in such general topics as math, history, writing, social sciences and foreign languages. Once enrolled in the major, students must pass two prerequisite introductory classes and two classes related to research methodology. They will then enroll in four core courses, chosen from five different areas of psychology. Students will also take four or five elective psychology courses and 12 allied credit hours in areas related to psychology, such as sociology or gender studies.
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
In this Ph.D. program, students can further their area of interest and choose a concentration in clinical psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology or cognition and neural science. Within these programs, there are further specialty options; for example, in the clinical psychology program, students may focus on clinical health and behavioral medicine, clinical child and family or clinical neuropsychology.
All of these programs require the completion of coursework and a dissertation. The other requirements vary somewhat by program; for example, the cognition and neural science concentration also requires laboratory work, and the clinical psychology program requires clinical clerkships. In all programs, sudents also earn a master's degree on the way to earning the Ph.D.
This private liberal arts college, which was founded in 1875, has 39 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs. The school offers a minor and undergraduate major in psychology, as well as a master's degree for those who wish to use their knowledge of psychology in the counseling profession.
Minor in Psychology
Students who wish to minor in this field will take 22 credit hours in topics related to psychology, which may include sociology, anthropology and political science. At least 14 of these credits will be in required courses, including an introductory psychology class, one in statistics and a research class. Students will also complete eight elective credits in topics like brain and behavior, cognitive psychology and personality theories.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology
Students who major in psychology must complete at least 50 credit hours in psychology, sociology or other related courses. They must also complete an internship and choose to specialize in general psychology or cognitive science. Students will take eight credit hours in a foreign language and complete a senior project.
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
This professional degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in clinical psychology as licensed counselors. This program, which takes three years to complete, requires that students complete 60 hours of graduate work. At least six hours must be either in special topics courses or in research for the thesis. After the second year, students must pass comprehensive exams and then enter an internship year.
Other School Options
Although there are no other nonprofit schools in Salt Lake City that offer diplomas or degrees in psychology, those seeking more options may be interested in investigating Weber State University, a public institution in Ogden, Utah, about 31 miles away from Salt Lake City. It offers a bachelor's degree in psychology. Roughly 40 miles away is another public school option. Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah, offers both a BA and a BS in behavioral science with a psychology emphasis.