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Top Austin School Offering Psychology Degrees

Austin has few schools with programs in psychology. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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Best Schools in Austin, TX for Psychology

There are very few schools in Austin with psychology programs. The University of Texas - Austin, St. Edward's University, and Huston-Tillotson University were all ranked among the best schools in their ranking categories by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) in 2013. USNWR ranked the graduate program in psychology at the University of Texas in the top 15 in 2013. The University of Texas had a graduation rate of over 80% for students starting school in 2005, and St. Edward's University's graduation rate was close to 70%, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

To become licensed provisionally as a psychologist in Texas, a doctoral program in psychology must be completed, in addition to passing two written exams. To become a licensed psychologist after obtaining the provisional license, the candidate must gain two years of experience as a psychologist and pass an oral exam. To become licensed as a counselor, a master's or doctoral degree in counseling must be obtained. Additionally, an internship and two written exams must be completed.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Texas - Austin St. Edward's University Huston-Tillotson University
Ranking(s) Graduate programs in psychology ranked #14*
Named 46th best national university*
Ranked 13th best public national university*
Ranked 17th among regional universities (West)* Voted 256th best national liberal arts college by high school counselors*
Location Austin, TX Austin, TX Austin, TX
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $9,790 (undergraduate, in-state)
$33,128 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$10,918 (graduate, in-state)
$20,790 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$31,110 (undergraduate)
$19,144 (graduate)**
$13,054 (undergraduate)**
Psychology Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees Bachelor's degrees Bachelor's degrees
Psychology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 436** 105** 6**
Most Popular Psychology Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's Degree in General Psychology (336 awarded)** Bachelor's Degree in General Psychology (103 awarded)** Bachelor's Degree in General Psychology (6 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class81%** 68%** 20%**

Sources: *2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Texas - Austin

  • Three psychology programs accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Over 90% of freshmen returned to the university for a second year in 2011, according to NCES

Undergraduates seeking a degree in psychology can choose between a B.A. and a B.S., depending on their future career plans. The B.S. degree requires more science and math classes and is designed for those who plan to go to medical school or enter a health-related field. Those who plan to go to graduate school for psychology or begin working after finishing the undergraduate degree should opt for the B.A. degree. Students in the graduate psychology program have seven different concentrations to choose from for their doctoral degrees. Most of the options take about 4-6 years to complete, with the clinical psychology concentration taking slightly longer because of the internship requirement. A counseling psychology program is offered through the college of education that prepares students to become licensed and work as psychologists.

Runner-Up #1: St. Edward's University

  • 90% of students received financial aid in 2010-2011, according to NCES
  • General psychology was the school's second most popular major in 2011, according to USNWR

St. Edward's University is a Roman Catholic school with a large number of psychology students. The school only offers a bachelor's degree in psychology, but students are trained to do the type of research normally done only at the graduate level. Students first learn about the basics of psychology and then choose electives in forensic psychology, counseling, chemical dependency, or industrial/organization psychology. Choosing a concentration is not required, but students have the option to add a concentration in behavioral neuroscience. This concentration is particularly useful for those who plan to go into careers that require expertise in communication. The concentration requires additional science classes, psychology classes, and research experience. The school also offers a master's degree in counseling that prepares students to become licensed as counselors or marriage and family therapists.

Runner-Up #2: Huston-Tillotson University

  • Ranked as one of the best national liberal arts colleges in 2013, according to USNWR
  • Named one of the top historically black colleges and universities in 2013 by USNWR

Huston-Tillotson University is a small Methodist school that offers a bachelor's degree in psychology. Students take classes in human development, psychology theories, counseling, psychological disorders, and research methods. Students also choose electives in topics such as addiction, social psychology, conflict resolution, and human development. In the final two years of the program, all students work as interns in a profession related to psychology. The school also offers a minor in psychology that introduces students to the basic theories in psychology and human development. Students who wish to become licensed counselors or psychologists must complete a graduate-level program at another school.

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