Fort Worth Area Schools with Psychology Degree Programs
Students in the Fort Worth, Texas, area who are interested in pursuing a degree in psychology have many different school options available in the immediate and surrounding areas. This article looks at three schools within 35 miles of downtown Fort Worth and the psychology programs they offer. There is also a table of information about these schools, such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and acceptance rate. A couple of other area schools with relevant programs are listed at the bottom of the article.
- Southern Methodist University is 32 miles from downtown Fort Worth in Dallas. It offers two bachelor's degree programs, a minor and a doctoral program in psychology.
- Texas Christian University is only four miles from downtown. It also has two bachelor's degree programs and a doctoral program in psychology.
- The University of Dallas is in Dallas, about 22 miles from Fort Worth. A bachelor's and a master's degree in psychology are offered there.
Comparison of Schools
Prospective students must consider many factors when considering where to enroll. The following table presents important information in a way that makes it easy to compare these schools.
|Southern Methodist University||Texas Christian University||University of Dallas|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private, not-for-profit||4-year, private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||11,789*||10,489*||2,510*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| Undergraduate:
| Undergraduate: $44,760;
| Undergraduate: $38,716;
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||79%*||80%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||49% *||41% *||47% *|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||91%*|| 91% full-time,
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began studies in Fall 2011)||81% (15% transfer out)*||83% (14% transfer out)*||68%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University, located in Dallas, enrolls nearly 12,000 students annually. Its psychology programs are found in the school's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Students who are pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree take required courses in introductory psychology, research and statistics. They also take one course in each of the following areas: clinical and health bases, cognitive bases, developmental bases, biological bases, and social and personality bases. Four advanced electives are also selected.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
The BS degree program includes almost the same curriculum as the BA program; BS students, however, also take a required advanced analysis course, three advanced electives, and one course each in advanced statistics and foundational science. In addition, an experiential learning experience, which can include a mentored experience or an internship, must be completed in this program.
Minor in Psychology
In this 15-credit hour program, students take some of the same base courses selected from the areas described in the bachelor's degree programs in addition to two psychology electives. Students must complete the introduction to psychology course prior to declaring this minor.
PhD in Clinical Psychology
This program combines research and clinical training. Courses address cognitive, social, biological, developmental and clinical psychology. Students also learn clinical intervention and assessment techniques. In the second year, students conduct their clinical experience at the university's Psychology Clinic before moving on to clinical sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University is a private 4-year university that enrolls more than 10,000 students annually. The school was founded in 1873 by Addison and Randolph Clark and was originally named AddRan Male and Female College; it acquired its current name in 1902. Texas Christian University offers psychology degrees through its School of Science and Engineering.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Enrollees prepare for graduate studies in psychology, research common psychological issues, and use psychological principles to solve problems. The BS program is for individuals who want to pursue careers or advanced studies in psychology, while the BA program is considered a general-interest program.
PhD in Experimental Psychology
Scholars conduct psychological research to become experts in a specific area in psychology. Participants can choose from subfields like cognition, social psychology, learning psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. This program is designed for those who want to teach psychology in an academic setting, and offers students the opportunity to conduct lectures in undergraduate psychology classes.
University of Dallas
The University of Dallas was founded in 1910 by the Vincentian Fathers. This private Roman Catholic school grants undergraduate and graduate degrees and enrolls fewer than 3,000 students a year. Students interested in psychology can earn a bachelor's and/or a master's degree.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Students who choose the undergraduate psychology major will complete 35 credit hours of psychology classes. Required courses include psychology foundations and history, basic psychology, statistics, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and phenomenological research. BA students must also complete a senior thesis, including an oral defense.
Master of Psychology
The program features a phenomenological-existential framework through which candidates explore psychotherapy, research methods, spirituality, multicultural studies, sexuality, lifespan development, and primatology. The works of renowned figures such as Sartre, Freud, and Maslow are emphasized. Students can earn a regular master's in psychology or choose a clinical concentration that includes courses such as therapeutic practice, cognitive assessment, social psychology, depth psychology, and addictions counseling. Students in the clinical concentration must complete practicum courses.
Students in Fort Worth may also want to explore the psychology programs at Texas Wesleyan University, located in Fort Worth, or Southwestern Adventist University found in nearby Keene.