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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 degree can you study in the USA?

What do psychology experts in USA say?

  • 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 St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology - BA Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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Associate in psychology in the USA

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    Psychology - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,304 USD
    Start date
    February, June, August
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Psychology - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Psychology (Transfer Pathway) - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Psychology - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,440 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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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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    Psychology - MA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,725 USD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Experimental Psychology - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Experimental Psychology
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    Psychology - MSc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,912 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,818 USD
    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology, Industrial & Organizational - MProf University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,899 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in psychology in the USA

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    Industrial/Organizational Psychology - PhD Keiser University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,912 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Industrial/Organizational Psychology
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    Human Services Psychology - Clinical Psychology (APA accredited) - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,899 USD
    Start date
    August
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    School Psychology - SSP Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Psychology - PhD Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,616 USD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Psychology
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    Psychology (Counseling) - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Psychology (Counseling)
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