Psychology Schools in Alaska
Choosing a psychology program that is right for your career goals can be a daunting process. The following guide to psychology schools in Alaska is designed to provide you with essential information to make that decision process easier. Alaska’s colleges and universities allow students to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in such specialized areas as clinical psychology. In addition to your on-campus options, you may want to consider an online program that offers the flexibility of completing a psychology degree entirely online at your convenience.
*For 4-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs. Transfer-out rate is the percentage of students who started as a freshman in 2005 and transferred to a different school without earning a degree at the initial institution.
Read below to learn more about the psychology programs offered in Alaska and online, including profiles of popular programs at Alaska’s top universities.
Psychology Graduate Programs in Alaska
The University of Alaska at Anchorage
The University of Alaska at Anchorage features a two year, 48 credit graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology. Graduate students may opt to follow the thesis track or the non-thesis track. All students are required to take a full range of psychology courses in such topics as ethics and professional practice, group therapy, family therapy, community-based intervention skills, and cultural issues in psychotherapy. Courses are combined with research and clinical experience. Students spend three semesters gaining clinical experience in the campus lab and in a community facility. Full-time graduate students may be eligible for one of five assistantships, which includes a stipend, health insurance, and tuition reimbursement for up to nine credits.
Alaska Pacific University
Alaska Pacific University offers a Master of Science (MS) in Counseling Psychology that is ideal for working professionals who need a flexible course schedule. Graduates should be prepared to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Alaska. The major courses of study include
Social and Cultural Foundations of Psychology, Advanced Abnormal Psychology, and Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment. Graduates of the program have gone on to become chemical dependency counselors, child and family counselors, and mental health clinicians. Others go on to complete a doctoral program. APU also offers a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology comprising 62 credits.
Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Alaska
The University of Alaska at Fairbanks awards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology to students who successfully complete the 120 credit undergraduate program. The program is designed to prepare students to continue on to graduate work in psychology. In addition to general college course requirements, psychology majors will take such psychology courses as introduction to psychology, personality, psychology of women across cultures, social psychology, drugs and drug dependence, and sensation and perception. Psychology majors are encouraged to join the campus organizations: the UAF Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors.
Alaska Pacific University
Alaska Pacific University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology. The program prides itself on being unique from other psychology programs in the United States in part because of its eclectic offering of courses. Students may take such courses as ecopsychology, therapeutic mindfulness, psychotherapeutic uses of the wilderness, and creativity and self-expression. Junior psychology majors complete a practicum, to gain hands-on, real world experience, at partner facilities including the McLaughlin Youth Center, Alaska Psychiatric Center, and the Alaska Zoo. The psychology program is designed to help students gain competency in six specific areas: activism and leadership, creative expression, critical thinking, knowledge of discipline, professionalism, and self-understanding.
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=AK&major=psychology&sort=best