Psychology Schools in Virginia Beach with Degree Program Overviews

Feb 05, 2019

Virginia Beach Schools with Psychology Programs

Students who want to earn a degree in psychology have several options in and around Virginia Beach. This article highlights the coursework requirements for programs at three schools, which are all within 50 miles. There's also a table of school statistics as well as details on additional program options in the area.

  • College of William and Mary, located about 48 miles from Virginia Beach, offers a bachelor's program in psychology.
  • Situated roughly 14 miles from Virginia Beach's downtown area, Norfolk State University has a bachelor's and doctoral degree in the field.
  • Old Dominion University also offers psychology programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The campus is located around 17 miles from downtown Virginia Beach.

Comparison of Schools

Get information on costs, campus environments, acceptance rates and more for each of the profiled institutions. This table displays school facts and figures for easy comparison.

College of William and Mary Norfolk State University Old Dominion University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 8,740* 5,303* 24,375*
Campus Setting Small suburb Midsize city Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) In-state: $22,044, out-of-state: $43,670* In-state: $9,036, out-of-state: $20,478* In-state: $10,050, out-of-state: $27,900*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 80%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) 36%* 90%* 86%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) Full-time: 95%* Full-time: 71%* Full-time: 80%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began in Fall 2011) 92%* 42%* 54%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College of William and Mary

This four-year school enrolls nearly 6,300 undergraduate students. The university offers two options for those interested in majoring in psychology.

Bachelor of Science or Arts in Psychology

This foundational program is designed to prepare students for potential careers in the field of psychology with further study. Students will have the chance to participate in research through this program as well. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs are similar except the B.S. degree requires additional coursework in areas such as physics, chemistry or mathematics. The major for the B.A. requires 36 credits in areas such as methods of conducting experiments, statistics, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and learning and memory.

Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University was founded in 1935 and is a historically black university. The school offers bachelor's and doctoral degree programs through its Department of Psychology.

Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology

Norfolk State's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program consists of 120 hours of coursework and is designed to be completed in four years. Students begin with general education courses and introductory courses like basic principles of psychology. By the third and fourth years, students take classes like experimental psychology and complete a psychology seminar.

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

This doctoral program in psychology is offered by the Virginia Consortium Program, a partnership between Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. Applicants to the programs should hold at least a bachelor's degree and have an academic background and experience in the psychology field.

Old Dominion University

Founded in 1930, Old Dominion University is a research university located about 17 miles from Virginia Beach. More than 24,000 students are enrolled in over 160 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs each year. The university's psychology degree programs are provided through the school's College of Sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

This 4-year degree program allows students to choose from an area of interest like clinical or industrial/organizational psychology. Students are required to complete an introductory course in psychology, in addition to classes in experimental psychology and quantitative methods. Other courses are selected from specific areas, such as developmental psychology, social psychology or cultural context. An online bachelor's program is also offered.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology

With an emphasis on research, this M.S. program prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree. Core courses include human cognition, perception, social psychology and developmental psychology. Students can choose from four areas of concentration, including clinical psychology, quantitative and assessment, industrial/organizational psychology and applied cognitive psychology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Health psychology, clinical, industrial/organizational and human factors psychology are the areas of study offered within the doctoral program in psychology. Coursework includes advanced cognition, human interaction, human resources development, psychology research and psychology of personnel. Students can be admitted to this program directly from a bachelor's degree program, but are required to complete master's-level core courses.

Other Schools

Virginia Beach-area students also can explore the programs at Virginia Wesleyan College right in Virginia Beach and Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC, which is about 41 miles from Virginia Beach. Hampton University in Hampton and Christopher Newport University in Newport News also offer psychology degree programs.

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