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Study psychology in the USA

An in-depth guide to studying psychology in the USA as an international student

What types of psychology degrees can you study in the USA?

What do psychology experts in USA say?

  • Dr Kaye Cook

    Dr Kaye Cook

    Gordon College Administrative Chair Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Social Welfare
    Dr Kaye Cook says

    Psychology is broad and deep. It helps one to prepare for a range of fields that require teamwork, leadership, and a depth of knowledge that can be applied in multiple work and life contexts. It is pivotal, for example, for education, technology, politics, and parenting, as well as counseling.

    We are a small college that dreams big. We try to care for students who are far from home while at the same time helping them discern their calling and providing a high-quality education that prepares them for their chosen career.

    A psychology degree is increasingly recognized worldwide because the needs are great. For example, currently, we are experiencing the greatest dislocation of individuals from their homelands because of war, poverty, and climate change. The world desperately needs people with psychological sensitivities and trained in psychological constructs who are able to contextualize their knowledge in culture.

    Career prospects are strong in most countries, based on our experiences with students who have returned home. We have students placed in high positions in education, counseling, and government, to name a few. We are always glad to write recommendations and help alumni find jobs in whatever way we can.

  • Dr Tara Mitchell

    Dr Tara Mitchell

    Lock Haven University Professor
    Dr Tara Mitchell says

    Even if students do not major in psychology, taking psychology courses is beneficial, as psychology teaches students critical thinking skills, which are important in all careers and in life. It also teaches skills that help people work well together and form stronger relationships.

    Studying in the US is beneficial due to the diversity that international students can encounter, not just in terms of people, but subjects to study, ideas, and geography. International students, particularly those that use school holidays to travel, will be exposed to a wide range of places, people, and ideas.

    Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, thought, and feelings. Although many see psychology simply as offering therapy, it is more than that. International students who wish to become therapists would do well with a degree in psychology, but psychology also allows students to learn how to become better teachers, better parents, better business people, and better citizens. It teaches them to be critical thinkers, a skill that all need.

    Career prospects do depend on the type of degree and the area of specialization in psychology that a student pursues. Career prospects increase if the student pursues an advanced graduate degree (master's degree or doctorate). However, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, careers involving psychology are expected to grow faster than the national average. In addition, because psychology teaches critical thinking and collaboration skills, employers in fields outside of psychology often hire graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology. As a result, the career prospects are good.

Top psychology programs in the USA

What are the top Psychology Undergraduate programs in the USA?

Bachelor's in psychology in the USA

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    Psychology - BA Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,714 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Health Psychology - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,580 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,580 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Sport Psychology - BA National University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,320 USD

    Start date
    July, September, January, April
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    Psychology - BSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Psychology - BA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,338 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,338 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in psychology in the USA

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    Human Services: Psychology - AASc Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Psychology - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Psychology - AA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Psychology - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Psychology (for Transfer) - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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What are the top Psychology Graduate programs in the USA?

Master's in psychology in the USA

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    Experimental Psychology - MSc University of West Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,494 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,494 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Community Psychology - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Counseling: School Psychology - MSc California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,557 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Experimental Psychology - MSc Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Experimental Psychology - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,100 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in psychology in the USA

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    Industrial and Organizational Psychology - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,300 USD

    Start date
    May, August
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    Counseling: School Psychology - EdS Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Educational Specialist in School Psychology - EdS California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Educational Specialist in School Psychology - EdS Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,400 USD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Psychology - PhD Keiser University, USA
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,912 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Student reviews for psychology in the USA

  • Marta Mohedano Jurado
    Spain
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    Southern Utah University Psychology
    Tell us about studying psychology in the USA
    I LOVE the psychology department. Such nice and engaging professionals, honestly the very best of the campus.
  • Jing Zhu
    China
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Southern Utah University Psychology
    Tell us about studying psychology in the USA
    Tuition is good because I have the scholarship from the early college program.
  • Yitao Liu
    China
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Southern Utah University Psychology
    Tell us about studying psychology in the USA
    I have qualified lectures and lecturers this semester. Dr. Steve Barney is the best professor that I have ever met. Forensic psychology is a fun class to take.
  • Yuzhou Peng
    China
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Southern Utah University Psychology
    Tell us about studying psychology in the USA
    All Professors are talented and kind. They not only teach me class also give me a lot of future careers.
  • Pakhun Angsupan
    Thailand
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Elgin Community College Psychology
    Tell us about studying psychology in the USA
    The quality of lectures are very good. The amount of students in a class is about the same as a highschool class. I think that some mandatory class is too difficult for non-native english speaker (LTC class). The tuition is about 5000USD per semester for international full time student. I think the work load is a lot but doable.