Top School for a Psychology Degree - Phoenix, AZ

Students interested in studying psychology in Phoenix have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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Top Schools in Phoenix for Psychology

The top schools offering psychology programs in the Phoenix, Arizona area are Arizona State University (ASU), Prescott College (PC), and Midwestern University - Glendale (MUG). All three schools have internships, clinical work, and practicum offerings designed to provide supervised, hands-on experience necessary for licensure in psychology. U.S. News and World Report's 2013 rankings and award levels offered are the primary factors separating these institutions. ASU is the highest-ranking school with psychology programs in the area, and students can pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral studies in the field. Students at PC can study psychology on the bachelor's and master's levels, while MUG only offers a course of study leading to a doctorate in psychology. U.S. News and World Report didn't publish a ranking for PC or MUG, which may indicate these schools don't have a strong reputation on the regional or national levels.

School Comparison Chart

Category Arizona State University Prescott College Midwestern University - Glendale
Ranking University ranked 139th in the nation in 2013** N/A N/A
Location Tempe, AZ (8.4 miles from Phoenix) Prescott, AZ (78.9 miles from Phoenix) Glendale, AZ (15.1 miles from Phoenix)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition $9,484 (undergraduate, in-state), $23,136 (undergraduate, out-of-state), $10,300 + $500 program fee (graduate, in-state), $18,972 + $500 program fee (graduate, out-of-state) (2013-2014)*** $14,160 - 12 credits (undergraduate), $8,880 - 12 credits (graduate) (2013-2014)*** $27,391 (2012-2013)***
Psychology Award Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees, post-master's certificates Master's and doctoral degrees
Psychology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 944* 41 (bachelor's and master's awards only, no figure available for post-master's certificate awards)* 16 (includes 11 master's degrees awarded as part of doctoral requirements)*
Most Popular Psychology Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's in Psychology - General (839 awarded)* Bachelor's in Psychology - General (23 awarded)* N/A
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 57%* 29%* N/A
Noteworthy Six scholarships available for psychology students Student-faculty ratio of 8:1* Program is American Psychological Association (APA) accredited

Sources: *NCES, **U.S. News and World Report, ***Schools' websites.

Winner: Arizona State University

  • Students can join Psi Chi, psychology's honor society
  • Undergraduate honors psychology track is offered

In addition to the psychology programs on ASU's main campus, bachelor's programs are offered at the university's Lake Havasu campus, and the West campus located in Phoenix. Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) awards are available in general psychology, and at BS in Psychological Science is available as well. Students can also study psychology through the university's interdisciplinary studies program. The bachelor's in psychology requires a total of 120 credit hours, with 37 of those hours in psychology courses focusing on topics like behavior, genetics, learning, and culture as they relate to the field.

At the graduate level, students can pursue a Master of Science in Psychology at the West campus, and seven concentrations, including law and psychology, are among the doctorate-level study options. Outside of the psychology department, a master's program in counseling and a doctoral program in counseling psychology are offered through the university's College of Letters and Sciences.

Runner-Up #1: Prescott College

  • Students can concentrate in equine-assisted mental health
  • University's Peer Education and Resource Center (PERC) offers students peer support in their academic and personal growth

Students at PC can choose from undergraduate programs in counseling psychology and ecopsychology. Students who study ecopsychology also take environmental course work. PC's graduate degree program requires a total of 60 credits. Graduate study in counseling psychology is done on a limited-residency basis with time split between core courses and at least 900 total hours in clinical work and internships. Adventure-based psychotherapy and somatic psychology, which offers a holistic approach to the field, are among the five concentrations available at the graduate level.

Runner-Up #2: Midwestern University - Glendale

  • University operates a clinic in Glendale offering psychology services
  • Program can be completed in four years
  • Students interning at the Arizona State Hospital can apply for a $7,000 scholarship

MUG specializes in healthcare education, and the doctoral program in clinical psychology is a relatively new program that graduated its first class in 2011. Instead of offering a separate master's program in psychology, the university awards the master's in progress toward the doctorate award. Doctoral study at MUG is interdisciplinary to give students a broad scope of experiences within the field of psychology. Clinical rotations and practicum are part of the curriculum intended to aid students' progress toward successful licensure.

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